We got our module feedback from last semester as a final grade on Wednesday and its fair to say I was disappointed with the result. There was certainly some blood on the carpet so you need time to digest and stand back a little to allow yourself to move forward. I have been doing some more research, the Art and Text book was especially good and has given me a good grounding, as has ‘Writing on the Wall’ by Simon Morley. I have been scribbling lots of ideas and playing with ambiguity and words and visuals but of course, for it to have any value it needs to be respectfully in understanding of those who have gone before you and located in contemporary culture. To language is to be the content and paint the medium but I need to question my source material with regard to mass media and ‘low’ female magazine culture as a source material. Although I am still clinging onto this, I am not sure if I need to jettison this also and move away from it completely. That in a way I don’t need to anymore. So there is so much information that it is almost too much for now but I need to get a good grounding of ideas before I can fine tune my direction and knowledge is the key. I think my lesson this year is keep it simple and keep it honest. Its all about the integrity of the paint for me and I want to enjoy the medium as much as I can and the experience before university comes to an end.
I was quickly playing with the start of ideas in the studio yesterday and my research wall looks like this at the moment.