Week 11 – 04/12/17

This week has felt quite hectic, on Tuesday evening the interim show opened, it was interesting to see the works all together – some were very much completed, but others were clearly unfinished. I think when confronted with an exhibition, most people felt as though they needed to present something, and so rather than entering something the was really unfinished/up to date, sort of backtracked to hand in something they’d already moved on from. I think I’m personally guilty of that, although I’m not sure what I would have offered otherwise as the painting I’m working on currently only started to take shape after I’d had a meeting with the curation team. Logistically I think it was quite hard to give them something in the making or an idea of something not yet started because of the logistical considerations.

There was a really good meeting on the Wednesday attended by local artists/creatives,It was really helpful to get an idea of what the curation team’s thought process was, talk about the authenticity of work that was not yet made and whether we should hold unfinished works to the same standard that we hold final pieces to. I recorded the dialogues between everyone, so will hopefully get a chance soon to look back on the recordings and make some notes. When discussing my work, I was asked if it was finished and what I’d add to it – I started talking about how technically I’d work into the painting more, and one of the dyad sisters commented that conceptually, then, it was all tied up. I hadn’t really thought of it like this before. I think the idea stage finished before I’d even started painting, so this is definitely something to keep in mind – trying to work something out through painting rather than display an already formed idea.


After this discussion we organised a meeting between the editorial and curation teams. It was really refreshing, not just to hear their ideas surrounding the interim show, but about future ideas and comments on the institution. I think because we had all just come from the exhibition space, the thoughts were all really fresh, and we got to discuss quite extensively how we are prepared as students to go out into the art world. There was a really strong suggestion that the curation team thought that we were not given a good platform for criticism, and that although we are encouraged to discuss works, often there is a real reluctance to bring up negative feedback. I think, aside from being a criticism of the art institution, that this is really relevant, because when we approach galleries etc in the future, they will be a lot more honest about pieces not working.

I recorded the conversation, and so in terms of the editorial, I think once we’ve had time to reflect and obviously edit the conversation, it might be nice to include as an interview piece – alongside or in place of a review of the show. I’m really excited to be able to focus on the publication more, as in the few short meetings we’ve had we’ve made really good progress.

I had my 3rd year presentation this week too, I was really apprehensive about it, but in the end only a handful of people showed up, so I felt a lot more comfortable discussing my work within a small group. I felt the format of the presentations worked a lot better this way, after we had all presented we were able to sit and have a really in-depth discussion rather than the usual questions and answers when there is a large audience. The feedback I received was really positive, and people were really enthusiastic about the painting in progress. There were a lot of suggestions about time, and photographs and memory, which is something I’d really like to explore.

My painting is also progressing – I’m really happy with the way it looks, but a bit unsure as to whether or not it is finished. I think it will probably remain more or less the same – although I and to try and work into a few details like the hands and faces.


Week 10 – 27/11/17


This Monday we had a short editorial board meeting outside of the scheduled sessions, discussing the interim show and what we would do to incorporate it with the publication. I was surprised that there hadn’t been much overlap between the two groups in the past, I think we all wanted to get their take on the interimexhibition and on the degree show so that we could try and reference the ideas that led them to the show title ‘intentions’. We also discussed potential collaborators/contributors to the publication and decided that we wanted to try and lead on from the interim exhibition – so take ‘intentions’ and expand on this, not just the intentions for potential practice/works in progress but intentions in general: where do we as students see our practice heading outside of university? We wanted to try and reach out to individuals that have experience with this – local artist-led organisations, galleries/curators that might have ideas about what they look for in artists/graduates, and perhaps people related to the institution that have seen students progress from year 1.

I also took part in a group crit this week, as I’d missed one the week prior. I find it quite helpful/reassuring to know that I’m not the only person struggling to produce much work quantity wise. I think by looking at what other people have been up to this term I’d quite like to get involved in group exhibitions or maybe a solo exhibition to get some more feedback on my work. The reaction to the painting in my studio was really positive, people felt very confronted by the figure/unsure of the gesture he is making. We also discussed time in relation to the piece, and how you can tell it is from a definite snapshot photo – I quite like the ambiguity of the scene – no-one could really place when the photo was taken, which is something I’m looking at in my research. we also talked about the impressionists and how the birth of the camera changes the way people paint and frame images. I also had a discussion with a second year student who works with a similar theme of trying to capture moments etc while also bringing attention to the surface and texture of the painted medium. He worked entirely differently though, usually from life, and using very quick, immediate marks and lines. I’d be interested to work in this way, to try and see if the lack of a photograph helps or hinders me to better represent something.

I spoke a little bit with some of the group about what work I wanted to exhibit and install, I think the conclusion was that my large painting, although sort of finished, still had scope and was not really a final outcome, so would work well as an intention.


I was really happy with the way the work was installed. The corridor was very light and the surrounding works fit quite well in terms of colour etc. My only criticism would have been that because the corridor is not that wide, it was difficult to hang the work in a way that the viewer could really stand back and look at it. I think, had I not been so focused on the research report, it would have been nice to have made some new work for the show/had a few more works in progress to choose from, because the painting was the only substantial thing I’d worked on this year.

I also managed to get started on a new painting this week, based on the photo taken of the roof, I’m really happy with the progress on this so far, I wanted to try and maintain the ground/not work into it too much. I’m treating it more like an experiment at the moment so am not putting myself under too much pressure to get it perfect/exactly like the photo. I sort of wanted quite a limited moody palette, but have unintentional returned to quite dark greens and blues.


I had a tutorial today, and the feedback I received seemed very good – its quite encouraging that the points I’m trying to get across about the mundane and the snapshot moment are coming across. I think I need to start focusing how I make the work about the viewer, but not so obviously, creating more tableau-like pieces. I don’t know if it’s worth me looking more at the gender of the subjects and if this makes any difference when I’m trying to present an image to a viewer, as in the crit it came up that my painting of the party is a very masculine scene.