This week is the final submission deadline and degree show install. I started installing on Tuesday, by which point there were already some works already up. I think the room will look quite diverse- I think the overall quality and finish of the works is good, however there were still some people left to install, so it will be difficult to tell whether the curation of the space works well until everything is up and everyone’s supporting documentation etc is removed post-marking.
Initially, I wanted to put both works on the same wall, as shown above. The centre of the room (rather than the centre of the wall) falls slightly to the right of the wall space, so my intention was to put the larger piece here. That way, when looking at the work from the adjoining room the large piece is central. I wanted to put the smaller work to the right of the main piece, however the reaction of my peers was that the larger painting worked better on its own in the centre of the room. I agree, I think that it’s quite a statement on its own, however it’s quite difficult to relinquish control/take out an element I’ve been working for quite a long time on. However thinking back to the interim exhibition where unfinished works were exhibited, I think it is productive to be able to leave elements of work on their own to allow discussion and interpretation. I also think as the stronger of the two works, its important that the work does not get influenced by anything else or possibly different narratives in the smaller painting.
I ended up having to use mirror plates to hang the work because of the warped edge. I was a bit apprehensive about what this would do to the work, however now that they have been painted over, they are not very noticeable. The position of the work was also something I was concerned about. I imagined the work sitting much lower than it is, however a tutor advised me to hang it much higher so that it makes better use of the space. I was a bit apprehensive about this at first but now that other works have gone up around it, it definitely needs the extra space below. Another thing I’m slightly worried about is the sculptural work that has just been installed in front of the painting. Because it is low to the floor, it has to be roped off, so there is now a quite obvious obstruction in front of my work that I feel will be quite distracting. I think it would have been beneficial to talk to the artist beforehand, as I didn’t realise the barrier would be so high or obvious. We might have to discuss possible rearrangements closer to the degree show because placement might resolve the issue.