Apologies for the lack of posts the past week, I’ve been a busy bee!
Thank goodness for the lecture last Wednesday, it provided so much clarity as to what this elusive “contextual framework” entails. In the aftermath of the lecture I began to consider additional elements that I could develop in my work in order to a more substantial and challenging body.
I kept coming back to the buzz word “texture”, then began to consider how we interact with art work and why do we so often ignore the sense of touch. The more I began to consider it the more interested I became. Textiles and touch appear to go hand in hand but so far I’ve ignored it in my artistic practice!
This chain of thought then led onto how touch is so vitally important for those who are visually impaired. The average art gallery isn’t geared towards those who do not have a fully functioning sense of sight.
All this then reminded me of the fantastic experience that I had working with Maurice Orr during my Professional Practice module in second year and how he made the gallery experience multi sensory. He achieved this by encouraging his audience to touch the artwork and listen to the accompanying ambiance soundtrack, he was inspired by a blind friend who made him question how you would create a piece of art for someone with restricted or no sense of sight.
So this is the “intellectual” element that I am going to explore in order to make my work more challenging. When I have time in the next few days I will post some pictures of my mind maps to display my thought processes.
Had my first tutorial today, not too sure what to make of it!
This year we have been assigned two tutors, seeing each one every other week. This first chat was with a tutor that I’ve never actually met before, so needless to say I was a bit nervous. My concerns were centred around if I would have the same rapport with her as I’ve had with previous tutors who have known me long enough to understand my way of working and style.
Let’s just say these fears were confirmed… I don’t think we could be more different if we were chalk and cheese! While I see my work as being process driven (I’m inspired by techniques and the process of creating work) she was viewing my work from a conceptual stance.
However, this alternative perspective could prove beneficial in more firmly establishing my own artistic identity.
So let’s see how it goes before I freak out!
So this is it, Final Year.
To be perfectly honest, I’m terrified!
I’m not scared of the studio practice or even the dissertation, I’m more nervous about what will come after university. I will have to leave my lovely wee university bubble and fend for myself as an artist in the big bad real world!
So here’s hoping that this last year in my undergraduate course is an amazing one.