News Article Watercolours (6 new items)

This theme explores current news articles and uses colour to diffuse the encounter with difficult subjects. The issues I often find myself drawn to portray are about: injustice, sexism, racism, politics and child abuse. The process of considering a particular news article by painting an image of it brings an intimacy of care, concern and empathy for the subjects involved and helps me digest the issue more fully.

News Article Watercolours

This theme explores current news articles and uses colour to diffuse the encounter with difficult subjects. The issues I often find myself drawn to portray are about: injustice, sexism, racism, politics and child abuse. The process of considering a particular news article by painting an image of it brings an intimacy of care, concern and empathy for the subjects involved and helps me digest the issue more fully.

Everybody is an Artist

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In the seminar series this year I found the lectures on socially engaged art to be the most inspiring. Claire Hamilton’s lecture on Place Making and a Socially Engaged City was particularly poignant for it contextualised my multifaceted creative web of studio practice and socially engaged community work. It explored place, the importance of community, educational reform and the role of the artist. She mentioned Joseph Beuys' famous quote, “Everybody is an artist,” meaning that each person has a multitude of pathways for their ar…

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December Exhibition

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The December Masters Student Exhibition at Gray's went well. It was interesting to learn how to frame my work with floating images. There was a lot of preparation for this piece of 12 images and I feel that it came together well. I hope that each image was given enough space for observers to get to know the political and social issues they portray. It is difficult to see in the images above, but each image arises from news articles found online or in newspapers. T…

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my recent Arts & Crafts

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When I have a photo shoot at Gray's I see my work in a different way, lighter and clearer. Last week I had another chance to get some work photographed and I had a little tutorial session about how to photograph my work at home as well. Here are some of my recent works in oil and textiles:

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Masters Presentation

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Yesterday was the first time I've presented a slide show about my work. It was only 7 minutes, so I couldn't really fit all that much in, just a re-cap of what I've done over the first year of my MA. It was great to hear all 19 other students present their work, it made me feel like part of something larger and diverse. What I came away thinking was, we are all drawn to making art in our own way, everyone just needs to create and they'll find their way. The important thing is how to help others make without judgement or criticis…

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MA degree Show 2018

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My work is largely connected and interwoven in the pursuit for creativity, through my studio practice this year, in exploring colour first, then line and eventually form and in my research into process-oriented methodology.I began my MA by contemplating why I was drawn…

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Colour Field Paintings

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"If you are only moved by color relationships, you are missing the point. I am interested in expressing the big emotions - tragedy, ecstasy, doom."

Mark Rothko I began by creating a picture today which is very Rothko - like. A field of green with a patch of purple at the bottom. I've been exploring colour for months now, on small squares of wood, on silk, with pastels and watercolour. I have not wanting to allow myself to make a picture like his, but today I allowed myself to make it with Rothko in mind, and to feel my way thro…

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Painting the Unseen

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I have been aware of the work of Hilma af Klint in the last couple of years. A friend went to see her exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, Painting the Unseen, and gave me a card. At first glance I wasn't too interested in the content, but looking closer and reading more about her process I found it fascinating.  She was turn of the century, a contemporary to Kandinsky and Mondrian, looking at colour, size, and working in an intuitive way. She was influenced by Rudolph Steiner's esoteric ideas and many of her organ…

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