I was lucky enough this year to be given several opportunities to take my work out into the ‘real world’, and watch the public interact with it. In January, myself and two other students from my course were offered a paid scribing position for a conference about internet safety and wellbeing, run by WiseKids. It was my first time working in this kind of environment so I went into it with no idea what to expect. We were scribing the talks and panels as they happened, so we had to work at a very quick pace, but still create work that was concise and coherent, so that people could view it in the future and be able to understand the message. It was a fun but challenging day, that had the three of us working to adapt our skills to the task.
Another opportunity was the ‘Travelling Circus’, which was a sort of working exhibition that was organised and run by Tom Margett. A group of us from Illustration moved our practise out of the studio and into the Duke Street Arcade in town for a few days. It was a thoroughly enjoyable few days. It was exciting to be working in view of the public, and to be inhabiting a different space. We managed to lure a few members of the public into the arcade but mostly people came past and peered through the window at the work we were producing. I spent the 4 days creating a cloud painting, which I would later use for another exhibition, ‘Spectacular, Spectacular’.
Sophie Keen organised ‘Spectacular, Spectacular’, which was an exhibition where the participants involved had to submit and show work that focused around the theme of a spectacle or the spectacular. I submitted the painting I had done for ‘Travelling Circus’ because I consider the natural world, but in particular the skies, to be spectacular. I looked at similar themes in my dissertation, so this exhibition carried on with that body of work. The exhibition was incredibly well organised, with everyone getting involved in promoting and curating the show. On the opening night, I also received an offer to buy the painting I had on show, which I accepted. It was a really good boost to my belief in my own abilities as an artist and I tried to keep that motivation going in the build up to the degree show.
Trying to balance my time between completing the pieces I wanted to have on display in the degree show, and building the show itself was definitely a struggle. I spent the last two weeks before the deadline constantly covered in paint, either from my own work or from painting walls in the Illustration show space. I have two pieces on display, a book and a painting. The painting is one of the first things that people will see when they enter the show space, and I am interested to see what effect that will have on the viewers.
Alongside the physical work, I have been working on building my own website. I wanted it to have a very clean, white, minimal appearance. The portfolio of work that I am displaying on there is predominantly painting, with a series of drawings that accompany my Pit Pony project. If someone were to come across my website I would want them to see me as being more of a painter then anything else.
The link to my website is here: zjnunn.wordpress.com
In March I requested to put a collection of my work on display in the cabinet that sits in the entrance corridor to the building. I’d been thinking about putting work in there for a while but it wasn’t until this point that I finally felt like I had a solid, coherent body of work to display. I put up my work for the Cloud Project, and accompanied it with my text regarding what the clouds grew into a metaphor for. Having it all displayed together, with the text alongside, made it seem much more coherent then it had been before. I think putting it in the cabinet was a really successful move.
In January, myself and two other students from my course were offered a paid scribing position for a conference about internet safety and wellbeing, run by WiseKids. It was my first time working in this kind of environment so I went into it with no idea what to expect. We were scribing the talks and panels as they happened, so we had to work at a very quick pace, but still create work that was concise and coherent, so that people could view it in the future and be able to understand the message. It was a fun but challenging day, that had the three of us working to adapt our skills to the task.
(To whoever is reading my blog,
I don’t know if this is helpful to you at all, but this is a post that has links to all of the blog posts I’ve done for each project this year, with the intention of being easier to find all the needed information.
I hope this is useful and makes sense!)
Month of Somethings:
Artists that I looked at there weren’t necessarily related to a project:
Artists that inspired this project:
- Sean Lenz and Kristoffer Abildgaard
This series of images is definitely something I’m going to investigate further in the future. The artists use glow sticks in water and long exposure photography to create these incredible images. I’m always on the art for any kind of art that uses light and its something I’ve been keen to bring into my own work for years. The interest originally came from the Light Show that was shown in the Hayward Gallery in 2013. I found these artists after I’d done my experiments into photography, and I didn’t have much time left in the project by that point otherwise I would have liked to apply their technique to my own work.
- Brock Lefferts
This work makes me wish I’d spent some more time to play around with the images I’d taken on the computer. I love the surreal-ness of these images, as well as the combination of the natural flowing imagery contrasted with the clean cut edges and geometric shapes.
- Vincent van Gogh
While I admire all of Van Gogh’s work, these two paintings in particular really interested me for this project. I started off looking at all aspects of the river, and a big part of that is the reflections that can be seen on the surface, created by the rivers surroundings. The appearance of the colour of the river is often influenced by the state of the sky. The expressive way in which he paints also relates to the way I paint in my own work.
- Nick Wroblewski
I found Wroblewski’s work while I was researching into printing and artists that produce prints. He specialises in wood cuts, but he often uses multiple wood cuts to make a single print. I briefly attempted wood cut and I don’t think I’ve ever found something so frustrating before. I am incredibly envious of his patience and skill when he’s creating these images. The way he uses the wood cut to create the appearance of water is especially amazing. He manages to capture the movement, colour and light that you see on water.
- Susan Derges
This is an artist that was shown to us by the tutors at the beginning of the project. I found Degres’ process very unique. She exposes photo paper beneath water so that it picks up the shadows that are created by the movement of water. I want to attempt to mimic her process but it would take a lot of experimenting to get a similar effect I imagine.
Field in the second year is a lot more enjoyable then in the first year, from what I’ve experienced so far. Being able to choose the project was really important, and not spending too long on the same subject is something that I really benefit from. Field last year, combined with the project before, was just too much of the same thing.
It was more the subject matter then the processes on offer that made me choose Riverscapes as an option for field. Nature is a common theme in my work, so this was an opportunity to do another project focused on what I am passionate about.
From what I understood as the project was ongoing, the aim was to create a body of work rather than having a specific final outcome. In subject the aim is to have both a body of work and a final outcome, such as a series of finished illustrations or an animation. I still ended up having a sort of finished outcome for this field project because I want to see my work serve a purpose beyond just being looked at.
I took a few of the nicer prints I’d made and cut out a postcard sized piece from them. I then designed a mock up postcard layout on the back of the image. I made a postcard from the lino print where I had just embossed it. It does kind of work as a postcard as long as you have an actual copy of it, but when I tried to scan it to put it on here the scanner just couldn’t pick up the detail of it. So if I planned to have these printed professionally, I’d only be able to use prints that didn’t purely rely on being able to experience the texture of it.
My intention with these would be to have them sold in cafes and shops along the Taf river, or just in similar places around Cardiff. I’d like to make them into greetings cards as well. I think this would work better with the embossed prints I did. I want to actually find somewhere to sell them if I did make some, but I’d need to make a lot more then I have and make the prints a lot cleaner then they currently are.