A couple of shots of the final installation set-up for the MA Fine Art: Contemporary Practice show back in September, which was given the Sandra Blow award.
Immediately following the MA, with the help of a professional development bursary from Visual Arts South West, I was able to undertake a 1-day Introduction to MAX for Artists course at the London College of Communication, which I hope will enable me to develop this area of work further.
A couple of stills from my recent shoot at Helston Gunsmiths; the first stages of development of my final MA project.
The MA Fine Art: Contemporary Practice show will be held at Lamorva House, Wood Lane, Falmouth University.
Private View on Tuesday 3rd September, then open daily Wednesday 4th – Saturday 7th September.
March 2013 saw a month-long programme of research, development and collaboration by the artist members of CMR Gallery in Redruth. I found it an invaluable time to spend working out ideas for installation pieces, ahead of the interim show for the MA Fine Art course. I explored projection of some of the video pieces I’ve made from the night shoot in Godolphin Woods, incorporating other materials including debris netting to diffuse, obscure and enhance the images.
The emphasis is on research: offering the entire CMR membership space to develop, test and discuss work with other members and consider how the location & architecture – physical and organisational – of this independent, artist led, membership organism might best support their practices. Conversation during this month will help inform future programming.
– CMR website
The Unconference that was held at the end of the month saw us developing plans for the future that could include these kinds of events held regularly.
We have a show coming up at CMR Gallery, Redruth – seven of us are exhibiting our ‘interim’ work mid-way through the course, and everyone is welcome to the opening night on Friday 19th April (7-9pm) or during the weekend (Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April, 10am-4pm).
Artists taking part are: Sophie Anderson, Karl Arbuthnot, Claire Burchell, James Kinder, Laura Menzies, Katri Paakkari and myself. The work includes painting, video, installation, sculpture and performance. More information on the artists and their work will be posted on the new blog for the MA Fine Art Contemporary Practice course http://mafineartfalmouth2013.wordpress.com
I will be showing a video installation that explores contemporary images from Godolphin House and estate – one of the oldest in the county, with a previously powerful role in mining, politics and the monarchy.
Working on a video installation for my interim MA show, which will be at CMR Gallery, Redruth… thanks to Pip the NT Ranger at Godolphin Woods and Laura the Visitor Experience Manager, I was able to film the ‘Trago Tree’ in the woods, with green gel spotlights placed to highlight the dips in the landscape where mining took place. Editing it now to create the piece that will go into the space at CMR… will be open to the pulbic Friday 19th April 7-9pm and then Sat 20th and Sun 21st April 10am-4pm.
My work for the MA in Fine Art: Contemporary Practice at UCF is increasingly focused on ‘place’, particularly from the perspective of the outsider. The environment I am working is so culturally loaded it is impossible not to end up being influenced by it… but at the moment it’s the derelict, forgotten or everyday places that I’m interested in, rather than the areas of outstanding natural beauty. I’m also looking at the history of constructed ‘natural’ landscapes – the plants alien to the place they inhabit; the design and building work behind the scenes; the entrances/exits/boundaries that define different pieces of land.
These photos aren’t great quality but they’re research shots for some photo/video/painting work that I hope will come together as installation pieces…
Here are some photos from the studio from July-September 2012: a series of small paintings on board is developing, based on photos and mixed media drawings I made early this Summer. I’ve been enjoying a return to using oil paint, although I’m also still working on paper with Indian ink, acrylic and enamel spray paint.
I am also starting to explore the lens-based media facilities at University College Falmouth, as I’ve started the MA Fine Art there. I hope to have developed some multi-disciplinary work in time for the MA interim show in January 2013.
For now, the focus is on finishing the small paintings and some related works on paper in time for Krowji’s Christmas Open Studios, which are Friday 30 November until Sunday 2 December.