For the piece in the exhibition, I was going to work on a larger scale. To begin with I had written texts containing my thoughts and feelings but it became apparent that there was just too much writing and the meaning and point was getting lost. It was also at this point that I realised I had hadn’t given much thought to the overall aesthetic of the piece. After looking at the work of Sister Corita Kent, I realised it didn’t have to just be completely text and I had to consider the over all composition. This is when I decided to incorporate shapes and colour. The colour palette is always important to me, I wanted the combination to be bright, bold yet still cohesive.
I was recently introduced to the work of Sister Corita Kent. I felt an immediate connection to her work, with her use of bold colours, shapes and textures combined with text. The work feels powerful yet inviting.
In an attempt to get my thoughts down, I started to write using acrylic paint. I wanted it to bold and have an automatic feel. Whilst I suppose I wanted it to be unfiltered, I hadn’t really thought about how visually the piece looked. This was the technique I was planning on using for a larger piece for the exhibition, but I soon realised that I wasn’t suitable for what I wanted to achieve.
One of the techniques I wanted to work with for this project was screen printing. I quickly sketched out this design then transferred my design to layers of transparent film. I chose to use use a kitten for this poster as it seems that at times people care more about kittens than humans. I struggled with this poster, I think because I made it too complicated and the end result was not quite what I had imagined. The process took far longer than it should have but throughout the time I spent on it, I learnt so much and will definitely do more screen printing.
The world has felt like a scary place recently. Real life monsters everywhere. Wing Trump’s inauguration, his Muslim ban, his views on women’s/human rights (or lack of them), UKIP being the hot favourite in the bi-election in Stoke, my home town- the list goes on. It has been hard to have a clear mind and drive in terms of creating work. It is easy to feel voiceless. But when united, we do have a voice and we must persist.
In this piece I simply developed my ideas from the group sessions. Working with the idea that essentially we are all the same, we are just humans, yet for one reason or another we are turned against each other. Using colour, pattern and shapes to represent diversity and connection.