Field during Level 5 was a completely different experience in comparison to Level 4. I felt that this time around there was a much better link between Field and the other parts of our course. I also felt that the projects offered to us were more relevant, and could be tailored to what we wanted to achieve.
For my first project, I did Home Truths which was a ceramics based project. I absolutely loved the chance to experiment with ceramics and for me having the chance to work in a completely different material was the main thing that I took away. It made me open to working with different materials, which I will continue to consider in my own work. What I struggled with for this project was the context, I don’t think I delved deep enough into the context and fear of not doing the stories justice held me back. I feel that was a big lesson in that without the confidence to just go for it, my work wont ever reach its full potential. I hope that in the future I can push myself further to achieve a final result that is more successful in communicating the message that I want to convey.
For my second Field project, I changed groups to The Monster is His Secret Father. It was most definitely the right choice to move groups, as for me, being engaged in the project is really important. So I was really grateful to have been able to change groups. In this project I really enjoy exploring a topical subject. The timing of this project was for me one of the key aspects that made it so engaging as I was able to look at what was happening the real world at the time. Being able to react directly to that made me more aware and more determined to understand what was happening and what I could do for it. Although the timing was definitely aided the project it also became a hinderance as I was so aware and so hooked on what was happening, it affected me in a more personal sense which prevented me from creating the work I wanted to.
Overall, I feel I have grown and learnt from this years Field projects and I was also able to connect and interlink Field with my Subject work which as a consequence has strengthened it. Being able to recognise the links and how it can have an affect has been a huge benefit.