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.
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.
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.