Invitation: move the pieces, use your voice, connect with people around you.
The starting point for this project was looking at the simultaneous celebration and decline of the circus in my hometown and used this as a metaphor for communities separating and loss of connection with international popular culture.
This interactive piece is a gentle protest, an antidote to the mainstream media’s manipulation of social division, hate crime, and injustice. It creates common ground on which to celebrate positive ideas.
This is a new departure from working with print and paper-based media. Choosing a haptic medium, with familiar associations with the fridge magnet and fairground, allows me to continue to work with vibrant colours and bold shapes.
“It is a huge danger to pretend that awful things do not happen. But you need enough hope to keep going. I am trying to make hope. Flowers grow out of darkness”
– Corita Kent
Although posters are something I enjoy making, and mostly I think are a suitable medium for the type of work I make, I often struggle with being so explicit in what I want to say. There are times when it just doesn’t feel suitable or right for me to make a statement about my own beliefs and thoughts, and present them in such a way forward and confronting way. When my aim and hope is for people to feel they have the ability to have conversations and form their own beliefs, it feels wrong to present something that says, ‘this is what I think, you should think it too’ it’s my hope to give people the opportunity to use their own voice.
In order to solve this, I have decided the best way for me to move forward is to use the posters for something more than just making a statement about a certain topic. It feels that the solution to this is to slightly change the angle. I hope that the work I make is more of an invitation, rather than what I believe to be the final solution.
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.