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AP2: Initial Ideas

Feedback from AP1:

The body of work which you have submitted is a substantial presentation and reflects a comprehensive and imaginative play with materials and assembly processes. You have demonstrated a range of practice-based research approaches and the development of new technical skills, which are embodied in the welding components, the concrete terrazzo inlays and the printed textile experimentation. There is a substantial assimilation of your learning evidenced in the final presentation. The critical analysis of your work is very good and there has been substantial problem solving demonstrated in the journey of your work and particularly in some of the final works. There is more to be done here in terms of the synthesis of your conceptual and contextual influences and their embedding into your thinking and the work itself. The media aspects of the work still need some further exploration and analysis. Defining where the technologies or new media is in the work would be useful. Is it in the manufacturing processes, see the reference to concrete below, or is it that this component is more aspirational for future work. There are some very appropriate contexts, reading, artists which you have mentioned in your critical evaluation. These are relevant. The presentation of your work is considered and demonstrates a highly sophisticated resolution of the work. Overall this is a strong body of work at this stage and is at an excellent point moving forward into the next modules.

Important to consider the environmental aspects to the materials you are using – concrete as a material is worth finding out more about, as this will deepen the meaning in the work. It would be good to see you integrate the textile print into some of the floor-based work, this would have embedded another language. The facsimile of stone, geology, concrete, would have been worth considering as an alternative to the plastics which the floor works were sat on. The techne as such is evidenced in these textile prints, unlike the work now shown, which emphasises the tools of handmade construction. Keep setting up your work and re-evaluating how it works, so that you can successfully edit the material, assemblage and display processes in the work. It would be good to see more context evidenced in the sketchbook itself.

Initial aims:

  • Start project with more rigorous research

  • Develop better ways of researching that connect to the way I work - e.g. a more visual and digital approach, use a variety of sources such as websites, online articles and videos rather than solely books. Formulate a better structure by having designated research days and days to reflect upon work - such as at the end of the working week.

  • Work more collaboratively - explore materiality and production processes through working with another artists. Planning on collaborating with Poppy Jones-Little through mail art, using paper based sculptures. Also plan to work with Mau Samayoa to create a combination of my sculptural work with raw materials and his use of paper sculptor.

  • Learn new processes - be specific learn more textiles processes as I want to explore soft sculpture.

  • Develop and deepen my knowledge of current materials and processes such as casting and electronics - I want to learn more ways of involving motors - different types of motors to create a variety of movement.

  • Work with more variety of materials - interest in fabrics or flocking to combine with more raw materials

  • Consider more environmentally friendly alternative materials - e.g. research into alternative concretes such as Jezmonite or Ashcrete.

  • Build a clear understanding of my work and process

  • Deepen my knowledge of theory and context e.g. key ideas like materiality as well as the context of the materials I choose to work with

  • Develop my interest in the connection between art and technology - what is this New Media? -

  • Exploring connection with architecture - forms of transformative architecture and its link to materials like concrete. Urban aesthetics - provisional architecture as well as utopian architecture - how this can be a framework for exploring the importance of spaces and structures and how it impacts on communities

  • Explore ways of combining sound and motion into sculpture/installation. Looking towards my sculpture being activated within installations or assemblages

  • Reflect on work more to enable final resolved works to be realised - think more critically about materials and how this is reinforcing my contextual research/themes.

  • Create my own exhibitions outside of the university - allow my work to be public facing with the possibility of being involved or running events and workshops as a way of activating my research and interest in social engagement.

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