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Mid Module Critique Y2. Dec 2019

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

Pablo Picasso

As most students have decided upon their basic outline of their Art in Context work, our tutor, S Earl asked us to share our thoughts and plans with the rest of the group.

I have detailed a couple of close up images of the table I have been working on and one completed chair. This is based on the work I started in Metamorphosis. The other students were complimentary about the work I had done so far. I explained how the initial imagery for the three canvasses came to me in a dream and how i hurried to sketch them before I forgot them. We discussed the value experimenting and refining our inital ideas.

As Rowena had been ill when we had our original critique of Metamorphosis she was able to talk us through her process and reasons for her work. Based on her muse, she collarged an outline of him using photos he took of the landscape around his home. As a model he was able to supply her with other photos for her to work from.

Her Art in Context work is still in the process of being worked out. She showed us her initial ideas which expose the derogatory names she has been called by men. Her working is looking to see if other women haver been exposed to that language by men.

Expanding her work on child abuse Su has been working to extend her work by including a variety of childhood ephemera such as clothing and toys. She has been experimenting and trying a range of ways to change the soft items into rigid objects. The reason for this is as a way of describing how these childrens childhoods were frozen at the point they were abused.

As Glen’s Art in Context work is going to be a recreation of his Dad’s shed Glen had nothing tangable to show us. As a group we discussed how he might show the interior of the shed and the kind of things we remember from our parents sheds. He also showed us the work he has been progressing on his 6ft canvas on the theme of North Shields. We have been following his experiments in trying to get a weatherbeaten wood effect for the wooden beams which make up the key part of his work.

Elaine has previously been working with a variety of wood to create realistic and abstract pieces. Curently she has been making a variety of maquettes using polystyrene, foam board and (with the help of our techician) plaster. She is planning to use a large block of polystyrene for her final piece but is currently working out how to carve it.


Published by stweddle

Living in Newcastle I have access to great landscape; sea, urban, country and city which I am continually inspired by. Starting my artistic qualification in my 50's allows me the benefit of long years admiring others art and a burning need to create my own.

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