Another year has come and gone, rather quickly. Yesterday, I set up my final exhibition space, showcasing the best pieces that I created over the course of this year. Granted, I had created a lot more than I showcased, but as you can see, there is only a selection of pieces. The intention was to create a cohesive and collective series of work, which also linked.
For my final showcase, I decided to include abstract paintings, photographic work and the particularly new skill to my repertoire; Glass Work. Since the start of the year, I had been tasked with experimenting with my work and creating a portfolio based through inspiration. Which is exactly what I did.
The year was an entertaining rollercoaster, with a variety of artistic and creative challenges which made me continually question what I was creating and its worth. "Is it actually hitting the mark?" - because that is exactly what being on a creative course at University is like; pleasing and ticking boxes.
The absurd number of pieces I made, good and bad, could win a medals. The explorative nature of the entire year was certainly a marvel. Narrowing it down to the final showcase was also a bit of a challenge, since all of them were strong enough to be used. I did narrow it down though, to make a showcase based solely on my abstract work, because that is what I have been focusing more closely on this year.
My work this year was heavily inspired by Hokusais' "The Great Wave off of Kanagawa". The task we had been set at the start of the year was to continually create a project based off of a piece that we had either seen in a Gallery or a piece which we found inspiring. I chose Kanagawa for several reasons, though the main being I wanted to explore my Landscape based work. The entire project however, was created with the challenge to not "Plagiarise" at the original work. This task was certainly no difficult feat to me, since I completely turned the original piece on its head, and I ultimately ended up with a selection of Abstract paintings, Landscape/Seascape Photography and Glass work.
My statement of intent
Katsushika Hokusai’s (葛飾 北北斎) “The Great wave of Kanagawa” (神奈奈川沖浪裏) from his “Thirty Six views of Mount Fuji” series is the initial inspirational artefact for this year’s development of my practise. As such I have been exploring water and nature in a variety of forms.
The initial pieces of work have been primarily focussed on water, but as the year has progressed I have also started to explore mountains and the surrounding landscapes expanding on the relationships with the subject and the aesthetic qualities offered by different mediums. Re-visiting and re-evaluating my work and my original concept throughout the year has allowed me to create a cohesive series of pieces in the mediums of paint, photography and glass, focusing on the amorphous nature of water, its constant changing aesthetic heavily influenced by light and wind which lends itself to abstract painting. The choice of oil paints as the medium also allows a fluidity in its application and the ability to create a textured layering effect that is found in water. This fluidity links with the highly viscous nature of glass and my experimentations to create sinuous sculptures reflecting not just the cascading qualities of water but also some elements of the colours and patterns seen in flowing water. Many of the abstract painting have been inspired by the series of photographs I have taken on the subject. My photography has also started to explore the changing nature of mountain and landscape scenery.
The central objective: creating transportive work, through my paintings photographs and experiments with glass is the current as the focus of my creative practice.
In all, through all the challenges I was set this year, I feel that the work I did create was far better than I had expected and the physical outcome is also a lot stronger than my original concepts.
But what is next? Well, right now, I am going to get some well deserved rest, do a little tidy up and start to think about what to do over the Summer, since I currently have exciting plans I am yet to reveal.
All work from my exhibition will be on the shop soon, with a selection of other new originals and lines! Its in the process of being updated!