There were several aspects of the assessment presentation that interested me.
Firstly, by installing the sculptures into a white space, rather than a blacked out space as I had previously, the walls acted as a screen and reflected the light produced by the fluorescent sculptures creating a strong relationship between the sculptures and the limits of the space that they were installed into.
Secondly the variation in distance of sculptures to a light source resulted in a graduation of intensity of fluorescence which also enhanced the sense of space.
Thirdlythe light in the installation emphasised the physical form of the tubing that the sculptures were constructed with, in the boxed structures the viewer is behind the light source so the structures tend to flatten out and look like digital images.
I'll draw this to a conclusion with the most recent MA assignment that we given, which is basically how I move my work forwards.
- Finding the Question
- What do I already know about this?
- What can I do?
- Evaluate creative output
- Using drawing as a starting point – drawing becomes a means to understanding the “question” rather than as a means of recording what I see and experience around me. Having to move the line into three dimensions enabled me to make a physical link between understanding the parameters that I had established, and playing within them.
- Writing. I have always seen writing as my weak point, and have tended to avoid it where possible. However, the use of a journal – keeping an ongoing written evaluation, having to articulate observations; realisations and reflections, and then consolidating this into artist statements has enabled me to slow down and think with a greater degree of clarity. I do feel that the journal is helping me to pin things down, and prime me for situations when these realisations will be useful, rather than acting as a written record to be constantly referred back to.
- The Wednesday morning ‘Crit’ sessions. Discussing work has, like writing, forced me to articulate and communicate my thoughts and observations.
- Tutorial feedback has provided a wide range of questions to consider.
- The opportunity to use a new space to develop work (the January 2012 Assessment) and spending time with it, and writing about it.
- Regular deadlines - keep me on my toes and force me to make decisions where I might normally procrastinate. This is quite important for me because I am a good holistic thinker, in that I can propose many permutations and combinations of opportunities to develop, but I also I know that I am quite indecisive.