I have always been interested by the phrase ‘a picture can be worth a thousand words’ and because of that I have always wanted my artwork to be about a lesson that I’ve learnt in life or to send a metaphorical message that can be interpreted by the viewer in their own way. I’m interested by the motivation behind art as much as the main message. As an artist I am interested in my motivations to make a drawing or painting.
My favourite art techniques this year were using less-familiar materials such as chalk, oil paint and pastel as well as using the dark room as I’m best at 2D art.
During the lockdown I have made a lot of digital art conveying different meanings and have practiced form and anatomy drawing in a sketchbook with a pencil to improve the drawing I take back into my digital work. Digital art is something I would like to pursue in the future.
The starting point of my project was my desired theme Pattern/Repetition. Through the project I wanted to explore how I could incorporate different variations of my own African style pattern in my work.
During the journey of the project I had a few ideas which consisted of researching and creating motifs, sketches of ideas for designs and testing colours to produce fabulous pattern. Being at home rather than college, it came out better than I expected, having limited materials to use.
I expressed pattern/repetition through incorporating my visual imagery into placed designs on garments. The designs have flat shapes, some basic and some complex elements to them. These were then drawn as 3D concepts worn by models. The aim for me was to successfully represent African culture which I admire a lot. I feel I have met this aim.
Since I was young, I liked art and crafts. As Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”. Likewise, when I grew up, I started to try to perfect my work as that’s what I thought art was about, perfection. However, I didn’t understand fully the language of art yet. Eventually, I found an interest in abstract art, for example artist’s like Picasso and Matisse who have inspired me. This has led me to trying different techniques that are new to me this year like ceramics, acrylics and collage, however I enjoyed ceramics the most.
Throughout lockdown I have tried my best to keep up my creativity and produced some personal pieces, two of which I’ve submitted to this exhibition. I have also looked at a lot of designers that I aspire to be like in Interior Design, as this is what I intend to focus on in the future.
I took many pictures of plants during a visit to Kew Gardens. I was fascinated by the features of many plants, but especially those in the Amazon Rainforest section. On the trip I did observational drawings of the plants looking at the shapes of flower petals. Since the lockdown I have been mostly focused on developing my drawing of the features of the plants such as the curvy and sharp shapes of the petals, and I have thought about the transformation that the plants take in their growth. I experimented by drawing with pen, pencil, felt tip and colour pencils to explore and record their different shapes, sizes and colours.
In my artwork, I am exploring transformation. I am showing here three pieces that focus on nature and mythological ideas. My first piece is an animation, as I wanted to capture the blooming of a red rose. My second piece was a plant I had drawn. I used the colours yellow, green and black to show the living cycle of a plant. In the third piece I wanted to focus more on incorporating aspects of mythology. I took a reference from the oyster and flowers in ‘The birth of Venus’ painted by Sandro Boticelli and created a repeated black print on a pink and yellow, acrylic background. The flowers in the painting represent spring and have a link to transformation. Venus is seen as the pearl standing in the scalloped shell in ‘The birth of Venus’ painting, representing change and new life. The colours pink and yellow reflect spring, a time where flowers bloom. I also see these as a metaphor for Venus arriving at the shore and emerging from the sea fully grown as is the subject of the painting.
“Very soon he will vanish completely into the wings of his own wordless stanza”.
Exploring the combined themes of Transformation and Narrative for my final major project, my first piece was inspired by a book I enjoyed one summer titled “House of Leaves”- a story centering around a book about films that are do not exist. With an unconventional structure, its pages are arranged in strange ways to mirror the events of the story. I wanted to express symbolically the agoraphobic and claustrophobic tendencies of one character using the book’s many references to Minos’ labyrinth in Greek mythology.
The second photo is of a range of fashion development ideas I made during the course. I was originally looking at the transformation of fashion over the decades but concluded to explore other areas instead for my final major project. In this design sheet, I was looking at the Age of Punk.
My final piece is a selection of experimental photograms I made in the photography darkroom during the “Light” project. Inspired by the life of J.M.W Turner, I incorporated elements of nature such as flower clippings and sporadic paint-like markings to represent important features of his own canvases. I later edited them together in Photoshop to make a visually chaotic GIF. I thoroughly enjoyed this task. The unpredictability of each photogram was rather intriguing, and I feel that each individual image contributed to one of my stronger projects this academic year.
My sunset composition is aimed more towards a contemporary art audience by using a very bright colour palette. It has sharp edges and shapes filled with vibrant colours, giving my main two subjects many vibrant features, such as the pink hat.
For my Turner inspired composition I used oil paints in a sketch like manner to create my desired effect. I used a broad colour palette, as this allowed me to make various tones and shadows within the painting as my main subject itself was a shadow. My aim was to re-create the shadow of Turner’s father in his kitchen chair, that I saw displayed at Sandycoombe Lodge in St. Margaret’s, Turner’s home.
I have tried to make lockdown as productive as possible, by applying for different jobs and luckily, I actually got one. This helped me make myself a daily routine – something I was personally missing at the beginning of the quarantine period.
Athina Cruzado Cano
Women still face discrimination in modern society. The fact that she’s red symbolises anger at the lack of freedom. She’s in a field of flowers which could contrast the oppression in society but is the freedom of nature. She’s looking ahead, meaning that she’s hopeful for the future.
Lockdown has been tough over the past month. I have found it very hard to keep up with work, but I saw the opportunity to complete some of the work from my last project and have also kept busy by revising for my science course and creating portraits of people.
I’m interested in the creativity and the meaning behind one’s artwork. I love colour, and how you can use it to tell a story. Turner, who we looked at in the Light project, was good with his colours and created mood within the background of his paintings. I have presented here, a response to Turner’s work as an animation.
My favourite techniques this year other than painting and pattern/mono printing was learning about architecture. I have one designer that was important this year and that was Frank LLoyd Wright. Frank Lloyd Wright was an Architect who created modern buildings based on the principles of Japanese art and design which I looked at for the Japonisme project.
Architecture would be my main area of focus in the future if I had to choose one from this year.
At the start of the lockdown I started painting the local scenery in Dorset where I moved to stay with my family. The area has lakes which have multiple coloured canoes and boats which lay under a bridge. I have practiced drawing a woman and a man and recording the local landscape. I have also been continuing to work from the pictures I took from a group trip to Kew Gardens drawing a detailed image of an orchid on A3 paper and also painting my favourite ones. The details and creases in the petals interest me as an artist and I really enjoy bright coloured flowers. They bring a peaceful and dream like mood to viewers.
My favourite art techniques from this year were ceramics and lino printing because I really enjoy building things from hand and gradually developing them with further ideas. In ceramics I am more skilled and creative, and often create something very original from my imagination. Bernard Leach was a ceramist which inspired me for the theme of Japonisme. His work often has symbols such as a fish or an animal and his work had interesting patterns and shapes.
I want to focus on fine art in the future such as ceramics, painting, drawing, printing which I really enjoy doing.
Over this quarantine time period, having endless time to experiment with my style of work, I began to focus on my weak points and started to create portraits of musicians I listen to with different media. These artworks are mostly portraits of different music artists in mixed media; trying to make them realistic, however one piece is a portrait of a friend in an animated style.
Typically, I am drawn visually to anything with vivid colours, or that is realistic. My favourite techniques this year were painting and monoprints because they were fun to experiment with. Whilst I have been very productive with college work, I have also been keeping busy with my personal art, drawing plenty of sketches. I enjoyed observing and trying out different techniques and methods from varied artists and designers throughout this year. In the future I want to focus on digital art and architecture.
During quarantine, I decided to produce some architectural design work as I haven’t done this yet, but I’m interested in learning more about it. I chose to design a house and I decided to explore a house that would perfectly fit a family of four. I wanted the house to be very modern, smart and a safe place, so I decided to look at modern and expensive house design and include in my design elements such as double-glazed windows. These put two very strong pieces of glass into a window frame and leave a tiny space between it, to allows a small amount of heat to leave the house and also the amount of air that can move back into the house. Looking at my local environment, I took inspiration from British styled houses as they are brick built as well. I enjoyed doing this task because it was really challenging because I wasn’t designing a house for myself, of so I had to think about the types of things that would benefit a family. I found the lockdown time positive for me, because I could do a lot of individual work and explore my personal interests.
Here are two batik textile pieces from the ‘Viewpoints’ project. They are two different views from the staircase in Tate Modern. The cool tone piece is looking down and the warm tone piece is the side view of the stairs if you are standing on the ground. The second two pieces are colour reversals of the originals. For the cool tone piece, I have chosen blue and green because I wanted to represent the coldness of being high up. There is a splash of warmness to the image in the use of purple which represents the warmth of being on the ground. The warm tone piece uses red, orange and yellow. This is to show the heat and warmth of others around me on the ground level. Here, to me, everyone is equal standing on the ground together.
I hadn’t used this technique before, but I like how the technique gives ‘old’ qualities to the surface of the walls and brickwork, like cracked effects. In the cool image where the colours are reversed to warm colours, you can see these qualities more and it gives a sense of the historical traces of the past.
“Justice for Grenfell Tower!”
This was the main inspiration behind my project. After looking at various physical and social ideas within my chosen theme ‘Structures’, I started to research the structure of Grenfell Tower. I have been creating experiments using cheap materials to explore societal structure in the modern age, and the structures within politics to create my final images. Starting with making protest signs, I developed photographic imagery of the signs around a home environment. I then developed my project to incorporate this political statement into fashion garments. I deliberately used big chunks of material, with poorly sewn on words to reflect the poor structure of Grenfell tower.
My artworks are mainly about Japanese culture, I chose this particular field of culture because of the extraordinary buildings and history of its people. What interests me as a designer is the architecture of the Japanese buildings and how they have different design elements to their buildings as compared to other modern contemporary buildings around the world. For example Japanese buildings sometimes consist of over hanging eaves.
My GIF animation was based on the theme of ‘light’ where I explored how minimal light can be manipulated to create a range of light tones and shadows. I produced this through a photography method which involves using a dark room which gave my work lots of tonal contrast in monochrome.
My photographs are inspired by Maisie Cousins and Ursus Wehrli. I am exploring ideas of ‘feminism and inner beauty’ using Ursus Wehrli’s attempt to make everything appear perfect and neat with Cousins idea of making everything look grotesque, messy but natural.
I have photographed stereotypically feminine objects like makeup, dolls etc and neatly ordered them and then physically messed up the objects to look more natural, but repulsive and grimy, which attempts to contort and defiantly play with the original ‘order’ of the objects in the first photographs. I hope to have created an intersection of ugly and beautiful and form a mood of feminine power and rebellion.
My theme ‘feminism and inner beauty’ is very important to me and is something I am passionate about. I believe these days the concept of beauty is being manipulated heavily within social media, using photoshop to make people (mainly women) look ‘fake’ and ‘unrealistic’ having the effect to create doubt and make women lack confidence. Thus, I present my photographs with a belief that stands against the stereotypical media image that portrays women as ‘plastic barbie dolls’ and illustrate something more natural and meaningful to any women who see these images, and to ignite feminine power and confidence within women.
I have found the previous month to be quite hard and I have been trying to keep myself creatively active as much as I can. I have taken the opportunity in lockdown to work on my drawing and observation skills and use of media. What typically grabs my attention as a creative person are striking pieces such as anatomy drawings or abstract and creative media work. This year we used a variety of techniques in our projects. My favourite techniques were photoshop and photography as it allows me to create pieces that manipulate reality and capture images from perspectives, we wouldn’t usually be able to see. I have researched various artists throughout this year, one artist that stood out to me was Leonardo da Vinci. His medical drawings are really striking and helped me whilst working on my final project. In the future I would like to focus on photography and media.
‘Nature in no case cometh short of art, for the arts are copiers of natural forms’ -Marcus Aurelius
Like Aurelius, I was interested in how art is influenced by the structures within natural forms. I looked at various artists and seen how they are influenced by nature. Henri Matisse uses colours, shapes and patterns, not necessarily sticking to the exact shape but being influenced by how none of the forms are exact. Rudolph and Leopold Blaschka studied plants as well as animals, replicating and recreating them to gain a deeper understanding of their anatomy and structure. I was inspired by Stefan Zsaitsits’ ability to link nature to the human consciousness. My works, both the clay sculpture of a man with flowers growing around him and the watercolour represent a person hiding in a completely different armour to their natural physical self, being protected by nature.
Joseph Mallord William Turner often used a technique called bleeding in his paintings. I enjoy exploring this, but with watercolours whereas he used oil paint mostly with this technique. My painting is inspired by his painting The Scarlet Sunset. I really enjoy bright colours in paintings because it brings a beautiful and joyous mood to those watching.
My second piece is a monoprint of a ram’s head.
These are a set of photographs taken at Kew Gardens. I have tried to explore different subjects such as structures, colours and compositions through natural and man-made objects. My favourite images are the blue orchids, the fish and the outside stairs, because they all have vibrant colours even though they are very different from each other. I think they work well as you can see the details and textures in the images, and they remind me of summer and the sea. They also make me feel like I should be more observant and look at the details of things more often! I would like to explore photography further in the future and would like to be either an event or fashion photographer one day.
I’ve always been familiar with abstract art. I think it’s one of the best movements there is as there is no wrong or right answer. I try to experiment as much as I can in my work so that even if the outcome isn’t what I thought, I still value it. Here I have presented some work from three different projects undertaken this year.
The light box piece is inspired by Harri and Deepti’s techniques and is my favourite 3D creation. The use of cellophane transformed the design, allowing the transparent coloured light which relayed my learning of Turner’s interest in light/the sun, dominate the installation. Similarly, in the photogram work, I created an image that portrayed the life of Turner, using different light sensitive objects such as a light bulb to represent the sun.
The floral collage is a piece I admire the most. It’s a very simple technique combining mark making with the cutting of floral shapes to construct collaged flowers based on those in Kew Gardens. Its simplicity looks more complex with the colours and patterns that overlay each other which are enhanced on a dark background.
The collagraph making and printing was my favourite technique this year. I found the process of carving out my image on cardboard as well as adding to it with other materials such as tissue paper interesting as by doing this, the template itself is an artistic creation as well as the print it produces. These are inspired by a visit to Tate Modern.
In the future I would love to focus on surface pattern and its involvement in garment making as well as interior design, inspired by Josef Frank’s textiles, I love his use of colour and botanical elements.
“The Sun is God” – J.M.W.T
This work was inspired by Joseph Mallord William Turner’s quote “The Sun is God”. My intention was to convey that God is big and create something using photos that I have taken of the sun linking it back to the artist’s statement. Throughout this year, I have learnt and developed new techniques. I am passionate about technology; I love editing and creating new images. The artist that influenced me was Penelope Umbrico. In the future I would like to be Graphic Designer.
“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” —Yves Saint Laurent
What interests me as a designer is colour and pattern; I like to explore these using different techniques and have recently been really interested in beading and embroidery.
For this exhibition I have created three pieces. My first experiment was with pattern, making designs inspired by Islamic art, that I explored with different colours and shapes. In the second piece I transformed an old skirt into trousers. During quarantine I spent some time learning about different embroidery techniques, using what I learnt to create a small pattern of roses on the side of my trousers. Finally, for my third piece I designed and made a simple shirt starting from scratch, one half pink the other yellow.
Some of my favourite art techniques this year have been experimenting in the dark room, Photoshop, batik and heat press. I have also enjoyed exploring the work of Matthew Williamson, whose artwork involves bright bold colours. My favourite collections are the peacock prints, H&M summer collection 2009 and the spring 2015 ready to wear. I also like the work of Henri Matisse; Matisse’s prints are known for the use of colour and the simple but bold shapes. In the future I hope to develop my creative focus in textiles and fashion design.
During the past four months of lockdown, I have really tried to be as creative as possible. At first, I really focused on college artwork (The FMP) but I have also created a lot of personal artwork. I really enjoyed the structure of keeping a sketchbook, as it was a huge distraction from the chaos that has been happening in the world. I have grown confidence in my interests and my artwork and have found that being at home has given me time to increase my inspirations and interests. I constantly think about coming back to college and having that fun but structured lesson time.
The first two pieces of artwork are inspired by artist Gerhard Richter and are heavily influenced by his squeegee, abstract paintings. The two pieces that I have submitted are both untitled and I have done this for a reason. For the moment we will call them ‘The Blue Piece’ and ‘The Red Piece’ but I want the audience to look at my work and gather their own impression of it; I want people to feel their own feelings and have their own opinions of them. I did both paintings on canvas, using acrylic paint and created them over old paintings so the previous textures come through. I have used varied tools and methods such as a small window cleaning and paint scraping utensils to create the different horizontal and vertical scraping patterns and I also used PVA glue and liquid paint, scratching newspaper into it and creating scrapes, lines and bumps with paint and glue to create different textures. I do not normally plan where I am going to put certain colours, but I do plan what colours of paint I am going to use, and the emotions I put into it. To me one is calm and peaceful, the other showier and more vibrant.
The other piece is called ‘Distorted Nature Underwater’. It is set in a springtime setting and is inspired by Gilles Bensimon’s Underwater Flower photography and work I have done in the past. It is also inspired by Henri Matisse’s and Raoul Dufy’s work. I have used watercolour paint, felt tip pens, colouring pencils, pencil, black pen and water. I have created an underwater look as best as I could and combine different citrus fruit cut up in certain ways with plants and flowers. I planned the citrus fruits and where they were to be placed and just improvised the nature around it.
Amashi Pelenawatte Gedara
There is no place like home.
During the lockdown, I kept up my creativity by coming up with different designs of houses. As a designer my interest is to come up with new designs and ideas to develop and improve my work. As you can see for my final, I have designed a modern house and made a model using cardboard.
The house is pretty big and it’s perfect for a family. It supposed to be spacious in the inside and outside. The house has lots of windows as you can see, so lots of natural light coming through the windows. The house colour is also modern (black and white). The house also has a garage.
The architects I have researched this year are Robert A.M. Stern, Walter Gropius, and Tom Kundig. They are important to me and have inspired me in different ways. Stern for his designs of modern houses, Gropius in his use of black and white for his buildings and Kundig has lots of windows included in his walls. In the future I want to focus more on architectural design.
Time is a constant overarching theme in my creative work.
Throughout my projects I have always implemented the concept of time. In example, the Japonism project mixed traditional Japanese architectural elements with a modern style, and in the Extinction project I created a ceramic slate with the skeleton of a dodo bird but with living-plants surrounding it. Both are examples of the combination of both past and present and explore how the present helps preserve the past and push the modern identity into the future.
As an artist I think the most fascinating subject to me is time, and whether consciously or subconsciously I always seem to implement this subject into my works. In the future I want to explore other subjects to surround the theme of my artworks such as philosophical ideas and political opinions.
My favourite techniques this year were print-making and ceramics, as I enjoyed working with inks and sculpting. During the lockdown I have kept creative by writing poems, creating sketches and working on my FMP even if the examinations were cancelled. Being politically and emotionally aware of how I felt during certain times helped my channel my energy into art.
During the lock down I have been keeping up to date with the news about COVID–19 from around the world. All human activities have had to stop during this time, and I can see how the environment has changed, for example there has been a drop in air pollution and more animals can live without interruption by humans. Forests are very important to all living things, especially animals. They provide habitats for animals and livelihoods for humans. Humans destroy and burn down forests for their own benefits and animals must suffer from humans’ actions.
The piece ‘Fox eye’ responds to this realisation that we can halt climate change. In the eye of the fox there is an image of the forest landscape that the fox can see before him. One half is burned by human destruction, the other half is still fresh and growing, signaling that we can make a decision about how we treat nature from this point forward.
The other piece I have presented is an example of my work from this year. After researching Turner for the ‘Light’ project, I photographed a range of sunset and sunrises. I used an image of an eco-light bulb and overlaid it several times in photoshop, twisting its direction each time to make a ‘new’ object. I added colour referenced from my photographs to create an abstract but modern image of light.
“When you want something with all of your heart, the whole of the universe conspires to help you get it.” Paul Coelho
The starting and end point in my themes (nature, sunset and universe) are that the universe is one with us all. We are all interconnected. The key focus during this project was the sunset and how it is seen as universally beautiful. I wanted to experiment with this idea as much as I could. I’ve showed this by creating the sunset the way I see it in my 2D work.
Repeating something makes it clearer. With this in mind, I developed a repeat pattern, making Orchid flowers the focal point. I wanted to highlight the beauty of these flowers that I originally saw at Kew Gardens. The gold lines and dots, drawn in ink, help to do this by framing the Orchids but not detracting from them. The green background is strongly associated with nature and is made to compliment the rich pink with a bright, lime green. The structure of the pattern is based on Vosey’s repeat patterns and the bright botanical designs reflect post war textiles.
Taking these pictures was one of the tasks of our Light project. It was linked to JMW Turner’s work mainly because his work explores light through landscapes, him being particularly interested in sunsets and sunrises. I have taken these pictures from a patio, starting at 4:15 and ending at 5:05. There is a five-minute difference between each picture demonstrating the sunrise.
My artworks are posters for movies from the 1980s that I watched whilst growing up. The two movies that I have based my art upon are: The Never-Ending Story (1984) and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986). The main things that interest me as an artist are graphic design and illustration because I have more creative ideas and more skills in this area. This year in college I really enjoyed working in the dark room as it allowed me to make use of different objects and silhouettes in order to produce experimental prints and explore different ideas. I found this very interesting and I believe I can further explore that technique for my creative ideas. In the future I would like to develop my skills towards graphic illustration; exploring the use of different media to hopefully help me start a career in art and design.
I have produced an animation in the response to the ‘Light’ project and after researching the work of Turner. I have presented here both a stop motion experimental piece and a final animation. My work is a stop motion animation loop, so the animation never ends. This mirrors the constant presence of the sun that marks every day. Most of the animation consists of 2D objects, but I decided that adding a 3D object for the clouds would create a nice effect in the final product and because of this addition, I am very happy with the final piece.
In this piece of work, I’m exploring Photoshop with pictures I had taken myself throughout my college project ‘Light’. My original idea was to create a photoshopped piece and make it seem illusory, and I think I achieved that idea. One of these pictures, I captured at sunrise and the other is the staircase from a visit to Sandycoombe Lodge, the home of JMW Turner in Twickenham. I put these two together, making sure to fade it into the background perfectly – just enough to make it both realistic and imaginary at the same time. The final piece turned out well, looking almost heavenly, very empyrean and reflective of some of Turner’s own paintings.
The Arabic calligraphy inside the piece is one of the 99 names of God which means ‘The Most Loving’; in Arabic it’s ‘Al Wadud’. I found this name really touching and beautiful which is why I used it in my artwork. I used colours which represented peace and beauty to me. I created repeated pattern designs in each flower pattern.