In art school we have weekly tutorials. These are one to one meetings with either a tutor of your choosing, or your academic advisor. They’re quite informal and really just a chance to express ideas and chat about progress, maybe get a couple of artists recommended to you. Vocalising ideas and discussing them with other artists is often very thought provoking. I spoke to a tutor Moira last week. It was useful and I took one thing in particular away from it. She commented on my work so far being quite ‘table-top’ and suggested I get out of my comfort zone by upscaling my work. This is an exciting prospect for me. I’ve been working quite intricately throughout 3rd year, I think its time to upscale.
So how do I move this project away from being too ‘table-top’?
1. Get rid of the table. Done.
2. Look at the materials at hand. That bloody wardrobe from last year just sits and looks at me every day. Its a constant reminder of last semester. Last semester was good and at the time I thought I was doing well. But this semester just feels so much better. My head is so much clearer. So I don’t want remnants of old less successful work taking up space. (This is unusual for me, seeing as I’m such a hoarder). The solution? Smash it up. Im’a go at it with a hammer and see where it gets me.
3. Upscale what I’m already working on. The metal work is going well and producing a really nice aesthetic. So lets take that and make it bigger. I can’t make the cubes themselves too big because the metal is just too heavy for me to realistically work with. But I can upscale slightly and layer smaller ones into a larger structure. I tried a larger piece today and was pleased with how it looked among the others.
I always feel really nervous before I go into Metalwork but once I’m there I do enjoy it. Today I was the only one in the workshop and was just cracking on with the work. The radio was buzzing a string of indistinguishable songs in the background. Suddenly Beyonce started blaring through the speakers… and I mean, obviously its impossible not to dance about a wee bit to that. Bopping about while cutting big sheets of metal is quite empowering.
The harshness of the metalwork gives a nice contrast to my more intricate bottle piece. They’ll compliment each other nicely. I’m going to leave the metal boxes empty to further this, a sort of comment on absence itself while the other work is full of content.
So, yeah, theres a fair bit going on with me right now. My heads nice and arty. I’ve only had one panic moment as opposed to my usual 5 a day. Aaaand I’ve made contact with the gallery The Changing Room in Stirling to see if they’ll take me on for a short placement. Look at me go.