A glimpse of the exhibition of my final work at DJCAD. I was eager to make my portion of the studio an inclusive space and allow the pieces to compliment each other. The gallery aesthetic and context are crucial in my practice and so the final presentation takes a lot of time and effort.
324 papers on large glass, and constructed display
Shirt Pattern (detail)
Repeated type on 4 metre tracing paper scroll
A Wall Collective
Nail varnish on large gridded glass, and constructed display
This week has seen the attainment of my honours degree in Fine Art and an acceptance from Edinburgh College of Art to study Contemporary Art Theory with them. And its Degree Show tomorrow. “eek”.
I am looking forward to the event and appreciate the effort my friends and family have made with travelling up to Dundee. I have no idea what the night will have in store for me and ‘nervous’ doesn’t seem to cover what I’m feeling. It’s 5am. I can’t sleep.
Here’s a sneak preview of what to expect from me tomorrow, I hope to see you all there.
My work for DJCAD’s Degree Show this year is now officially installed and presented. And I feel numb. So I have little to say on the matter at the moment.
Other than a huge thank you to my friends, family and tutors for all their help and support. Special mention to ‘Mother Harriette’ for her patience and helping hand this past week.
Here’s something I prepared earlier, some accompaniments to my show.
We do not cling to the past. The past is a by-product of a reluctance to let go of the present. We build collections to record a spectacular presence. All but the cataloguing is lost. Objects become something different: an image of recollection. They have shed their intended usefulness and now serve to be viewed and maintained. Rachael Disbury’s work surrounds this notion. The artist creates entirely new objects through a change of context and purpose.
Assemblage and installation based, the work is contemporary in palette and form, straying away from the ‘kitsch’ often associated with hoarded collections. Typed text is combined with gathered objects and constructed displays. The use of recognised items allows the viewer to look at the familiar, in an unfamiliar way.
The artist’s current research addresses the question ‘What Makes an Object an Artwork?’. The answer is multi-layered; the intention of the artist, the perception of the viewer and the curation providing context. Rachael Disbury’s practice is based on a belief that these components go ‘hand in hand’ in the experience of an artwork. Perception, purpose and placement are key factors in the resulting interaction.
After a long two days of prepping my sand mould, pounding it into a sturdy brick, it was ready to have bronze poured into it. The excitement of the pour is hard to describe. It really has to be seen. We waited an hour for the bronze to be melted in and before we knew it our casts were alight.