Walking, Collecting, Painting -Preparing for the Degree Show

My degree work so far has allowed me to explore all kinds of subject matter, techniques, mediums and inspiration. Now I am at the end of three years of work, preparing for the degree show is challenging me to hone my skills and artistic voice.

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My project has developed from looking at collected objects from walks over the last year, they visualise various environments I encounter, remind me of the places I walk and document the interests I had from the season, weather and my own mood. I began arranging the objects together into compositions, as if to piece together the environment I walked through or to trace the thoughts I felt looking closely at the objects.

Painting is my way of exploring my subject. I try to hone the feeling, texture and weight of the object -from a fragile stick, the smooth pebble, or a rough shell in the palm of my hand.IMG_8909

Throughout painting the found objects, I recollected the joy of looking for limpets, shells and pebbles in the rock pools of Aberystwyth. The transient effects of the surface of the water allowed me to search for the object in paint through the layers of water. The objects naturally left by the tide created their own arrangement that echoed the fleeting moment of their position, which were like the moment of my own footstep in the sand.

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At this stage towards the exhibition, I am focussing on my paintings of rock pools and pebbles (below are two currently in progress). Now one month away to the degree show, our catalogue statements are written and we begin the process of selecting work for the catalogue and show.

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