Solidifying an Idea

From meeting on Wednesday, Ellie, Hazel and I (along with Ciara’s help) started to solidify an idea. We knew we wanted to occupy and own a space in the studio, but were unsure as to how to create some kind of cohesion from the work we have already done. I was the least certain as to what to focus on and ‘make’ for the spring term, but from talking to Ciara and the rest of my group it we decided that text might  be a route to go down. I had already written some poetry by splicing lines of poems together (most of the poets were female and therefore tied into Hazel’s piece). From this talk we thought that perhaps we could explore space and the dynamic between all our works, creating an immersive piece that overran a space. The text I developed could explore font and respond to the work that Hazel and Ellie made. Ellie was interested in mark-making and was in the process of developing a book. We thought we could translate her drawings to the space we occupied and create and environment from her playful and whimsical designs, as well as Hazel’s experimentation with material.

I also developed a Kintsugi plate piece  which is an Japanese method for repairing broken ceramics with a special lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. As a philosophy, it aims to highlight the history of an object, rather than disguising it. This practice stems from the concept called wabi-sabi, which celebrates the beauty of imperfection and this belief that even the imperfect possesses value.

I thought that the plate i created could relate somewhat to the exploration of feminism in Hazel’s pieces and also link to the feedback that our previous work was too precious and considered. Although from talking to Ciara she thought that the text pieces had a lot more potential to grow and fit into our collaborative installation.

Below are some examples of our separate work that we hoped to combine in an expansive installation.

Ellie’s work:

Hazel’s work:

My work:

During our session we began conceptualizing the space and roughly sketched what we envisioned in our minds. This helped us really consider the space and bring together the aspects we all wanted to include.



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