At first I wanted to exhibit 6 A3 images for the degree show. After careful consideration I decided to have only 4, but change the size to A3 plus so the size of each image is slightly bigger. I wanted to have a small boarder around the edges of each image. I decided to have two images that have been used with flash-the ones which were taken in a studio environment with objects surrounding the dolls. The other two images taken without the flash that only really focus on the two dolls, but with a barrier between them in the form of the plastic and cardboard box. I now need to consider how I want to exhibit these images, whether that would be to pin them to the wall or exhibiting them in frames.
After creating 20 photoshoots for my photography portfolio, I decided it would be a good idea to edit down final possibilities based on the 6 images I would like to display. I have taken shoots in both a studio and outside. I even approached some art students and asked if I could take pictures of the dolls within their artwork,as if the dolls are actually interacting and within that environment, so it would be a good opportunity to collaborate and put out work together. I have decided that out of all of the photoshoots that I have done, the ones where the dolls are in an actual environment where things are going on are the ones that I will be exhibiting, because people will connect with those everyday environments and a lot more humour will be projected through the images rather than the ones staged in the studio.
I have created another two chalkboards. I wanted to create two more because I wanted to create chalkboards that looked less chaotic as the previous four that I had made. I wanted to combine both physics and boilogical imagery. Again, the imagery isn’t a direct representation of science, but I wanted it to appear as if it is. I started by adding the gridlike diagram by simply drawing straight lines onto the boards then adding markings that look similar to circuit diagrams, I wanted to use white pencils because I wanted the lines to not be smudged, I wanted them to look precise and as if I had carefully thought about the structure of the lines. I also wanted to create a focal image for each board, something that the viewer would be instantly drawn to, compared to the chaotic look of the four chalkboards I had previously created. I wanted to use a range of different media for the focal images, such as graphite, chalk,white pastel and black pastel to add depth and create a variety of tones, as if the image is a 3D representation. I also used a putty rubber to create a glow around each focal image, to make the images appear to have importance to make the viewers recognise the markmaking aswell as wondering if it represents something which is academic.
I’m in the foye, this is where I want to exhibit between two and four of my chalkboards; I want the boards to be exhibited alongside each other and with an equal space between each board. The boards are not allowed to be drilled to the wall so therefore I’ll have to find an alternative way of exhibiting the chalkboards. I have also had discussions about putting other pieces of work into a small room within the campus; I want it to be a small space with a chaotic presence, to have loads of pieces of work scattered everywhere as if it’s a mad scientists room. One of the possibilities is room 024.
By working in the corridor at the back of the main studio gave me the chance to practice exhibiting my work. As the weeks progressed and the work began to pile up I decided that I would like to start nailing pieces of my work to the wall so that I could make certain compositions of each body of work and have an idea of how it would look on the walls. By having this corridor space it allowed me to consider where would be best to display my work and think about what requirments I would need to make in terms of wall space, lighting, etc. By using this space it made me realise that I would like to exhibit my work in two different spaces; one would be a small confined room which would have a big mass of work within it to overwhelm people, the other idea is to have atleast two of my large chalkboards fixed to a clean wall space so that they look more professional and it’s opening the opportunity to consider one particular style of my work.
Here are some examples of different ways of combining the work and arrangements.
I thought that it might be a good idea to buy scientist objects such as a white lab coat and classes and dress up as if the images have been taken as I’ve been drawing on the boards. This shows a preformance side to my work, and something which could be considered for the degree show. It offers the chance to make the work more humourous and playful.
I think that these 4 pieces of work have been my strongest to date because of the fact that they make such a big impact. By carefully selecting the strongest points of my test pieces; really thinking about the work that I wanted to create to move my work on in this year and in terms of how I wanted the audience to react to my work, I had to consider two main things, mark making and scale, I wanted work that was detailed yet something which looked quite chaotic and look like it could represent something quite academic and complicated, looking back at the previous work that I had done in the sketchbooks helped me to think of compositions and image ideas, I wanted the viewers to really question what my work was about and I wanted them to believe that it is a scientist that had been working something out, yet finding within the chaos, high quality mark making skills that could be the main focal point of the board. Although I have little knowledge in science and mathematics, I still wanted it to look believable, but also to take into consideration how my work could be respresented in terms of an art subject. Once I had created this work it gave me so many ideas on how I could take this idea of fakery further, for example, using different subject matter and incorporating some of my photography skills by creating c types of installations that I could create from the imagery used on these chalkboards.