Back in the Studio

My plans for getting back in the studio for Mondays and Tuesdays, beginning two weeks ago, became derailed last week after a weekend long workshop in Cork, but that's the nature of plans. Those first two days saw me start some materials experiments with paint and wire and canvas. I had no particular aim in …

Semester 3 : Week 2 ~ On Your Marks…

Last week we had feedback on our end of summer assessment. My marks weren't bad but continued on a slightly downward trajectory from a strong beginning. Marks, they are a complicated thing. One can feel happy with ones work and get a mark that is not commensurate with that which makes ones doubt oneself. Alternatively …

Semester Three : Week Three ~ Confusion & and Being In-Between

All through this year, I have been grappling with how to express the inexpressible (as I suppose all my classmates have in one way or another). For me that thing is that place 'between' ; between fixedness and ephemerality, between success and failure, between the confining bars of structure and narrative, a thought that has …

Studio : Semester 3, Week 4 ~ Interaction, Participation, Performance & Thinking about Others

Last weeks crit ended with a performance piece created by one of my classmates which I really enjoyed. We were asked to perform an action together outside on the street in which she would intervene. But we were not to tell her what we were planning. We were tired and had no warning and the …

Studio : Semester 3, Week 7 ~ Proposal for work for final exhibition.

We each have to propose a place for our work within the campus and describe our reasoning. The tutors then will allocate us spaces. I am very relieved by this because if we had to decide ourselves if would have been extremely stressful. I know this from bitter experience. There is a particular skill to …

Semester 3 : Artist Research ~ Rachel Harrison, Ursula Von Rydingsvard, Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Yoan Capote, Huma Bhaba, Zhang Huan, Kathleen Ryan.

My research into artists over the previous two semesters was deemed extensive but not deep. I took this to mean it was too extensive so this semester I picked a couple of old favourites to refer too : Phyllida Barlow and Jessica Stockholder. However (there's always a however) in trying to resolve my 'blobs' I …

Studio : Semester 3, Week 10 ~ Behind the Black Curtain of Rage.

So last week work was halted in order to clarify my exhibition space. The interim has been spent exploring other possible options as I rather suspected I would be given short shrift and that turned out to be the case. We met first thing Monday, myself the painter and our two tutors. The painter claimed to …