Practice in Context – Sculpture

Monday 22nd May 2017 – Reflection

I feel that I have progressed immensely with the Sculpture Module this year. At first to be honest I wasn’t to happy to be creating work with no context but soon got into the playfulness of doing just for the sake of doing.

I had quite a few fails along with successes and I think that I stretched each piece using either photography and digital manipulation or video. I also used skills gained in the Video module to create the video that is to accompany the sculpture exhibition.

I really enjoyed making the coral sculptures and envisaged that I could make an entire room filled with them in response to the death of the Great Barrier Reef.

I took advantage of my trips to Pontio to learn different methods that can be used within sculpture and I feel that I gained more insight into sculpture as a result of this.

Tuesday 16th May 2017 – Video of Corals

After a request from Helen to create a video to accompany our Sculptures that are to be exhibited, I decided to record some video of the sculptures to include with the exhibition. My plan is to overlay the video of my coral with video of reflections in water and some real footage of the Great Barrier Reef, my piece seems to have gained a very current environmental context all of it’s own making.

The video below is just the raw video but I wanted to include some in my blog here.

Tuesday 9th May 2017 – Sketchbook

All of my sketches have been placed into a sketchbook for the assessment.

Practice in Context – Video

Monday 22nd May 2017 – Reflection

During this second year of study my confidence with video has increased a lot and I have found that video has become an integral part of my artwork (in all areas).

So far, I have uploaded 50 videos to my Vimeo Account, and this is only a small portion of the videos I have created.

I have found that the work done this year has given me a solid foundation and some good ideas for moving forward into the 3rd Year. In theExtended Practice (ARF 503) and Specialist Study (ARF 505) modules in particular I have been keen to experiment in video and move towards Projection Mapping, however in taking smaller steps this year and becoming more confident with the software, I feel I am better placed to achieve my future goals of at least experiencing projection mapping.

As part of my role as Blog Ambassador I have been on hand to help other students with their Premiere Pro and Photoshop related issues.

During the preparation for the Galeri Exhibition I was also asked to create a Talking Heads Video from footage recorded by Helen of each of the artists answering questions posed by Emrys. I have also been asked to do this again for the third year exhibition.

All in all, far more confident in Video Work and this has impacted the other modules that I have also worked on this year.

Sunday 19th March 2017

Research: After Effects

In late 2016, we collaborated with Mai Family Services, a Michigan based NGO to launch a film addressing the issue of domestic violence that women in the South Asian and larger immigrant community face in the United States.

Written by Sofia Ashraf, and featuring the voice of Ratna Pathak Shah, this spoken word piece aims to raise awareness regarding the unaddressed problems these women endure everyday.

So this is how its done! The A -Z of creating a project with yours truly and my talented band of magicians. I wanted to show all the different steps involved in the creation process while adding an explosion of colour and wackiness to it all! And of course everything is shot in camera frame by frame with the magic of stop-motion!!

This film is to remind us to stand united and continue to strive for a better, more connected world where all are respected as equals. We might think or look differently but in the end we are all human beings. We hope this piece conjures up some inspiration to act with strength and compassion in all of our daily interactions.

Let us stand together.

Division & Unity is a comment on how our digital age has shaped and influenced us, and a message of how we’re stronger together.

NONE is a short film that explores the balance of light and darkness.  It has a personal narrative which plays with the notion of finding yourself amidst the noise around you.

Practice in Context – Printmaking

Monday 22nd May 2017 – Final Reflection

I think the experience I have gained in Printmaking during my second year at Coleg Menai has been invaluable and has helped me become more confident and assured as an artist.

In my Specialist Study (ARF 505) module I used the prints that I created in this module as as part of a Projection Experimentation. Here are some of the results that I achieved. I really like the idea of using prints to further develop digital artwork involving video and projection and see this as a potential way forward.

Wednesday 17th May 2017 – My Book Arrived

My Digital Book arrived today, I am so pleased with the outcome of this.

Friday 12th May 2017 – Mounting Prints

I printed my prints onto Lokta Paper for presentation at the assessment. I then mounted the prints onto mount board.

Friday 12th May 2017 – Print Scholarship

Having been further inspired by the print making experience I have gained during the second year at Coleg Menai I decided to apply for the Print Scholarship at the Wrexham Regional Print Centre and I have been spending the past couple of weeks preparing my application.

The Blog Post Application for Printmaking Scholarship contains the details of this application.


Saturday 22nd April 2017 – Digital Book

I created a Digital Book to accompany the handmade book of prints. The Proofs are displayed below:

This book included the poem The Day the War Came by the childrens author Nicola Davies.

The Day the War Came

The day war came there were flowers on the window sill
and my father sang my baby brother back to sleep.
My mother made my breakfast, kissed my nose
and walked with me to school.

That morning I learned about volcanoes, I sang a song about how tadpoles turn at last to frogs.
I made a picture of myself with wings.
Then, just after lunch, while I watched a cloud shaped like a dolphin, war came.
At first, just like a spattering of hail
a voice of thunder…
then all smoke and fire and noise, that I didn’t understand.

It came across the playground.
It came into my teacher’s face.
It brought the roof down.
and turned my town to rubble.
I can’t say the words that tell you
about the blackened hole that had been my home.
All I can say is this:
war took everything
war took everyone
I was ragged, bloody, all alone.

I ran. Rode on the back of trucks, in buses;
walked over fields and roads and mountains,
in the cold and mud and rain;
on a boat that leaked and almost sank
and up a beach where babies lay face down in the sand.
I ran until I couldn’t run
until I reached a row of huts
and found a corner with a dirty blanket
and a door that rattled in the wind
But war had followed me.
It was underneath my skin,
behind my eyes,
and in my dreams.
It had taken possession of my heart.

I walked and walked to try and drive war out of myself,
to try and find a place it hadn’t reached.
But war was in the way that doors shut when I came down the street
It was in the way the people didn’t smile, and turned away.

I came to a school.
I looked in through the window.
They were learning all about volcanoes
And drawing birds and singing.
I went inside.
My footsteps echoed in the hall
I pushed the door and faces turned towards me
but the teacher didn’t smile.
She said, there is no room for you,
you see, there is no chair for you to sit on,
you have to go away.
And then I understood that war had got here too.

I turned around and went back to the hut, the corner and the blanket
and crawled inside.
It seemed that war had taken all the world and all the people in it.
The door banged.
I thought it was the wind.
But a child’s voice spoke
“I brought you this,” she said “so you can come to school.”
It was a chair. A chair for me to sit on and learn about volcanoes, frogs and singing
And drive the war out of my heart.
She smiled and said “My friends have brought theirs too, so all the children here can come to school”
Out of every hut a child came and we walked together,
on a road all lined with chairs.
Pushing back the war with every step.

Saturday 8th April 2017 – Handmade Book

I prepared a handmade book that contained all of my prints and the associated aluminium plates.