Tagged: Interviews

Kat Preston

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Age:
21

Level:
5 , Year 2

Home Town/Country:
Shrewsbury, England

Medium Used to create your piece?
Charcoal

What is your piece about?

I would like that to remain unknown for viewers own interpretations.

Does your piece have a title? If no, What would you call it?

Untitled 6

How was your work developed through out this project? Why have you chosen that certain medium? 

My project was to explore the unconscious through a developed technique of free drawing. I used this way of working as a sort of visual diary to reflect the everyday emotion of self. The images imitate how emotion is felt through the figure; hence, the ever-changing dysmorphic figures in the series. I then analyzed these everyday images from the last 3 months and chose key pieces to reflect the emotional journey of life; of being a woman.

Light and dark has always been a key feature in my work. I chose charcoal, as it is great for achieving those chiaroscuro tones I am fascinated with. In this series the light represents truth; the truth that often is hidden by the conscious.

What is your favorite type of medium?

Charcoal because it is a very free.

Do you consider yourself an ‘artist’? How would you describe your style?

Yes I am an artist.

 My style is sculptural that delves into Surrealism, Feminism and Art Therapy.

What influences you with your work?

The unconscious; where the true emotions lie.

What has been the best advice given to you as an artist? What advice would you tell to young artists?

Always be true to yourself.

Where do you see yourself in the future? Do you have any plans?

I would like to be a successful artist in a community of creatives.

What do you consider as ‘good’ art? Art that is great to look at or art that leaves you with an impression?

Good art evokes emotion and has something to say that is true.

What is your favourite piece of Art in the world and why?

I don’t have a favourite piece; I like a lot of works for different reasons. I am absolutely in love with Jean Arp’s sculptures. They are abstract contours but they hint at the female form; they are incredible.

What comes into your head when you hear the word “Perception”?

Perception is subjective.

After hearing about our show so far, what are your thoughts?

Intrigued to see the variety perceptions of the figure.

How do you prefer your work to be displayed? Do you prefer to display your work yourself?

Up to the curators.

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Nathaniel Hornsby

Nathaniel Hornsby

Age:
20

Level:
5 , Year 2

Home Town/Country:
Northampton, England

Medium Used to create your piece?
Watercolour on paper

What is your piece about?

This series of paintings is based on a hike me and my friends took last year. It was a part of a visual documenting phase where I would paint my friends in their daily surroundings. The series from the walk is to acknowledge the companionship between the group and the success of the trip. I wanted my motives to be simple, avoiding the deep and complicated theories that are often found in an artists work.

Does your piece have a title? If no, What would you call it?

The Series from the Walk.

How was your work developed through out this project? Why have you chosen that certain medium? 

I basically found a medium I enjoyed and decided to focus on it. Each painting it feels like you’ve learnt something new, and in the past year I think it shows in my work. As a medium it’s very rewarding in that way.

What is your favorite type of medium? 

Watercolour.

Do you consider yourself an ‘artist’? How would you describe your style?

I have always had a fear of taking myself too seriously so I have always avoided calling myself an artist. But since the idea of attempting to make it as one after uni is becoming more
and more likely, I’m slowly coming around. I would describe my work as figurative and
verging on photographic…

What influences you with your work?

I find people and their traits interesting. Any work revolving around this intrigues me.
Because of this I am very interested in film which has been influential.

What has been the best advice given to you as an artist? What advice would you tell to young artists?

The constant nagging of teachers or lecturers to experiment and try new things… After the enjoyment I have gotten out of watercolour painting it something I now have a lot of time for, and would also be my advice.

Where do you see yourself in the future? Do you have any plans?

I’m enjoying painting and i’ll probably keep doing it no matter what. The dream is to be a successful painter.

What do you consider as ‘good’ art? Art that is great to look at or art that leaves you with an impression?

For me it’s usually both. But have time for both sides of the spectrum..

What is your favourite piece of Art in the world and why?

I’m afraid I don’t have one.

What comes into your head when you hear the word “Perception”?

I guess in this context, it’s what people focus on when they see at a person. Or in terms of art the conclusion the person comes to, as it often varies.

After hearing about our show so far, what are your thoughts?

It’s an interesting idea. You guys seem pretty on the ball so it sounds like it’ll be pretty good.

How do you prefer your work to be displayed?

When it’s a painting like this I think it should be straight forward.

Do you prefer to display your work yourself?

I’m not too fussy but I think it’s important to at least have at least some involvement.

Amy Flynn

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Age:
20

Level:
5 , Year 2

Home Town/Country:
Stafford, England

Medium Used to create your piece?
Oil paint, Acrylic, Thread

Measurements:
22” x 18”

What is your piece about?

I was exploring the perception of ideal beauty, and discovered that there was a scientific calculation for the ‘perfect face’. I painted a self portrait, cut it up, and then re-aligned It according to how my face would have been if it followed these aesthetic guidelines.

Does your piece have a title? If no, What would you call it?

‘The ideal face 1’ (Numbered as it’s a part of a collection of work)

How was your work developed through out this project? Why have you chosen that certain medium?

I began painted, but then developed it into a more three-dimensional version of paint as I looked more at using masks and performance within my work.

Do you consider yourself an ‘artist’? How would you describe your style?

Yes, I have quite a grungy free style usually, however this made me be a lot more delicate and precise.

What influences you with your work?

Our own cultures obsession with plastic surgery and horror films.

What has been the best advice given to you as an artist? What advice would you tell to young artists?

Always take advantage of the studio!

Where do you see yourself in the future? Do you have any plans?

Not sure yet! Hopefully a working artist.

What do you consider as ‘good’ art? Art that is great to look at or art that leaves you with an impression?

An impression, through studying at Margaret street I’ve found that a lot of the time it’s a lot more interesting to look at the ideas behind a piece rather than the finished project. Sometimes I’d much rather see someones Studio Diary than their work!

What is your favourite piece of Art in the world and why?

Art is always changing, I think it’s hard to have a favorite piece!

What comes into your head when you hear the word “Perception”?

The different ways of viewing a piece of work, people can see the same piece of work but come to completely different conclusions.

After hearing about our show so far, what are your thoughts?

Very professional!

How do you prefer your work to be displayed?

Not too fussy, it’s cool to be creative with the presentation sometimes.

Do you prefer to display your work yourself?

If it’s delicate yes, if it’s sturdy I don’t mind.

Harriet Swanston

Harriet Swanston

Age:
21

Level:
6 , Year 3

Home Town/Country:
Winchester, England

Medium Used to create your piece?
Film

What is your piece about?

The group dynamic in a male orientated class of composers.

Does your piece have a title? If no, What would you call it?

Composition Class of 2014

How was your work developed through out this project? Why have you chosen that certain medium? 

Started with individual portraits and then progressed to group portraits, I have chosen film because I initially wanted the direct and clear depiction of a group and the photograph developing to film and the minimal movement promoting the confusion with the medium.

What is your favorite type of medium? 

Film and mono print.

Do you consider yourself an ‘artist’? How would you describe your style?

I would consider myself an artists and my style is simple film portraiture and basic mono print from mass media.

What influences you with your work?

People and the depiction of masculinity.

What has been the best advice given to you as an artist? What advice would you tell to young artists?

‘ one of the best comments that a teacher ever gave to me was made to our class in Glasgow, “you’re here for four years, don’t feel that you have to leave and be an artist, just enjoy the four years that you have here because you will never have this amount of freedom again”’ Douglas Gordon

Where do you see yourself in the future? Do you have any plans?

I am currently volunteering with Ikon education and learning team I am torn between a career in arts education in galleries and recruitment. At the moment I don’t have any plans, just need to see where life takes me.

What do you consider as ‘good’ art? Art that is great to look at or art that leaves you with an impression?

I think that good art is defined by the impression it leaves in the viewer’s eye, not necessarily a memorable impression at the time or aesthetically interesting but something that lead the viewer to question something that they wouldn’t have questioned before.

What is your favourite piece of Art in the world and why?

Marcel Duchamp’s fountain. Its amazing how the simplicity of a piece can change the perception of art on so many levels.

What comes into your head when you hear the word “Perception”?

Mediation and the change of view.

After hearing about our show so far, what are your thoughts?

It sounds interesting and professional for a first year project.

How do you prefer your work to be displayed? 

Simple clean lines.

Do you prefer to display your work yourself?

I don’t mind, but as the projection is hard to set up I am happy to be involved in setting up.

Faith Mcferran

Faith Mcferran

Age:
20

Level:
5 , Year 2

Home Town/Country:
Liverpool, England

Medium Used to create your piece?

I have two pieces being included in the show, one uses paint, print and paper manipulation on tracing paper and the other uses light and shadow projections.

What is your piece about?

My work is about the dissection of the human body. I focused on what makes us all the same and used the human anatomy as a base. I wanted to show how you can peel back the layers of cosmetic values and skin and reveal that we’re all essentially the same underneath.

Does your piece have a title? If no, What would you call it?

Dissection”

How was your work developed through out this project? 

I’ve always used influences of the human body in my work, so I knew my main focus was going to be on some of the more gruesome aspects of the anatomy. At the beginning of this project I started it off with my shadow manipulation process and then developed on to create more three dimensional work like my mixed media paper sculptures.

Why have you chosen that certain medium?

I manipulated the tracing paper so I could pull back parts of the top layer and reveal what was beneath. The translucency and fragility of the tracing paper appeared most akin to that of human skin and the soft tissue below it. For my projections, I chose to represent the contrast in bone colour with light and shadow. I used the shadows to portray the movements of the limbs and structures of the body, manipulating them like shadow puppets.

What is your favorite type of medium? 

During this project, I haven’t favoured a certain medium in particular; I preferred to use a number of different types of media together to create a final mixed media piece.
However, one of my favourite aspects has been sculpting the tracing paper layers and manipulating them into a curl or a curve the show what lies beneath.

Do you consider yourself an ‘artist’? How would you describe your style?

I feel like I am on the path to becoming an artist, but I know there is also always more to learn and explore about my own work. I hope to push and break boundaries with my art, creating work that may shock or entice the viewer. The reason for this is because a lot of my work situates around the concept of death and my style is quite horror based.

What influences you with your work?

My personality influences a lot of my work, especially aspects like my clothing style and music taste which have always been quite alternative ever since I was very young. I have always had a fascination with things that are considered different from the’ mainstream’ life. The human anatomy has also always been a massive interest and influence to me, I’ve always had a morbid fascination with it.

What has been the best advice given to you as an artist? What advice would you tell to young artists?

My father, who is also an artist, offers me the best advice by telling me to make the most of every opportunity in university while I am there. I would encourage other young artists to work as hard as they can if they are really passionate about what they do, because that’s the only way you’ll get somewhere in life.

Where do you see yourself in the future? Do you have any plans?

I am currently just enjoying the freedom to explore and discover my own style of work so I am unsure as to what the future holds as of yet. I hope to move on to do my Masters Degree in the future.

What do you consider as ‘good’ art? Art that is great to look at or art that leaves you with an impression?

In my opinion ‘Good art’ is work that moves or overwhelms the viewer. I also love art that offers insight into the artists own individual experiences and personalities.

What comes into your head when you hear the word “Perception”?

When I think of the word ‘Perception’ I think of peoples own values and opinions on a certain topic like art. It is a word that allows the viewer to think for themselves instead of having a thought being shoved or projected upon them. Whether this thought is awe or even disgust, they have the right to choose themselves.

After hearing about our show so far, what are your thoughts?

The show seems to offer a different insight on the human body and I am excited to be a part of it. I look forward to seeing it up and running!

How do you prefer your work to be displayed? Do you prefer to display your work yourself?

Last year I had the opportunity to display an artist’s work the way I felt it should be seen, and the artist himself said that he would have never chosen this perception himself, but he loved it more than his own idea. Because of this, I am happy to let the curators of the group choose how they personally would like to display my work because it offers a different insight and perception to the pieces.

Marcus Tsang

Marcus Tsang

Age:
21

Level:
6 , Year 3

Home Town/Country:
Walsall, England

Medium Used to create your piece?
MDF Board, White Matt Paint, Duck Tape

What is your piece about?

It’s about the process of ageing. Physically and Emotionally

Does your piece have a title? If no, What would you call it?

‘Overtime’

How was your work developed through out this project? Why have you chosen that certain medium?

I have used Duck Tape for 2 years now and I feel that is what defines my work now

What is your favourite type of Medium?

Duck Tape

Do you consider yourself an ‘artist’? How would you describe your style?

Yes, I am an artist of the everyday

What influences you with your work?

Everything I see on a daily basis or the Internet

What has been the best advice given to you as an artist? What advice would you tell to young artists?

Just try it!

Where do you see yourself in the future? Do you have any plans?

Being an artist is a possibility if a good opportunity arises

What do you consider as ‘good’ art? Art that is great to look at or art that leaves you with an impression?

I think that Art can be either, However it must have elements of both and must fulfil one the best it can.

What is your favourite piece of Art in the world and why?

I don’t have a favourite. However I prefer less known artists, as I feel they can sometimes be underrated and some contemporary artists can be overrated

What comes into your head when you hear the word “Perception”?

The point of view from the individual

Anna Sheppard

Anna Sheppard

Age:
20

Level:
5 , Year 2

Home Town/Country:
Northampton, England

Medium Used to create your piece?
Wax

What is your piece about?

The candles were part of a series of work of which their content explored the female body in particular. Although behind its aesthetics the notion of sadistic tendency became apparent.

Does your piece have a title? If no, What would you call it?

These are not titled as they were very much unresolved and still remain much of an experiment. Each candle presents something different whether it is the colour or its formation and so there many be multiple titles that could be applied, one for each individual piece.

How was your work developed through out this project? Why have you chosen that certain medium?

For many of my projects I like to make use of multiple mediums, learning processes and the properties of materials. In this case I produced a number of photo-shoots, all of which presented slightly different contexts as they developed from one to another. The candle wax became a rather appropriate material to work with due to its fluidity but also it’s ability to change form when in different conditions.

What is your favourite type of medium?

I couldn’t name one medium that I prefer to work with.
I am very much interested and enjoy photography. However I have more recently pushed myself to use and understand the nature of other materials and how they can be formed or manipulated to form sculptures. I have now so far worked with film, print, textile, metal, glass, wood, plaster and wax.

Do you consider yourself an ‘artist’? How would you describe your style?

Yes. I am an artist who makes my own work that is of genuine interest to me. I am unsure of a particular style that I would fit into, though my work suggests links to the surrealist artist, possibly from a feminist perspective at times.

What influences you with your work?

I am forever interested in the female body. I suppose initially this was driven by the female imagine in the media however as I develop my practice I have began to engage with it in different ways, mostly in a sexual context.

What has been the best advice given to you as an artist? What advice would you tell to young artists?

To never stop making, your best work sometimes happens when least expected. I’d also say never say no to any opportunity.

Where do you see yourself in the future? Do you have any plans?

The ideal would be to continue being an artist full time and produce successful work. In the mean time I would welcome any opportunity to gain any experience working with and alongside other artists. I believe there is still a lot left to explore before I know exactly where I want to settle in the arts industry.

What do you consider as ‘good’ art? Art that is great to look at or art that leaves you with an impression?

Art that is enjoyable to look at is great but I think there are so many talented people that to make something look good may seem the obvious outcome. To produce art that leaves you with an impression is always that of which is most effective. Whether its positive or negative if it remains with you and communicating with you then it is proven successful.

What is your favourite piece of Art in the world and why?

I’m not sure that I could select one piece as my favourite.
An ever lasting exhibition experience was Nan Goldin in Berlin 2010. Her collection of documented photographs taken of her and her friends in the 70’s which was then concluded with a video interview of herself and some of her featured friends and associates from that time. It provided the missing elements and stories behind the captivating images.

What comes into your head when you hear the word “Perception”?

The way in which a person reads any information presented to them.

After hearing about our show so far, what are your thoughts?

I think that you can a good range of differing work, presenting many different contexts however they are all coherent in a perfection of the human figure.

How do you prefer your work to be displayed?

Due to the pieces being unresolved they never reached the stage where I considered displaying them and therefore I would be happy for anyone to use their interpretation and imagination to stage them as they in vision.

Do you prefer to display your work yourself?

In normal circumstances yes I do like to present my work myself as I will have my own vision as to how it should look and I can be quite the perfectionist when it comes to positioning items.