Hugh Mendes, Studio Visit, 21st March 2016

Space Studios, London Fields, London

Administration

Analysis

Communication

Negotiation

Personal and Professional Development

Time Management

Working Autonomously

Following the MFA Group's visit to Space Studio, 16th February 2016, for the Art Parlour session where we were given an insight in to the London Art Ecologies and a chance to visit two artists Studios that of Ben Cove and Hugh Mendes, I followed it up with an email to Hugh. I was really excited when I saw Hugh's work and met him. I felt that at that particular moment my work was starting to fall in to a similar hemisphere. Initially my reaction was to ask just to have a chat but while I was procrastinating and hoping for Hugh to respond it hit me that actually this would be a fantastic opportunity to initiate another project. The idea was still percolating and not fully formed but essentially was about the opportunity to meet other artists in whatever they deem to be their studio, record our conversation, take some photographs for me to paint from and for the artist to give me a 2D object that I can collage into the painting. From this I was hoping that it would springboard forward so that I may be recommended or introduced to other artists. I feel that this idea will manifest in time but while I am committed to the MFA I cannot take on more than I can manage.

Hugh was enormously welcoming and generous with his precious time. I am aware that we all have very busy lives. Hugh praised me on being enterprising, taking the initiative to contact another artist. He we very encouraging and generous showing me a number of other artists who worked with newspaper, including a show he had curated. 

Reflections

 

This was a really interesting and enlightening way to interact with an established artist. A fantastic way of expanding my professional network and certainly something that I would like to embark upon more often. 

I feel that this could kick start a new project that would feed into my interest field as well as continuing to develop more professional connections.

Negotiation

Personal and Professional Development

Presentation

Public Speaking

Research

Technical Skills

Time Management

Working Autonomously

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