15th February - 22nd February 2016
Corridor Show (leading to MFA Studio), Wimbledon College of Art, London
The opportunity to collaborate with another student from the MFA was an exciting prospect. The collaborative aspect helped us to identify some common concerns. Yuchen Fang is a painter too but her works are abstract whilst I work figuratively. For this show we met up and showed each other our work and discussed our ideas. It became clear that Yuchen's work was linear and so to create a dialogue I decided that I would respond by creating same size works which could hang in a long line.
I produced thirteen portraits of commuters, still keeping within my current interest of communication. Each work is an oil study of a commuter or person that I had travelled with or walked by on my journey to and from Wimbledon. I decided to use the free papers that are available to commuters, Metro and Evening Standard, and study the texts and photographs to find a tenuous, assumed link between the subject and the paper.
The resulting work meant that I had three commuters that were standing and the rest sitting which reflected Yuchen's vertical lines she had created on the opposite wall. I made a decision not to allow my papers to flap in the space as there was stillness to Yuchen's work and I felt that that would then be distracting. My works were nailed quite loosely so that they still had a visual formal line but had a life beyond the rigid flat of many 2D artworks.
Reflections: I feel that Yuchen's and my works complimented each other and created a successful dialogue within the corridor space. However, Yuchen's felt resolved whereas mine were still work in progress. I feel that these paintings/ studies can be taken to a more finished level. See Assessment Day.