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Cara Cottam

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 2019 / 20

Etching, Silkscreen, Monotype, Chine collé

First exploration into print directed towards experimenting with different types of printing methods, looking into shape, texture and the repetition of a circular motif throughout the works.

As a process-based artist, my interest lies in experimenting with different materials and seeing how I can manipulate and transform them. Analogue photography is a core interest of mine and exploring its subject has provided the basis for which I develop my ideas and processes. I have recently been using light-sensitive emulsion in my work to expose photos onto different surfaces, for example, latex and various fabrics. Towards the end of my project, I have included more sculptural elements; using raw materials to interact with my photography and transforming 2D pieces into more sculptural work. Experimenting with an idea, understanding a process and pushing it to its extreme is what has motivated me in my project.

Developing from paper to fabrics and beginning to use light sensitive emulsion to expose my images onto the fabric. Still continuing with the reference of brutalist architecture and structures.

Liquid light on Somerset Velvet paper

Liquid light on Somerset Velvet paper

Fabric dome exposure with Liquid Light

I chose to make some small structures out of rebar; still making a correlation between my prints of brutalist architecture but also reflecting this in a space. The latex not only interested me as it adds a certain contrast in the characteristic of the two different materials but I also enjoyed experimenting in the dark room to see if the liquid light would react with the latex.

Glass, fabric fused together.

Practicing the process of fusing glass to fabric and how the two materials respond to each other, still continuing to bring industrial and more sculptural influences into my work.

A catalogue of my exploration in London of all of the buildings that have been included in my research and outcomes in my work; The Isokon ,The RCP, IOE, the Brunswick Centre and high rise blocks.

Bringing out certain elements of the photographs and using digital manipulation instead of using the dark room to achieve the compositions; shape, mirroring, repeating parts of the same image/different images, inverting and light balance.

Initial thoughts on using either film or montage for my photos. 

This film is an installation video of my response to the most recent work I have done during this project. I have taken my photos and arranged them in a montage as well as filming acetate sheets and their shadows of more abstracted photos. I also have projected words in reflection to the book ‘High- Rise’ by J.G Ballard which focuses on the social and emotional aspects of the lives of people living in a high-rise block. I have also produced audio to go with the film which consists of flat dwellers from London talking about their experience living in blocks as well as the architect Denys Lasdun who reflects on his work designing brutalist buildings.

Film In Space

Etching, Silkscreen, Monotype, Chine collé

First exploration into print directed towards experimenting with different types of printing methods, looking into shape, texture and the repetition of a circular motif throughout the works.

As a process-based artist, my interest lies in experimenting with different materials and seeing how I can manipulate and transform them. Analogue photography is a core interest of mine and exploring its subject has provided the basis for which I develop my ideas and processes. I have recently been using light-sensitive emulsion in my work to expose photos onto different surfaces, for example, latex and various fabrics. Towards the end of my project, I have included more sculptural elements; using raw materials to interact with my photography and transforming 2D pieces into more sculptural work. Experimenting with an idea, understanding a process and pushing it to its extreme is what has motivated me in my project.

Developing from paper to fabrics and beginning to use light sensitive emulsion to expose my images onto the fabric. Still continuing with the reference of brutalist architecture and structures.

Etching, Silkscreen, Monotype, Chine collé

Liquid light on Somerset Velvet paper

Liquid light on Somerset Velvet paper

Fabric dome exposure with Liquid Light

I chose to make some small structures out of rebar; still making a correlation between my prints of brutalist architecture but also reflecting this in a space. The latex not only interested me as it adds a certain contrast in the characteristic of the two different materials but I also enjoyed experimenting in the dark room to see if the liquid light would react with the latex.

Glass, fabric fused together.

Practicing the process of fusing glass to fabric and how the two materials respond to each other, still continuing to bring industrial and more sculptural influences into my work.

A catalogue of my exploration in London of all of the buildings that have been included in my research and outcomes in my work; The Isokon ,The RCP, IOE, the Brunswick Centre and high rise blocks.

Bringing out certain elements of the photographs and using digital manipulation instead of using the dark room to achieve the compositions; shape, mirroring, repeating parts of the same image/different images, inverting and light balance.

Initial thoughts on using either film or montage for my photos. 

This film is an installation video of my response to the most recent work I have done during this project. I have taken my photos and arranged them in a montage as well as filming acetate sheets and their shadows of more abstracted photos. I also have projected words in reflection to the book ‘High- Rise’ by J.G Ballard which focuses on the social and emotional aspects of the lives of people living in a high-rise block. I have also produced audio to go with the film which consists of flat dwellers from London talking about their experience living in blocks as well as the architect Denys Lasdun who reflects on his work designing brutalist buildings.

Film In Space