Inspired by a train ride through berlin before lockdown. Focuses on my relationship with my friends and my houseplants
Throughout this course I have been able to pick up a range of new techniques and learn new crafts which have allowed me to grow and refine my own practice. This discovery of new processes has also allowed me to reflect on my own preferences in terms of style, medium and subject. Screen printing, acid etching and pewter metal casting are only some of the new skills I have picked up. I have also explored more experimental techniques within painting through the use of collage as starting process. As well as these, an oil painting workshop help me push my own practice through the discovery of mixing mediums and types of pigmentation.
For my final project I have been exploring the human consciousness and human relationships with each other, themselves and nature. I began by looking, mainly portrait artists. Artists such as Lucian Freud and Cindy Sherman were particularly inspiring. It’s interesting to see how different people interpret portraiture in different ways despite the subject always remaining roughly the same. At the start of my project I wanted to focus on the more technical side of the mind, why we do certain things and how as a species we have developed functions beyond fight or flight. However, in quarantine, my work began to focus more on relationships, both with my friends and with my plants that I collect. I didn’t have a lot of resources at home and so I ended up reusing old canvases so I had to make sure that I recorded my work well as I went along so that I could paint over the previous work. In the future, I see my work being influenced by this year, I’ve grounded my love of portraiture and will definitely be developing my style using this year as a bench-mark.