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Mariam Aziz

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 2019 / 20

My time at City & Guilds of London Art School has taught me so much about the history of contemporary art, and how my practice relates to a lineage of female artists making artworks that touch the domestic sphere. I have been able to explore a range of mediums from ceramics to zine making, and I feel like the possibilities for my practice have expanded whilst studying here. My favourite artist that I discovered whilst studying here is Annette Messenger, she inspired me to use domestic objects in my own work which over the year has taken shape in textiles, sculpture and filmmaking. I am especially interested in how household items operate as a means of sensory production. I’m also inspired by Dadaism in the way that common objects can be repurposed to express political and social feelings.

Thematically, my work focuses on how modern art relates to disability and how the perceptions of disabled individuals can contribute to making interesting and innovative artwork. One example is my film ‘Please Give Me 30 Seconds to Respond’ which I made for the final major project. In my film I wanted to educate people about the wide range of responses Autistic people can feel when engaging with commonplace objects in the household such as a kitchen whisk and meat tenderiser. I also designed and made my own sculptures such as a bath sponge embedded with marbles. I tried to be open-minded about how I could provoke a sensory response, using everything from CDs that create rainbow effects to filming Playdoh as an object that can easily be changed into different forms. One of my biggest challenges on the course was developing the film’s soundtrack, something I had never done before. I recorded everyday noises and distorted the distressing sounds to show how an Autistic person might hear upon leaving their home.

My time at City & Guilds of London Art School has taught me so much about the history of contemporary art, and how my practice relates to a lineage of female artists making artworks that touch the domestic sphere. I have been able to explore a range of mediums from ceramics to zine making, and I feel like the possibilities for my practice have expanded whilst studying here. My favourite artist that I discovered whilst studying here is Annette Messenger, she inspired me to use domestic objects in my own work which over the year has taken shape in textiles, sculpture and filmmaking. I am especially interested in how household items operate as a means of sensory production. I’m also inspired by Dadaism in the way that common objects can be repurposed to express political and social feelings.

Thematically, my work focuses on how modern art relates to disability and how the perceptions of disabled individuals can contribute to making interesting and innovative artwork. One example is my film ‘Please Give Me 30 Seconds to Respond’ which I made for the final major project. In my film I wanted to educate people about the wide range of responses Autistic people can feel when engaging with commonplace objects in the household such as a kitchen whisk and meat tenderiser. I also designed and made my own sculptures such as a bath sponge embedded with marbles. I tried to be open-minded about how I could provoke a sensory response, using everything from CDs that create rainbow effects to filming Playdoh as an object that can easily be changed into different forms. One of my biggest challenges on the course was developing the film’s soundtrack, something I had never done before. I recorded everyday noises and distorted the distressing sounds to show how an Autistic person might hear upon leaving their home.