Advanced Practice - Assignment 1

Writing a Personal Statement


Today I have made a start on my Advanced Practice module.

Review your work

Beginning to think about my current work and what links things together.  My favourite pieces from my personal practice all have a strong link to nature and organic forms or to mental health awareness.  Whilst studying my Foundation Degree I definitely developed a 'style',  however my work is now often referred to as 'simplistic' and 'cute'.  I completed my degree 6 years ago, so most of my reflection is on the personal practice that I have continued with since then.


The thing I enjoyed the most about my degree work was having such random starting points or briefs.  I get so hung up on what the final outcome/product will be now that I don't stretch myself as much as I did then.  I am looking forward to pushing myself out of my comfort zone and of finding that more scientific aspect of my art again.  I seem to  have quite a strong science/specimen/antique feel to my degree work yet my recent personal work has been much more 'cutesy'. 


My favourite outcomes from my Illustration & Print FD



My favourite examples of personal work so far

The reason I have disregarded other pieces of my work is because I am not as proud of them or, to be honest, they just don't interest me as much anymore.  They are works that I have left behind and had fun with at the time, but don't feel the need to re-visit or develop any further.

Identify Key Words

The tools I use most often are - 
  • Ceramic clay
  • Watercolour and Acrylic Paints
  • Pencils
  • Paper
  • Sculpting tools
  • Modroc
  • Polymer clay
  • Textiles/mixed media/up-cycled/found objects
  • Photoshop

The vehicles of work that I find most interesting are
  • Books (handmade and digitally produced)
  • Sculpture (Ceramics as well as other forms of clay and plaster)
  • Mixed Media
  • Functional (I like to try and give my work a purpose)

The visual quality of my work could be described as - 
  • Organic
  • Narrative
  • Simplistic
  • Quirky
  • Handmade

The type of content that I am interested in -
  • Work that addresses and raises awareness of well-being issues
  • Illustration and storytelling (for adults or children)
  • Anything fantasy or folklore based
  • Raising awareness for the planet/nature
  • Combining mixed media art and literacy/narratives
  • Therapeutic Art


The 7 key words that seem most important - 
  • Organic
  • Narrative
  • Therapeutic
  • Mixed Media
  • Quirky
  • Simplistic
  • Raising Awareness

This list of 7 words relates quite well to my current practice and represents my style and preferred ways of working.  Whilst describing work I have already done, this could also describe work that I want to develop further and areas that I want to focus on.  I have just completed a qualification in Trauma Informed Art Therapy and I really want to try and link this to my artwork.

Statement


I am an illustrator with a focus on raising mental health awareness and promoting well-being.  I create character based narrative work in a mixed media approach; leaning towards a combination of watercolour and pencil for 2D work and a range of materials for 3D work.  

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