The question I have been asking at the moment is "how do you stay positive and move forward with your practise after negative feedback" After having to resubmit work from my first term, finding enjoyment in my process has been hard. It - unluckily for me - came at a point where a lot was going in personally which was making me question a lot about myself, so learning that the aspect of my life I thought I was able to do I had failed in, didn't feel to great.
To make this a positive experience. I have tried to make it a couple of weeks where I had the chance to review my previous research and reevaluate my position. With this in mind it has been a more positive process going back through my research and rewriting and refining the thoughts I had/have on various artworks, artists, and schools of thought. It has helped me to pick out what was valuable out of the research from my first term and refine my artist statement. I feel now that I can be clearer when speaking about what my work is aiming to address. With the rest of the exploration term I hope to refine how I will use the mediums that my thoughts and concepts will be embedded with in.
This resubmission has also highlighted the importance of how I present my work. Ideas and research seems to be able to be lost depending on the format I choose to use. Also how presentation of work can differ so much from discipline to discipline. When I say this I refer to my dance practise; when showing research process and final works in the past how this is presented seems to have differences to the expectations I have found in this Fine Art course. When it comes to presentation of written work and tackling the PDP for this term. I have decided this term I have to create and stick to plans, and set myself tasks with weekly deadlines. That I will review and write weekly reviews on weekly plans and the tutorials and seminars on Wednesdays.
When faced with time of doubt like this I feel it has to be embraced as much as times of clarity. It has moved me forward with my practice and taking my to discover new things that I hadn't previously considered.
This piece is being exhibited as part of the Creative Exchange's group exhibition in Cardiff (12 High St. Arcade) between the dates of 27th January - 7th February. It is part of my ongoing Masters research where I am looking at the concepts of identity and displacement of identity that I find is apparent in myself through my experiences of adoption.
It was created in response to a dried rose left to me from my birth mother. The fascination with this object came from the apparent lack of significance to my past in comparison to the other objects that all came from the day that I was born. These objects where things such as tape measures that contained the height and weight I was that day, the bracelet that I wore, pictures of my birth mother and birth father and the rose.
My research around the question that I have around the rose lead me to looking broadly at the meaning and symbolism of the rose.
All my work is autobiographical, created through reflection from memories and objects linked to my past before I was adopted.
Something that has become apparent from tutorials and lectures though my first term at CSAD is getting feedback from the public and peers on my work from crits and exhibits. Being apart of the Creative Exchange has given me the chance to do just that. Over the Christmas period I began developing work in progress to exhibit in an empty shop exhibition along with other students and graduates of CSAD. The experience has been an eye opening one as I have had the chance to experience what it is like to be apart of creating an exhibition as previously I have had knowledge of showcasing dance which is a completely different experience. For me it highlighted how much more planning and consideration I can put into the viewing experience into my work. I had thought hyperthetically into how I wish my work to be viewed but hadn't quite got to the point where the practicality of it was realised.
Doing this exhibition also gave me a chance to start getting to grips with how to use social media to promote myself and the exhibition (and everyone evolved!) up until now I had not gotten to grips with using social media and being active on it from a professional point of view. It has lead to being able to get my work and the exhibition on to a wider platform; recognition with radio show invites, local televised interviews and other art and dance companies recognising my work.
Being apart of this exhibition has opened up a lot of dialogue with other artists and art platforms and I am feeling inspired to continue with developing my work from a research and art practice perspective. I will also be looking to continue to show work in other pop up exhibits and crits within CSAD as I am recognising this a constructive and rewarding process.
Jodi ann Nicholson
I am a multidisciplinary artist. my training started at the Contemporary Dance School, TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Continuing developing my creative practice at Cardiff School of Art and Design in their Masters in Fine Arts course.