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.
I've been looking at the relationship I have with my birth father and how I perceive his identity.
As I was looking at the picture I have of him I begun to realise that I do not have a connection with the man in the photo. I had very little memories of him. Then one came back to me. I remembered always receiving a packet of Rolo's when I saw him (which I don't think was often). Suddenly the blank space was filled with Rolo's.
This is the second experiment with using the role packet.
I have covered up his Identity with the role packet as a representation that this is how I remember him. As opposed to a blank space and lost memory, he does actually have quite a fond memory. As simple as it is.
Some pictures of the process of making "Lost Memories"...
This is 'Lost Memories' as a finished piece.
This piece is a representation of memories that have been passed down to me through objects of sentimental value to my birth mother. It is very personal to my story, but I believe is something that all viewers can share a connection with.
Sadly I couldn't take any pictures of this exhibition, which was a shame as the pieces in it where beautiful.
However here is the link to what the V&A have on their website: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/the-fabric-of-india/
It was great to see this exhibition, to see where the origins of textile's began in a country where it seems to have had most impact. It has given me insight to the different ways that textiles can be used and how there are many ways identity and expression can be woven or dyed onto the fabric. It has made me realise the importance of decisions around use of colour can have on my work as these aspects can holding meaning as much as the content.
Indian textiles are embedded in every aspect of its Identity ... Religious worship finds expression through cloth..."
The above text was taken from one of the plaques in the exhibition, a statement about textiles in India. It stuck with me as a saw a correlation with the reasons that I am using textiles to express my story and views on identity.
This was a great workshop! I had a lot of fun getting my hands dirty and made some interesting experimental prints. With this workshop I learned a more simple printing technique - monochrome printing. although it is a simple technique you can achieve many finishes with it and there are endless possibilities. This is definitely a technique I would like to acquire!
I see how working with this medium could bring a new dimension to my work. I love the delicacy that can be achieved even when printing on to paper.
From this workshop I can not wait to learn more about other printing techniques such as screen-printing and look at other ways to display or assemble my prints together. For example with binding fabrics together to create books.
Today I went to a shop called Butterfly Fabrics, situated on City road. I found some great fabrics to start experimenting with: Cotton, Muslin and Poly-cotton. Some lovely weaves and textures to experiment with printing my images on to, dying and practising my embroidery techniques.
I have chosen to work with fabric, in particular looking at working with some of these kind of fabrics as I feel they will be best representatives of the delicateness and fragility that is present with in the subject Identity for myself; and the subjects with in my story that I am telling.
I have been a bit stuck with the beginning of this project. I haven't known how to follow on my research. I have had many questions: "Am I researching the same topic or has it shifted?","Am I just redoing what I have done before? - and is this what I want to do?" have been my main questions.
So it was great to have a chance to talk these out with my tutor Holly. It was great to have a one on one tutorial with some fresh eyes and ideas. It really help me to see what I'm doing from a new angle. Talking with Holly let me see what I was supposed to be looking at to move my project forward.
the questions I had been previously worrying about had been clouding my judgement and disallowing me to see what I had found interesting about this project before. I was getting stuck on the 'wrong' questions!! It really opened doors for me. Lead me to some new areas of research.
I have discovered the artist Annette Messager. I feel like the aesthetics of her work really resonate with what I would like to achieve. The tutorial has also brought to my attention that my research should not just focus on my research topic and artists that have done similar work too, but also into the techniques that I wish to use. this way I can make sure that my work manifests its self in a way that will translate best to an audience.
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.