An online exhibition produced by art students of Suffolk New College, Ipswich.
TRANSITION (Noun) the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.)
TRANSITION is an online project providing young artists the tools to adapt and be resilient to change with the current climate.
For this project, students have worked independently within a varied range of media and workshop sessions including: printmaking, fine art, painting, fashion and textiles and photography. The resulting new work has been digitally documented to produce images and gifs of their work that are presented to the public through this virtual exhibition, giving the students exposure and live work experience.
For my transition project I have worked on becoming a more professional photographer. The reason I did this is because I want a career in nature photography. I thought how good this project would be for my future career as I could transition from a student photographer to a professional photographer by creating a photography brand for my work. I printed my brand onto garments.
The Kuleshov Effect is a method used in film editing. It was used by Lev Kuleshov to show meaning between two sequential shots. It shows transitions between one place to another and an object evolving into something else.
4 x Oil on Canvas. 210 x 297 mm. 2021
The figures have been reduced to their bare essentials: simply the punch and what drives it; the innate animal violence in conjunction with the authoritative force of emotion. A human without their animal tendencies nor their human emotions, is a mere shadow.
Examining liminal space and transitions in relationships. Taking influence from Emin and the Arte Porvera movement; I wanted to create my own physical liminal space that also represented the mental liminality, (in regards to relationships ending), whilst also exploring art and symbolism in everyday objects. I built the space and used text to attempt to convey a message and to create an unsettling feeling (associated with liminal space (both physical and non-physical).
The viewer is able to open the door and close themselves inside. There is a light in the top left corner, so the viewer can see the text and suitcase when the door is closed.
Polycotton sheeting & Timber
I have created this 3d version of myself to represent masks we use in society and as people to disguise who or what we really are inside. In everyday life we all have roles to play which involve disguising emotions in certain situations such as in working environments or putting on a brave face in front of family or friends.
The word mask is particularly prominent at this current time due to the ongoing pandemic which involves us wearing a physical mask as protection from an illness. Although the mask serves a purpose in covering our mouths, in many respects it serves as a symbol of the loss of communication and contact we are so used to. As a society we are using technology more to demonstrate our thoughts and feelings and certain signals/thoughts/emotions may be lost in translation through technology.
Using technology to communicate has changed the world, how we see it and how it sees us. Social media platforms offer an array of beautifying filters to enhance our looks and bring us closer to the perfect expectations of millions of viewers. The image many choose to show the world is often edited and perfected to fit a mould we have all come to accept as normal. This work is to demonstrate the emotions that may go on behind that facade and how easily our senses can be deceived.
These images were created to bring awareness to three different topics, which are NHS and care workers and the hard jobs they do, body positivity and giving second life to old clothes. The reason why I chose these topics is because of how we need to appreciate the NHS and care workers more for how important they are to our society. Also with the body positivity, I wanted to show every generation that there isn’t a set body type that you have to be and that every body type is beautiful. Then the reason why I choose to use the topic of giving second life to old clothes is because how it will help the environment if we reuse clothes that people don’t want and repurpose clothes that we don’t want and sell on.
After researching migration I discovered that problems do not always end for refugees when entering the UK . Sometimes they find themselves or their loved ones in one of the UKs immigration detention removal centres. This is what happened to the young woman whose story inspired me to create my art works.
He was waiting in arrivals at Heathrow, she was 24 years old this was the first time she had left her native country. Her passport carried the ‘Family Reunion’ stamp from the British Embassy which would allow her to rejoin her refugee husband in the UK. Six months later in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, she had six ‘episodes of acutely severe mental distress’ involving self-harm. She was frequently in isolation or handcuffed to prevent her self-harming.
The High Court found that she had been detained unlawfully for almost eleven months
Over the years men and women have transitioned into wearing clothes that were stereotypically thought of as mens or womenswear. I wanted to create this magazine cover to show that men and women can wear anything they feel comfortable in.
Many years ago, it was known that men had to stick to suits and women had to stick to dresses and skirts, which is now a stereotype that is starting to break.
I wanted to make my final piece look very sleek and minimalistic, which I feel I achieved.
For this project I wanted to improve my animation skills and I aimed to also create portfolio work as well. For this project, I was inspired by action movies of the 90s and I added a sci-fi twist to it. This scene acts as a prologue to a larger film.
War and peace has been an inevitable transitionary state throughout the history of mankind. These link print artworks are inspired by the pain and the hope represented by the poppy fields in Flanders with the poppy representative of the destructive nature of humans and the seed the representation of the transition to rebirth and a new chance for hope.
Below. 520x945mm, oil on canvas. 2021
Attempting to mimic the isolation displayed by this subject, the symbol laden figure is placed centrally with areas of negative space surrounding, the artificiality of many of my aesthetic choices exacerbate its uncanny nature, along with the self-aware symbols of movement that defy the dynamics of the scene. I was particularly interested in exaggerating my palette in the areas which are tonally nuanced, as my inspiration for this painting was the work of George Bellows, particularly his boxing paintings.
Punch-in. 210 x 297mm. oil on canvas. 2021.
This piece is intended to evoke recognisable shapes from the collective subconscious, the abstractions are solid in form, as if from a dream, the function of this very definite object is vague. The symbolic connotations of corporatism match the reserved attitudes of the 1950’s, which is where the primary aesthetic of this object has originated.
Poker under lamp. 210x297mm. oil on canvas, 2021
This painting attempts to subvert normal depictions of a space by intentionally misinterpreting the physics and the layering of objects, contrary to their expected placement in the scene and in frame.
I want to portray a fantasy style hero’s journey in a series of watercolour paintings. In able to represent the force of transition within this journey, the tone and landscape of each painting will transition from the themes revolving around The Hero’s Journey’s Ordinary and Special worlds.
I wanted to use my own personal experiences growing up as a young artist to understand how I could educate society on the stigma around the creative arts. After understanding the value of self reflection it helped me deep dive and analyze my experiences to help see why perhaps so many artists tend to feel isolated and ashamed to want to study and pursue in the arts. After I figured how the negative comments shape myself and many others feeling this way I wanted to try and educate people on how this negative view on art as a career can actually make aspiring artists quit their passion as it is drummed into us it is unrealistic which could even lead to introverted behaviours. So I made an Instagram campaign post to raise awareness covering this topic. To think that over 30% of the worlds jobs are within the creative arts and we still have to deal with comments like “it isn’t a real job” is dreadful and needs to change. Society is the biggest killer of artists.
The mixture of digital and traditional art to create in a style of the pre digital era that will stand time despite changing current trends. The use of halftone and handmade textured paper layers made from real paper, enhance the effect of the traditional style. More of this art work can be seen from my website https://interlaced.myportfolio.com
I decided to do my final outcomes as a series of posters on mental health. I have also created mockups on photoshop to showcase how I would have exhibited these posters as well as how I would have reached my target audience.
We all experience mental health, whether it’s good or bad. We transition from one head space to another. Especially during this challenging time due to covid, we should all be aware that help is out there for us to access and that we are not alone
A sample from a collection of pages, using the transition of light through surfaces.
Personal growth allows you to develop the skills and discipline to all that’s possible. Sometimes making successful changes in your practice requires making changes in yourself as well. I have created an illustration piece that represents personal growth of an individual through a plant growing in someone’s hands. I think this is a great way to show personal growth as a plant growing can represent a fresh new start and progress in becoming a better, more skilled and stronger person.
A series of collages reflecting a transition of time using snapshots of events throughout my day.
“Looking Out” is a piece that I created around looking out the window. It is set around lockdown and not being able to go out, the perspective of someone looking out and noticing the changes while they acknowledge the changes in the world as they spectate.
Fast Fashion to Sustainable fashion has been an arising issue since big brands such as primark , boohoo and missguided launched. There needs to be a transition out of fast fashion if we have any chance left of protecting and saving the environment.
Within my pieces the main message has been to reduce , recycle and reuse when it came to making my fashion garments. I reduced the use of fast fashion from not buying and supporting the companies , recycled old unwanted materials and reused old garments to paint on creating my protest pieces. I needed this message to be bold within my work and was inspired by Phoebe English’s nothing new collection when it came to creating. Using old family and friends clothes and reusing them represented a way to end fast fashion and if more people every day took a step in this direction it could be done.
I wanted my garments to look very rough around the edges and handmade. This then represents the message in a different way showing that creating your own clothing can also end fast fashion and anybody can give it a go. The protest pieces are loud , bold and unique as painted jackets are on trend. I thought I’d create my own. Researching into fast fashion protests gave me an insight into the anger surrounding the issue. So I captured this in strong messages and big bold red lettering on my garments.
Morpho and Friends is about a group of plasticine characters coming to life and finding out they are alive. This was all animated spontaneously, so there is no actual plot or summary to the storyline. It is just characters walking around and doing either nothing or just doing small things, such as presenting slapstick humour.
Some of the characters were either based on the robot characters from Portal 2, tribbles from Star Trek, skutters from Red Dwarf, Catdog, American TV show Big Mouth, James Huson’s merry Christmas claymation and many other projects. I chose to do this, because they are my favourite kinds of TV shows, movies, video games, books and others, either as an adult now or when I was a child.
One of the characters is called Morpho. He is the orange shape-shifting character and he is based on British plasticine model Morph. Morpho has the ability to shape-shift into different shapes and sizes. He is also the main protagonist of the entire group, hence the title, Morpho and Friends.
I was trying to create an animation for young adults and older children, to expand on my audience range, because I sometimes have ideas just for young adults or older, but I was also trying to show I can have ideas both for adults and children, even if they are separate.
I hope you enjoy and/or enjoyed this project.
I also have a YouTube channel for animations and videos, where I create my own sort of shows, pilots, movies or drafts. I have a lot of past projects I did in college when I was working in Media and Art.
I also have another YouTube channel, where in the Comments, I create paragraphs called “In A Nutshells”, where I use funny words and bad grammar to humourise any plot line of any movie, show, video game, book or other.
Creating work on the theme of TRANSITION these young artists have explored a new found reinvention of self within local, wider and global communities.
In this unique year artists have been unable to exhibit and share work in a physical space. One of the greatest challenges that the creative industries and artists have had to cope with during the pandemic is how to reach an audience. This means being adaptable and changing how we think and approach reaching them.