Invited to Shrewsbury Art School to see the final show of the students I’d given a talk to a few month ago. The standard was great.
Fireplace: Seb Berkeley “I have always been fascinated by dreams and I know that many artists and cultures have been influenced by them I deterred from being influenced by the classics surrealists such as Bosche and Dali and found myself away from the mainstream and looking more into children’s illustrators such as David McKean whose style had a profound effect on the evolution of my illustrations.”
Face: Alex Heath “I looked at more immature humour through artists such as David Shrigley. At this point I decided to start changing pre-existing images to make them funnier, looking at artists like Dr Larka and Karen Eland. After seeing Duchamp’s Mona Lisa, it became set in my head that I wanted to put moustaches and facial hair in general on women. So then I went through a cosmopolitan magazine and drew on all the women, and that developed the sort of style of moustached and bearded illustrations.”
Pen tops: Dan Jones I decided it would be enough to just interact with the object and have that as the art. By this stage I had spent some tome reading about Marcel Duchamp his readymades and his concept of infra-thin and this had an influence on one of my pieces where I presented 3 everyday objects that I have interacted with physically: a plastic cup that I drank water out of and then bit into, a plastic bag that I’d carried shopping in and six pen lids that I’d absentmindedly chewed.
Blackboard lists where the graduates are heading off to next
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Wardrobe: Samantha Dobson “I wanted to portray how arguments in my past were intimidating and uncomfortable. “Therefore to capture the notion of shutting arguments away (where they don’t disappear they are just hidden). I have used a wardrobe which I have suspended to symbolise unreliability and unsteadiness, which compliments what an argument can cause I did face various issues with hanging the wardrobe as I wanted it to be safe and secure though not look fake and forced (for example) by wrapping it with chains I overcame this by tilting the wardrobe forward, not only making it even more intimidating, but this also allowed me to suspend the wardrobe at its strongest points using rope without the rope causing the wardrobe to lose its harrowing effect.”
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Yellow speaker: Devon Forrester-Jones I explored digital media and gave a lot of thought over how it mirrors how we perceive the world, and then I began to bounce between analogue and digital to compare the two formats, and I think this works to show how technology and human minds work in similar ways.