Now I have completed my MA I am going back to my old blog so please now find me at

http://ruminations-and-rambles.blogspot.co.uk

I do hope you will continue to follow my visual art adventures, ruminations and rambles and thank you for all my comments here.

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I have given up with wordpress as I can no longer access it on my rather ancient Mac! It is so frustrating when you have a computer that works perfectly well and then you can no longer use it for certain actions – in the last few months I have been unable to use Skype, Dropbox and update Adobe Flash – now WordPress is added to the list. I suppose at some point I need to get a new computer but quite honestly while this one is working I don't feel much inclined to spend money (at the moment just for these few things!). It was going to be my final post on WordPress anyway as I have now finished my MA in Contemporary Art Practice and I was only using it to post about my MA practice.

So I am back to using good old reliable blogger and this post is just to show some photos from my MA show in July at Royal William Yard, Plymouth

A busy PV
A Circular Walk 2014 Artist Book, Collagraph
A Simple Method is adapted from the original by Karen Howse
 
 
A Long Walk 2014/5 60 collagraph prints
A Long Walk detail
A Long Walk detail
A Long Walk detail
Way Markers 2015 series of 6 collagraph prints

Way Marker 2015, Collagraph with blind embossing
Prints-on-the-go 2014/5 Monoprints
Prints-on-the-go detail

It was a brilliant opening and I really enjoyed myself – after all the hard work it was finally time to relax
I'd like to finish this post with some words sent to me after the show – it was so kind of Richard to take the time to give this review.

‘The challenge of usingthe space and creating, installing was brilliantly done. Your walkinstallations transformed the space, watching people interact with your work,walking the line or circling the light added to their energy’

‘A Long Walk’ installation.

People were studying individual prints but in doing sobowed in reference to the qualities of each individual (print). There was aspiritual space, about a metre from the work where they stooped to look, aprayer wall, thought wall, feeling wall, or simply a diary or record of momentsin time with nature. Lots of individual elements, but looking down the line,seeing the beginning of the journey and the distant end, the perspectiveplaying with the angled prints and the linear repeating patterns of decalededges of pristine paper, the whole and the sum of the individual parts onlyadded to the spatial dimension of the work and the space it was within. Theidentity of one print was added to by the relationship with its neighboursometimes close sometimes farther apart, the vertical prints vibrated, had apattern, a signature, a beat. It is an infinite horizon line which if walkedwill continue to adapt and change to the responses to time and place’.

 

Richard Sunderland

Artist

http://www.richardsunderlandart.com

 

 

IMG_1056Walking briskly through the woods near Fingle Bridge yesterday – moving the camera as I walked to try and show the sense of ‘passing through’.  Also an experiment with making a short movie of ‘prints-on-the-go to demonstate the process.

I’m thinking of including these in my crit next week to get some feedback

Our first seminar on Tuesday by Rebecca Harris, a former MA graduate, has inspired me to take up the 66 day drawing challenge (66 days is needed for a task to become habitual apparently). She gave a really great talk about her practice since leaving the MA course.
I have done several quick large drawings about walking in the stormy weather we have been experiencing lately. It’s got me thinking about possibly including them with my ‘prints-on-the-go’.

 

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I’ve had a tidy up, looking at my work and now intend to spend a few hours reflecting and working in my journal

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I quite often think I’ve not done much work because I don’t have the space in my small studio at home to display it all together. This week I was given a temporary space at the university by one of the MA full timers who isn’t using it – so I’ve taken full advantage and started hanging my walking ‘prints-on-the-go’ and putting out my collagraph prints – I’m surprised by how much work there is in just a week – nothing is finished of course! I now want to spend some time thinking about how it is working and what I’m trying to communicate through my practice – this was highlighted in my tutorial last week. Being able to ‘live’ with a body of work makes such a difference!

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I collected a mass of fallen lichen, from the recent storms on a long walk along the river at Ivybridge on Saturday – I have a fascination with this material – it was too wet to do anything with on the walk so I brought it home and it is now drying out in the studio – I will try some prints with it and maybe use it in a new collograph plate.

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