End of Autumn term reflection // Encounter

At the start of term, I was still very much continuing with the work that I was producing the last term of the second year. I found that this year I really began struggling with creating work just for it be aesthetically pleasing, I realised that in order to have a larger sense of purpose and be a more cohesive image I need to be reacting/ responding to words be with articles or pieces of writing such as poems or short essays. This term I have been experimenting with several different mediums gouache, watercolours and even acrylics, initially at the start of the term I was trying to be more selective with my medium use and visual language, however, I found that this was what was making my work become stale so quickly because I was becoming to over-analytical of the work when really I wasn’t giving it a chance to become more expressive since I didn’t know what I was trying to convey in the first place. I think this term that I have really learnt to trust my own aesthetic and material judgements in terms of my use of materials are compositions on a page. After looking at artists such as Marion Deuchars and Jean-Michel Basquiat I have realised the importance and strength of hand-rendered processes and the effect that these can have on a viewer. For the next term, I really want to keep exploring the tactile mediums and how I can use them to influence my own practice but in my own way. Also, the experience having to produce a website gave me the need to become more selective and critical of my own pieces of work and what I would think I would want online representing myself. My aim next term is to have a more cohesive style of working and responding to words, I potentially want to start looking at creating a non-linear narrative in response to some short essays or poetry as these are often the words I feel I connect with best. I want to become more assertive with myself and give myself tighter deadlines and stricter briefs such as dimensions etc in order to create work that is more alike to work that I could potentially be creating after graduation in order to actually achieve the level that I want to achieve. For much of the term, I found myself struggling with the levels of imagery, for example, the ornate and extremely figurative work that I found myself continually returning to because this is what my conscience felt secure doing this was the work that also wasn’t exploring or expressing anything. My reading for my dissertation has also been causing me to think more about the complexity of society and our own interactions, for example, Bathes’ essays Mythologies, especially the ‘Toys’ essay looking at how children’s toys are now a reflection of the adult world, I think by looking at stuff that isn’t just ILLUSTRATION will help me to think bigger as it will help me to start creating my own imagery instead of just relying on imagery presented within already written words.I think that this term has been the start of me finding my own place within the practice and realm of illustration and how I can potentially explore it more in the future, especially since I can now recognise myself as content servicer rather than a content provider since I think before I was trying to do both without really doing either of them particularly well.

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