(#)TakingAstepBack (#)2014 (#)Reflections

(#)April

A few reflections of the last seminar “Process”. .

Firstly, visiting Peter Robinson’s studio.. being exposed to his space, being able to hear his successes, his challenges and seeing his art works laid out on the studio floor.. to me every object had its’ own beauty, its’ own perfection, its’ own characteristics even though there were similarities amongst them all.. I learnt that anything can be art, part of your process can be art, take ownership of your art, process and practice and create value.

Tanya Eccleston delivered a lecture on the word “critique”. . Critique is an important part of the creative process  . . It allows a detailed analysis of what the viewer is encountering . . “what does your art communicate and relate to?” . . your art is a vehicle that serves a message, “what are your intentions?” . . Critique is sharing “gifts of understanding” . . She went on to discuss the relationships between description and analysis, taste and quality and how these can effect your perception.  Affect was another key term discussed which means to define and acknowledge physical response; ones encounter where meaning resides and deals with the bodily response.

The practice and process of Phoebe Unwin showed passion, sketches which were used as gentle visual note-taking material, colour that translated into space/paintings, free to be instinctive, within the canvases she had space to respond to the colour . . she explored the material relationships utilising abstraction and fragmentation and aimed to communicate a sense of time and space.

(#)July

Mid-Year Exhibition – Assessment

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I speak of boundaries and control; the ways my genealogy defines who I am. To address this idea, I acknowledge my heritage; investigating the concept of traditional Maori weaving. I implement parallel traditional Maori methodologies from the foundation of an artwork, eventuating into the completion of a digitally constructed image or video.   The initial layout of a woven form starts with the laying of each whenu or flax strip. This is known as the whakapapa or foundation. I incorporate the use of my family homestead; this refers to building of my own foundation, metaphorically referencing the way my genealogy defines who I am.

Peer notes below written by Justine Giles..

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