Summer Project presentation and Manifesto

Presenting summer research, and Manifesto which should lead my work through the last year of BA.


We were fortunate enough to visit the Venice Biennale and see the art of the world. It was an exciting opportunity to learn and critically compare my own work. I could see many shared interest and I could position myself within the sculptural/installation type of work.
The French pavilion (by Xavier Veilhan) was fun, exploring the recording/artist studio and live architecture as a sculpture. Teamwork and desire for collaboration was one of the main pillars. This was highlighted by inviting over 100 different musicians to bring the pavilion to life using the instruments, some of them part of the building, which itself was inspired by additive and intuitive modes of construction.

The British Pavilion (by Phyllida Barlow) was my favourite with explosion of monumentally vast objects challenging preconceived ideas of sculpture. Domineering, bulging, they take over the space where the visitor has to pick their own way around and through a sculptural labyrinth.
However, the still have a distinctive human presence evident in their creation, with simple grey colour reminiscent of modern human built, offset with everyday bright colours.

Japanese Pavilion (by Takahiro Iwasaki) was great fusion of disorder that still embodies a sense of principle that is reminiscent in the nature, with his craft-like work that traverses the worlds of the micro and macro.

I shared the most ideas with the Danish Pavilion whose “Theatre of the Dark” was calling for the acceptance of impermanence, the unknown, and transformation as a natural part of growth, through light and spoken word performance in the dark.
The second part of the pavilion was a garden within a building with stripped down walls and windows with no limits between inside and outside, culture and nature, art and the world.


It brings me to the core of my art practice where everything exists so to interacts with everything.
We are born to interact with our mothers and the world around us, as the world will constantly interact with us, and with itself.

I’m especially interested in our interactions with nature, which evolved into elaborate experience of the garden, park or field where the nature is cultivated, grafted, curated and edited within a restricted space. Very similar to how our development and lives are guided by the space and society we live in.

I use additive and intuitive method of hand building, as if helping the clay to grow, leaving the marks of the interchange with clay visible, as tree rings are the evidence of environment interacting with the tree’s growth.
I want to develop a very physical and material language that doesn’t need to be translated, and explore ideas between this natural order and disorder, minuscule and monumental, within and through, systems and environments.


Summative Presentation

Wrapping up the 2nd year study and showing development through key stages in Ideas, Skills, and Context.

Video from the presentation:

March Formative Assessment Presentation

My presentation for March Formative Assessment, highlighting key points of development from beginning of our main SUBJECT project – Connections and Object(ions), and reflection on the Ken Stradling Collection.
Returning from FIELD module, it shows the significant creative impact it had on my SUBJECT.


PDF file of March Assessment Presentation

The Hunterian Museum, London – Wunderkammer Field Presentation

A presentation of our allocated museums, on their core collections and collectors, ethos, organisation, curation, architecture, history and context.
I was allocated the Hunterian Museum in London, within the Royal College of Surgeons’ Headquarters.

I was glad I got to research deeply and digest data on a scientific based collection. My fascination was quickly directed to the strong ethos of careful observation and objective scientific method, that led John Hunter to collect around 15,000 specimens.
This approach, and the exhibits themselves, helped him to make a number of breakthroughs in medical surgery, which the curation of the museum reflects.

During my presentation, straight after the presentation on another science based collection of Wellcome Foundation, a deep conversation on ethics emerged.
The collection itself, as well as how some of the artefacts were acquired, raised questions on what is appropriate in art, medicine and science.
The exhibiting of the objects, human parts, in a public museum setting requires special attention, that’s why the ban of photography in Hunterian Museum.

Field: External Collaboration – Week II

Final week of collaboration with other subjects, creating and presenting our proposal of manifestation of our group manifesto.

After presenting our manifestos last week, we were asked to now manifest our group manifesto into an object, intervention, zine, poster, or any way best suitable.

It needed to represent and show our ideas and directions of the manifesto to all students of CSAD, even the world.
The group went through all the activities that could show some points of our manifesto or enrich CSAD students’ lives, with proposals such as a feedback artwall, a sort of club room, a quiet space, a quiet room to work in, a new space to socialise. Everybody wanted to contribute with something, meeting multiple of needs, and we tried to include everyone.

To link it to the first group’s shared idea, my suggestion was a garden, and to represent the point of art existing in its own realm and the hardship of making art as well as ever changing nature of it, an ambitious dome enclosing a different world a tropical paradise, would show the idea to the point.

Between the buildings of CSAD
Empty paved space between the 2 CSAD buildings

The dome garden could even house all the other ideas, making a new, shared centre for the 2 separate CSAD buildings. The empty paved space needs to be improved and be more inspiring anyway.
The new ‘Hearth Space’ would also include a new reception, cafe, gallery space as well as the first ideas.
There was plenty options to

Back of CSAD
Proposed space for my garden dome.

explore and visualise, prepare for our Monday tutorial and presentation on Tuesday.
We all decided to explore and work on one aspect of the new shared community space, with me exploring further the garden which would be at the rare side of the new space.

Set with the ideas, I took number of photos of the space so I could print them, draw and create collages of the proposed dome.20160215_143811
This proved trickier than expected, I had difficulties with perspective and drawing the dome realistically onto the paper. Collage was a better option, but it showed more of the impression of the idea.
I tried to blow some soap bubbles to see how they would adapt to the space around. The

Blowing bubbles to see how the dome could adapt to the already standing building.

metal boxes represent the 2 buildings, with the smaller one in the middle the new space that would include activities and ideas of other group members. My dome garden, or bubble would be at the end of the new building.

I wanted to imagine, and show the idea more realistically, ideally even walk around and in the space, so computer software was the only option. As it was a very quick project, with many more ongoing I had no time to install and learn some new, professional software, therefore I went for the most easiest and accessible option: Minecraft.
Not the most ideal, but the best and certainly most fun option in this scenario. It was again just a draft impression rather then design with correct perception and sizes, but this time it was possible to walk around and go in, even fly over, giving at least some idea of the viewer’s interaction with the space.

A model of the new Heart Space and complete indoor garden in Minecraft.

As we had tutorial on Monday, I had to prepare all my ideas and visualisations for presenting to the group and tutors.

My Dome proposal
My board for our tutorial.

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Tea for Two – Presentation

Number of presentations and tutorials helping to clarify and refine our ideas, themes and direction of the project.

After the first presentation with Jennifer to Pete and year group, we realised our work is trying to encapsulate way too many ideas and themes: generation struggle and comparing it to previous generation, Staffordshire designs of the previous generation age, homelessness, current struggles of young adults, the post-financial crisis world.
They are similar and link in some ways, but it just became too cluttered.
Our set designs lacked experimentations and multiple stages of progress.

I proposed to look and direct our work on the ides of accommodation/containing and the lack of them, as I could see it as one of the common threads running through our broad ideas.
Jen didn’t object or suggested different directions, so I explored the ideas through the print workshop with Ann Gibbs which was a great place to experiment with the idea visually and practically; Ann giving me helpful feedback in the process.

This helped me to prepare for another presentation to Duncan, crystallising the new focused but still experimental and innovative directions.

Tea for 2 Presentation

I looked at teapot as allegorical object of domesticity and accommodation. Containing tea in its cavities.

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And fallowing inability of these qualities, how the material and shape would change.

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