Spring Week 11: Spring Exhibition – “This Is What We Did”

Shown here is the work I submitted for the Spring exhibition. It is a more detailed realisation of the plastic jellyfish idea, and I think adding more of them really adds to the impact. As you can see I chose to keep my spot in the corridor, because it means the jellyfish are the first thing an audience member sees when walking into the exhibition – giving the piece more impact.

I think the piece’s enigmatic, ghostly atmosphere is effective and it makes the viewer feel immersed, which is reminiscent of Olafur Eliasson‘s work. However, the piece lacks a clear statement against plastic, which worked well in my plastic bag manifesto and is something I want to incorporate in my practice.

This is my last piece before the Easter break, and I feel the main things i’ve learned from this term is that putting labour into an artwork makes it work well for me, which is true with my painted face scrub bottle and plastic bag manifesto. I’ve also learned from my own practice and feedback (as well as artists such as Christian Boltanski) that large-scale pieces are often more immersive and have greater impact. Text manifestos are also effective, because they make my (often fairly complex) ideas clear, and also draw on the literary aspects of them such as Oscar Wilde’s quote, “All art is quite useless.”

These are the main aspects I took into the Easter holidays to prepare for my final piece.

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