Easter Holidays: Making Plastic Useless, by Making it Art

I have been working on a piece with two main components – a canvas made entirely of plastic drinking straws stuck together side-by-side, with a landscape painted on it. In front of this is a face scrub bottle on a plinth, rotating slowly, with the same landscape painted on it. This work encapsulates all the…

Easter Holidays: Plastic Coral Reef Idea

As the final exhibition deadline gets closer, I am beginning to develop ideas for my final piece. One of these is to create a coral reef entirely of waste plastic. This is inspired by my earlier project involving making jellyfish out of plastic bags. It involves the same idea of depicting how much plastic there…

Easter Holidays: Poseidon Painting

I have begun to make a painting depicting the Greek god of the Sea, Poseidon, getting strangled by an old six-pack ring. To create this painting, I used watercolours because they complement the marine subject matter. The idea is a branch of this term’s environmental series, and it follows on from works such as my…

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…

Spring Week 10: Jellyfish Video

What have you made? This week, I deviated from this term’s practice quite a bit and made a video about how turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish. The video is 1 minute long, and shows both normal plastic bags and some of the jellyfish I made in an underwater context to show how similar they…

Spring Week 9: Plastic Bag Jellyfish

For my presentation this week, I made three jellyfish out of clear plastic bags, which hang from the art department ceiling by thin, white, almost invisible thread. The piece is a continuation of my environmental work; particularly my WEEK 7 work which focused on how turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, eat them, and get…

Spring Week 6/7: Environmental Series

This week, I began to create my week 7 piece. It featured four paintings on four plastic bags, depicting a sea turtle’s birth, life, and death from eating a plastic bag. There was also a manifesto written across the four bags: “Plastic is versatile and does not biodegrade. It is cheap to produce and malleable….

Spring Week 6: Sound Workshop

I have a profound interest in sound. I love music and have a keen desire to learn about the process of making it. I’m learning to play guitar and aspire to record my own music soon. It’s all very well writing a good song but to raise it to its full potential requires the right…

Spring Week 5: Environmental Series

This week, I made a frame out of recycled materials and wrote a manifesto on a plastic bag and I used these as a means to present my painted face scrub from week 4. This was a way to display the face scrub in a way that celebrates the recycled materials theme and simultaneously includes…

Spring Week 4: Environmental Series

After the Reading Assembly in week 3, I’d become enchanted with art being a way to engage people and say to something. It is important to me that my art has a relevant message, because in my opinion that is one of the main purposes of art. In week 4, I began a series of…

Spring Week 3: The Tate Exchange

As students who are rapidly approaching the halfway point of our degrees, it is becoming more and more important to consider how art fits into modern society. Thinking about art outside of the context of our education is vital if we are to pursue a career in art; an increasingly important consideration. In the third week…

Spring Week 2 – Pt.2

With the deadline fast approaching, I began to panic and I desperately looked for ways of inspiring myself – I looked online for videos about certain artists (which you can read about here), and I looked around my room and got out every piece of artistic equipment I own: This heap of stuff included paper…