I have learnt many things in part one and two: like how to get inspiration exploring a range of approaches to drawing and mark-making, an example: in exercise 2.6 I learnt how to get ideas from the not so obvious. Sometimes having to dig deeper into what I see at first value.

Each exercise has taught me something new.

  • My research: I learnt about new practitioners and the importance for me to be able to be critical and analyse their work, so that I not only come up with my own conclusions but so that I can learn from their ideas and their processes.
  • From exercise 2.2: I learnt and responded to Melisa Zexter’s and Marcelo Monreal’s work. I also learnt more about my own identity and how complex that can be.

  • Exercise 2.3: In this exercise I was able to learn more about what conceptual art means. I learnt ways of changing images to create new and more interesting ones. I was also reminded of the importance of recording my experiments with information of how and what I did and what I would change or do next. This is an area where I continue to struggle with. I really enjoyed deconstructing images to then construct them again in a new way. The process of Photocopying on acetate was a new discovery to me and one that resulted in some exiting samples.

  • 2.4: Taught me how to create the feeling of writing in a image. My research into Jette Clover and Cy Tomby became invaluable for my process.

  • 2.5: Works based on music -This was a revelation as I learnt about Alison Carlier’s ways of sketching and using sound. I also learnt about the benefits of not giving away all of the information in a piece of art allowing room for others to fill the gaps. I learnt different ways of creating looser marks and to use music as a tool for inspiration to create interesting marks.

Summing it all up I think the result of part one and two has been that I have produced a varied body of samples. I have became looser and much more exploratory resulting in me coming out of my comfort zone. I think I have taken more risks.

I still need to work on my critical thinking as this is still a challenge for me. I need to worry less about the final outcome in my samples and maybe not obsess about finishing them. I have refrained myself in doing so but I still have a long way to go!

Another area where I need improving is to find the time to research more practitioners and visit more exhibitions that I find interesting (away from the brief) and document this better.

I am hopping that I will be able to explore my learnings further and continue to develop the processes I have learnt in part one and two. I also feel that part one and two has helped me grow artistically I feel that some of my work has crossed lagoons (like Edmund de Waal said in his interview in craft magazine) I look at some of my samples and they have crossed from me viewing them as crafts to me seeing them as art. I think this has been as a result of my early research into other practitioners and also because I explored different methods and media. I do feel I have definitely got my money’s worth with OCA. 😊

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