Submission for Nationwide Degree Show - Billboards and Site Specificity

Thanks to the timely genius of our technician/demonstrator, Chris Bebbington, I made my submission just in the nick of time, from the link in a recent email from deputy HOD, Tracy Piper-Wright .

I think this is an amazing way to rekindle some of the spark which has been lost as our Art and Design Degree Show is now taking place in VR. (Worth noting that an enormous amount of work is doubless taking place behind the scenes to ensure CASC Gallery do our work justice in digital platforms, for which I am extremely grateful). 


My submission to the Billboards competition reads - 

I find collage an exciting and expeditious medium in which to work. One of my most vivid childhood memories is of my mother, making flour and water paste, so I could collage chocolate biscuit wrappers.

Recognising that my strengths lie in the analogue, collage enables me to take a playful and diverse approach to making work which is therefore eclectic, often conceptual. Influenced by Surrealism, Dada and Pop Art, I combine collage with elements of appropriated paintings and readymade objects. As I mature past the age of 50, I am acutely aware of the value of recycling and the satisfaction of giving a ‘thing’ a second life, a reflection perhaps of my own reinvention as a student.

Adjusting to life in lockdown in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, I am fortunate to be able to continue making work. These five second-hand wall hangings came from a reclamation company, and I suspect, originally from a restaurant or a hotel. In reality each board measures 141 cm wide x 26 cm high x 6 cm deep and they stack to form a combined work inspired by the Surrealist game of exquisite corpse.

I would welcome the opportunity to see the work reproduced larger than life on a billboard. Not just because Covid-19 has robbed us of our degree shows but because the location of said billboard would affect the reading of the work in interesting ways. For instance, outside the British Museum the work reads as a classical frieze, yet outside Harvey Nichols it reads more as a glossy fashion advert.


I have started following the Insta stream and hope to see my work featured if I am lucky. Although I opted to write the dissertation in third year I am aware of the modules my fellow students, on other paths, have taken. I would have liked to work in site specificity and what is colloquially known as 'the car park module'. In entering this competition I have considered how the reading of my work can be interpreted by the individual but also altered but its location, for that reason alone I think to would be extremely interesting to see how it would be curated in this medium.


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