My final show is now installed. The culmination of two years of practical engagement and academic research. The work on the walls have been produced rapidly over the last 2 months but they are not end results they are exploratory experiments.
I discovered the most important elements to my practice and the media to express them very late on, there are many areas to develop. I aim to continue exploring my interests more intimately without the pressures and stresses of deadlines and learning outcomes.
Below me and my friend Harry are hanging the work, deciding on the best positioning, difficult with work this scale.
The most stressful part of putting up the exhibition was revealing my work to everyone, it made me feel physically sick to be exposed so publicly (a sublime terror perhaps?). It is strange that I don’t feel that way about putting work on my blog which has a world-wide audience! Thankfully the people around me have been wonderfully supportive helping me feel more positive.
Hanging the work was gruelling, what I thought would take a couple of hours turned into a couple of days. I am not entirely satisfied with the results, the fabric does not hang straight due to the processes they have gone through and the different types of pigment applied (there were no right angles). ideally more space around each piece would enhance the aesthetic appeal. I am pleased with the scale I worked on but wish I had made all the pieces exactly the same size. This would have made it much easier to hang and given coherence to the overall look of the show. The hanging system I devised was succesful as it gives the impression that the work is unsupported and floating.
I am very happy with how the digital drawings look displayed in a loop on a computer monitor. The vibrancy of the colours and luminosity of the back lighting make the images appear to pulsate and glow. An improvement here would have been to box the monitor in to hide the computer branding and heavy stand which detracted from focus on the artwork.
I had an extra wall to display something on so I framed a couple of smaller, softer, quieter pieces as contrast; I think work well in the space.
Here are the finished results. I hope that I get some positive feedback from the work. I am interested to know how the public react to it and what they read into the pieces.