London South Bank University, One for Sorrow, Art, North Hertfordshire College, jo paul, Alison O'Neill, Infertility, IVF, Motherhood and Creative Practice: Maternal Structures in Creative Work, School of Arts and Creative Industries
One for Sorrow
One for Sorrow, a collaborative work with artists Alison O'Neill and Jo Paul, is a video installation investigating the infertility journey, IVF, omens and unfulfilled imaginings.
“Throughout my infertility journey and even as a child, I feel as if I have known my daughter. Since the fertility issues, she has been walking beside me but always with a veiled curtain between us, out of reach, we can see each other, we watch each other, but she cant get through the veil and I canʼt reach her.” (Jo Paul)
The imagined child, in this case a daughter, is one that is present from the first time we imagine our future selves as mothers. This child is seen and experienced in our imaginations. We will explore who this child is, where she came from and what it is she represents.
We will also be considering the role of superstition in the infertility/fertility journey and how a process so seemingly based on luck can produce behaviour based on superstition. “If I do this maybe I will get pregnant” “If I see one magpie today maybe I wont get pregnant”. We will look at superstitious practices such as saluting magpies and how these practices are often passed down from mother to daughter and how these actions are performed despite our knowing that they are perhaps meaningless.
When so much time and money has been invested into having a child how does one re-imagine a possible future without children? What does that future look like and how can it be reconciled with the imagined children who have not been born.
As resident artists of AA2A, there will be a showing of preliminary work at North Hertfordshire Art College May 11th -29th 2015 and a presentation talk about the work during the conference Motherhood and Creative Practice: Maternal Structures in Creative Work June 1-2 2015 at the School of Arts and Creative Industries, London South Bank University, London.
The AA2a exhibition took place on the 16th April in the Advertising Space of the Alexon Building. The exhibition showed three artists: Morgan Tipping, Georgia Lucas-Going and Sun Ju Lee.
Morgan's work had three components. One was a video she made with a group of Photography and Video Art students called "Art History through Dance". This video incorporated 5 dances each focussing on a different era or artist. These included Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. The other two pieces were five canvases showing free willies of the 70's and the other a sculpture made of basketballs.
Georgia's work is an installation piece based on the reaction of grief and the father/daughter bond. The objects chosen are the common bonds that link Georgia and her father even though they have lived apart most of their lives.
The last pieces of work are by Sun Ju. Her pieces included two screen prints on the wall and three drawings hung from the pipes creating multiple layers and a interactive installation even through they are 2d. Each of these pieces look at layers of photos of a certain place that is of interest to Sun Ju. She then prints them or draws them using shades of grey.
On the wall there was also a video reel that showed previous work of Georgia and Morgan.
Overall the exhibition was really successful and it was really great seeing all the hard work of the artist that they have completed throughout the year. It was also rewarding to see all the hard work we had put into installing it and preparing the exhibition earlier that week. It has been such an exciting project to be a part of and I am glad to see it come to such a enriching experience.
You can see more of Karen's work on her Dotbiz page.
Tip of the Week from AA2A artists to students (as featured in our self-employment talks): "Decide what you want to do - have a plan." Sharon Hannah, AA2A 2013-14, Southampton Solent University
Other news: We're delighted to announce that we have again received funding from the Arts Council England's competitive Lottery stream 'Grants for the Arts'. A huge thank you to everyone involved for all your hard work and commitment to AA2A which has made it so successful. Here's to another great year ahead and to developing the project further!
The AA2A Team (Wendy, Georgia & Jo)
Pic of the Week: Derby Uni's AA2A Student Reps Lucy & Layla Swinhoe's image 'Everyman Film Stills (Frozen Warnings) No. 37'
You can see more of Lucy & Layla's work on their Dotbiz page
Tip of the Week from AA2A artists to students (as featured in our self-employment talks): "Try to keep the momentum going when you graduate - make use of contacts you make (like AA2A artists)!" AA2A artist 2013-14, University of Sunderland
Other news: For those of you drawing to the end of a scheme we hope you have a great last few weeks and we hope you'll stay in touch! A great way to do this is through our AA2A 'Engage' membership. This is an active membership group of previous AA2A artists who want to keep in touch with AA2A institutions and are prepared to act as role models for students. We hope this will provide them with insights into professional life as an artist and into the creative communities that exist outside universities and colleges. In return we'll give you free continued access Dotbiz (previously £15 year for ex-artists). We'll be posting and sending you more details of how to join very soon. In the meantime we hope you enjoy the rest of your scheme.
The AA2A Team (Wendy, Georgia & Jo)
We had a talk by Wendy Mason from AA2A today which was really helpful and an eye opener to the real world of self-employment after graduating. I hadn't thought much about this as a possibility until today and think it's definately worth considering. It does sound like a lot of tax returns but the freedom of being your own boss and the working hours must make it all worth it.
Here are some links to some 3d Prototypes I have been working on. They demonstrate a 360 degree of a 3D drawing animation of some sculptures. I intend to 3D print them and place motors inside of them. They will have the ability to join together and be assembled in various ways with the aim to cause different reactions. I would like them to bounce and gain a momentum that defies gravity in some erratic way.
I have considered Brownian motion and Renaissance-Era Geometry When building and desighning the sculptures.
This in particular "Perspectiva Corporum Regularium (Perspective of regular solids), created in 1568 by German goldsmith and printmaker Wenzel Jamnitzer (1508–1585)"
Pic of the Week: Dudley College's AA2A artist Melissa Nicholls' image from her Dotbiz album 'AA2A Tests'.
You can see more of Melissa's work on her Dotbiz page.
Tip of the Week from AA2A artists to students (as featured in our self-employment talks): 'Trust your own judgement.' Louise Plant, AA2A 2013-14 University of Derby.
Other News: A quick reminder that you can continue using Dotbiz as a current artist until September 2015. We'll email you nearer the time to remind you (and there is an option for coninued free access by becoming one of our 'Engage artists'). If you haven't posted anything yet, it's not too late and this is a great time to start. It's not only so students can see your work but can be a valuable record of what you've done on the scheme, also some artists use this in applications for future opportunities. We have two online 'Dotbiz' tutorials to help you: 'Getting started' and 'Uploading images and blogging'. It's not too late to be Pic of the Week!
All the best,
The AA2A Team (Wendy, Georgia & Jo)
PS Don't forget please send us any press releases or flyers if you're exhibiting and you can also publicise events and exhibitions on the Dotbiz Ehibitions page.
Over the last several days I’ve been working to create the concept design and folding pattern for my Reincarnations sculpture, funded by York Art Gallery & part of my AA2A+ residency at York College. As mentioned in a previous post, the work is a response to the York Art Gallery’s studio ceramics collection – and is called “Reincarnations” as a reflection upon the gallery’s recent renovations & upcoming re-opening this summer.
I chose the subject of an insect transforming from a pupae into an imago (the final stage of metamorphosis) as the shape of my piece. The artwork will initially be packaged into a cocoon-like box (recycled from the boxes used to store the ceramics at York Art Gallery) – then will open to reveal the wings, torso, head and limbs of the insect inside. These will variously be made of cardboard and ceramics – and can be assembled together to create the final sculptural form.
I still have a long way to go before this vision will be fully realized, but I did finish the concept sketch – please see here for an image– then I designed the folded “net” and assembled it together into a small maquette (please see here , here , and here for some photos).
The finished maquette was largely a success – though there are many small issues I need to fix. The most challenging aspect of this project is trying to create a design that allows both ceramic and cardboard to connect and reinforce one another; difficulties such as weight and the unpredictable shrinkage of clay in the kiln are things I will have to sort out still. Also, there will be some vacuum-moulded plastics for the head area, wings, and possibly the “abdomen” area of the insect – another experimental element I have yet to master. Stay tuned for further developments. In the meanwhile, please see the following pics of the maquette (note the “head” area is empty in this version but the real one will have a vacu-formed plastic bubble containing a ceramic temple-like structure, in allusion to ceramicist Ian Godfrey – one of the artists well represented in the York Art Gallery pottery collection).
Tip of the Week from AA2A artists to students (as featured in our self-employment talks): 'Make applications in as many areas of interest as possible and keep your options open.' Tony Stallard, Chelmsford College.
Other news: It's the beginning of the end for this years' artists on their AA2A projects around the country. Most host institutions finish the scheme sometime in April (although some artists offer extensions). This means artists are showing off their new work, experiments and research in blogs and albums on this site and also some artists will be exhibiting so the exhibitions listings should be buzzing with activity too!
The AA2A Team (Wendy, Georgia & Jo)