Over the past couple of years I have experimented with flat glass as a medium of expressing observations from my habitat – for example; the effects that buildings have on light and the effects that urban habitats have on me. I feel that the Architectural Glass department at the University of Sunderland offers a unique environment which would allow me to develop and make a series of work both conceptually and technically strong. I will use library research, photography, 3D experimental paper models and drawings, in combination with the facilities available at Sunderland, to drive and develop new work even further.
I believe that when opportunities such AA2A are offered they should be seized and savoured. The University of Sunderland holds so much potential for me to develop both my work in glass and my professionalism as an artist. What I currently lack is the knowledge of how to produce, manage and install larger works in glass. There are a limited number of places where this can be learned but the University of Sunderland has established a great reputation in this field. I hope to expand my knowledge about large scale glass art through being in the environment of the Architectural Glass department and learning and observing from the students and staff there.
My main objectives in applying to AA2A are to elevate my practice and to advance my professionalism as an artist. I wish to develop and complete a comprehensive body of high quality work. These pieces, when photographed to a high standard, will substantially progress my portfolio. Also, I wish to build on my experiences of professional roles by taking on central tasks such as speaker for artist talks and mentor when communicating with students in the department.