AA2A Artist

Clare Owens

Artform:
Textiles and Printmaking
Year:
2018 - 19
Email:
c.owens@chester.ac.uk
Project summary:

How do we make the most of our life experiences? My career in Education and Community has allowed me to work with some of the most vulnerable members of our society and so be constantly amazed at what keeps a person going, what gets them through almost unimaginable difficulties. In many cases I have seen how an interest, an engagement or a passion for a creative process has been instrumental in providing a safe place for people to retreat, to create and potentially flourish. Can the physical and imaginative, and often repetitive, acts of creating help to establish a way forward, a way to keep moving, to keep flowing? Whether the preferred creative practice is in art, craft, writing, drama or dance if it provides a release then maybe it can also provide an essential positive stimulus.

My current practice, mainly in textiles and printmaking, in many ways explores this idea. Can the cyclical nature of life and its many layers be embodied in a piece of art? I plan to continue working through this idea using the key themes of circles and layers.

I recognise that I am, and have always been, a collaborator. I like making connections. The value of the AA2A Project is that it will enable me to pursue my own practice whilst also engaging with students in a time-specific project. My aim is to work with students, across a number of disciplines, to discuss and establish a short, achievable community project, for example, a mural to stimulate discussion in a children’s centre or to design and make costumes for a dance company working with recovering alcoholics and/or drug users. This project might provide an insight for students into how some artists maintain the often tentative link between their practice and employment.

How do we make the most of our life experiences? My career in Education and Community has allowed me to work with some of the most vulnerable members of our society and so be constantly amazed at what keeps a person going, what gets them through almost unimaginable difficulties. In many cases I have seen how an interest, an engagement or a passion for a creative process has been instrumental in providing a safe place for people to retreat, to create and potentially flourish. Can the physical and imaginative, and often repetitive, acts of creating help to establish a way forward, a way to keep moving, to keep flowing? Whether the preferred creative practice is in art, craft, writing, drama or dance if it provides a release then maybe it can also provide an essential positive stimulus.

My current practice, mainly in textiles and printmaking, in many ways explores this idea. Can the cyclical nature of life and its many layers be embodied in a piece of art? I plan to continue working through this idea using the key themes of circles and layers.

I recognise that I am, and have always been, a collaborator. I like making connections. The value of the AA2A Project is that it will enable me to pursue my own practice whilst also engaging with students in a time-specific project. My aim is to work with students, across a number of disciplines, to discuss and establish a short, achievable community project, for example, a mural to stimulate discussion in a children’s centre or to design and make costumes for a dance company working with recovering alcoholics and/or drug users. This project might provide an insight for students into how some artists maintain the often tentative link between their practice and employment.

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