I have found a place to work

March 13, 2018 by Jayne Murray   Comments (0)

Now that I am technically competent at screen printing I began to look for somewhere to work in Wolverhampton (being a public artist). As I went to different areas, on my bike - no mean in feat in Wolverhampton! I began to use the subways under the ringroad as a way of staying safe from the traffic. As I did so I noticed three subterranean locations within traffic islands. The first really stood out - as it had a skate park in and hundreds of pairs of shoes in the trees. Interesting I thought. Then I found a less obvious place but with more space - Chapel Ash Island. Here a few people were making artworks in response to social issues. It is  a quite well manicured place, the crazy paving at odds with the stencil art on original tiles. This investment in the original design of the place juxtaposed with the current use as an 'underground' place where social critique is visualised made it seem very attractive to me as a place to work. People scuttled through the subways, hurrying through what was once a vision of the future. Having considered it for a while and having visited the marvellous archives at Wolverhampton to research it more I have decided to work in and around Chapel Ash Island for my residency. I am calling the piece of work 'Someone Else's Dream, which reflects the dream that was once the ring road, a legacy of someones vision that we live with, and calls to mind the other dreams that we live with that may not be our own, brexit, capitalism, and patriarchy, for example, and the other dreams that we do present through art. I am interested in how using trace to print on could work to express this, and how a mobility can be incorporated into the work.

Bits of Wolves - scratching the surface

February 2, 2018 by Jayne Murray   Comments (0)

A while ago I found a map of Wolves and taking off the detail, but leaving the boundaries left an image that looked a lot like a flower. I left it for a bit, but have now returned to it as a basis for finding a spot to locate my project in. Yesterday I used it as a start point to leaving the university and exploring a bit, or maybe 3 small bits of the city. The first took in NewHampton Road, and West Park, second the middle of the ring road where the skate park is sunk into a meeting of subways at a roundabout and near 'the way' youth centre, and lastly to blakenhall, as far as Phoenix Park. In the skatepark I encountered a resident with thoughts on Wolverhampton, and it seemed like a node, place where a lot of people went through, due to the subway links as the principle means of crossing the ring road as well as destination to skate. Simultaneously I am thinking of printing onto trace and will be test printing next week to see what the resuts are. 

Going mobile but where?

January 25, 2018 by Jayne Murray   Comments (0)

One of my residency goals is to explore making screen print a mobile process. I am becoming knowledgeable about the print making process, but I now need to see where I can take it physically. I asked one of my peers SIan MacFarlane if she would meet me to discuss Wolverhampton as a place. Sian is a long term Wolverhampton resident. I presented Sian with a map I call 'Bits Of Wolves' which looks like a flower. Sian talked a lot about how Wolverhampton has a lot of resources but also how they are vulnerable to threat of closure, that the people are friendly, and that Wolverhampton gets a bad rap: it's perception does not match it's reality. On the basis of this exchange I have decided to visit a couple of 'bits' next week as a start to finding a place to work. Closure could be a good theme.  

The value of a new medium

December 13, 2017 by Jayne Murray   Comments (0)

For my residency I wanted to learn screen printing. As a photography and public art graduate it is not a million miles away from the mediums I already use but I am finding the process of learning a new medium is focusing my mind on my practice as I consider how to apply it to how I usually work. Invaluable for development and reengaging with practice!

Background in place

November 17, 2017 by Jayne Murray   Comments (0)

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Getting more to grips with the medium, I had films made for a two screen process and have printed the background colour, waiting for them to dry and printing colour two next week. Understanding the process and trying to think of how it can work as a mobile process out & about; I think the photocopier could be key! What's interesting is understanding how an image can be constructed within this process and the saturation of colour is fantastic, as is the speed at hich copies can be made once it's set up. Meeting more students and staff and looking at Rauschenburg. 

Working on the image - step 1

November 7, 2017 by Jayne Murray   Comments (0)

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After an introduction to the wonderful screen print department at Wolves, I am working on the first part of the process, an image through which to learn the process. I am starting with ideas of equality and publicness and am enjoying a return to thinking in detail about single images.