Last week the RCA opened their doors for the public to view the degree shows. As one would expect it was a mixed bag of styles, standards and end results. It was all fascinating. Here are some of the offerings from students studying in many different disciplines including, print, painting, photography and video, ceramics and glass, and contemporary art practise.
What do you feel is the purpose of art ?
Coming to a show such as this it raises many questions.
Is the purpose of art to hold up a mirror to society?
To open people’s eyes?
To add beauty to a dying world?
To give a new perspective on what exists?
To show skill and craftsmanship?
Here are just a few examples of the work that was on show.
The first artist shown above has developed her practise to show in visual terms what poor mental health looks like. She has made insightful video’s of people on the edge. Her work informs, enlightens and and educates the viewer.
Having lost her partner to a freak accident, and already embarked on her MA, Mirielle’s work explores grief in its various forms and and attempts to to embody a sense of a personal and universal loss. The work considers clouds as feelings and a metaphor for grief.
The work of the artist shown above is about plastic pollution and its environmental impact.
This book was published a couple of years ago and it is one of those I love to go back to time and again as a visual source book.
In BOWERBIRD, Sibella reveals her approach to collecting and collections. She shows how to procure the elements of a collection, how to organize and store them, and how to display them in creative and ever-changing ways. With the help of BOWERBIRD, you will view your belongings in a whole new way.
is a bowerbird?
‘A bowerbird is an Australian native bird that builds a reed-y ground nest and goes to extraordinary lengths to decorate it with ‘stolen’ goods and found objects such as shells, bones, pegs and shiny milk caps. I have been referred to as a bowerbird, and like to think of myself as a finder, keeper & curator of collections & beautiful things.’ Sibella Court
is an exquisite inspirational book of beautifully styled selected and collated
collections. As the author says
of each chapter as its own Cabinet of Curiosities. Although my ‘collections’ are
loosely tied and not dictated by discipline as a museum cabinet may be, I like to
consider all objects as significant and of equal importance regardless of
rarity, value or acquirement. They are based on memory, relationship,
experience, ‘the find’, the hunt and location.’
Sibella shows you how easy it is to create an emotive interior, to be surrounded by the things you love & treasure, and make any environment a reflection of you. By looking at the collections in the book she is hoping it will inspire you to start your own collections.
bowerbird, I do get fixated on things and enjoy the focus it brings to shopping
expeditions and forages through markets. I have never tired of this, and have a
love of early morning jambon baguettes & cafe au lait whilst scouring &
scrambling the trestle tables and back of vans at Porte de Vanves or other such
markets, finding treasures & pre-loved goods: textiles, porcelain, lampshades,
ephemera, tableware, stylist-wares, cutlery, small furniture pieces and other
flotsam & jetsam’.
Objects can be found in many places from beaches and forests to shops, markets, dealers, auctions, sidewalks the internet and friends.Be prepared to be on the lookout. Different things can motivate you with collecting; it may be the space you are in, it may be a certain period of history or new ideas, or a visit to a museum, historic house or gallery.
book opens with a chapter called Toolbag & Tacklebox
items are the basic tools & tackle you’ll need to help you organize &
display your collections. They are collections within themselves.
are utilitarian, beautiful in their simplicity and can add to your display –
and include the hand-forged exposed nail your art hangs from, vessels en masse
to house your natural history finds, lead pencils sharpened with knives to
write on your labels and walls, glass domes to create your mini 3D worlds, the
perfect string to holdup flags, kites, lights & anything else that needs to
hang, as well as all different types & colours of tape.
The other chapters in the book are divided into the following categories, beach combing, objects trouve, zoologie/entomology, tinctures, apothecary &alchemy, smiths & tinkers draper & mills, ephemera, honest & humble, oddities & curiosities, magic, tricks & lucky dips and finally where she sources her collections and the books she looks to for inspiration.
The images are beautifully shot by Sibella’s brother Chris Court.