1 scholarship – 2013: printmaking (93309) examples of candidate work

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1 Scholarship 2013: Printmaking (93309) Examples of Candidate Work Slide 2 2 OUTSTANDING SCHOLARSHIP This Outstanding Scholarship Print submission presents a pictorial feast, successfully utilising drawing as the primary means to construct both complex and interesting imagery. The selected topic is authentic and carts with it an inventive creation of subject matter, driven by an understanding of philosophy and spiritualism, ie. it goes beyond the personal and delves into a universal way of looking at the world (how the soul shapes the physical world). Ideas are imaginative and fascinating. Spatial elements reference urban decay, landscapes echo the overgrown world. Metamorphosis of creatures intertwines with fictitious landscapes moving away from the real world into a spiritual one. Settings are carefully considered and various creatures occupy a forest landscape with an aquatic environment aesthetic. Strong use of line is used to create tension and movement between the hostility of spirits. All of these ideas (strategies) offer lateral direction supported by original drawing. The initial proposition is multi-faceted and open ended. There is clear conceptual direction with the ideas; concepts such as growth, loneliness and scale are interweaved throughout to effectively communicate the narrative. This submission pays homage to traditional models and techniques with a contemporary eye, ie. a very formal pictorial exploration underpins the manifesto nature of the study. The candidate references a realism at the beginning of the enquiry, which they have then used to transform and expose their vision. The drawing is highly inventive and honest, and promises an ongoing journey through its conviction and commitment to the enquiry (technically and conceptually) - the candidate delivers beyond the folio and the workbook, demonstrated both by the sense of ownership and that each step positions a new point-of-view. Both the folio and workbook consistently unravel evidence, which is convincing and also indicative of the strengths of this student-led proposition. The candidates ability to confidently draw freehand and to create their own original drawings (subject and style) provided motivational material and enabled them to generate a wealth of imagery. Drawing and an illustration aesthetic provide a narrative dialogue to inform multiple readings of the proposition. Throughout this enquiry, the candidate responded to previous successes to inform new stages of development where distinct series and sequences between works enabled innovation through synthesis and ownership. Slide 3 3 Slide 4 4 Slide 5 5 Slide 6 6 Slide 7 7 Slide 8 8 Slide 9 9 Slide 10 10 Slide 11 11 Slide 12 12 Slide 13 13 Slide 14 14 Slide 15 15 SCHOLARSHIP This Scholarship Print submission presents a cohesive and logical investigation through a range of print methods to explore their topic of hoarding, memory and value in imaginative ways. Early on in the folio, the candidate identifies the key proposition for the body of work by establishing a personal narrative in which the storage of memories are associated with the physical act of hoarding. Connections are made between ageing and being bound up with the weight of memories and the physicality of accumulation of collections of objects that in essence become symbolic of a lifetime. Amongst the objects selected as repositories for these memories are toys, particularly dolls. In this context, the dolls not only represent various stages of ageing, but also make historical reference to different time periods for the subject (the candidates grandmother) and holistically to the topic. The candidate has researched the psychological aspects of hoarding and has undertaken extensive personal research into the history of objects, which become metaphors for old age and are linked back to childhood. Whilst clearly evidenced in the folio work, it is further unpacked in the workbook, with the workbook acting as a site of background research and conclusions made towards specific works. The candidate is able to use print conventions seamlessly working between digital and intaglio processes and moving confidently into three dimensions and installation presentation strategies, as appropriate. Other techniques include sensitive and sophisticated collages of materials representative of periods of time including patterns from wallpaper, furnishings and fabrics. Ideas are strongly connected to the making; there is clarity of purpose in the decisions made between media, materials and processes to concept. Characteristics of the printmaking enrich and expand the poignancy of ideas and enhance thematic development throughout the enquiry. Slide 16 16 Slide 17 17 Slide 18 18 Slide 19 19 Slide 20 20 Slide 21 21 Slide 22 22 Slide 23 23 Slide 24 24 Slide 25 25 Slide 26 26 Slide 27 27