New Work: Darchor (Flagstaff)

In the last 9 months this blog has been abandoned. Apologies to any previously regular readers. In September I started a PGCE in art and design, and it completely took over my life. Everyone tells you how hard it is, but I was unprepared for the overwhelming amount of work. Now I am out the other side, I feel able to reflect on the huge amount I have learnt and am looking forward to starting my new job in September.

For the final part of my PGCE we were asked to created a new work, relating to an issue in art and design pedagogy that our research had focused on. Mine was installation art within the curriculum, all of the resulting work has been displayed as a final exhibition. Here are some snaps from the private view, including the blurb, which explains a little bit more about the work.






The show is currently on at the Institute of Education, in Central London, until Friday 4th July.

In other news, I also have a new website – it is still a work in progress but I aim to put more work up and information about forthcoming exhibitions. I am also hoping that this blog will become properly integrated.

I have quite a few new things to show, so please check back. I won’t leave it so long between posts this time.

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New Work: Weighing The Sublime (Photographs l, ll & lll)

Weighing The Sublime Photo l small

Weighing The Sublime Photo ll small

Weighing The Sublime Photo lll small

I blogged recently about a video piece I was working on. As well as the film, I decided to take a series of photographs that show the stages of progression. This series of three photographs is called Weighing The Sublime (Photographs l,ll & lll).

“Another angel came in holding a censer of gold. He took his place at the altar of incense and was given large amounts of incense to deposit on the altar of gold in front of the throne, together with the prayers of all God’s holy ones. From the angel’s hand, the smoke of the incense went up before God, and with it the prayers of God’s people.”
(From the Book of Revelations)

When incense is burnt in Catholic ceremonies it is meant to carry the prayers of the congregation up to heaven. As the incense burns its mass and also weight decreases. The difference in weight from the burnt and unburnt incense therefore correlates to the weight of the prayers. It is an attempt to understand and rationalise religious belief and spirituality.

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My Midlands Art Trail: Damien Hirst, Ron Mueck, Pauline Boty and Shimabuku


This bank holiday weekend I have been visiting the in-laws in Wolverhampton. On Saturday I was keen to visit the local art gallery as they had the first ever retrospective exhibition of work by Pauline Boty. As a founder of the British Pop art movement, Boty was hugely influential in her day but tragically died young and has since, sadly, been largely forgotten. Her work is now rarely displayed, but I am a huge fan so it was a real treat.

We decided to turn the day into a bit of a West Midlands art trail, visiting three of the areas best galleries; the Wolverhampton Art Gallery, the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham and the New Art Gallery in Walsall. Living in London it is easy to forget about regional galleries. We think of the capital as the centre for all art in Britain but it is just one part. There are fantastic, innovative and important shows happening in art establishments up and down the country. For me, it was a real treat to be able to find out more about the Midlands art scene.

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Amazon Art and what is going on my wishlist…

I recently wrote about the newly launch Amazon Art marketplace (currently only on the US site) for The Metro –

Sotheby's print and ceramic sale

One-click art: How Amazon is changing the art market

Amazon have just launched a fine art marketplace on their US site. Original and limited edition pieces by some of the world’s most famous artists are now available to all, with one click of a button. But what impact will this have on the way we view art?

Many had worried that the launch of Amazon Art would mark the beginning of the end for small galleries. However the business model they have currently adopted means that unlike independent bookshops, our galleries should be safe (for now).

Amazon does not buy the works themselves, in the same way they do with books. Instead they have partnered with a number of commercial galleries who are able to list their art. Amazon then takes a percentage commission on any sales. However, if the art marketplace is a success, Amazon might start to demand price cuts and exclusivity, which could be damaging to smaller businesses.

As is stands now, Amazon Art could actually be a boost for some galleries. They have now been made accessible to a much larger audience. Amazon has millions of customers and a huge PR machine behind them. The potential for promotion is huge.

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Painting Class at The London Academy of Art #3

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At the end of week three and I think my jug might finally be finished. Though, I am not happy with the final drawing, so would happily spend a bit longer on it if I get the chance.

I spent the entire three hours continuing to blend my dark tones and shadows, then building up even more shading to create tones within the darker areas. At the end of the class Chris, our tutor, advised me to bring a canvas to the next lesson – so he might be planning on moving me onto actual paint. However, I suspect that transferring the image onto canvas is also a long process and with only one of my four lessons left, I don’t think I am going to get that far!

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Smoke Portraits by Donato Sansone

I don’t know if it is just because I have been making a video that involves lots of smoke (see my previous post) or because they look so reminiscent  Bacon paintings, but I have become a bit obsessed with these video portraits by Italian artist Donato Sansone. I discovered them via the Huffington Post and they have really stayed with me. Terrifying, haunting yet still strangely beautiful. I love the surreal nightmarish quality they have.

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New Work…

Recently I have been working on a video piece that I am very excited about. Having been in the ‘development’ stage for years I first came up with the concept in university. I have now finally shot it! I won’t go into to many details yet, as it is still being edited, but I wanted to share a still from it, as a sneak preview.

Weighing the Sublime (film still)

Video is a new medium for me, but one that I really love, so I it has been a really fun experiment. And it feel so good to see this idea that has been brewing in my mind for nearly four years finally realised.  I am really pleased with how it is looking and can’t wait to be able to show it properly!

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