This post reflects on the assessment criteria for this first assignment submission of the gap.
Technical and visual skills
Throughout this part of the course I focused strongly on the role of the edge of the paper and image, and how this edge affects the whole image, its composition but also the relationship to negative space both within the image and beyond. The simplification of materials was arrived at after a series of processes and experiments and thus demonstrates awareness of potential outcomes and applies decision-making. I stepped back from traditional drawing media to employ the paper edge (both when it meets another paper edge or in fact enframes the overall image) plus a light source as media alone.
Quality of outcome
While opening a series of investigations (multiples, overlays, rescaling), I focussed in on the role of paper edge and shadow cast and pursued this with a choice of media (photocopy paper, inkjet printer, scalpel, tape) congruous to the object and earlier investigations (notebook and mechanical pencil in an office environment). I have the sense that the research process was systematic, focussed and yet open to new insights. Setting up the assignment blog post to link explicitly to its preparatory posts was a good decision also to communicate the work and relevant insights, discussions concisely while also offering more detail when needed.
Demonstration of creativity
Throughout this first course section and assignment preparation I wondered what constitutes, discussed this with course colleague and other students and artists and sought out to reflect on my own working practices that involve cut outs, video clips but also found objects, scenarios and short performances as well as a writing pad.
I was relatively cautious (and thus slow) not to brush these aside but let them remain. That my assignment piece has no drawn marks made by pencil, brush or similar seems at once risky but I am also confident that this object works as a drawing.
Presenting it as a considered digital image is another deliberate choice to indicate the site specificity but also previous working practices and the interest in bringing these into drawing.
I am excited to have discovered this alternative form for the filing cabinet in life size which both works as representation but perhaps more importantly it also presents, acts in fact in its entirety as a new object in its own right.
This assignment was largely researched visually and practically by pursuing different lines of investigation which were arrived at by observation and experimentation. It drew from influences across a diverse range of artistic practice (architecture, film, drawing, photography); these were explicated as they became more visible in my own research — most of the artists I reference are once I had encountered before.