Kate Knowles

In-Lay

The work below In-Lay is comprised of a triptych of abstract sculptural/paintings, created using cotton canvas with embellishments of thread and glass beads.

In-Lay Is contemplative and explorative. Using abstraction and a repetitive means of construction; (Hand-stitching) allowed me to initiate an inquiry into the phenomenology of trauma, its effects, and conclusions.

Samples of close up details from In-Lay

Statement

The effects of time on physical surfaces fascinates me. I record my findings by means of drawing and photography, which I use as a reference for painting, sculpture and video. I am a mixed-medium artist, recording the process as I work, sometimes the recorded process is used to create layered works.

My interest in the formless has recently shifted from nature onto the human condition, onto trauma, the abject, the repair, and the beauty that can be found in this altered state. Hopefully, my exploration will take me to a point of acceptance of the formless state. 

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Jaz Morrison

'ALPHABET PEOPLE' (2020). Digital Collage. A Black woman looking up from a murky abyss. England flags are where her eyes should be.
‘ALPHABET PEOPLE/N*GGAS WITH MBE’s’ (2020). Digital Collage.

“Though various things inspire my work, I always find myself going back to history and space. History because nothing happens in a vacuum, and so everything is informed by something else. And space because everything exists within it, as well as the precarious way physical space has been treated throughout history. It would be nice to say that I used identity as the prism through which these two themes intersect. And from it I wish to tell stories and add to existing discourse.”

when a person attempts to cross the sea, ‘it’s because you’re already dead.’

– Jaz Morrison (2020), Why ‘Atlantics’ is a beautiful reflection of Blackness, Black Ballad

Bio

Jaz Morrison is a writer and visual artist based in Birmingham, UK. She explores history and social space through photography and collage. By embracing subversive aesthetics, Jaz provides a basis for memory- and sense-making, which she describes as ‘storytelling’.

Contact

www.jazmor.com @jazmor_

Degree

MA Fine Art

Elizabeth Moreno

Elizabeth Moreno is and English/Spanish/Gibraltarian Artist currently living in Birmingham, Uk.

Moreno’s practice revolves around the idea that there is a connection between unnatural and natural forms. Moreno explores the manipulation and transformation of imagery through perspective, colour and scale. She is interested in the resemblance objects have to Landscape.

Contact

lizziemoreno31@gmail.com

Moreno captures the manipulation using moving image. Videos showcase the show transitioning from abstract to reality within seconds.

Earlier works

A virtual viewing of previous BA works

Yue Han

Statement

My work is based on news and newspapers in daily life. Through reading and painting experiments, the carrier of social content has become an abstract form, forming a picture form that cannot be predicted before creation.

In my work, I have been thinking about how to express space in paper newspapers. I want to try different interspersed relationships between different fonts and pictures to form a different spatial relationship. In the untitled series of works, I tried to extract the elements from the works and present different visual spatial effects through video.

August 27, 2020

Contact

hanyue623@gmail.com

18822556037@163.com

Degree

MA Fine Art

——Untitled Ball Series1

This work is composed of three groups of red, blue, and black spherical newspapers, and each group is composed of 16 spheres. What this work wants to express is how to better display the space in the plane picture. This work breaks the visual display of my previous works. The previous work was a work done on a flat display. This work has been transformed from the previous flat to three-dimensional. This transformation is based on a book with a very unique cover and typeset that I bought at the psychologist Freud’s museum. So I wanted to present my thoughts on plane space in three-dimensional, and finally presented Untitled Ball Series1.

Untitled Ball seri,2020 50x50cm

——Untitled Ball Series2

Untitled Ball Series2 is an installation work. The inspiration for this work comes from the ideas that appeared in the process of learning 3D modeling. The exhibition of this work is difficult to achieve in the gallery according to my existing conditions. The 3D presentation of this work allows me and the audience to experience my work more deeply. In fact, when the work is finished, I still have a small idea. The idea is that when the audience approaches the exhibition hall, they choose the newspaper they like according to their interests. Send me another piece of my method and philosophy to make the work, and the audience will have a deeper experience. Such audiences should not be full of doubts about the work. I hope this work will be realized in a gallery or art gallery.

Untitled Ball Series#2, 2020 , Installations works, 500x300x300cm space ,
Blue ballpoint pen,red ballpoint pen,spherical news paper

Exhibition space link : https://vr.justeasy.cn/view/dh159vk76v4471j6.html

——Untitled Series #3

Untitled Series #3, The inspiration for this work was mainly influenced by the conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth. In his work “One Chair and Three Chairs”, he copied a chair, an enlarged photo of the chair, and the explanatory text of the term “chair” in the dictionary, and displayed the three in a juxtaposed manner. This work made me think about the different exhibition formats and methods of a work. The newspaper work in my Untitled Series #3 is my favorite work . This is a breakthrough work in my exploration of lines and abstract geometric shapes in newspaper layout. I am not satisfied with every piece of work I have created, but sometimes I just like a part of the work. So when I wanted to cut out the satisfactory parts for collage, when my roommate was making a video work, my collage idea was further realized. Cut the material in the newspaper and reassemble it into a video for display. This work breaks through the static exhibition form of the plane. After this work, I am full of quadrants for my future works, and I will not live in the plane presentation.

Video link: Video link https://youtu.be/MyDafWUCjMo

——Untitled Series

The work “Untitled #2 \ 3” is the last work in my exhibition. This work is my breakthrough in exploring the space of newspaper pages last semester. Before starting this work, I didn’t think too much about the layout of the newspaper, I just chose to smear randomly. These two newspapers are almost all typeset newspapers, and the spatial visual effects of the final works are completely different. The visual sense of the picture is deeper.
Words, lines, geometric figures, and colors will play an indelible role in this limited newspaper layout.

《Untitled 2#3》2019,58×68 cm Blue rollerball、Newspaper

Exhibition Plan

Exhibition space link : https://vr.justeasy.cn/view/dh159vk76v4471j6.html

Maungo Gwapela-Nkgapha

Qxama Khaxa: Green Springbok

Printmaking in Botswana Primary Schools.

My project advocates for Art educators in Botswana and explores how printmaking can be used in primary schools. In my project, I was able to engage children to gauge them using Lowenfield Theory. Working with children was a challenge but fun, especially during COVID19 lockdown period. When doing their prints, the children wanted to share their message of thanks to the NHS.

Michelle Udowu
Tumelo Mafavuke
Nonofo Mafavuke
Olerato Mafavuke

I also decided to extend my knowledge of printmaking and make prints of my own. To investigate how long it takes to learn Printmaking, if it is easy to learn and teach others.

My Work : LINO Printing
Rubber Print

Statement

As an art educator my focus is mainly to improve the Art education system in my country (Botswana). I am interested in the early development stages of learning. At the moment, I teach trainee Art teachers and I want to develop the necessary skills needed for primary school teaching. I have been studying in Birmingham City University for one year where I did my practice in Printmaking. I hope to continue with my practice throughout my professional career and transfer the skills I have learnt to others.

Contact

maungogwapela@mail.bcu.ac.uk
mpgwapela@yahoo.com

Degree

Art Practices in Education

Ella Oakley

The Arts and Project Management MA has allowed me to fully cultivate an understanding of the behind-the-scenes happenings of art organisations, cultural spaces, and visual arts projects.

My Final Major Project consists of a Research Paper and Project Plan. The research paper explores public art and memorial culture, accumulating qualitative and quantitative data to aid and enable a highly successful and competent project. Over the Rainbow is a project which aims to provide a memorial for those who have lost their lives due to COVID-19.

The public art memorial comes at a pivotal time for the architecture of public spaces in Birmingham. The city centre has few contemporary art sculptures and memorials, therefore I aim to provide a place of remembrance and connect communities in the West Midlands.

The Over the Rainbow memorial is for the living, not for the dead. It is crucial to remember the dead but support and solidarity is needed for the people still alive today; the people who are left behind. The key areas and explorations of the project are explored through my Objectives, Outputs and Outcomes, which are explained in the image below:

Public art offers critical reflections on the past, our present and our understandings of daily life. “It is impossible to have a society that is civil and educated without public art, it lifts up humanity and challenges the individual who encounters it to think differently about the world” (Walker, D cited by Laneri, R 2009). Traditional public art memorials historically form a literal representation and are hard to interact with, they form a strict formal boundary between them and the viewer. The familiarity of these monuments provides a metaphorical list of instructions on how to act or feel.

People are more likely to become active participants with contemporary public memorials, as many have no boundaries. The public is invited to make their own mind up, use their own imagination and to sometimes form their own meaning and interpretation of the piece. They are able to morph their own experiences and opinions with the artists’ and each other. The design of the Over the Rainbow memorial is pivotal, will the sculpture hide in the comfort of the literal or can it conjoin the contemporary?

I decided during the duration of the planning stage that in order for this memorial to be successful, a strong design concept and depiction is essential. The Over the Rainbow memorial aims to be a ‘collective anchor point’, this concept is explored by Kevin Lynch: “Collective anchor-points construct deep integration with individuals and become part of their ‘mental map’ of the city”, (Lynch, K 1960). I completed a mood board of initial inspirations found on Pinterest.com which can be seen in the screenshot below:

Please visit my blog where I articulate the progress of my Final Major Project paper. Outlined are my initial ideas and inspirations for the research paper and project; key areas of research; information and explanations regarding the questionnaire I conducted and why it was essential to my research; the project plan and vital exploration and lastly, my critical evaluation.

www.ellaoakleyartblog.wordpress.com

Artist Statement: I am a practising artist based in Birmingham and currently working as an Exhibitions Coordinator at the RBSA Gallery. I have a passion for operations, logistical and curatorial management within an arts environment. My artistic inspirations stem from the natural form, examining the relationship between the maternal bond and separation. I work predominately with fine-art-textile, producing sculptures that metaphorically represent this connection. I form hand-constructed woven or knitted textiles and combine other materials like plaster. These inspirations are emotive and explore the turbulent relationship between motherhood and feminism and also touch on the corporeal nature of the female human body with the abject.

Contact: email: ellaoakley002@gmail.com instagram: ellaoakleyyyart blog: www.ellaoakleyartblog.wordpress.com

References: Lynch, K (1960). The Image of the City, The M.I.T Press, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London, England. Available: http:// www.miguelangelmartinez.net/IMG/pdf/ 1960_Kevin_Lynch_The_Image_of_The_City_book.pdf. Last accessed 14.8.20.

Walker, D cited by Laneri, R, (2009). Why We Love–And Need–Public Art. Available: https:// www.forbes.com/2009/05/05/state-of-the-city-opinions-george-rickey-public- art.html#77bb29d342be. Last accessed 3.8.20.

Jiajun He

SOFT

Materials and dimensions, 2020

Hollow out and all the materials are suitable for polyester and plastic film to reflect the softness, including the fluffy material on the back of the chair, which can bring people a sense of tenderness.
By exploring the soft fabric of life, this idea is combined with the chair, and the whole fabric is used.
The material used for the deck chair is cotton fabric, and its special use position can provide people with better soft and comfortable effect.
The chair that does not rely on the supporting part is like an upside-down bed. The material is made of cotton and soft plastic, and the surface material of the chair is made by liquid evolution, which has a new definition of softness.
Each individual part is filled with cotton fabric, and the outer wrapping is made of soft leather to increase the retention and softness of the chair shape associated with the petals.
For the chair made of felt-wool material, it gives people a kind of very light and soft feeling visually. Half of its body is translucent state, which increases the tenderness of the whole chair.
Through a simple water cup to associate the chair shape, and for it to give different soft material such as wool fiber, from the vision to give a person a kind of gentle embodiment.
The combination of rope and a kind of soft foam is such a feeling, using a kind of visual binding to show people the most unique side, but also reflects the softness of the material.
The exhibition
The exhibition

I used 3D software to make soft materials, and then injected these materials to make the chairs look soft and comfortable, which is the main purpose of my project. In today’s society, many chairs are composite materials, actually use soft material to make very little chair, so that people cannot be used to provide a good way, customs software rendering that is the most important visual brings the softness and comfort, if these chairs in the future will be made into an object, you must first give a person a kind of shock feeling on the vision. I use of these materials in the polyester, cotton, cotton fabrics, plastic film, etc., all can be provided for the soft material

Statement

I am sure that the theme of chairs is because I have used some very uncomfortable chairs before. When I use them, I always feel that chairs will bring some uncomfortable feelings to my body, especially the hardness of chairs, which greatly reduces people’s softness and comfort, so softness and comfort are very important for chairs. So I did some research from this angle, and found that materials play a very important role in influencing the softness of chairs.

Contact

jiajun. He2@mail.bcu.ac.uk

Degree

Art and Design

Xuechun Yu

Statement

Xuechun is a 3D artist in exploring the relationship between real and virtual objects. She currently specializes in digital jewellery visuals and video. 

Her practice is informed by her early roots in crafts and visual design and her further evolution into digital design. She also creates experimental work for interdisciplinary practice.

Contact

Artist Website

angelicadesignshop@gmail.com

Degree

MA Art and Design

Simulacra-Dynamism in virtual space, 2020, video, 1’30”

This video is divided into three parts: flowing colours, dancing jewellery, and a virtual shop called Simulacra. She developed the theme of Simulacra for her exhibition, which explores the central theme of dynamism in virtual space.

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Based on the exploration of materials and dynamics, she is fascinated by the combination of experiment and uncertainty, real and virtual, the 3D form of digital jewellery, which can simulate the real and transcend the real existence. When attached to the digital material, the unexpected effect of watercolour provides surprises for designer and audience. The exhibition also aims to provide the audience with an immersive experience.

Dandan Xu

In-Between Series, 2020, installation

In-Between Series

2020,video

In-Between Series expresses the sense of distance between people, between two countries, and between the surface of the body and the heart. This series uses a brush and a bottle of ink as the connecting objects, which are transferred layer by layer. Participants will write down the names of the people they miss during the lockdown on their skins and use videos to record behaviors to reduce the distance between people during infectious diseases. Combining the concept of the city, the private space and the public space are combined to present the relationship between people and public space to the audience.

In-Between Series1

Video, 4’45”, 2020

In-Between Series2

Video, 0’35”, 2020

In-Between Series3

Video, 8’25”, 2020

In-Between Series4

Video, 5’05”, 2020

In-Between Series5

Video, 2’57”, 2020

In-Between Series6

Video, 1’13”, 2020

In-Between Series7

Video, 5’00”, 2020

In-Between Series8

Video, 17’57”, 2020

Statement

Xu Dandan is an artist who recently explored the role of skin as a subject and medium in contemporary art. As well as the relationship between the body and public space. Through these elements, the audience feels a sense of strangeness and distance. This strangeness comes from the potential relationship between private space and public space, the transformation of the known and the unknown.

The major project is based on practice and uses video recording behavior as a response method to COVID-19. Participants included some people isolated in the UK, including herself. Even in harsh environments, short-term joy usually comes from artistic and collective expression. The coronavirus will change the way we work and study. However, this will not eliminate the body’s desire for public space.

Contact

1091720429@qq.com

dandan.xu@mail.bcu.ac.uk

Degree

Contemporary Arts China

Nan Wei

An Emo Body, 2020video(02:23)

Statement

An Emo body is a short animation, exploring the relationship between body and emotion under the epidemic situation, and how to find happiness and health. The animation content tells some stories that happened between me and the characters in the small room under the lockdown epidemic  situation. From some personal experiences, I express my story of changing from a negative response to a positive attitude. Use the power of animation to spread the enthusiasm during the Covid-19 crisis.

What if the objects in the room are also physical and emotional?

I created an absurd world, the objects in the room became human beings with bodies and emotions, and they became negative under my influence. In this story, people feel the many possibilities of emotional influence by the environment. This movie is not only my thinking about the relationship between happiness and health, but also a call to others to have an optimistic attitude to recognize and treat emotions.

Contact

Emali: weinan913@icloud.com
Website

Degree

MA Art and Design

Character Design
Cunning virus
https://youtu.be/INzpwn_ZVCg

Anxious TV
https://youtu.be/fZANDblrz7c
Brave disinfectant
https://youtu.be/cD17IUEAgxo
Passionate fan
https://youtu.be/lULklg57-2g
Optimistic computer
https://youtu.be/uZehnbJXfbM
Film Stills