Final year project
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Video Call Portrait
This piece is part of my final year project focusing on the rise of video calling during the pandemic. Acrylic on Canvas, 29.9 cm x 42 cm.
Personal work completed during my placement year at university. Acrylic on Canvas, 150 cm x 100 cm.
Final semester development work experimenting with oil paint techniques. Oil on Canvas, 91.4 cm x 61 cm.
Part of my final year, semester one, development work exploring social media posts. Oil on board, 20 cm x 20 cm.
A self-portrait created as part of Nottstopping Festival 2020. Acrylic on Canvas, 30 cm x 30 cm.
A commission painted during my Year in Enterprise placement year, 2020. Acrylic on Canvas, 42 cm x 59.4 cm.
A recent commission completed during my final year, 2021. Acrylic on Canvas, 42 cm x 29.7 cm.
I am a Fine Art student and portrait artist who is often inspired by modern technology.
Throughout my degree, I have used portraiture to explore various themes. A theme that I always return to is social media and technology because it has always been so prevalent in my life. I chose to title my final major project, Paused, because of the use of the word when a FaceTime call is interrupted and its relation to the lockdowns of the pandemic. I work primarily in acrylic paint and sometimes oil to create bold and colourful portraits. I have previously worked on commissions alongside my studies and I hope to continue this in the future.
Final year project
Shortly before my degree, I won a Nottingham Young Creative Award (YCA) which has allowed me to continue working with them and presented many opportunities alongside my degree. This includes having my work on display at Nottingham Train Station, Victoria Centre Nottingham and the Birdhouse Cafe in Nottingham. With the YCA I also took part in Nottstopping Festival in May 2020 with a time-lapse tutorial video I had created being live-streamed as part of the festival.
With Notts Creatives, I pitched our most recent social action project to a panel and large audience at the May, #danSOUP 2021 event. We were one of four shortlisted projects who pitched at the event and we're fortunate to be chosen to receive the £500 funding. Notts Creatives has also recently been featured in print, in the popular Nottingham magazine, Leftlion.
At Loughborough University, I was part of a group that were runners-up for the Eccleston Sculpture competition where we received £500. Our design was based on the female engineers of Loughborough University and their role in creating the Spitfires of World War II. My work was also printed in the university publication for International Women's Day, Wave Press Magazine.
I chose the Year in Enterprise for my placement year. During this, I created my own online shop and sold products that featured my artwork. This involved designing the products, learning about e-commerce and website creation, quality control and sustainability. I also took on many commissions as part of this year whilst navigating the nationwide lockdown of 2020. Alongside this, I worked part-time in retail. I have previously worked in administration in a hospital during my first year of university.
During my second year, I felt very lucky to work with an established mural artist to conserve three Bridget Riley murals found in St Mary's Hospital in London. This involved cleaning the artworks, repairing damage and repainting large areas of the murals.
In the past year, I have begun voluntary work with Notts Creatives, a group made of past winners and participants of the Nottingham Young Creative Awards, and I represent this group in the Nottingham Youth Cultural Partnership (NYCP). The NYCP is made of many youth forums from organisations such as Nottingham Contemporary, Backlit Gallery, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and many others. With Notts Creatives, we are currently working on a social action project, making boxes of creative activities to distribute through foodbanks in disadvantaged areas. We have recently won extra funding for the project which required me to pitch to a large audience and be voted as the winner.