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Initial Ideas

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Idea 1: Pollen

I produced some sculptures based on pollen in my Sculpture 2 course – a large wall piece, and a smaller one.

I would like to expand this work, so have the idea of producing a series of drawings of pollen grains, then their transformation into pieces of sculpture.

PP2

Maybe move this more into mixed media drawing?

Some ink drawings of the actual pollen grains as a starting point:

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Idea 2: Genetic Modification or cross pollination

Using a similar method to the idea above, this would start with a drawing of a pollen grain and another of a virus (or different pollen grain), then a series of drawings combining the two into a new form and from there into a sculpture.

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This would require research into the science behind these first.

Idea 3: Bees

I might have the opportunity to get involved with an exhibition based on bee decline with my sculpture work. I could incorporate drawing much more in this process than how I usually work and see if it leads me into more interesting territory.

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Idea 4: Textures

Produce 100 different texture drawings to result in 10 sculpted texture tiles?

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Idea 5: Hidden environmental threats to the Yorkshire Dales National Park

  • 3 artists (myself, Geoff Rushton and Anna Whitehouse)
  • 3 hidden threats
  • Bring science, environment and art together
  • Exhibit in the National Park, a scientific establishment (Leeds University?) and an art gallery

Anna has the potential opportunity to use an electron microscope at Leeds University.

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Environmental issues facing the Dales:

  • Tree disease – ash dieback, similar disease in Juniper
  • Flooding
  • Species movement (due to climate change)
  • Plastic – tree guards
  • Traffic volume
  • Farming – uncertain future post Brexit
  • Invasive species
  • Isolated habitats suffering encroachment
  • Pest control – altering balance of natural predation

‘Hidden issues’ is an interesting idea, but as a group we wanted to follow this route to raise awareness of environmental issues, but when focussing on specific issues in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, there is very little or nothing the general public can do to help.

Idea 6: Focus on a 1km grid square and produce work based on that

This is an idea for collaborative work also, but rather than focus on the environmental issues at the outset, take an area of land and produce work based on what we find there – the environmental issues will no doubt come out as we do this.

Picking a location is currently a sticking point, but we are thinking of a place roughly at the mid-point between each of our three locations (so semi-random).

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Narrowing down

Idea 6 is the current front runner for my parallel project.

I want to explore:

  • ink drawing
  • rust printing
  • gunpowder drawing / burning
  • ‘drawing’ on bronze – lines on a 3D surface
  • microscopy

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