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Assignment four – Preparation

I decided to link this to my parallel project and produce work based on ash dieback.

My initial idea was to use it as a test for the ash dieback fungus drawings I intend to produce as part of my parallel project, cut them into circles, stick them back to back and then hang from an ash tree.

Thinking this through, I questioned myself “why circles?”. It has no meaning, and is just a shape that might look good hung in a tree. It would also spin in the wind which might not be wanted?

Thinking about other possibilities, a triangle came to mind. On its own, this shape is similarly meaningless. However, using the language of road signs, it is a warning sign, especially with a red outline. This is exactly the message I want to get across. It also offers the opportunity to secure the corners to the ground if I didn’t want it to turn in the wind.

I started out making a small  triangle on card, before realising it would be far too small and would be lost when hung from a tree.

I dug out some larger black card and made 6 more triangles at the largest size I could manage. After drawing on 2 of these, I realised I needed to go more illustrative as these needed to be easily viewable and identifiable from a distance.

The last 4 worked better when I used cut out paper to create the designs.

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Assignment four – Installation

I had scouted out the local wood and picked an ash tree to ‘dress’, but on the way to it, picked out a more suitable specimen:

I took along all 7 triangles so I had the option to hang as many as would work whilst on site and used fishing wire to hang these in place. Hanging the first of these identified problems with the work spinning rapidly in the wind, so holes were added in the corners and attached to branches on the ground. This worked to hold them still, but meant that the work couldn’t be walked under due to many invisible wires going down to the ground! I also soon found out that I should have practiced some knots before I headed out!

After three triangles had been hung up, I decided that was sufficient and proceeded to take photographs of the pieces in place.

The video below may make you feel sea-sick as the ground was very rough to walk over!

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Assignment four – Reflection

This piece worked quite well in the end. It would have been nice to have the pieces suspended so people could walk under it without garroting themselves, but I’m not sure how that would be possible without having them spinning rapidly around. I had worried that despite using the largest card I had, the pieces wouldn’t be large enough, but they showed up well enough. The more illustrative approach worked well, although they were better on the side photographed than the reverse.

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Assignment four – Tutor Feedback

The overall comments on my assignment submission was that my tutor is concerned about meeting the assessment criteria and that I should produce more rigorous personally driven and critically focused work. I am confident that my parallel project work will fulfil this and I will strive harder to make this come out of my stage 5 work also.

She is pushing me to try to expand my drawing to include more sculptural investigations. I find difficulty with this, seeing my drawing and sculpture work as being quite separate. Although links between them are getting stronger as time goes on, I find the way I think about sculpture work to be quite different and not informed by drawing beyond sketches and designs required to work out the practicalities of construction.

I need to direct research more towards the development of my own practice and focus in on work which will make an impact on that.

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