Practice based Research

Research doesn’t have to just be looking at books, the internet or visiting exhibitions. When studying art you are surrounded by other developing artists who have the potential to help you with fresh ideas and pathways for your work.


Our tutors took advantage of this idea and asked us to swap images and respond to it. This could be anything. iIt didn’t have to be a copy, but an interpretation, the first thing that comes to mind when you look at the work.  Getting the opportunity to respond to everyone’s image in the group meant they supplied you with a range of different interpretations and possible journeys to take your work on. I found that looking at other students’ work helped me to develop mine own ideas for my original image as well as helping my fellow classmates with their work. For example, one of the students used an old family photo, which I interpreted as being slightly spooky and sinister. I found it to be like this due to the ageing of the photography, as well as the facial expression of each member of the image. This made me think about the loneliness and the longing for connection of my chosen image. Andrea’s family photo showed the connections so many of us have then our families. I noticed mine was almost the opposite of this, the isolation that some of us live with.

Now we all had 15 different interpretations of our images. The next task was to pair up and swap photos. I was given a photo of fish [above]. I couldn’t quite tell if it was in a big aquarium or the ocean. At first the image didn’t do much do me as there was no obvious concept which came to mind. It was just an caption of colourful fish swimming in a big background. However, as I worked with it the piece became more and more interesting. I started to question the concept of the image, how we watch the fish swim. Its fascinating to compare them to humans. So many of us people-watch in coffee shops, retail stores, even when walking down the street. In the future could humans be placed into a tank and watched by others as they go on with their daily lives? It would be an interesting experiment and a more obvious type of people-watching.

This experiment has given me the opportunity to develop my ideas and allow my imagination to venture on different pathways to help stem my creativity.

Author: ninasartspace

Based in Cardiff studying Fine Art at the Metropolitan University. Originally from East Sussex. The career goal is Art Therapy with adults who suffer from PTSD and other mental issues which affect so many of us on a daily basis.

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