During the Eisteddfod, I was fortunate to have the opportunity of being a guide for ‘Y Lle Celf’ in the National Assembly of Wales. My role was to engage with the visitors, inform and discuss the work with them. I spent a lot of time with the work surrounded by the beautiful architecture of the assembly, this time made me experience how people interacted with work which I found very interesting. Most people who aren’t used to being in a creative environment struggle with galleries, especially if there isn’t sufficient information about the work, people appreciated the work much more after I gave them context behind the work and they were very grateful. It’s vital that galleries and museum give efficient information about each artwork, people are much more engaging in work once they understand the artists thought process and reasoning behind the work, as most contemporary work can be quite daunting for visitors who don’t understand.
Material Presence, 2018
Porcelain, flux, walnut
My favourite work from the exhibition was Zoe Preeces work, I remember a lecture she gave to us during our first weeks at university about her porcelain work ‘The way the earth remembers our bodies’, I didn’t appreciate the skill that went into her work then as I didn’t understand the process, after exploring ceramics during my second year, especially slip casting, I think her work is incredible. It has Inspired me to start exploring porcelain for my final year, this will push me to develop my skills and focus more on the context of my work. All though my interest is predominantly in ceramics, her new work using the CNC bed to carve walnut interested me the most because of how people would interact with the work. This work made people stop and think. Most assumed it was a piece of oil cloth layered on knives, whereas others thought it was plastic. I had many interesting conversations with people in regards to the work, it was great teaching them about the making process as well as it’s not a very common form of making in terms of craft.
Nerea Martinez De Lecca
I was drawn to Nera’s work through curiosity, I initially thought they were photographs taken then altered digitally, then I started to question why the children’s faces were blurred, using children as subjects can be disquieting. These pieces are titled ‘Child A’, and look into identity, sometimes things disrupt life which causes even children to change their identity. They can lose a sense of who they are if they are forced to change their name, family or community, these are fundamental things that represent them. She has created these digital paintings using palette of colours and brushed in photoshop, building each layer as she would work on a canvas. There is an incredible amount of digital skill in these paintings, all though I don’t think it’s evident, most people assume they’re photographs which have been altered digitally.