8-12th March 2017. Documentary Shot from Walcot Chapel Live Drawing Performance, using Charcoal on Fabriano Paper.
Group exhibition with fellow Fine Art students from Bath Spa University.
The group of us, responded to the space that we were in, and created works in the chapel. My works were around life and death, and presence after death. I created works before and during our time in the chapel, including two drawing performances.
Overall exhibiting at the Walcot Chapel was an eye-opening experience. The exhibition came at a time, when me and a lot of other students, were uninspired and not creating because of it, and so it gave all of us that push that we needed, as we were in a different, new environment that was so interesting to all of us, and this really helped to inspire us all and push us to create some work.
It was also an insight into working with other artists, within the same space, and setting up an exhibition with these artists, it was interesting to hear people’s views on which piece should go where, and how best to display our artworks together. It was a new experience for me, as my first public exhibition, and I really enjoyed seeing the public’s reactions. I also usually don’t enjoy time restrictions, however the few days we had to create our pieces, pushed everyone into creating and it really helped me, to start creating again, and I was especially happy that it pushed me into performing for the first time, in front of an audience. It was a terrifying experience, but equally satisfying and it made me realise, how much I actually enjoy performance art, and using my body, and to not be so scared for the future.
At the final exhibition night, I had one piece of work on display – a lager than life scale, charcoal drawing, which I had previously drawn before the Chapel, at the Chapel in the style of Robert Raushcenberg, I attempted to erase the drawing, to signify a presence that would be left over from the drawing. Due to fixative on the drawing however, I didn’t manage to erase much of the drawing, but I still decided to exhibit the drawing, as you could see it had faded, and the process of the erasing. I also performed two drawing performances, on the same drawing, adding to a total of 45 minutes. Within the performances, I used crushed charcoal, and willow charcoal, in my toes and hands, and used my body to create marks, with how I felt in the moment, creating abstract expressions. I wore a white dress and the idea was, the charcoal taking over the dress gradually, similar to death taking over life, and the connection between them.
The group of us, responded to the space that we were in, and created works in the chapel. My works were around life and death, and presence after death.