Would you like to see my work in a gallery setting? My work will be exhibited in the Lanchester gallery in Coventry University and in the Frameless Gallery in London. The date and details for each are as follows.
Coventry Degree Show 1st of June until the 10th of June The Gallery is open from 10am until 6pm
Lanchester Gallery CV1 5FJ
Private View by invite only 1st of June 2012
Frameless Gallery Exhibition 18th of June until the 24th of June
Frameless Gallery 20 Clerkenwell Green EC1R 0DP London
Private View 18th of June 6pm-late
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I photographed my installation in the photography studio so that I can show you how it looks all set up. I made the lighting slightly darker than usual so the photographs feel intimate, like you were looking at them in the gallery. I wanted it to look like the photographs were flowing out of the suitcase all from one piece of ribbon, that’s why I tied all the pieces of ribbon together with the longest piece of ribbon.
I got new business cards printed for the Coventry Degree show and my London exhibition, here is a photograph of one of them.
I chose to print new business cards off for the exhibition so that I could put my professional email address off and put a simple picture on them. I think my cards are nice and give people the information they need. I got them from vista print.
After all the problems at the start of my final major project I really feel I have created something that I like and have enjoyed creating. I was annoyed at the start that people’s feedback had made me change from my original idea of recreating film scenes from Lego, but after a while I felt their feedback had given me a chance to follow a different route with my photography work, one that really showcases everything I have learnt and done throughout the three years. I had to think about new ways to approach my ideas, which is a good skill to use for later in life in jobs. My idea came to me in parts, I kept thinking about new things I could include in my project, and this is one of the reasons why I wanted to create an installation, so that it could contain all of my separate photography projects into one idea and hold one meaning. I think this meaning may be slightly hard for people to understand at first, but I am hoping the symbolism I have placed in the installation will help get the meaning across. A suitcase, to show a journey, children’s toys to symbolise childhood and the imagination, photographs of me to show it is a personal journey and the ribbon holding everything together because it is connected.
I feel this project was one of my best for time keeping. I knew I had to get the photographs finished early because I had to create the entire installation around the photographs. I got the photographs done before the eater holidays so I could spend all the free time sewing my photographs onto the ribbon and sourcing any new materials I needed. It did take me longer than I thought to get the installation together, sewing it took a lot of time and patience. Maybe if I was sewing onto photographs again I would use a sewing machine with a thin needle to speed up the process. I did get the installation finished in time ready so I could photograph it set up in the studio for hand in. The studio was only available on Monday the 21st so I had to shoot on this day.
Overall I am really happy with how this project went. and I am excited to see it up in the gallery. If I were to do this project again I might create some final prints to go with the work and be hung up, because I feel my work may look a little like handmade craft next to all the amazing prints my fellow students have produced. But I like that I was able to create something I enjoy and really showcase my talents as a photographer and an artist. I loved doing all of the research looking at photographers and artists and really broadening my horizons. I’m glad this work will be photographed as well as exhibited so that it can live on even after it has been taken down. I really enjoyed this project and am happy to have it all finished, it is a nice way to end my journey through University.
In my work I have had to make many decisions in the process of creating it that have led me to where I am now. At first I had to decide what ribbon to buy, I chose light thin ribbon because I was going to be suspending it from the ceiling so it couldn’t be too heavy. I didn’t want my photographs to fall down during the exhibition. I had to decide what needles and thread to use, because I was sewing onto my photographs I had to find a really thing needle so it wouldn’t damage the photographs. I also used thin thread so I didn’t take too much away from the photograph when I had sewn onto it. I also had to decide what colour of thread to use for each photograph. I went with black for the black and white ones and blue for the sky ones, so that the thread doesn’t distract the viewers from the photographs. I want people to see my work not just see my sewing.
I had to decide what type of suitcase to use, in the end I chose to use an old suitcase I owned. This will help to keep the entire project personal to me and because it is a vintage suitcase it will keep to the aesthetic of the piece. It also needed to be a working suitcase because the point of the piece is that it is a journey, that it can be packed up into the suitcase and carried away. This will also help with the transportation of my piece to the Coventry degree show gallery and the Frameless gallery in London. The suitcase is very hard-wearing and I know it will keep my installation safe on my travels.
I had to choose what paper to print my photographs onto, I chose matt for the ghostly photos and the sky photos, and I chose glossy for the childhood photographs. I chose glossy because that is the aesthetic I associate old holiday and childhood snaps with. I wanted my piece to carry that idea into people’s minds when they look at my work, I want the childhood photos to look old and vintage. I chose matt for the ghostly and sky photos because I wanted a contrast between the bright glossy colours of the childhood photos to the reflective sky and ghostly photographs. The ghostly photographs are showing that I feel disconnected from my home so they needed to be matt for the right effect.
The main reason I have behind deciding to create an installation instead of just prints, is because I wanted to create something that was original, one of a kind. My installation will only exist in the gallery that it is set up in, once the exhibition is finished it will be taken down and packed into the suitcase to be carried to my next exhibition in London. After that it will live in the suitcase, so the people who view my installation in person in the two galleries will never see it up again, unless they look at photographs of it that will be posted on my blog.
My work is a personal journey showing how I feel finishing uni and how I felt my journey went. It is me realising that I don’t really remember the things that happened in my childhood photographs, but knowing that I need to hold onto them. All of the objects inside the suitcase show my connection to my childhood and are symbols of journey, what you might take with you.
I decided to test what my installation would look like all set up at home. I used masking tape to stick it to the ceiling, which is I admit a bit different to how I will be securing it in the gallery, I’ll be tying it to metal wires that are on the ceiling, but I just wanted to see what it would look like. I spaced each ribbon out so every piece could sway and move, and so that each photograph could be seen by people walking around the gallery. I have found out that my space in the gallery will be by the window at the left hand side of the front of the gallery. I’m quite happy with this space, as long as I have enough space to suspend my ribbon, the people organising the spaces knew I needed ceiling space and something to suspend my installation from so I trust them.
I really liked how my installation looked all set up, It actually looked better than I thought. I was worried that it would look a little too handmade, and look a bit tacky, but to me it looks good. I am excited to see what it will look like in the gallery. I did decide that it needed a few more paper flowers sewed onto it after I saw it set up.
The suitcase is made to look like it has spilled open, throwing the contents around and all the photographs flowed out of it. I think it does achieve this, I will just need to neaten up how the ribbon looks tied around the slinky.
It took me a while to think of how to prop my suitcase open in the gallery and stick with the theme of a journey and imagination. I eventually though of using books to prop it open, because they take you on a journey using your imagination and people often take them on trips with them in their suitcase. I chose to use Oliver Twist, The Three Musketeers, and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, because the first two are old classics and fit the vintage theme of my work, and the third is a modern take on a classic, which fits with my aesthetic.