Best of Degree Show 2018

 

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Exhibiting artists:

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Elen Averis – BA (Hons) Fine Art
“My work is a little messy, and a little rough round the edges, but I am well assured of its confidence. I seek to direct my painting process with a certain purpose through which every line works with the rest of the painting, taking an impressionistic approach to the overall piece. My paintings are proud and they communicate. They vary from extremely abstract to a figurative style, but I maintain consistency through their bold expression and freedom of form.”

facebook-logo  Heather McNab – BA (Hons) Fine Art
“As a mixed media painter, Heather McNab’s practice investigates the
dynamics of the diverse and rugged terrain of the Scottish Highlands (..) Rather than presenting a factual reality, the work constructs an illusion to conjure the realms of the imagination, with a specific focus on capturing the crux of these remote locations and dealing with the documentation of erosion and time itself.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Ryan Gill – BA (Hons) Fine Art
My work looks at Modern Symbology & Archetypical stories relating to human narrative. My images are not based upon classic symbols but instead on modern iconography. I explore the meanings we can derive from juxtapositions of the figure and symbols. I am an oil painter mainly concerned with the human figure and the way pictorial images have an impact on our lives.

international-websites-web-icon  Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Kim Tiong – BA(Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing
“Designing for wellbeing is something that highly interests me as I always want to design pieces that can be beneficial to the wearer. My work surrounds a lot of social issues regarding anxiety and mental health: in the past I have explored avenues that surround anxiety, epilepsy and a lack of communication in society. I like to explore these types of sensitive topics in my practise as I aim to make wearable’s that can become beneficial for the wearer and help them have a better outlook in life.”

Edinburgh College of Art

international-websites-web-icon  Jessica Gasson – MA Fine Art
“My bat flight paths trace the path of big brown bats over the course of a
week, the different patterns corresponding to different baths. Navigating
with echolocation bats have remarkable spatial memories, I am
interested in this understanding of space as something very tangible.
The prints are made by tracing the lines of flight with a laser onto a
printing plate, which I then rolled with black ink and printed relief on an
etching press leaving the paper slightly embossed.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Laura Dow – MA Fine Art
“I am a Scottish fine art and commercial photographer based in Edinburgh and Bristol whose work explores themes such as kitsch, boundaries, belonging, and identity and examines how they intersect. Using the camera as a tool, I explore the fascination with these ideas and try to identify their wider significance as concepts of constructed realities and ideologies.”

international-websites-web-icon  Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Caiyang Yin – MFA Jewellery and Silversmithing
“My project ‘Healper’ is about mental well-being. People tend to have potential metal health issues more often than before due to the fast-paced life. My idea is to design and make a series of playful kinetic jewellery to drive people’s attention away from the negative factors to the simple fun of playing with a piece of jewellery. I choose silicone rubber as my main visual material, which has been widely used in medical and food industry due to its high inertness, thus it is natural to leave people a comforting and safe impression by using them. I design and make these pieces for people who feel depressed or anxious more easily than average. I try to help people release their negative feelings by playing with or simply touching and observing my work. The kinetic structures in my work are not aimed to show off my making skills, but only to realise the designed mechanism to build the ideal interaction between the audience and the pieces.”

international-websites-web-icon  Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Nicola Fabian – BA(Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing
“Childhood memories are strange and contrary things. They evoke images in the
mind’s eye of passing moments, fragmented and filled out by what you think
happened based on the retelling of stories by family and friends. I have drawn on memories of my mother’s garden in South Africa and the many happy days that I
spent playing in this magical place as a source of inspiration. I have tried to convey to the audience a sense of my childhood memories using flowers and foliage in my work, and at the same time draw a parallel between the fragility of the natural environment and memories. The natural environment has always played an important part in my creative process. It provides a rich source of inspiration from which I can develop my work.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Caroline Squid – BA (Hons) Painting
“A key aspect to my work is the duality of working with both analogue and digital methods. I find that my finished work sits somewhere between the two. My paintings may adopt the aesthetic of digital drawings, as I paint pixels and copy the rounded edges of digital brush marks. Yet I constantly enjoy the materiality and physicality of paint, be it thick oil or drippy gloss.”

international-websites-web-icon  Charlotte Phillips – BA(Hons) Painting
“In asking “how many times have I been photographed without my knowledge?” I examine my own archive of photographs and find within this family album a catalogue of the accidentally photographed. So much of our photographic practice is unconsidered, especially compared with the practice of painting in which the artist meticulously designed and painted each detail. Focused on our chosen subject, we do not consider the worlds that exist parallel within the camera frame. Stitching these figures with similarly background aspects of classical paintings I seek to subvert their contexts and give the unconsidered new weight.”

international-websites-web-icon  Isaac Moss – BA(Hons) Painting
“Isaac Moss is an artist based in Edinburgh. A graduate as of June 2018, Isaac studied ‘Fine Arts’ specialising in painting at Edinburgh College of Art. Isaac’s Practice explores the relationship between image and language,  predominantly using the mediums of painting and printmaking. Artist based in Edinburgh. A graduate as of June 2018, Isaac studied ‘Fine Arts’ specialising in painting at Edinburgh College of Art. Isaac’s Practice explores the relationship between image and language,  predominantly using the mediums of painting and printmaking.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Nancy Nightingale – BA(Hons) Painting
“Within my work, I observe how changing daylight transforms spaces through elongated shadow forms. I like to think of materials as a tool for creating visual noise, where quieter moments exist within subtle changes in texture. By abstracting the original space, I capture the mood and poetic nature of each space without the need for explicit definition.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Sarah Brown – BA(Hons) Painting
“While studying painting at Edinburgh College of Art, I have taken on many extra-curricular roles as a set designer. I have worked on a number of projects, both film and theatre based, with other university students. My piece, ‘BUT THE KITCHEN SINK’, was made to look like a theatre set, showing the incorporation of production design into my studio practice, combined with ideas of familiar spaces and the manipulation of perception.”

international-websites-web-icon  Chloe Hamill – BA(Hons) Photography
“Chloe Hamill is a fine art photographer working in still life and portraiture. She enjoys making visual contrasts and combining the mundane with the surreal. Mobile Seduction comes from the wider series  #MillennialProblems which looks at how young people are represented in online articles and social media. Young people are often used as a scapegoat for wider problems in society. The project aims to poke fun at these ridiculous statements.”

international-websites-web-icon  Doug Mackie – BA(Hons) Sculpture
“I am an artist living and working in Edinburgh, Scotland. My primary medium is sculpture but my practise is somewhat eclectic, encompassing artists books, print making, video, sound and photography. I consider myself a maker, concerned with formal sculptural qualities, foregrounding process and materiality. The visual, tactile and presence of the material are important aspects of my work, while gesture and repetition are common elements. My work is rooted in a socio-political context typically responding to observations seen or heard. The way I work and the sculptural language that I use demands a particular approach to research.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Ladina Clément – BA(Hons) Sculpture
“Ladina Clément is based in Edinburgh and London. Her practice combines sculpture with video and photography to create installations, which often contain an element of performance or engagement. Her multi-faceted approach questions human behaviour and hierarchies; probing into social, cultural and religious situations. The physical and digital work, the three-dimensional and two-dimensional, the past and present intertwine; they are products of one another. The viewer has an imperative role within her conceptualisation. Clément employs humour as a way of instigating and promoting participation, hoping to welcome more diverse audiences into the gallery space.”

Glasgow School of Art

international-websites-web-icon  Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Aileen Gray – BA(Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing
“Aileen was initially inspired by the repetitive and angular nature of the urban environment with contrasting elements drawn from the warmth and light from inside the buildings and homes.  Aileen uses a combination of steel and oxidised copper and silver for the base of her structural forms incorporating orange enamel paint. In selected pieces subtle textures and patterns are created using the etching and photo etching process.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Debbie King – BA(Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing
“I am a jewellery designer and create kinetic jewellery. My work explores the interactions between jewellery and the body, looking at how jewellery is used as a mechanism for stress release through fidgeting. The work focuses on appealing to the senses of touch and sight using calming colours and repetitive movements to create pieces that act as a soothing presence to the wearer. The visual inspiration was taken from anatomical forms as it runs parallel to how the body fidgets and plays with jewellery.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Katie Watson – BA(Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing
“My collection is depicting nature’s beauty, and the magnificence that is all around us. My making process starts with a walk, whether it be along the coast or overcoming
obstacles in the woods, focussing particularly on my home town of North Berwick. I collect anything I find of interest, from fallen leaves, pine cones, or an unusual fragment of shell, as well as photographs. Using these as inspiration, I look at the patterns, lines and textures I have found and translate them into metal using ‘chasing and repousse’. This technique lends itself beautifully to re-imagining these forms in my silversmithing, as it allows me to create many varied organic lines and forms, thus bringing the outdoors in.”

international-websites-web-icon  Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Angus Fernie – BA(Hons) Painting and Printmaking
“My work is strongly grounded in two firm beliefs; The notion that representational paintings (particularly figurative) are not dead as many claim and the idea that everything is, to some degree, very silly. Working within the tradition of oil painting, the work has an improvised and ambiguous narrative creating an immersive space which is both believable and absurd. drawing heavily from the absurd of humour internet memes, the work aims to guide the viewer through an imagined interior house scene, making them part of the work itself.”

international-websites-web-icon  Claire McGinlay – BA(Hons) Painting and Printmaking
“Claire Carden McGinlay explores the ethics surrounding Commodity Fetishism within postmodern theory. Her practice is corporal in investigating the relationship between the social and physical landscape within the urban city. She obsesses over stock photography, which has a significant niche that represents the generalised and fetishized nature of imagery within our digital age. Each painting is sourced from strong descriptive newspaper articles which allow the artist to create her own visual language.”

international-websites-web-icon  Hazel Brown – BA(Hons)Painting and printmaking
“Hazel Brown’s personal work explores humanity’s primordial fascinations and desires, particularly regarding story. Delving into folklore, fairytale and imagined worlds whilst also developing her own personal mythology. With narratives that intertwine and converge, the creatures inhabiting her ​universe are often not what they seem.”

international-websites-web-icon  Kirsty McArthur – BA(Hons) Painting and Printmaking
“Our social media personae are the garlands we wear daily, and we are gifted by The Graces with notifications. @isolamaeatlas is a wild woman, existing in a realm we can only dream of, using the earth and its bounty as inspiration for her winding Instagram posts about spirituality and self.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59 facebook-logo  Laura Speirs – BA(Hons) Painting and Printmaking
“My work is entirely personally motivated, exploring personal issues through paint. Painting allows me to gain a better understanding of myself, especially as the process is so cathartic in nature. I do not anticipate the final outcome of each piece as I prefer the artwork to slowly emerge through the development of the work. I have always enjoyed painting in an abstract style as I appreciate the concept of deciphering a piece of artwork in order to fully comprehend its complexities. These interpretations will be unique to each viewer, making the artwork much more personal in nature.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Marina Renee-Cemmick – BA(Hons) Painting and Printmaking
“Marina Renee-Cemmick works figuratively to construct charcoal drawings, oil paintings and sculptures from steel, clay and plaster. She has a fascination with people and a desire to understand the complexities of human experiences. She is drawn to subjects that those that expose our fragility and the transitory nature of our existence and is interested in removing the layers, exposing the bones beneath the flesh, the underlying structures. Her current work looks to link hidden infrastructures of the human body and built environment by considering the city as a living organism,  breathing, growing and deteriorating. She explores the breaking down of systems which require human intervention in order to mend and in exposing the breaking down of our smoothly running systems, renders a vulnerability to our carefully constructed world.”

international-websites-web-icon  Molly Hankinson – BA(Hons) Painting and Printmaking
“My practice focuses on scrutinising, and then taking ownership of the way that
womxn are presented in society today and, on a wider scale, concentrates on the
realistic and unidealised representation of femininity as a whole.
These digital prints are a response to an open call conducted in Glasgow, in an attempt to gain a wider understanding of contemporary femininity from an intersectional and inclusive perspective. The project focused on highlighting and championing each individual’s own personal experiences, through informal interviews conducted in the subjects’ own homes. The portraits have been executed using a combination of hand drawn techniques and digital software.”

international-websites-web-icon  Rosa Quadrelli – BA(Hons) Painting and Printmaking
“When entering a therapist’s office, a young child may be given dolls that enable them to re-enact situations that have made them uncomfortable or have caused them trauma. These dolls can act as substitutes for relevant people in a child’s life or more abstract characters that personify a child’s emotions. The ’Theatre of Memories’ is the name given to the collection of puppets and dolls by Scottish visual artist Rosa Zaira Quadrelli which are her reimagining of these therapy aids. A group of characters and creatures, both mundane and fantastical, seek to represent not only the people in her life but characters of historical significance that are symbolic of broader ideas and emotions.”

international-websites-web-icon  Yi Yang Liu – BA(Hons) Painting and Printmaking
“The medium that I specialize is stone lithography. I’m interested use this medium to explore the relation between human will and expansion of nature. Seeking into the conflict, collision of those two, in the process generates organic paradoxical situation. Hoping to visualize this sense of illogical organ form, the invisible net that interweave our will and our surrounding environment.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Cecilie Neumann – BA(Hons) Fine Art Photography
Out in nature, I seek a state of mind, where I can remove myself from my surroundings and achieve a greater sense of my self. I bring this to my work, in my aim to create a space for discovery of both the spiritual and earthly elements of natural phenomena. I mainly work with analogue photography, darkroom printing, drawing and collected objects in my attempt to create sculptural and imaginary interpretations of the land.”

international-websites-web-icon  Magdalene Wanderlust – BA(Hons) Fine Art Photography
“My recent project, “Here’s Water and Also a Rock”, focuses on the unconscious rather than the conscious; the hidden rather than the apparent. I particularly seek things which are concealed and detached from the world; fragmented and fluid; like in the state of dreaming. Water is like a mirror. Yet, its reflection is never a simulacrum. Water creates its own unique eye-deceiving constellations of colour; illusions. Water is also a versatile element that is subject to constant change. It is never the same.”

Grays School of Art

international-websites-web-icon  Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Amber Watson – BA(Hons) Three dimensional Design
The inspiration of these piece have derived from the luxurious lifestyle choices found living in London. Inspired by high end bars, shops and landmarks encountered daily. An aesthetic of bold shapes, lines and angles has heavily influenced my designs. The detail of coloured acrylic running throughout the pieces reflect the vibrant youthfulness of the city. Throughout my design process aesthetic comes before function however, is never disregarded.

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Ella Porter – BA(Hons) Three Dimensional Design
“When I am designing, I prefer to make practical objects, that are made to be used. For this project I am exploring what it is like to be living in a multi-generational household, as this type of living situation is becoming more common in the UK. From a design perspective it creates some interesting challenges due to the large age range; each age group has its own needs. I am specifically looking at the kitchen as this is the busiest part of the home, and a place where a lot of accidents can happen. I have been working a lot with new technology as well as traditional manufacture methods, I find the journey from initial sketches, to the computer screen, then into a physical object fascinating.”

international-websites-web-icon  Ruth Saunders – BA(Hons) Three Dimensional Design
“I have decided to focus on castles around Mearns and Aberdeen and have created three ranges of contemporary jewellery that reflect the wee quirks and characteristics of each of my chosen castles: Edzell, Kildrummy and Slains. These features have informed the design of each piece of jewellery to create an interesting balance between the broken down stonework of the buildings and the sleek, clean aesthetic of the jewellery.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Annalisa Merrilees – BA(Hons) Fine Art
“My process derives from an interest in the mental and physical limits of the body. Delicately painted over a long period of time, the work appears at first to be mechanically made but reveals it to be the product of a careful hand. By using a random number generator to allocate colours to the base grid, the painting begins its life illogically. The random and deliberate actions come together to create a sufficient formal balance within the work.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Deni Black – BA(Hons) Fine Art
“The cheerful expressions on the faces of inflatable animals mirror the vibrant joyful colours with glistening highlights scattered along their glossy surfaces. They are however, merely, mass produced toys, which succeed in making the consumer amused and jubilant in their presence. The love and happiness that came from these consumer products can be interrelated to how one feels towards real animals. However, in reality, we control, manipulate, use and abuse these very same animals for our own benefit. The work I create stem from this dichotomy.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Martin Richens – BA(Hons) Painting
“Take a inch of Lichtenstein, add a dash of Klimt’s golden phase, slice up some 1970’s Peter Phillips, read a ton of bronze age comic books, make a stand for contemporary realism, add technical skill and craft to the mix and huzza, you have a recipe for Neo-Pop, or perhaps Scot-Pop, or maybe even Contemporary Neo-Pop. Label it as you will. Martin Richens has taken the visual narrative qualities of sequential art and combined them with a hyper-realistic exaggeration of colour and vibrancy. However, beneath the veneer of colour and light lurk a dark nostalgia.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Samantha Cheevers – BA(Hons) Painting
“The letters and objects I have found inside derelict buildings help to create a narrative that brings a surreal and peculiar environment to my work. My work is focused on bringing the outside into these empty spaces, and exaggerating certain aspects of the design using pattern and colour. I apply various materials and techniques in my work ranging from watercolour pigments, to laser cutting, creating depth and layers that mirror the aesthetic of the decayed interiors.”

Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 12.51.59  Marcus Bowie – BA(Hons) Commercial Photography
“Glasgow, a different perspective. With this collection of images I offer a glimpse into a never before seen viewpoint of both historical and modern Glaswegian architecture. Through the use of the editing process in post-production I was able to manipulate and distort simplistic images into abstract creations each presenting the potential for several unique interpretations. The diverse nature of these images are targeted at those who have an appreciation of abstract thought provoking artwork or aesthetically pleasing designs produced by a variety of different geometric shapes. Most of the work I produced before commencing the BA Photography course at RGU revolved around people and taking portrait shots capturing the models personality. Throughout the past year I have incorporated the same approach however directing my focus towards architecture with my main aim being to bring buildings to life. I enjoy creating and sharing my work allowing people to engage and experience my ideas through the lens of a camera.”

Marie Hardie – BA(Hons) Commercial Photography
“Nature is one of my favourite subjects to capture. With visual artists as well as writers having long celebrated the existence of the tree… photographers like myself, are no exception. I decided to print my work onto cotton, so that the trees could move around, as if blowing in the wind. The beauty and elegance of these mighty structures elicits peace within me, a feeling that will hopefully progress through my photographs.
There is beauty in everything.”

Best of Degree Show: Euphrosyne Andrews

Euphrosyne Andrews

The power of form standing alone as an artwork is and idea key to Euphrosyne Andrews’ practice. Her work is concerned with the history of ornament, it’s circulation in relation to the multiple and the domestic connotations of ornamentation resulting from the materials that are commonly associated with it. Printmaking processes underpin her work, exploiting the traditional relationship with the multiple alongside the use of unique motifs.  She is particularly interested in ornament’s uncertain position within contemporary fine art, and it’s origins. Stemming from a ban of representation in many religions, ornament can be traced through abstract art through to to contemporary art today.

Euphrosyne is planning to move to London in September to take up a place on the Royal Drawing Year, run by the Prince’s Trust. This is a course split between studio practice and taught classes, with the use of print facilities.

Best of Degree Show 2014

Six Foot Gallery team has selected the best works for our annual Best of Degree Show which showcases the emerging talents from all over Scotland. As we near towards the end of exhibition we would like to thank Sian Smith, Tiina Lilja, Jackie Henderson, Natasha Ferguson, Ellen Love, Nicole McCarron, Samantha Wilson, Lindsay Hill, Thomas Cameron, Angela Mattern and Gezi Yao for their involvement. Head over to Gallery to see some of the works!

We’ve asked the participants about their experience of the Degree Show and how will it affect their future as artists:

Tiina Lilja

Tiina Lilja

 

So far the Degree Show has been the biggest exhibition of my career and the volume of people who came in to see it was truly astonishing. Getting feedback from viewers of all walks of life, awards that were handed out after a hard year’s work and the opportunities that followed on the heels of the exhibition are worth of all the stress, sleepless nights and self-doubt every graduating artist must go through at the end of their time in university.

Sian Smith 

The importance of working at a steady, even pace is something I will definitely take with me from this experience. Also the fact that you can never please everyone, I have realised that its important to make work that you are pleased with yourself and hope that others will follow.

Jackie Henderson

Jackie Henderson

 

The experience of the show itself was very bitter sweet; The relief and happiness of producing an exhibition of work I was proud of was dulled somewhat by the realisation that the past four years of fun, exploration, challenge, hard work and reflection was coming to a close.