Between the degree work being exhibited and our level 4 assessment, we have the opportunity to take part in a number of workshops.
I decided to opt for a workshop with a visiting lecture, looking at installation and site specific work. The initial presentation was interesting and a lot of really useful artists were brought to our attention for example Susan Hiller and Celeste Boursier – and it was a really helpful introduction to understanding site specific work. I found this quote particularly interesting in summary of what it means to make site specific work:
“The man who finds his homeland sweet is still a tender beginner; he to whom every soil is as his native one is already strong; but he is perfect to whom the entire world is a foreign land” – Hugh of St. Victor
We were then challenged to create our own installation, this was a very open challenge but we were to choose one area from the surrounding area to work with.
My idea was to look at an outdoor space from the uni and explore the parts of that space that were temporary and would easily move away over time. I chose a space of wasteland and looked at the rubbish that was present, rubbish that would otherwise be removed – and then began to come up with an idea as to how I could keep it for longer in the space. I decided to do this by caging the pieces of rubbish. We didn’t have enough time to fully establish a proper idea and project, but my thoughts were to try to play with idea of preserving that which would otherwise asked to be taken away from a site – and in doing so, actually draw attention to the smaller details of the area itself. Hopefully it will enable people to engage more with that specific site. These were photographs taken from the work that I did.