ACS Studio Prize 2019 Application.
I’m currently an undergraduate at Wrexham Glyndwr University, I have recently completed my second year and eagerly awaiting to begin the final year of my Fine Art BA Hons Degree. I am interested in mixed media, textiles, the use of unusual mediums and ‘unusual’ art in general. I’ve explored expanding foam, ceramics, machine embroidery, applique, print, digital/darkroom photography, to name a few. I’m enthusiastic about interdisciplinary art.
I work using different mediums quite experimentally as I have a lot of ‘childlike’ hysteria. Through this year at University my practice has developed through exploration of new materials, techniques, process, preparation and presentation. A space to do all this is so important, I was lucky to have one of the best studio spaces available at my art school this year, which without my work would not have been able to expand as it has.
My communication skills with students and lecturers has grown through this year, via debate, enquiries, crits and collaboration. I have established the relationship between making artworks and I have asked myself revealing questions, critically reflecting on the outcomes. In trying to find better questions to ask about what we are doing in the studio I turned to critically study others similar precedents. As I result of this process I know I want to get to a point of performing confidently. I'm constantly drawn to interacting within my work in this way. I seem to keep making sculptural, photography and performance based works.
I wanted to use dough as an artistic medium as I’ve been fascinated with it’s qualities for months. The themes I have been focused on are instability, flesh, comfort/discomfort and disgust/beauty. Other related themes that I’m thinking about are the mind/body, form, awareness, sensations, spacial awareness, transmutation, form, grey-area (Alice in Wonderland syndrome), dreams, dreamlike state, dissociation, space, time, and life.
I've looked into interactive, sensory art, how to translate sensations and how to record this. I want to communicate my own ideas of beauty and disgust, the unpredictability and instability of materials, emotions, sensations and life. This year I have explored the word ‘unstable’ by using a variety of mediums and processes. I have been fascinated with the ‘grey area’ feeling, as I call it. A feeling I’ve experienced frequently, it has puzzled me but not panicked me for a long time. It happens when I’m lying down, waiting to fall asleep. I encounter a unlife like sensation of unsettlement, unstableness, and transmutation. My world changes, my body feels huge, on a tiny bed in a tiny room, and changes between feeling tiny, on an enormous bed, in a huge world. Which I discovered is linked to ‘Alice in Wonderland Syndrome’ through a longarity of internet research. It felt very important to me to investigate into this feeling I’ve experienced and to create work that translates that feeling as best as it can. I felt most connected to the word unstable in comparison to other words to choose from, it has more relation to how I’ve been feeling and the ideas for work I’ve been having. Other related themes that I’m thinking about are the mind/body, form, awareness, senses, spatial awareness, and sleep. After making small scale work in my first year, I needed to experiment with a larger scale. I decided that expanding foam would be my choice media.
Digital Photography of the 'Grey Area' installation, Glyndŵr School of Art, Wrexham, Wales. 2019 Featuring life size expanding foam cast, and small scale sculpture laying on a found bed frame. I explored distorting my body in relation to the ‘grey man feeling’ by using simple packaging as padding. By using a fisheye camera lense attached to my mobile phone to photograph the results were subtle but successful for the first trial. I plan to develop this idea further and use a film camera as well as darkroom experiments, and video to create another dimension and quality to the idea of experimenting with my own form. It makes it more personal when sculpting my own body.
I had been reluctant to begin explaining what my work is about to people until I found others talking about it online, I had doubts whether many would be aware of it or if I had a strange misconception of the feeling. Finding a post where people discussed their own personal experiences of it was so exciting for me, it felt like the beginning of something exceedingly significant. I continue to search and hope to find work of others who have explored this through art. I understand many may not connect with my work because of the unfamiliar aspects of the theme, and this gives me ideas of creating interactive work which could allow people's imagination to engage better. Maybe I could even create an ‘atmosphere’ and process which could provoke the feeling in people so they could experience it for themselves.
As a result of my research towards my dissertation proposal I have explored dough’s fleshy qualities, my own body and the ‘grey area’ feeling, the deeper investigating into artists who have worked with similar themes within their practice, has influenced me in doing things for the first time such as performance, costume, and creating video work. Through photography collaboration I used costume to transform myself into the grey man, and exposed my own flesh as a key element. Using my body to explore doughs fleshy qualities also. I recorded the transmutation that the dough went through over time and became fascinated with the beauty and disgust elements of it. Adding hair and blood to transform the mutated dough and humanising it. I wanted to create a quite organic, dreamlike presence to my photography body work. I've used technology to edit and process some pieces heavily, transforming them using the unpredictable huji app effects. Using a vhs camcorder for the first time experimentally to record my performances, and to edit gave very atmospheric aesthetic results. It was important to me to record this as an exploration into engaging more successfully with the viewer.
I've learned more about performance and creating reaction through beauty and disgust. Exploring the nature and boundaries of using dough as a medium. I have increasingly been thinking of ideas for the direction of my work and the location of practice. I have strived to present my expression, and imagination through this body of work and my intention is to stimulate people's critical thinking in regards to aspects of beauty and disgust.
I intend to develop my work further by being completely involved with my practice, to gather research as I go to inform and inspire me, thougharly expanding my knowledge of technique and process, practicing and dedicating time to perfecting skills and remembering to step back sometimes to reflect, and experiment. Better work would have undeniable energy and show understanding of medium, and practice. It would be displayed appropriately and of a high quality.
Having my own studio would allow me to create a space to experiment, to work with my imagination and ideas expressively. A space for building, being, creating and curating. With a large desk space, with space to have a laptop/pc for research and digital processes. As investigating themes, artists, work, history, writings, etc is such a vital part of my artistic practice. My mental health disorders affect my concentration and ability to work in certain environments. When I do create the right environment to create in is when I can really flourish and work confidently. I have a lot of materials, tools and such already but yet to have a suitable space to set things up appropriately. I see the best studio as a workshop, gallery, library, photography and performance space.
As my third year of University is approaching I am focused on making the most of this time, preparing and planning for my Degree Exhibition show and for when I graduate, I want to continue to grow and establish myself in the artist community, near and far. I find myself thinking of the scale, presence of work, and how I will present my work, not only for my degree show but in gallery spaces. I have so many plans and aspirations for my work I believe the development of it would be so significant with a great studio facility.
Jasmine Roberts, 22 years old, from Wales. Currently an undergraduate at Wrexham Glyndwr University, recently completed second year and eagerly awaiting to begin the final year of the Fine Art BA Hons Degree. Interested in mixed media, textiles, the use of unusual mediums and ‘unusual’ art in general. Enthusiastic about interdisciplinary art, making, doing, performing and experimenting. I want to communicate my own ideas of beauty and disgust, the unpredictability and instability of materials, emotions, sensations, awareness, sensations, transmutation and dissociation and life. The context of my current practice features these themes in the form of sculpture, performance, photography and imagery.
2018 -Group Exhibition, Glyndwr School of Creative Arts & Design 2019 -Installation “Grey Area”, Glyndwr SCA 2019 -Solo Performance at Dot Dot Dash, Glyndwr SCA. “Dough Performance Social Media Facebook - Jasmine Roberts Fine Art @jasminejaneroberts Instagram - @jasminejaneroberts / @jasminejaney Contact Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Phone - 07702730521