Private View: 19th September 6-9pm – all welcome.
‘Eight’ is an exhibition of work by eight students who are graduating from the MA Fine Art Programme at the University of Northampton this September. It represents the culmination of works, theories, and thinking that has developed over the period of study and acts as a platform to showcase their individual methodologies within a Fine Art arena.
This is a very important time for post graduates students who have furthered their concepts, skills, and critical engagement within the arts, enabling ambitions that will take them further within an academic environment or beyond the University. It is a time for the artists to see the diversity of works together in a professional exhibition context.
Dr Craig Staff, Reader in Fine Art and Course Leader for the MA Fine Art commented:
‘The MA Fine Art exhibition in September represents a significant moment for the eight students who will be showing work. Not only does it represent the culmination of their industry, experimentation and exploration whilst they have been studying on the course, it also marks the point at which they have the prerequisite skills, resources, and creativity to function independently as artists within various cultural contexts. Whilst the exhibition is on, visitors will be able to see a range of approaches and engagement across media, discipline, and technique. As professional artists, I await with keen interest the impact they all will no doubt have on the future landscape of contemporary art.’
Kuan Yan, an artist who gives the viewer a chance to feel discombobulated within a space of optical illusions.
Kayleigh Twort’s work explores the physicality of materials through sculpture, using disposable materials to create form, body, and mass.
Provocative works by Natasha Toms engages with the unconscious placing of imagery creating work suggestive of a historical context.
Cosmina Boeriu is interested in the notion of painting and creating particular surfaces likened to the Expressionists’ genre of painting, furthermore questioning the traditional format of presentation.
Palak Rana invites us to engage with a ‘field’ of work imbued with cultural references. A specific work is in the making for the private view (19th Sept) that will result in lighting collections of matches using the transformation as a conduit for meaning.
The aesthetics of the charred matches presented for the private view, may well create a conversation quite naturally to the work of Sarah Janivicus. An installation of a recumbent Hornbeam tree commands attention and thought through the symbolic reference and poetry of the tree.
Anna Sofia Restrepo Arango is using a particular support and method of presentation for her elegant drawings that explore a personal dialogue with the warp and weft of items of textiles.
Finally Sharon Read has occupied a certain area of the exhibition and offers the viewer to be immersed within her installation of handmade bricks considering the impermanence of the self.
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