My work in this course will be assessed against the following criteria:
Demonstration of technical and visual skills
Throughout the course, I have tried to keep in mind its title ‘Investigating Drawing’. I have interpreted this as licence to explore all sorts of media, traditional and weird, and mark-making techniques. Experimentation is now at the centre of my practice. The course has brought me to the realisation that I am very process driven and that the act of creating interests me more than the final outcome. I have particularly enjoyed gathering works together from constituent parts in acts of curation which I hope have demonstrated both technical skills and also visual awareness.
Quality of outcome
I am disappointed in the quality of the outcomes for many of the course projects, but it is a truism that you learn nothing from success; you only learn through being willing to fail. Making artists books has been a highlight of the course, producing some of the best outcomes. Good work has also arisen out of difficult working conditions when I have been away from home, acting as a carer. I am pleased that I was able to harness difficulty into valid work with drawing machines and capturing my own movement.
I have embraced process as outcome in its own right, especially through the use of video. This is a completely new technology for me and I am at the beginning of the learning process but hope to develop further in future.
Demonstration of creativity
I recognise that my initial response to a project is sometimes banal and that I have to work through that, by experimentation, to progress to something which is original and, hopefully, surprising. It isn’t always easy but I do know that grafting away in my sketchbook will be rewarded. Through the course, my practice has refined to producing very simple, direct pieces in monochrome which try to break the boundaries of flat, rectangular, wall-hang art. My ambition is to surprise and delight the viewer.
I feel that my artistic voice has developed significantly through the course and especially through the parallel project. I have really enjoyed having the freedom to undertake a long term project of my own devising and have been surprised at the end result.
Context reflection including critical review
When I start a new project now, my first impulse is to research how other artists have approached similar challenges. This is a discipline which the research points and course notes have ingrained into me and it is a great benefit of academic study. Initially, I worried that looking at other artist’s works would overly influence me, so that I might just produce pastiches of others work, but now I think that my own artistic voice is strong enough to absorb and learn without reproducing.
I find writing a learning log, reflecting on process and outcome, extremely useful and even enjoyable, and I am very sure that this analysis enriches and informs my work. In fact, it enriches my life. I was extremely worried about writing a critical review, since I have not done any academic writing before, but the opportunity to research around my chosen subject in depth was rewarding. My subject arose out of my parallel project and my research fed back into my work.
Investigating Drawing is an excellent and enjoyable course and I feel that I have grown immensely through it. The parallel project has really helped me to develop my own voice and the critical review has allowed me to delve deeply into research in a way new to me. I feel empowered and excited to continue my OCA journey and carry this through to my next course. I am committed to achieving a degree.