Raspberry Pi powered interactive digital art? Absolutely!

One of my favourite pieces at the show is Being Present – an interactive digital piece that aims to show people the benefits of mindfulness – of being present, even if only for 2 minutes.I have loved watching everyone try it out – not everyone sees it to the end but those that do (andContinue reading “Raspberry Pi powered interactive digital art? Absolutely!”

The History of Action Stations, Boathouse 6.

I thought it would be interesting to do some research into the history of the Grade II Listed building, currently called “Action Stations” at the Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth where we are hosting our exhibition. The building was originally built between 1845 and 1848 and called Boathouse 6.   It was used for the building, repair andContinue reading “The History of Action Stations, Boathouse 6.”

Can mindfulness be communicated through art?

As I come close to the end of my MA Fine Art course, I am preparing to exhibit the pieces I have made in response to the proposal I wrote at the end of 2015.Over the course of 2016 I have read widely about mindfulness and mental illness and it began to influence the workContinue reading “Can mindfulness be communicated through art?”

Mindfulness – making space in your day

Over the last couple of years I have dabbled with mindfulness and seen the benefits that it can bring.  There is a LOT in the press about mindfulness at the moment but I still see a great deal of confusion about what it actually is.At one end of the scale, mindfulness can be full onContinue reading “Mindfulness – making space in your day”

Blue – how to choose one?

A painting I am planning is going to be mainly blue, and not any old blue either, I have a very specific blue in my head and that got me thinking about why we chose certain blues?Blue is arguably the most important colour to us – it has surrounded us since the beginning of timeContinue reading “Blue – how to choose one?”

Mark Anstee – living in the moment

Yesterday we had a visit from Mark Anstee who makes huge temporary artworks – often (always?) with a historical and emotional aspect, using wonderful creative ideas and incredible drawing skills.It was a huge pleasure to discuss our forthcoming MA work with Mark before his talk, he had something pertinent to say about all our plans andContinue reading “Mark Anstee – living in the moment”

Expansion – seeing brilliance through the cracks

I recently (and rather belatedly I realise) came across the amazing work of Paige Bradley – a sculptor – with this incredible piece of work called Expansion. It really blew me away to see this powerful image of the pure light within us and has stuck with me for some time. As Paige says: ….we needContinue reading “Expansion – seeing brilliance through the cracks”

What is the link between subversion and creativity?

I enjoyed researching this subject immensely and found myself getting deep into the area, I would not have anticipated the conclusions I now draw. When I reflected on my process, I realised that it resembled a tree, I started off with a trunk with one question on.  I divided it into two – subversion andContinue reading “What is the link between subversion and creativity?”

The sound of liminality…..

Yesterday I did my presentation for the Research module on Subversion and Creativity.  I enjoyed it, and it was especially good to listen to some of the other students, especially the two talks on the same subject as me – we covered it so differently, the three went well together!Some of the younger students hadContinue reading “The sound of liminality…..”

Portsmouth Guildhall Exhibition – realisation

When I put in a proposal for a solo exhibition at Portsmouth Guildhall, although I was excited about my idea and had thought it out well, I had no comprehension of what would happen if I was selected.  Which I was :).Putting together my first solo exhibition, of eighteen monochrome street photographs (half of whichContinue reading “Portsmouth Guildhall Exhibition – realisation”