This Week We're Fussed About... WSA BA Degree Show 2012
Nothing is more inspiring than a graduate show. Free from the pressure of commercial success or customer requirement, works by art students are always full of creativity and personality. From 14th to 21st June, Winchester School of Art is having an exhibition of painting, photography, installation, video, book, fashion and fabric works by BA graduates from Fine Art, Graphic Arts, and Fashion and Textile Design pathways. The annual degree show aims to celebrate the accomplishments of the students and showcase their work for their development after graduation. For visitors, it is a visual and audio feast. Here are some of my favourite works in the show:
Chloë Gooch: ‘Animalistic Nostalgia’ BA (Hons) Fine Art
In the collage series, ‘Animalistic Nostalgia’, Printmaking student, Chloë Gooch shares with us her sweet childhood memories. Inspired by photographer, John Stezaker, Chloë replaced some of the
heads in the old photographs from her family with animal heads cut to a similar shape and size. Such simple collage technique gives an amusing yet realistic touch to the old photos. The collection not only brings us nostalgia for the good old days, but also explores the relationship between animals and humans.
Zeyao Wang: ‘Where am I?’ BA (Hons) Fine Art
Painting student, Zeyao Wang, answers the philosophical problem ‘Where Am I?’ with a group of paintings. Zeyao uses a little dark figure to represent ‘I’, and places it into grand landscapes. Constructed by pure colours and simple strokes, the paintings give us a serene feeling, as if we are standing in the mysterious dreamlike world created by the artist.
Anne-Laure Lecomte: ‘Otherness’ BA (Hons) Graphic Arts
The intriguing ‘Otherness’ collection by the Photography student, Anne-Laure Lecomte featuring distorted faces highlights ‘the ambivalence between the way we want to be perceived by others and how it deforms our own images’. Without any digital modification, Anne-Laure managed to shoot photos with unusual effect and strong impact by taking people’s reflections on the water at night using only a light focused on the faces. The mysterious images haunt us and immerse us into the reflection of our relation to our own image.
Lucy Cox: ‘Lucid’ BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design
As the name of the collection suggests, ‘Lucid’ by Fashion Design student Lucy Cox features clearness and freshness. Red and white are chosen as the main colours of the collection, marking a straightforward personality; knitting is skilfully used to build the innovative construction of the clothes or enrich them with delicate details, demonstrating the designer’s great creativity and craftsmanship. The whole collection is youthful, vigorous and stylish.
Ellie Major: ‘Elegant Decay’ BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design
Combining watercolour drawings of plants and court-style decoration elements, the design of Printed Textiles student Ellie Major embodies both idyllic romance and Rococo glamour. Unlike
many textiles which dazzle us with the same patterns repeated mechanically, Ellie’s work refreshes us as a breath of flora fragrance.
In addition to visiting the show, you can also participate by joining in the online conversations about it.
For more information, take a look at WSA website: Southampton.ac.uk/wsa