I was so impressed by the quality and depth of this year's undergraduate show at Wimbledon! It was great seeing everyone's work, but a bit daunting to think I'll have to be exhibiting to this standard next summer. The first thing I saw walking into the corridor was that it had been painted green and populated with lovely little potted plants. This was definitely the cutest part of the exhibition, and a great example of the fairly simple ways it is possible to create your own world with an installation.
|James Morgan Taylor|
"I love books and working in a book. Cutting, sticking, scribbling and being totally creative without worrying about the outcome as ‘it’s only a sketchbook’. It just seems to remove any limitations you might put on your own work or creative drive."I definitely agree with this comment. Books have a certain ease of creating to them. They offer a little paper world for you to dive into - a world that's irrecoverably yours. I feel that maybe little mistakes don't matter inside a book because a book is a continuation, a sum of its parts, and more precious as an object composed of multitudes and mistakes. Everything is equalised in the world of the book. You can make no true mistakes, only progression page by page.
Some of my favourite parts of the book are pages which are cut into in order to house panels of photos printed on tracing paper. In Amelia's book world, there are lots of delicate, miniature stained glass windows. These are so dreamy, and the translucency of them brings an additional layer to the book's ability to interact with itself.
In addition to her book, she exhibited an intricate web of plexiglass photographs, expanding the translucent dream world of the book to a larger space in a way that still offered interactivity as the panels can swing back and forth and even, theoretically, be walked through.
A lot of the work in this show has used light in really effective ways. I'm struck by how much light can affect work and perceptions of it. Clearly there are many components to think about when making and exhibiting work. I hope I can be as successful in constructing my own little world this time next year as this lot have been!