Tabula Rasa Exhibition. Swansea College of Art.
Swansea College of Art, Tabula Rasa Exhibition – sampler of student artworks.
Swansea News Network shares a selection of some of the wonderful and at times challenging artworks by the Fine Art Degree, 1st and 2nd-year students at the city’s Swansea College of Art. Full details of the exhibition on Swansea College of Art posters below.
Demian Johnston – My name is not important. It has taken me some decades to fully appreciate the fact that i do see this life in a personal technicolor. As my imagination causes a bow wave into the future consciousness – I have a choice to learn or to adapt or to create. The past is the future, but what happens next is in our control. Make it beautiful.
Melissa Rodrigues – Melissa’s work uses a variety of sculptural materials to explore issues of displacement, exploring aspects concerning the movement of people across the world, both as a mass, and individually; the latter which she has experienced intimately as an immigrant and emigrant throughout her life, from Africa as a child to Portugal, and now as an adult to the UK.
Immigration to Melissa means more than laws, rules, and bureaucracy; it is centrally about the awareness and maintenance of equality, integrity, and diversity within. By extension this is expressed through many similar lives, stories, and struggles: this seeking always to become and feel a citizen, with roots, no matter how tenuous, and an identity enriched by experience producing a physical and psychological presence at once profound and ephemeral, informs her work.
Melissa invites you, with the work exhibited, to get inside the skin of her migrant experience, and try to see from the inside, to “get inside” the boxes people inhabit once immigration rules and regimes have reduced them to statistics and labels, reduced them in dimension and depth. Melissa invites you to feel that constriction, that tightening of the skin, and so to know her story and struggles, and those of countless others.
Daniella Davies – Davies’ work is about capturing the beauty of wild animals, looking at their expressions, patterns, and habitat.
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