Tabula Rasa. Exhibition. Swansea College of Art .
Swansea College of Art, Tabula Rasa Exhibition. A sampler of student artworks.
All week this week, Swansea News Network will be sharing a selection of some of the wonderful artworks by the Fine Art Degree, 1st and 2nd year students at the city’s Swansea College of Art. Full details of the exhibition are in the poster.
Lydia Courtier – Non-Places – Courtier is working to explore the idea of non-places, which are spaces that we don’t occupy, we simply travel through, such as alleyways and staircases, and the idea of urbanisation and how this changes the space we live in. She is fascinated about how we not only interact and move through an area but also the people that we meet in these transitional spaces, how everyone’s individual itineraries meet for a brief moment. These transitional spaces are becoming more common through urbanisation, with these spaces appearing like leftovers. Looking predominantly at stairways, Lydia uses bright colours to create contrast using a mixed medium in overlapping layers on mainly salvaged board to produce complex cityscapes.
Tomos Sparnon – Sparnon has always been interested in painting, especially faces. The human face and structure of the head attracts him, as each one is unique, either in terms of shape, skin tone or expression. Lately, his interest has expanded to the human body. This has come from looking at the works of the Old Masters and classical sculptures such as ‘Belvedere Torso’ and ‘Laocoön’. These are the things that have inspired Sparnon to apply paint, charcoal or pastel to canvas.
He uses the past to find a contemporary figure. Recently, Sparnon has been going against his idea of perfection, through welcoming mistakes. The artist wants to convey a suggestion of a human body. Through looking at the pieces, Sparnon’s aim is for the viewer to see themselves, not just him.
Kena Brown – Brown uses memory as a visual object and translates it into a form, which can describe a being, a place, a feeling, whilst understanding each form and how they happen and develop.
Her paintings are a timeline of living memories and forms. She focuses on portraiture, the beach, a feeling of being in a site, and the atmosphere of being with other beings in a time of living. The colours of each painting describe the form of a feeling, then the form of memory is splatted on a found object, otherwise known as a canvas.
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