Art Scholars' Exhibition 2019

As an Art Scholar, the exhibition is always my favourite time of the year. Moving away from the art curriculum and delving into my own creations is such an exciting opportunity. Having the chance to showcase my ideas in a community of talented art enthusiasts is something very special.

At the Exhibition Private View, I was amazed by the dedication, creativity and processes of every individual artwork which explored a unique perspective of the theme. I enjoyed discussing ideas with the Art Scholars and getting an insight into their interpretations, opening my mind to interesting concepts of the fascinating realm of art. It was delightful to share my thoughts with other viewers and watch them explore the angles which altered the image, their expressions changing as they discovered the perfect viewpoint. These are the experiences from College that I will always remember.

My idea for my project on the theme of 'Layers' stemmed from various places, including the enjoyment I had reading and playing with flip books as a child and Nobuhiro Nakanishi's Layer Drawings. Both resonated with me in completely different ways. Nakanishi’s work is composed of hundreds of photographs captured over a period of time, displayed on acrylic panels. It draws the viewer’s attention to explore the piece from multiple angles, with the images aligned in a single viewpoint, displaying the piece in a continuous flow of time.

Inspired by his work, I started experimenting with various drawings that investigated movement and its relationship with time. I eventually chose a figure running into the distance, fading away with a trail of its previous position. To highlight the speed and motion of the subject, I chose to draw the figure with a range of small dots.

It was quite challenging trying to figure out how to change the 2D drawing into a sculpture and involved various mathematical problem solving, including geometry. I attempted splitting the image into different sections, working out the number of panels I would need, the space between the panels, my desired angle, etc. However, I knew I had missed something vital in creating the perfect viewpoint, whilst encountering slight misalignments.

After a week of testing, I had discovered the key to a successful outcome: finding the space I needed to leave at the start of each panel relative to the other panels in order for the figure to appear uninterrupted. When I had identified the right starting numbers, it was simple to find the rest (as it was an accumulative sequence).

I found that using a black Sharpie on the transparent panels would create the most striking outcome. I used a thick piece of black card to complement the Sharpie for the frame and cut slits at regular intervals for the panels to slide into. I also attached four black rectangular boxes onto each corner to hang the piece on the wall, in a place where sunlight would fall on top of the piece, mimicking Nobuhiro's work, which captures light reflecting off the panels.

Ashley (UC4)