The studio and contemporary practice

We had a great Bitesize session with Damien, Juliet and Ben, sharing our thoughts and reflections according to some artist’s interview video and texts.

Before that, I had a relatively limited understanding about to artist studio: it was the space created by the artists. It was the place where the artist’s main creative process took place.  After reading a part of the text ‘Studio and Cube’ by Brian O’Doherty , I have some new understanding of the artist studio and the relationship of artistic practice. In the text, artists regard their studio as a kind of exhibition, themselves as a part of the outcomes. Their lifestyle as a part of the creation style. And by this way, the research and practice process can be expired in a really visible way.

Then, we watched videos about how artist practice and express their ideas.

I have to say that it’s really important to write some notes when you watch a video. I found things become easier to understanding and more effective when doing that. 

These three videos are about the interviews of Yinka Shonibare, Barbara Kruger and Arturo Herrera. They show how these artists express their ideas through artworks and how to develop projects.

I found that they don’t think too much about the outcomes when developing a project. Yinka Shonibare cuts newspapers and magazines into various shapes and collages them into a natural pattern. He said that his works are natural and cultural. Barbara Kruger converts the color fonts of magazines into black and white fonts, and combines them in different ways. And Arturo Herrera said that he prefer to do it than thinking.

Comparing with the way of myself, I always think too much about how to make out of the outcomes but not to do something. I think the essential cause of this problem is the fear of the unpredictable and unknown outcomes.  Maybe I should try to change the attitude toward it, accept it then enjoy it.


Some ideas of collaborative projects

Recently, I was inspired by a series of photographs by Adam Moskowitz.(

For me, these photographs are simple but strong. They have good composition and a special rhythm. Observing clearly, I found that each picture is combined with more than two images. So, they look a kind of reality, but not the real world.

What impressed me is the sentence that an editor wrote for the photographs, “Memory can change the shape of a room; it can change the color of a car. And memories can be distorted” I think the editor made a perfect and interesting analogy between the photographs and “memory”. Actually, I have the same feeling about these images.

Then, I found a video project about a memory of a trip. The artist used the pictures he took while traveling as a reference to the model. Scenes in the video are not totally the same as the real places, the artist changed some details based on his own memory and willings. ( )

According to these, I began to think about “memory”, here are my perspective about memory with drafts to illustrate.


1. Memory is subjective and selective. Sometimes, memory is fragmentary, it’s saved as pieces in our heats. When we recall them, they relink together, according to our own needs or psychological tendencies.


2. Sometimes, my memory is clear about the objects I care about, but other things are blurred and even confusing. When I recalled a place I had been to, I could clearly remember the look of the building, the details of the window, and the pattern of the ground. However, the buildings and streets around it are not clear.


3. Memory will change over time. The longer the time, the more blurred the memory becomes.



How to make social media work for you ( Monday, 28th January)

We had a Bitesize session with Ben and Juliet. During this session, Ben showed us that how to collect and present you own works through social media (Instagram) and website (blog).

However, it’s a kind of a shame since I almost never had posted my works in social media.  The reason why I don’t have a specific social media for my works is that I think I am still a student and don’t have many mature image works. Honestly, I am not very confident about my works, I think they could be better. And it would make me uncomfortable when I show others with something which I know I could make it better. So, I planned to do that kind of thing after I have my own style. 

This concept is changing while I get some different opinions about presenting works in social media. I realize that social media could be a way to show my research and practice just like a visual diary. It’s a way to record my thoughts and reflection on my works. By the way, it can be a way to push me to do something. Because it’s clear to see how much work I have done.

So, I think I it is the time to set up an Instagram account for my works.

How artist collaborate (Monday, 21th January)

Today, we had a great seminar with Laura and James, as well as two excellent artists Tash Khan and Sam Capps. Khan and Capps both showed us some interesting experience about collaboration with other artists or objects.

I have got some reflection after this seminar.

Honestly, my understanding of collaboration had changed after Khan’s presentation. Before that, I believe that collaboration is more about people with people in different fields. We change our information and knowledge, exploring the same ideas. However, Tash Khan does collaboration in totally different She showed us a series collaboration with objects, like cigarette butts, rubbish, green take back, books. And she put some elements of them into the dolph project. She said that she learns a lot by collecting photographs of these things. Also learn something from normal items (books, lines…) and to communicate with them.

During the Q&A part, we talked something about how to keep your own style when doing collaborating with others. Sam Capps said that it is difficult to keep your own style during a commercial project, while Tash Khan believed that is really important to do that. For me, I want to say that my style is not just related to my outcomes but also the way how I research and practice. I mean, when working with others, we can express our idea through the conversations and process, but not just focus On the outcomes. Meanwhile, I don’t think I have a fixed style because there are always new technics, new knowledge, and new chances. My style may changes when facing different partners and situations sometimes.

Outcomes of the V&A project – shadows in the mood

I chose two poems which depicting happiness and sadness respectively. Based on them, I made two dynamic illustrations. Then, I made a flipbook as an extension design which combined the principle of the primary colors with the elements of my dynamic illustrations.



GIF 1: Happiness
This GIF was inspired by a part of Vera Pavlova’s poetry:
“My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water’d shoot”




GIF 2: Sadness
This GIF was inspired by a part of Christina Rossetti’s poetry:
“I shattered your heart;
now I limp through the shards barefoot.”







Something made out during the process

After I decided to express my personal moods through shadows, I tried to analyze what kind of mood I will have in a day. Among this, I think one of the most important things is the mood when getting up in the morning.

When it is sunny, the sunlight shines through the shutters into the room, and my shadow will be projected on the wall. When I was woken up by the alarm clock, I felt a kind of confused, like a bomb exploded in my mind. I am trying to translate this feeling into the specific images.

I used the previous pattern elements that I made to fill in the background of the image.




How Artists Research (Monday 12th November )

We had a seminar with Juliet Laura  as will as two artists James Irwin and Kristina Pulejkova on Monday 12th December. James and Kristina showed us several digital visual projects with the research processes. These two artists both connect physical with digital reality through technology like computer programming.

One thing impressed me is that when James did the project ‘The RGB Spectrum’, he searched for the key words of his work online and found that another artist France Languérand had already got a similar outcomes, so James contacted Languérand and invited her to contribute her work to the show. It’s really interesting that although artists’ reasons for the the similar project were different, they share the researches and information in the visual fields. It provide me a approach of research that when go through my own projects, try to find if there anyone else who have done the similar works with mine and maybe I can glean some useful information from them. 

In addition, during the Q&A, Kristina mentioned that there is no necessary to show the solution or outcome within the research as a scientist do. As a artist, we just need to ongoing around the theme, don’t think too much about how to explain why we use this kind of colors and lines, it’s just our a kind of artistic practice. Besides, research is not only seeing what other people but also trying different materials, processes and getting thing together. This tip is kind of working to me. When I am doing a research, I normal be likely to focus on the outcomes ( forms) and ignore the experiments. Sometime the research could be my works.


The projects James Irwin showed




The projects Kristina Pulejkova showed