The field modules this year have been both a struggle and a great source of ideas to take forward in to my subject practice. The first module ‘Home Truths’ was mainly focused on different ceramic processes. This project was challenging as I had never worked in this medium before, but wanted to expand my practical kills and try it. It also challenged my personal perception of home and reminded me of the values that a ‘home’ holds. For me this was personal and hard to grasp as I have never properly had a stable family home, this made it difficult to think of ideas originally but as soon as i developed my own way of working it all came together at the end, and I used my experiences to my strengths. The aim for this project was to follow the tradition of storytelling using surface decoration and explore how contemporary artists are approaching this. I found this narrative way of working really interesting and something I enjoyed. One of the final outcomes I have decided to present is a narrative series of images. I have drawn this idea from the first field module which I think has worked really well.
The second module in Field lead us to learn about material culture in Morocco, and to focus on colour and material upon our visit. This module has influenced my subject work massively. Before visiting I did a lot of research about the country and found out how different their society is to us. The main point I focused on and found most interesting was how men and women are treated so differently. Being a woman and visiting this country, I had to prepare myself for the hassle and take some precautions such as cover my hair and to bring clothes which don’t show a lot of skin of flatter my figure. How me and my female friends were treated on our visit influenced my general interest and subject ideas for the second term. I started taking a big interest in to feminist artists. And from this point I started to focus on the concept of ‘Beauty’.
Not only did the trip to Morocco influence my subject work in that way, but also through the concept of colour. I have always loved using bright colours in my work, but witnessing the amount of colour all over Morocco inspired this even more. I tried bringing this idea through with my feminist work although towards the end I decided that just focusing on colour was a clearer route for me. My final outcomes for this year in my subject work are both filled with technicolored shapes and images. Focusing on aesthetically pleasing qualities to develop my practical skills and represent the concept of ‘beauty’ has put me in a good position for the start of third year.
Field has helped me to realise what concepts I am most interested in and what could be a strong starting point for the subject module next year.