Scholarship printmaking exemplars - 2009

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The strength of this submission is in its picture making ability to communicate ideas about an emotive topic, isolation. The workbook identifies the proposal as an exploration of the "effects that physical and psychological isolation has on someone of my age". The portfolio leads us through a series of images depicting the various stages of the impact of isolation and how the character's world changes.

The first board introduces the topic through a series of well-constructed exploratory drawing and prints inclusive of collage. The starting point provides a rich resource in terms of imagery, symbology and potential methods of visual representation, such as the acknowledged use of "coral/ red colour" as a reference to the colour of our inner organs, which acts as a metaphorical link to the turmoil experienced within the state of isolation.

Evident also is an understanding of print conventions and the ways in which print operates alongside drawing to effectively draw out ideas. The candidate is clearly engaged and excited by media, materials and process and uses this to make interesting and conceptually driven images. There is a delicacy employed throughout the portfolio that demonstrates sensitivity to the topic and the type of imagery they are generating.

The candidate knows how to manipulate print media and technique to his or her own means. The employment of other surfaces and found materials, such as book pages and zips adds to dialogue and narrative. The print process is used as a thinking process, to draw, compose and design, and inherent understandings of established practice are astutely merged into the candidate's own work.



This submission takes a traditional subject matter (buildings/ architecture) and uses it to explore ideas of abstraction through the generation of shapes, forms, planes and surfaces that essentially delve into compositional interplay. Careful selection of source material contributes a wide range of potential motif and compositional possibilities to this formal investigation.

The candidate has generated their own photo shoot of buildings and site details that they then have used as the basis for compositions, surfaces and textural minutiae. The focus of their research has been on the surface marks created by water, age, paint, time, which refer to ideas of deterioration and residue. The effect of time and transition has been represented through the disintegration of detail into abstraction, and the deconstruction of imagery into a series of shapes and planes.

A range of techniques have been employed that appropriately reflect the topic, such as embossing, frottage, photo transfer, monoprint, silkscreen and collagraph. Other materials such as corrugated card have been introduced to represent structural content and to explore the creation of new surfaces and composition. The candidate shows evidence of the mark-making ability of print media to create atmosphere and presence of time. Research into established practice in terms of media, methods and processes utilised reinforces the formalist approach employed. In the workbook the candidate has articulately discussed these factors, particularly in reference to the visual and aesthetic qualities inherent in their work.

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