Griffin Open

As part of my Personal Practice Plan I have been entering a number of Open competitions, not with the particular aim of being accepted this time, because I am still experimenting with direction, but to test the water with my old work, to see if any comes close.  It doesn’t, which doesn’t disappoint, but endorses my decision to undertake the MA, with a view to developing my work.

The Griffin Gallery has just announced its long list of 20 artists.

http://mails.griffingallery.co.uk/interface/external_view_email.php?AO9442323701844016665437686263224&varId=

The gallery are interesting because a large number of their stable of artist have MAs, so the academic response is clearly important in their selection process.  This is evident in the language used by the artists to describe their practice.  If I am honest, the words impressed me more than the work.  The only artist who stood out for me was Tess Williams, who has just been awarded a distinction in her MA at St Martins, and is already making waves in the art world, having been selected last year to be part of the UK Young Artists.

{imgtitle}fragment  Medium: Ink and Acrylic on Canvas and Cotton Year: 2015  Dimensions (cm): 310 x 200 cm 

She describes her practice of ‘exploring the physicality of painting and the evocative potential of structure and materiality.’ ..’My work goes beyond the boundaries of the picture frame, amplifying the physical presence of painting, the resonance of materials and structures, whilst continually referencing the history of painting.’   http://griffinartprize.com/uk/griffin-art-prize-2015/artist/williams-tess-2015

She describes her process http://thisiscentralstation.com/my-process/my-process-tess-williams/.

Her words remind me of Angela’s comment about edges and Stewart Geddes comment about working with the materials.  Tess has achieved both objectives.  I have much to learn.  I feel I am still holding back.

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