Artist Biographies & Project brief

Entries made by artists, compiled and edited by Paul Wicks

 

Abigail Sweet

Abigail classes herself as a maverick all about wonder and is fascinated by her own emotionally charged personal experiences with health. She investigates these narratives through metaphoric, theatrical and abstract notions exemplified by aesthetically pleasing visons, corresponding to the Pre-Raphaelite era. She hopes that on her quest for captivation it will cater to the needs of an ever evolving art world and therefore will increase her creative knowledge into expanded fields. She likes to absorb her emotion into photographs so that they become a portrait of her own personal events.

 

Uncertainty

Is a project based around the connotations of having a Lymphoma diagnosis, it enables insight to be able to gain awareness, understanding, and empathy. It is a clinical, tyrannical and dystopian simulation which make you appreciate and establish the now perfected inane grin I felt with my own diagnosis.

It will enforce that a Lymphoma diagnosis doesn’t have to be so pessimistic, nor be deemed as an invaluable epoch of event in our lives. Uncertainty will use a mass of multimedia to help build the narrative of multifaceted mundane objects that become significance with various connotations, these will include a life size bed, miniature bath transpiring into a sculptural, interactive metaphoric experience of representation from the malignant condition.

Emily Wills

In 2012 after being diagnosed with scoliosis, Emily went to great Ormand Street Hospital to have a spinal fusion operation to straighten her back. A lengthy healing process affected Emily’s studying; putting her behind and she struggled to continue. Not to be beaten she decided to take up the subject she loved the most at college which was photography. This then later on led her studying Fashion Photography at UCA Rochester.
Emily enjoys learning new techniques and skills and has enjoyed meeting and making friends with fellow students. Emily is studying Fashion Photography however her aspirations are towards the film industry to take still photographs on film sets which combines two of her greatest loves. Emily has taken part in events which include photographing for the ‘More’ than words’ charity (2015) and the Detling Wedding Show. (2016)

 

Killer Fashion
A fashion film with a twist. Different from the average works you would normally expect to see. Follow a fashion shoot team visiting a lake only for things to go horribly wrong; A fashion concept combined with a horror theme. As crew members start to disappear follow the journey to its horrific climax as the ending leaves you the viewer having to decide how the story fits together. The police were called by a distressed member of the public whilst being filmed so this is sure to be a shocker!

 

 

Giorgiana Pallamara

Giorgiana is an Italian 21-year-old girl who recently moved to England with the purpose to follow and accomplish her idea of “art”. Being attracted by the diversities and different facets of reality she decided to embrace the art of Photography as an opportunity to look beyond and seek for a deeper meaning into things.
As an ex-student of a Humanistic high school, her photography focuses on thematic of conceptual matters such as human sensitivity and condition, and what is that we all have in common, still being different from one another.

Her goal is to create a strong communication among the sitter, the photographer and the viewer, through a simple yet meaningful message.
At the age of 16 she held her first solo exhibition in the South of Italy receiving an award for “Giovani artisti” of Magna Grecian. One of her work is permanently exhibiting at “Convento dei Minimi” in Roccella Jonica, linked to the campaign against violence towards women.

 

Metamorphosis

From the Greek word metamorphous (meta + morphe), “to transform”, “change of form or shape”

A change of the form or nature of a thing or a person into a completely different one. Exploring this “shifting” of identity in the 21st century society which is adopting a new connotation, linked to the cultural and social change we are experiencing through mass media and technology.

The principal concept at the basis of this project states how digital era and everything we created in order to achieve more knowledge and to progress is starting to rebel at us, devouring our identities and shifting them into something else, mechanical and robotic.

“Dr. Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley is one of my starting points.

As the Monster created by Victor Frankenstein who then killed him, one interpretation of Mary Shelley’s novel is that we can see in the Monster the tragic result of uncontrolled technology.

 

Technology nowadays is what feeds us.

But what feeds us is just an illusion which is transforming our lives.

What is going to change the most? Not only the “shape” (surface, appearance, the way we perceive things or ourselves), but the “form” (what’s real, the matter, the substance of things, that we are made by flesh and bones).

We are unintentionally experiencing the metamorphosis of our true being.

It’s becoming a real disease, an illness of the soul.

 

Imogen Watt

Imogen is 19 years old and is in her second year at university studying to become a Batchelor of Arts in photography, she has extensive experience working with people from many walks of life and works well both on her own and as part of a team.

 

She studied art and photography through school and has always expressed a passion for the creative arts. Imogen’s work consists mostly of portraiture, her main interest is photographing people and focussing on subject matters that are personal to her; for instance, her most recent work has a theme of body image and self-confidence and her previous projects have been based around grief and loss.

 

Imogen uses photography as a form of expression and as a way to bring attention to subjects that are personal to her and that many others can relate to, sharing her experiences via art based mediums in the hope that she can benefit others.

 

Project

The theme is body image and self-confidence; investigating the subject in a way that not many have done before.

Illustrating that having low self-esteem can make you feel invisible and want to hide your body. Inspired by the work of Francesca Woodman and the way that she explored mental health issues in her work, the images are self-portraits, much like Woodman’s, this gives the work a personal edge that Imogen wishes to bravely share with the world.

 

Luke Wassel

Capable of pondering the infinite, yet ultimately food for worms to paraphrase Ernest Becker. The incomprehensible preposterousness of this truth, of our fate and our cruel awareness of such holds incredible power over our lives.

How do we try to reconcile the irreconcilable, transcend that which cannot be transcended, escape that which cannot be escaped, rationalise the irrational…?

 

For despite the futility of our efforts, try, try, try we do.

Luke explores his own deep struggles and yearnings to qualm existential angst, through the art of photography. Seeking to investigate and understand how others cope, but also how he is able to use the medium as a conduit for his own experiences, to explain that of which he failed to in words.

 

DeadLock

Falling, falling, falling; Weightlessly, hopelessly, you cower, coil and wince awaiting impact, salvation.

Deadlock is a veritable nightmare, a spiraling, helpless, dread-filled fall that follows the tragic events that lead a son to murder his beloved mother. Chaotic in construction and in narrative, Deadlock seeks to mislead, confound and disorientate its viewers. Functioning as a perplexing metaphorical manifestation of the very real and deeply oppressive self-doubt that governed its creation. Ultimately, Deadlock in all its chaos and confusion, in all its misleading, hopes to evoke exactly that. To leave the viewer full of doubt, unsure of themselves, of what they’ve just seen, of where the true direction lies.

 

 

 

Paul Wicks

In 2003 & 2010 Paul suffered from encephalitis that left him partially sighted for nearly a year as well as movement and cognitive problems. He was informed by doctors he would never work again; with sheer determination he decided to challenge this problem head on. He took up photography as having had to live without it he now values his sight and vision and likes to share it with others. As a mature student he loves learning from his fellow students and is constantly in awe of their individual and collective talents.

Paul has won various awards and is set to exhibit a piece highlighting disability at the Saatchi Gallery London in December 2016. He has works on permanent exhibition at the Encephalitis Society head offices in Yorkshire and displays in various galleries across Kent.

 

Memory Loss Simulator
To simulate the effort involved in finding lost memories; this project brings together elements of time, archive and movement to illustrate the difficulty people suffer after losing memory.

An installation piece containing family archive photographs constantly moving within a Perspex container which represents the brain.

The viewer has to concentrate on the moving contents to attempt to view the images, where they become combined and are difficult to retain.

This simulation has been assessed by a world-wide brain trust and it has been confirmed that the piece is an accurate representation of individuals reports indicating the project is currently on track. Currently investigating the prospect of a slow motion video to run alongside.

 

 

Christina Nari Jung

 

Is a bright, bubbly, talkative person and who has a great interest in Fashion and styling. She studies Photography at UCA and has a keen interest into the styling side of things such as large scale professional photoshoots.

She likes to get involved with styling and assist with dressing up the model depending on the concept. She also enjoys filming and is hoping to gain more interest in that field.

Christina is always up for trying out new things especially when it comes to changing up her own style, whether it’s the clothing or hair and likes to put these changes into her work as well.

 

She says ‘changing it up once in a while and trying out different things is a thing I do as a photographer, getting the best experiences from these as possible and allowing this experimentation to flow into my work’.

 

Mind’s eye

 

You can’t see or feel what people are thinking inside their heads; Christina’s project is to focus on the idea of self-consciousness and showing this through kinetic motion and dance.

She shows the development of the self-consciousness, and of awareness of her body, slowly opening up little by little, showing more and more as awareness and confidence grows and increases.

The tattoos that cover her body will also be revealed, showing the expressive nature of them, representing her finding confidence in herself and her body.

 

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