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‘Facts are braided together according to who writes it, Dominic Arkwright, BBC4 Xtra Trivia

 I am black
  You are black
 We are black
 Is The world   black

 I am white  light
 You are white 
 we are white 
 Is The world  white

 I am mixed
 You are mixed
 We are mixed
 Is The world. mixed

 I am free
 You are free
 We are free
 Is The world  free

 I am an animal
 You are an animal
 We are animals
 Are The world  animals

 I am human
 You are human
 We are human
 Is The world human

 I am at peace
 You are at peace
 We are at peace
 Is The world  at peace

 I am  grey
 You are grey
 We are grey
 The world is grey

 I have choices
 You have choices
 We have choices
 Does The world  choices

 I am hungry
 You are hungry
 We are hungry
 Is The world  hungry

 Repeat  extenuate each word individually
 On return factor in speech marks , . .
 ? !  so you have 7 repetitions of the text

 I have equality
 You have equality
 We have equality 
 Are we all equal.

 Recording, Ind

 Following researching Bruce Nauman as advised by YLF, I decided to do some recordings of both me doing some performances and also working. Trying to understand how I think thru things.this ended up been a part enjoyable but also frustrating. When recording the word/ spoken content the recorder transcribed a lot of what I was saying as profanities when it was not and some where gibberish, non sensible words. I found it hard to correct as I was just things I would say that popped up in my head and I could not remember most of what I said. I wanted to say things and not think too much about what I  was saying. Looking into my deeper self. I found the actual process was freeing in a way as I was not so hung up on making anyone understand what I’m saying. This has been the most frustrating bit about English been a second language, I always found myself having to explain what I mean in England.  I understand how language can be a barrier to anyone more so when you don’t understand nor speak the language. That makes me think how hard it must have been for Saartjie who had no formal education and had to teach herself 2 new languages! Yes its true that some people have the aptitude to pick up languages quite easily but in the timespan she was here she could not possible have been fluent.
  posting short videos of me making is what I plan to do next with the hope of seeing where I can take this.



Manual For Practice (M4P)

6 october 2021 Emma Bolland

The M4P is the written component of my practice, to integrate, entwine and enfold my physical making into writing.

M4P is the gestural aspect of the practical work where i reflect during the making process and reflection on action thinking about the process after the work has been made, thinking about the process i used-(how this inform my work) and those processes i intenditte or attempted but did not use in the final actualisation of the work.

the importance of research an an artist is to ensure their work have a close relationship to my own practice and to be selective of the key works that will form my body of works that i will submit as part of the M4P.

Primary research will entail what i do in studio, my work i do and my reflection on this,

secondary Research is gathering information thru lectures, exhibitions, and stay revelevant and informed about the wider ssection of my practice. (read module guide)

there is no prescribed style of writing your report, it can be a memoir or or academic with extended footnote and endnotes to keep the word count down. M4P 3000-4000 words to be submitted on 28 april 2022@3pm.

artistic statement 250 words

studio report 3750 words; which will be a critical reflection of my practice, related to wider concerns via your contextual research supported by Supercrit presentation at end of semester 1

studio report should answer these questions

  1. describe the artwork, the idea and concept, my aims, and any discoveries during the making;
  2. how does this work relate to other existing artists work? Make a direct comparison here, referencing is critical here;
  3. what are the wider ideas and concerns in the artwork? consider the key concepts or theories that support this.

First Crit session with Yuen and cohorts 7/10/2021

When looking at your work and process these are the questions to ask: does the work work for me, does it tells the story in a manner that i like or are happy with, draw reference from your interests when interpreting the work

ref Emily Speed

from cohort: suggesting new systems, use of old £5 note indicative of broken systems

glass embodies of vessel, religious sacrament , chalis, what we are been fed through media, ceremonial about the 3 glasses

seeing the light reflected ?maybe painted as a still life

suggestive of trumpoloy, realism; fragility is what glass is amplifying, a sense of sleeping beauty glass slipper;

capitalism, money is not everything, can drain you, ref what money stands for

glass patched with money stands for what is visible are revealed or even hidden in plain sight;

multi dimensional space, symbolism of glass

Red, Blueand Green; colours of flags money power even political affiliation

red, could be money from red light or pursuits of passion, not legal

green enviroment; blue-healthy

the manner the pictures are taken singulary, loneliness

still life photography

looking at it not just as a picture, but the narrative, not documentary, photoshoot its directing you to a certain point, indicitive of gaze, communicating something; commercial style of photograph

power of colour; would be good as a large photo on gallery wall in opposition of each other

the break in glass vertical, cannot be fixed; social polical side of work

symbolism of glass half full visualised

try different visual strategies

observe all angles and possibilities, pouring into broken vessel

more jewels maybe, beatles, money pink floyd

my intension for the work;

it was a reaction after an announcement by Boris giving £5.2 billion to help NHS defecit, but ignoring to address the real problem, social care system is falling apart! but it was also a reflection of my own life and looking at how money informs our existence both negatively and positively. growing up in a seggregated country where unless you are of certain colour you could noy go about freely in a suburb outside of your own race unless you had a valid reason or permission to do so. and when we had the freedom to live anywhere you wish finance became the deterent. money replaced the laws of segergation

it then brought me to think about the interchangeable facette of power in relation to law and ownership. ten years forward, in my personal expierence even though i was able to live wherever i chose the lack of money stopped me from doing so. at the same time housing registers were bigger than Mount Kilimanjaro, so social housing was also out of reach.

society is dependant on a government who are forward thinking and fair to all its people. everyone wants to feel valued: valued by themselves, by those close to them and society at large to affirm their belonging into the community. Without this accredition life becomes a tug of war as the society are seen as 1st and 2nd class citizens.

Our systems is about how government allow systems to breakdown and then appear to try to repair the damage by throwing money at it. what is not published is the extend they take away from the social care system have been reduce to such low levels that it is impossible to fix with the money they ‘make available’ over the period.

“our systems” is an illustration of Boris and Sunak of where the £5.2 billion is going to help, nowhere!

Text and the image


What is in a name? A name is a point of reference a way to specify something, it is an accepted identity placed upon by society. thinking about artists who had changed their names Prince comes to mind. When he wanted to free himself from the record labels the only way he could get his indolence was to change his name. in an interview with Larry King (Larry King Live show) he states the only way he could ‘divorce’ himself from his past was to change his name. Tina Turner, at the height of her fame, she divorced her husband Ike Turner and only asked to retain her name, Tina Turner, citing that her name was linked to her fame. although these two artists did opposing things with their names they demonstrated the importance a name has with identifying something or someone. the reason for this is that we name things according to its assigned functions for example a bowl, its a vessel to contain somethings in, etc.

A photograph is a snapshot of something or someone, its a visual proof of something, it describes something without the need to specify in text or suggesting to you what it is, what its functions could be and our cognitive response will then be to assign the name or title we have been socialised to identify this image with.

Photography for me is a way to document my presence through the images of my own choosing, taking control of my own narrative. The telling of history has always been one sided and it is important for me to tell my own story in my own way. the best way for me was to take portraits of me saying something about me.

I stared off by dressing up and taking pic, but then I wanted to add text to it

Sarah Baartman A woman of Khoisan heritage who immigrated to United Kingdom and later France. She was known for her ‘usual big bottom’ and came to England to perform. in a time when there was a preoccupation with the otherness of the black body.
experimenting with found images and adding saturation and photo filtering..I found the saturation very satisfying as you have the ability to change the context , feeling of the image just by adding colour filter
In this picture I use both text and colour saturation and filter to good effect. thinking about Prince who wrote the word slave on his cheek as an act of protest I decided to do something similar. this is a positive outcome.

Future Past 21/22

This performance was a collaboration of art students to create and execute a performance of this magnitude. we presented it during our Interim exhibition and was well received by those who attended the event. following is an overview as drafted by Lyndon Watkinson and Sue Hare and myself.

Identity: Fashion and Adornment
Skirt: Shweshwe print sourced from East London South Africa, top scrap material sewed as a square.
text stitched and appliqué onto found top waste rescued from fashion design department at SHU, skirt made from waste materials sourced from John Lewis department store.
hot pink light weight coat used in performance of Primavera, I am Human
quilted coat made from offcutsof Shweshwe print
white metal, sand cast, cast taken from my hand using alginate, then recasted with plaster and finally casted in metal using the sand casting method.
Editing a video: compilation of Photographs, found sound and spoken word.