Foundation Diploma in Art and Design portfolio showcase 1
I’m going to take you through this portfolio which is a successful portfolio for Kingston foundation application. It’s really important to remember that what we’re judging you on is the quality of your work and not on how much money you spend mounting or presenting your work. This is a great first page because what we’re looking at, we’re looking at a neat and simple presentation of three really beautiful drawings. Phoebe obviously has a real skill and a real talent for dealing with life drawing and figuration. It’s not precious, it’s not necessarily academic but it has a real flare for materials. She then very sensibly because drawing is obviously a real strength from this portfolio gives us a series of drawings that shows she can use color, shows that she can really explore expressive mark making. Often it’s not necessarily neat and tidy but that’s part of the charm of these drawings. We then get to another phase in her portfolio where she starts to introduce research It’s obviously a very significant part of how she explores ideas and how she expresses herself very visually through materials. She’s looking at Hastings and this environment but rather than just photographying, she’s photographying, collaging, using paint, using paper, using materials that obviously suggest the sense of place. This prolific body of research then moves onto the idea of maps, she doesn’t just look at maps in the way that perhaps most would, as a way of finding directions but she uses those as a backdrop to paint on top of and you can see with some of these images here that the actual typography and the map making is creeping through her water colour and her painting. What’s really exciting about this page is the fact that she’s not necessarily using photography in a conventional fashion either, where she’s actually using it to collage with and using it to explore in quite a painterly way how she sees her interpretation of Hastings. We then move onto a much more large scale more expressive way of making marks. There is a real confidence in these pieces of work where she’s not necessarily giving us a very specific observation of what she’s looking at but it doesn’t really matter because there’s an excitment in how she uses these materials. This is a real key page for me as from what we have seen with the Hastings research she is very much using her materials to resolve a final piece, she’s beautifully photographed them but you can see that this comes from the way she used collage, the way she cut up her photographs, the way shes apropriated different materials to suit what she’s trying to communicate. This is another really interesting piece again until I look through her sketchbooks I’m not quite sure what this piece is about but she has a really great feel for materials she’s using bleach, she’s using tissue paper to stick on top of the bleach and it’s a really innovative way of exploring traditional techniques. She ends her porfolio on a rather lovely looking chameleon, Again it doesn’t necessarily follow previous body of work in terms of project or concept but I love this little guy and it really gives me a sense that Phoebe has a real sense of humour and is not afraid to kind of show that in her work. Whilst that portfolio was a really lovely exploration into the essence of what she produces, for me the most exciting thing in her portfolio is actually in her sketch books. These are so well discovered. She’s looking at absolutely everything, she likes to write, her image making follows through in everything she does but it’s not just about necessarily looking or referencing artists just because she’s been told to. There’s a real sense that she’s looking at artists to understand how potentially she can make work in new ways. This page really excites me she’s obviously playing with materials you can see the kind of seeds of what she was doing in her portfolio coming through in this and really beautiful watercolour or collage of the underground map. Not all of these images are perfect she’s doing examples of first class stamps, It’s not the best painting I’ve ever seen but that doesnt matter because it’s actually getting her to understand how she articulates her own ideas. Here we see where she’s looking at and exploring map making. Here we have again as we did with the portfolio really original examples of how she’s actually used nails in order to show maps and then photographed it in a really appropriate way. Again she’s stuck in really interesting ways of creating maps on hands. Again she’s out photographing, observing people, situations, environments to feed back into her work. Another sketch book that follows on from the same project, what a beautiful page. So again she’s using collage but in the most beautiful way it’s playful it’s not too precious but you can really see where it follows on from her observations in this particular church. Really great use of collage where she’s cutting out thinking about her image making skills and that’s just such an exciting page it’s again very free it’s very brave, it’s very courageous it doesn’t feel finished but that’s the beauty of it. it doesn’t feel finished but that’s the beauty of it. it doesn’t feel finished but that’s the beauty of it. There’s a real excitement about what she’s exploring and then she’s using materials, she’s using thread, again map making follows through in this really beautiful example of how you can articulate using a material that isn’t just a drawn line. Again as we saw with the portfolio her photography is being used as a drawing tool here rather than just a way to document a sense of place. Overall there’s just a real commitment, a real passion for what she’s looking at. I can imagine this is the sort of work that extends beyond the classroom or beyond the studio, this is something that she is genuinely excited by.