This is some of my first year work at the art school.
It was year of discovery and
very hard work. I was introduced to all sorts of creative processes. And approaches to creative thinking.
The wire figures here were made in a jewellery and metal work module.
Light box and light pollution
In one of my last modules in 1st year on ‘interior design’ I wanted to make a large wall piece. I built a light box just over a meter by a meter square. I painted the inside of the box white to reflect the light out. I studied images from satellites, which gave me the idea for the light box. It’s all about light pollution and its visual effect from space. I got hold of a map of Europe (from the Dundee Reclamation Centre) and made hundreds of small holes on black paper so the light would shine through. This piece of work took a long time but was spectacular.
Red and black paper clothing
For a paper project exercise I found in the art school a female manikins body. I decided to make something to protect the manikin. A Paper Samurai Warrior.
Some paintings from life drawing classes, I went for ‘colour in a big way’ overloading and over emphasising the colour to add a feeling of the abstract.
Beyond the stars
This last piece of work was one of the first projects I did in first year. A large mobile of wire balls; it’s what I imagine the asteroid belt must be like.
These wire necklaces were made in a jewellery module, the idea came from thinking about colourful seaweed. The wire cuttings were leftovers from another project I was working on.
The bomb – made from non explosive materials, what fun....
This artwork project was only around for 4 days. In the back-streets of Dundee, near the art school (on a wall) I spray painted a large black tree about 100cm tall, then the next day – a man burning it down – the next day, the birds flying away and then the next day – I washed it all off. A short lived story of mans love of destruction.
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James Ritchie BA (Hons) Fine Art – Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design Dundee.