Week 12 EVALUATION OF MODULE 26.04.2020
I have found this module by far the most rewarding in terms of growth in my practice, it made me realise that what I was missing in my work before I came to the MA was dedicated research and critical knowledge . I enjoy reading anyway, so reading the set texts and watching the videos really didn’t feel like work to me, I really enjoyed it, and was glad that for most of the module I was able to go out and borrow the books from Falmouth library, rather than relying on just the snippets of information in the module delivery, as by reading the books I was able to place the information we were given in the module, expand on it, and make informed decisions as to which authors and critics I aligned with, and which I didn’t.
In regards to my photographic practice, at the start of this module I was going to look at creating some tableaux work, purely for the reason that since coming to the MA, unlike a lot of the students, my photographic style and project has been quite linear . I wanted to see if experimenting with the type of photography I did enhanced my work orcas a more appropriate method. What happened though was that I really enjoyed the research, and learnt a huge amount about photographers and their practice that I didn’t know before, but photographically I was a bit lost. In week 3/4 when I started shooting documentary images again, it felt liberating. Experimenting for the sake of experimenting is fine, but not when it effects your practice, or the perception of your practice as it did mine. In the end I was really happy that I did those experiments . A successful experiment that I did , was working in found or appropriated imagery, where I organised 30 families across cornwall taking a photograph of their children’s education on a certain day, at a certain time, I then collated these images into a huge collage that could be printed and displayed at roughly 3m across when I start thinking about my FMP exhibition. The idea being to illustrate visually, the many different ways education is delivered, experienced and absorbed by home educators at anyone time, and there are as many successful ways of home educating as there are families delivering it. The result is a joyous, eye-opening instillation , that captured a moment in time , pre-coronavirus , that we may never return to for months, years , or ever. Only time will tell the significance of this collection of images.
My final output for the module was a clothbound 8.5″x11″ phonebook containing my work in progress image selection along with quotes from the government and organisations such as ofqual who govern GCSE’s and A-levels in the uk, along with letters I had written to both the Primeminister, local MP’s , the education secretary, and my son’s exams centre all on the subject of the ongoing exams crisis of this year that happened as a result of coronavirus isolation. The final outcome for this project was very successful, showing a strong , cohesive set of images, that talk from multiple angles, inspired by my research into pedagogy and artists working in similar fields, and addressing issues surrounding home education, exams and the broader education system. It uses visual techniques to deliver sophisticated thoughts, feelings and statements in a professional, accessible, and successful way.
I was very successful this term in finding alternative outlets for this project , in addition to the album I created. Along with having a collection of my images and thoughts on home education published on ITV west country news, I was also invited to deliver a presentation about my project and on home education, to the exchange gallery in Penzance. Because of coronavirus this is now taking place online on the 8th of May via zoom, and will be stored online after. I also entered my first competition , the mother art prize, which I was successful in getting through the shortlisting, but missing out on the final 20 places. I was very happy with this achievement for my first foray into exhibitions. On May 12th I am also presenting my project and practice to the BA’s at Falmouth university. Finally, Before coronavirus, I had started looking at a local residency that helps artists achieve through space, and grants, community focused projects, where I was looking at creating a proposal for an exhibition of my images alongside a workshop for home educated children and children from a local college based around the theme of pedagogy and how we learn. Although I went no further with the application, even before lockdown , because of medical issues, I have the basis for the idea and will be following through with this idea, whenever lockdown is lifted.
At the start of this module Ashley Rose came and did a talk on informing contexts for us. She said at the time that IC was where she felt she ‘became’ a photographer. I came to this course as a successful photographer, with a successful business, what I was looking for was how to become ‘an artist’ . I now understand completely what Ashley was talking about, and what she experienced. My academic growth during this module, alongside my self-led in-depth research, and the numerous talks and workshops I have completed outside of the MA, was exactly what I was looking for before I arrived. They were the missing link between photographer and artist, that I had been searching for in vain before arriving at the MA.
Rose, Ashley. 31.02.2020. Alumni Presentation: Ashley Rose. Available at https://recordings.reu1.blindsidenetworks.com/falmouth/6932c4eccb645c6edbc5ed51f0b1e4824749ea48-1580476368494/capture/