Sophie Mollins and her lecture was very interesting and smart, she would talk about the death of her mother which is a very sad and deep topic, which lead to a lot of creative and dark pieces. One piece that stood out to me was this piece where she got her mothers things, scanned them to the computer, make a 3D model of them and then made a website dedicating it to her mother with the items in, each click would take you to another memory of her mother and it was really touching. I found the website and I shall link it at the bottom of this post followed by a picture, I recommend looking at it and browsing as its a really nice experience. She also talked about her friend Alister who too was an artist who specialized in rocks, she seemed to talk about him a lot and shown us a few photos and a video of him and his pieces, however she didn’t show us links or the web addresses so I struggled to go back and watch them for myself, especially when I didn’t know his second name.
Sophie Molins website: http://www.sundialinmoonlight.com
Sophie Molins on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/37797326
A printscreen from Sophie Molins website:
Chloe Brown was pretty interesting, she did a bit of taxidermy (Stuffed dead animals) and some of her work was pretty cool and really made you think. She bought some of her daughters teachers stools and desks and covered them with stuffed Mice, which I thought was a very cool thing to do as the poses the mice were in were very questionable, poses that I don’t think mice actually do. She then started saying that she did movies and one of her movies was actually really interesting, it was about Stray Dogs. The video was basically of stray dogs wandering the streets, getting stroked by random people, being fed and looked after by passing strangers. These dogs would be picked up by the pound, snipped and have a tag in its ear to show its been to the pound, people would be reminded to leave water and food for the stray dogs and people would actually go out of their way to do this, which was really heart warming. Chloe also shared with us another story when she worked at the Zoo, they had a Mentally ill Tiger in an enclosure and it would spend its day pacing around in a circle, occasionally coming up to the window screen, stare at everyone right in the eyes and would then would continue pacing in the same place. She then said there was a woman who would visit this Tiger every day and would say that she has some kind of mental connection with the Tiger, she feels as though the Tiger loves her and there’s some kind of emotional bond between them, Chloe said she found this amusing because she believed the woman too, was “mental”. She showed us another video of nice music being played followed by some dancers, this video wasn’t as interesting as the stray dogs video as it wasn’t explained as to why the people were dancing, at least with the stray dogs video you knew what it was about, there was a lot of questionable scenes in the dancing video though, although isn’t that what art is about?
This is one of Chloe’s taxidermy pieces:
We had these two young gentlemen talk to us about their work, which was actually really cheery and beautiful. They specialized in “Play Sculptures” in which they would build things for kids to play on, during one of their exhibitions they displayed a few black shapes onto a wall and let people draw on it which I thought was amazing as its basically putting fun into their artwork, shows their work can be enjoyed in a physical manner as well as visual. This has gave me ideas to erect my own Play Sculpture at some point and considering my work is usually all bright colours, I imagine the sculpture looking really inviting. Some of their work is scattered around the world, just bars and stepping stones in places where the public would walk, so if you’re on your way to work or school, you can hop on the stones or swing on the pole, these two really stood out to me as I love art like this.
This is a picture of Simon and Tom Bloor in front of one of their Play Pieces:
Dawn Miller showed us all a few of her pieces, she did some pornographic portraits so some of her work was pretty sexual in places. She also done a few pieces based off of Dorthy from Wizard of Oz which I really liked because the Wizard of Oz is my mothers favorite movie, so I could relate to a lot of her pieces in that subject. She had a book called “Michael Jackson and the other men” which features loads of portraits of Michael Jackson that she done and they were amazing, some photo-realistic and some plain sketches. Dawn Miller also did a strange pornographic portrait of a girl who had a pube resting on her tongue and the Gallery refused to put it up because they thought it wouldn’t get sold, when they put it up – it was the first to be sold, that story inspired me and it really shows that some people share the same taste.
After the lecture ended, I felt a shock of inspiration, I really want to do my own lecture in front of loads of people. If I were to do my own lecture, I would make it as comedic as I possibly can although not so comedic it would turn into a stand-up show. The last lecture I had before Dawn Miller (Didn’t catch her name) all she done was read a loud whilst reading from cards and she didn’t really engage with the audience. I see it that if you want people to remember you and your work, you have to make an impression, you’ve got to spin the yarn, show off your work and make sure they remember you.
I did a Power Point presentation in my last class about my Ceramics piece and I had the whole class giggling because my first slide basically said “Its going to be a long presentation, better limber up and do some stretches!” and I started doing exercises on the spot for about a minute before going to the next slide. I enjoy doing presentations and hope to do one in a lecture theater one day.
Michael Jackson and the Other Men book by Dawn Miller: