An Observation.

I sometimes find that life experience can cause an artist to question what is interesting. Particularly if an idea that once seemed interesting has morphed or evolved into something else entirely. 
Landscape is a very loose term, often with vague connotations. I have spent much of the past two years surrounded by vast and secluded landscapes. I have experienced mountains disguised by a thick curtain of snow and bushland that seems infinite, suffocating with its emptiness. 

When exposed to such a wealth of inspiring material, I have found myself becoming withdrawn from my creative flair. It became so overwhelming, in fact, that it has taken these 2 years for me to process these experiences and feel ready to work again.

I look forward to developing new ideas regarding the conflict between my interests of the vast and the delicate to produce new paintings conveying the abundance of material I have gathered during my years of traveling. 

Kristine Moran and Terry Winters

In receiving a 'recommended mark' for my dissertation this week, I decided to revisit some of the sections from it that I found the most compelling to write and tweak them to refer specifically to my most recent works. These sections are made up of analytical and descriptive observations regarding specific paintings by Kristine Moran and Terry Winters... 

STUDIOWORKS Exhibition, March 2015

The social networking world is a new adventure for me as an artist. I have never been concerned with technology as a means to promote such a traditional media as oil paint. However, coming into my final year of University, I have come to the realisation that luck wont find me and dazzle me with success, I will have to work for luck to reveal itself. For this reason, I have started to troll the internet, trying to find the golden ratio of online art blogs with regards to mentioning my own work and talking about other artists and their ideas. Of course there are no concrete rules... 'if you do this you will be successful'... but I don't want to come across as an egotistical air horn, 'blowing my own trumpet'. Despite this, I am still new to this 'online game' and therefore I can afford to blame any ratio-related mistakes to my blogging naivety.

So I am going to talk about myself, myself and a recent collective with four local artists... Rebecca Smith, Aimee Labourne, Nicole Etherington and Adam Langer.

Our work came together by a fortunate accident that landed us in the same studio in our third year of BA (hons) Fine Art. A shed-like building (that is said to resemble a chicken coupe!) situated amidst a small woodland is the studio that revealed the cohesive elements running throughout the work and that ultimately led to the STUDIOWORKS Exhibition. 

Where the magic happens... Studio RG2, Woodlane Campus, Falmouth University

Where the magic happens... Studio RG2, Woodlane Campus, Falmouth University

Why Hair Today?

The STUDIOWORKS Exhibition became a reality from the idea that we needed to put our work in a new context, outside of the studio where it could be viewed and discussed. We stumbled across a local hairdresser wanting to hold rolling exhibitions in her shop and we happily became her guinea pigs. After two meetings we realised that the owner of the shop, Emma, was willing to give us free reign. Drilling into her walls, holding a private view and curation was all up to us (pretty brave if you ask me!). Immediately the opportunity was welcomed with open arms as we realised a creative freedom where no limitations existed as to how our work would be perceived.

A hairdressers is an unfamiliar space for an exhibition and, as expected, we have experienced a few raised eyebrows at the suggestion of our work amongst hair dryers and shampoo bottles. But for us during the preparation for our degree show, it was perfect! WHY? 
-no invigilation.  
-a steady trail of people seeing the work, everyday. 
-a space FREE of charge.  
But not only this... 
As Hair Today is already a functioning business, the spaces main concern isn't the presentation of our work... it's the business itself. Therefore the work gains a whole new context. The people who visit are not there to see the work, but the role of a gallery visitor is forced upon them. 

The Private View 

UNTITLED. The piece I chose to exhibit.

UNTITLED. The piece I chose to exhibit.

Event poster. Designed by Rebecca Smith. 

Event poster. Designed by Rebecca Smith. 

The STUDIOWORKS Exhibition will be open at Hair Today, Killigrew Street, Falmouth until 20th April 2015!

An Introduction to Myself and the Arts

Firstly, allow me to introduce myself. I'm Rebecca Bray, a 22 year old about to graduate from Falmouth University and preparing to begin my journey to attempt to 'make it' as an artist. A painter, to be precise, a skill which many people find increasingly difficult to comprehend my desire to pursue (usually people whose lives wont be affected by my choice of career path, ironically).

"A painter? but SURELY you know, painters only gain their fortune once their dead?!"
                                                                                                               -annoymous, 2012

I can still hear word-for-word this phrase leaving his lips so nonchalantly, as though he wasn't insulting the rest of my life... but I'm not bitter, a contradiction to my tone of voice I realise, but I'm not bitter (honest!), merely irritated. However, it's this kind of attitude towards the arts that drives my want to succeed in it.

The Education Secretary has recently claimed that "the arts are not future-proof" and is unashamedly warning the next generation of artists to steer clear of further education in creative subjects.
This view will be that of many, with claims such as... in academia there's logic, there's correct answers, there's a formula and most importantly there's a clear path to economic success. Fine. In many cases, there's also a repetitive daily routine, a mundane, beige office and a money-greedy, dickhead boss who will never appreciate how flexible your backs becoming from bending over backwards for him. 

So I say to those who want to paint, to draw, to perform... dream big, live for you and enjoy your creative journey. Mine has been challenging, frustrating but ultimately the most fulfilling development of character, skill and confidence I believe I will ever encounter and by no means is it over...