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Name: James Cartwright
School: The Thomas Hardye School
Year: Year 12
Inspiration: I am James Cartwright and I am 17 years old. I am currently at the end of my AS level in Art. My interest in art started from year 5, when I enjoyed it as a hobby. This interest led to the decision to study it at GCSE. Since then my art has developed and my artistic interests have centred around sculpture. During this journey, I have discovered many different sculptors that I feel have significantly influenced me and my work. Artists such as Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, with their unique interpretations on a variety of subject matters, together with the use of a range of materials. I have tried to adopt their approaches and techniques to create compositions similar to their consistent aesthetically beautiful pieces. Anthony Cragg also interests me as he began my fascination with layers and flowing forms. His work allows him to present his feelings and emotions and enables the audience to admire and determine the narratives in their own way. Although over the past few years I have studied a lot, I feel that there is still so much to discover. Therefore I plan to study Fine Art at University.
Title: Maternal Protection
Description: From the inspiration of Henry Moore and his 'Internal/External Form', which followed the theme of 'Mother and Child', I decided to create a interpretation of my own. I felt that I wanted to portray this from a wildlife perspective, therefore I chose birds as my subject matter. Anthony Cragg gave me an interest in layers, which I wanted to emphasise with the use of cardboard, which eventually formed my creation. To present the theme, I made the chick seem like it was being protected within the mother, thus helping me name it. The overall form was influenced by Simon Gudgeon, who focused on the shape of the ibis. This added to the characteristics of the mother as being majestic and wise. I enjoyed making this piece as it was a new and recyclable material that I wouldn't have normally used.
Medium: Corrugated Cardboard Layers
Width: 150mm Height: 400mm Depth: 150mm