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Name: Jamie Hignett
School: Exeter School
Year: Year 12
Inspiration: Living in the country, the city has always been a major influence on me and my work, mainly it's rapid pace and constant development. I am particularly drawn to installations and sculpture that are an 'experience'. For example, Miroslaw Balka's How It Is, which I visited at the Tate Modern. Every person will interact with it differently, some find it terrifying, others awe-inspiring. For this piece I was inspired by the installations of Won Ju Lim, her architectural reconstructions are in constant motion due to the use of lights, slides and video projection. Also, the assemblage art of Tony Cragg, an English sculptor, and Louise Nevelson, a Ukrainian born American sculptress. Their work is defined by what they can find, unlike most artists they do not have complete control over their work. My film-making is heavily influenced by Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance, a feature length documentary, in it’s loosest form. It combines time-lapse and super slow motion to draw parallels between nature and the man-made environment. I also draw from the work of famous video artists such as Bill Viola and Gary Hill.
Title: A Day In The City
Description: My installation is a representation of the modern city. Every object I used was found in scrap yards or was about to be thrown out, most were rusty and dirty so had to be cleaned and treated before painting. They all represent the different aspects of our city. The engines are the industrial heart, the tubes the networks of roads and sewers and the electrics are the unseen world of communications and technology. Everything is painted white to unify every object into a collective whole. Projected onto it is a five minute video loop I filmed of a day in Exeter, starting from a sunrise it shows the continual changes in the city. All the patterns of the day are brought into focus by the time-lapse footage, showing 24 hours in just 5 minutes.
Medium: Found objects and video projection
Width: 180 Height: 130 Depth: 60
Keywords: sculpture, installation, video, assemblage, found objects, jamie, hignett