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Name: Yan White
School: Queen Elizabeth's Hospital Bristol
Year: Year 13
Inspiration: I have always had a serious passion and gain tremendous satisfaction and enjoyment from the whole creative process. Keen to extend my artistic and cultural knowledge, I independently visit traditional and contemporary galleries in both London and Bristol. I am acutely aware of the importance of gaining visual and theoretical inspiration through reading and viewing current work and have enjoyed visiting galleries such as the Miro Gallery, the Louvre and the Venetian Guggenheim amongst others, further enriching and fostering my artistic values. My work has been influenced by various artists for instance Grayson Perry and Anthony Gormley. Through Perry, I recognised that each time I create a piece of art it should be an 'ambassador', something I can truly believe in and of which I can be proud. Deller made me realise how important it is to make art for everyone. As a result I have pitched and am currently in discussion with the local children's hospital regarding a self-initiated public installation. Gormley introduced me to installations, how space is so crucial and how it can alter the effect and interpretation of a piece of artwork.
Title: Turn Me On
Description: This is a part of an installation. In the installation I specifically took casts of fixed objects that would not normally be moved and put them in an outdoor setting where it would be impossible for them to function. In addition to the cast itself, I placed a sign which directly addressed the viewer, for example ‘Turn Me On’. The secondary ethos behind the art, after simply shocking and inspiring people, was to challenge preconceptions of what the objects are. For example, Rene Magritte’s piece of art: ‘Ceci n’est pas une pipe’, which is a picture of a pipe, points out to the viewer that our assumptions dictate what we see.
Medium: Plaster painted with acrylic.
Width: 16cm Height: 10cm Depth: 1.5cm
Keywords: Light, switch, tree, park, public, plaster, cast