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Name: Rebecca Boland
School: Newlands Girls' School
Year: Year 13
Inspiration: From looking at the works of artists such as Antony Gormley, David Hockney and Claude Monet, I have experimented with a variety of materials and styles over my A Level course. It was interesting to work with paper clay due to its versatility. I found it useful to pipe it into a desired shape and portray the messages I wanted to present. I have similarly enjoyed working with oil pastel as it can be blended the way I want it to and strong colours can be depicted. I have enjoyed creating all my pieces and hope others can enjoy them to.
Description: Identity. A word we use daily to label our physical and mental appearance. We can judge a person at face value purely by their appearance, but to get a sense of personality, past experiences and memories we have to look deeper at old artefacts and hear a person’s recollections. Whilst exploring the theme of identity, I regarded old photographs of me and my twin sister. As young children we were dressed in similar clothing and so at face value people assumed we were the same in what we liked, disliked and how we behaved. Antony Gormley explored the human figure and created sculptures and paintings portraying his observations. For a lot of his work he responded to his own figure, famously producing The Angel of the North in Gateshead. With a lot of his work, the human form is presented abstractly. After locating my favourite childhood picture of me and my sister, I replicated the landscape using oil pastel on cardboard and cut out the places where my sister and I stood. I created human form sculptures out of scrunched newspaper and masking tape and then coloured them in our favourite colours using ink, which created an unusual effect.
Medium: oil pastel, cardboard, newspaper and ink.
Width: 71cm Height: 52cm
Keywords: Childhood, Memories, Identity.