"My work is about materiality. It deals with how materials make you feel." Taylor Davies-Kingby Taylor Davies-King
“My work is about materiality. It deals with how materials make you feel.
I created a sculpture that creates a change and makes people think about material a little more than they would normally, which is why I chose to use everyday materials.
My three years at AUB have been really interesting. The first year wasn’t what I thought it was going to be and it changed my practice quite a bit.
I started to focus more on installations, which can be more engaging than flat work.
Now I’m looking for residencies and work in the creative sector. I’m just trying to get my hands on anything and everything. I just want to be an artist.”
"My work is based on Doug the Pug, who is a massively famous dog on social media." Louise Whiteby Louise White
Doug the Pug
“My work is based on Doug the Pug, who is a massively famous dog on social media.
I’m looking at people’s relationships with their dogs.
I’m amazed and baffled at how obsessed people are with their pets. My work is meant to be me worshipping this dog like a religious tapestry.
My three years at AUB have been really good, very interesting and pushed me to do a lot of other things.
When I first came here, I was very strict that I would only do painting and wouldn;t branch out or do anything else.
The course has really pushed me to look at different mediums.
Now I’ve finished, I want to keep painting and sell my work. I’ve actually just sold a few pieces already.”
"I basically have a long-standing obsession with modernist practice and concepts." Joe Morganby Joe Morgan
“I basically have a long-standing obsession with modernist practice and concepts.
I guess it started with discovering certain prominent figures on the architecture scene from the early 20th century in Russia through to the mid 20th century in UK, Italy, France and Germany as well and the
I’m also interested in the eighties – especially in the UK.
That’s pretty much my practice: taking parts from each of these things and then combining them with the contemporary.
I’m a highly motivated person and the last three years at AUB have been hard work and long hours but enriching and very enjoyable.
I used the facilities to the maximum and I have a good relationship with the workshops and the print room.”
"My work is about my mum, she’s obsessed with growing geraniums." David Bakerby David Baker
“My work is about my mum, she’s obsessed with growing geraniums.
I set up a geranium as a prop, throughout the stage play of my life. I have a picture of my mum holding a geranium, then pictures of me at birth.
When I’m born, I’m behind the geranium and I’ve also got a much more recent picture of me from last year, when I’m holding a geranium.
AUB has been amazing, it’s been a real journey. I have to give a shout-out to the AUB print room: those guys have been great and have really helped me develop.
They have taught me loads about printmaking and bringing my work up to a professional standard.”
"This all came from looking at optical illusions and cameras, that’s where the mirrors come from." Alice Parmenter
“This all came from looking at optical illusions and cameras, that’s where the mirrors come from. I got into doing optical illusion interactive art.
I really like how viewers interact with pieces. I wanted to get people to play with it. You have to discover it yourself. When they do, it’s quite playful.
I came from Foundation, doing Film and Photography. It just developed from there. I really wanted to do something physical and sculptural, but wasn’t sure how to take it from there. I realised I could just have the mechanisms of a camera, in sculpture.
My third year was fantastic. It’s been so much fun and we’ve worked as a team to do everything for each other. It’s great to do things like this and exhibit our work and run fundraising nights.
I would love to keep making art. I also have an interest in public art and installation art, so I’d love to be able to do commissions.”
"My whole journey was really about communication." Sammy Eastaughby Sammy Eastaugh
“I’ve previously done Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It was a process to help manage my thoughts. It was hard for me to comprehend, so I tried to echo that in the structure of the letters I did.
Although people would look at the structure, they wouldn’t be able to tell what it was. Some people can make out the shapes from the shadows. As soon as the light is on, you can see, but as the light goes off, thought gone. It’s very temporary. I looked through lots of materials until I got to wood. It was a huge learning curve, because I hadn’t done structural stuff before.
I started by making the mock-ups in cardboard, to make sure I got the right shapes. My whole journey was really about communication. I’ve recently found out that I may be dyslexic. I’m not very good at writing, but everything I’ve focused on has been words and text and the struggle to form words. It almost portrays the way I see words. I didn’t realise the journey until I put all of my work together.
I particularly liked third year. I think it pushed me and I suddenly found my element. I might look into doing an MA, because I feel like it’s not finished. I’ve found my stride and I don’t want to leave everything.”
"The course really pushed me to use all of my abilities and search for things within me." Leandro Alenfel
“I’m a Fine Artist from Brazil. Initially when I came to AUB I was a painter, sculptor and performer. The course really pushed me to use all of my abilities and search for things within me. My own research helped a lot as well.
For my project, I’m a trans human living in a cyber world. The narrative is, I’m singing with my niece, we were using Skype and Facetime etc. Now I’m living through the internet and hyper space. It’s playing with the ethics of technology implications. It’s a romantic view of how things could be in the future.
I’m going on to do an MA in Curation. I hope that, by using so many different areas of art in this piece, I’ve learnt a lot about putting shows together.”
"My work is born from the need to play. I believe that play is fundamental for the human state." Tom Stewartby Tom Stewart
“My work is born from the need to play. I believe that play is fundamental for the human state. This piece is based on out of gravity play. I made a swing and then used the illusion of balloons to make you feel uplifted.
As you grow up, you seem to lose the need or the ability to play. A child would just embrace it and allow it to happen. I believe that our ability to play and interact all the way through life is what makes us different from animals.
The course is really good. You’re allowed to do whatever you want, and they’re helpful in making you do that. You do have to be quite driven and know what you want to go out and achieve it.
I knew I wanted to be an installation artist, but coming up with play as a subject was influenced by my first year. One of my tutors, Tom, introduced me to games and interaction the the gallery. It was a snowball effect of little things.
We’ve created an art collective called Black Fire, putting installations into festivals. We did Somerley Tea Party recently, so I’m going to carry on doing that.”
"I was doing big colourful landscapes, and then started to bring in dark shapes to give it more depth." Aiden Heathfieldby Aiden Heathfield
The Divided Self
“When I started off, I was a sculptor and that was my be all and end all. As soon as I came to University, I started to get really interested in painting, and it started to take over from my sculptures.
Throughout my work, there has been a general idea of control, which is what I’ve been interested in. This really started to move forward when I was looking at action painting. I was introducing a lot of martial arts and meditation into my work. I’d taken this idea, and moved it on. My work generally surround trauma, and I like to bring in other things to make it more educated. For example, references to Romanticism. The name of the piece is The The Divided Self, a reference to a book by R.D Laing, where he talks about a child who was brought up in a scientific experiment.
I became very interested in colour. I was doing big colourful landscapes, and then started to bring in dark shapes to give it more depth. I then came a lot more interested in these darker tones and, as I tried to push it further, the piece became more about mark making. I started to move away from traditional paint brushes, and use pieces of wood, pallet knives etc.
I’ve definitely enjoyed my time at AUB. When I first started, I wasn’t so interested in getting a really good grade, but more developing as an artist and having an understanding of the art world. I think that’s been achieved and I’ve grown quite a lot.
I would love to carry on my practice and essentially be an artist. I want to exhibit my work in galleries and try and live off it. I understand that it’s going to be difficult, and will mean getting a job on the side. But I have strong passions, so hopefully I can get through all that and make it!”
"I’m just interested in how an object looks, but also how it actually functions can contradict each other." Siân Crisfordby Siân Crisford
“Towards the end of last year I began casting and I’ve spent from September basically working in plaster. I’ve been casting, doing different techniques like waste moulds etc. I’m just interested in how an object looks, but also how it actually functions can contradict each other. So a lot of it comes from the idea of something looking like it should be kept safe, so you can’t touch it. At the same time your wondering well is it even meant to be here. Is it worth keeping?
It’s protecting the poles, it’s making an area to keep protected but there’s nothing actually inside of it. It’s haphazardly the plastics draped around it. These are casts of a pillow, so I covered a pillow in bubble wrap and I cast it. I wanted them to be hollow, so they could break. They’re not a full cast, you don’t really know what they’re doing
I have had a good time and I’ve changed quite a lot. I really hit it in third year. I’m happy with my work and I feel I’ve found a point where I can take it further. I’ve found a practice that I like. I’d like to take a couple years to just develop things quietly and then maybe work out what I want to do. At some point I’d like to do an MA. Maybe go into art therapy. I’d like to be more sure of my self and established in that way and then go for it.”
"The words that are there are ‘conclusion’, ‘completion’ and ‘closure’. Part of it is personal, as well as it applying to this being a conclusion..." Thalia Spyridouby Thalia Spyridou
Conclusion, Completion and Closure
“Basically I work with text and I also have a booklet. These are ideas taken from the booklet and I want it to be more playful than usual. I want it to be something you come across while walking and be part of the space as a direct intervention to the space. On the table is where we invite people to have lunches, so I decided to put some of my text pieces there, like a conversation point.
The words that are there are ‘conclusion’, ‘completion’ and ‘closure’. Part of it is personal, as well as it applying to this being a conclusion and also how we need for conclusion. As this is an abstract idea, I started thinking about abstraction so I tried to relate to this, which is abstraction only understood in relation to a definite structure. I placed it next to the door because it’s a definite structure.
I’m trying to make people notice things around them and just how they associate everything they see with their experiences, in a new and very playful way,
I am sad to leave but it’s exciting, it’s a strange time in everyone’s life but it’s been great. AUB was a great place to study, mostly because of the freedom they give you to find yourself. I think our show is one of the most fun and playful, we got to enjoy it a lot.”
"The designs I made throughout this process, I was looking at alchemy so I was looking at a lot of transformative processes to change the imagery. I looked at lots of esoteric texts about alchemy and the occult." Shamana Prideaux-Brune
“This triptych is a series of drawings. They are kind of documentation photographs based on a recurring nightmare I’ve had and still have. So it’s a costume I made, then I photographed myself in the costume, then turned those into drawings, which I did onto tracing paper, then transferred them onto paper. There’s no direct contact with the drawings.
The designs I made throughout this process, I was looking at alchemy so I was looking at a lot of transformative processes to change the imagery. I looked at lots of esoteric texts about alchemy and the occult and things. My dad studied comparative religions, so we have a whole bookcase of those sorts of things.
It started out as marketing material, but it turned into an updated version of these esoteric texts. They were all hand made in individual publishing so, if they were going to be made today, this is the format they would take.
I’ve had a good time. It does force you to experiment with different things. I’m a drawer, and it can be intimidating sometimes with people making all these big sculptures, it’s all very contemporary. They do make you try different things, I did film and photography and even made costumes. Because I had all the supporting work, it could then go into the drawings, so that they’re not just illustrative.”
"I started with five stories, and then made a 3D digital form out of the stories, so the words dictate the 3D form." Jasmine O'Hare
“They are shapes are that were generated by a computer. It’s data that’s been pushed through five different programmes, to create the images we have now. I started with five stories, and then made a 3D digital form out of the stories, so the words dictate the 3D form. They were meant to be nets, so you could fold them into shape and make them. They didn’t work, but I quite like that they failed, because stories don’t have form. It’s nice that they failed to get a form.
It’s been quick, really intense, but really good. I’ve learnt a lot, and my work has progressed to somewhere I probably wouldn’t have seen it going otherwise.
I’m actually doing an MA at AUB next, so I’m going straight onto that! I think I’ve just delved into this and I’m not quite ready to give it up yet, another year will be great.”
"I look at the domestic space and the memories and feeling I get from those places. Then I make them into work." Harry Shaw
“Overall in my practice, I look at the domestic space and the memories and feeling I get from those places. Then I make them into work. The shoes are about when you’re younger, and trying on adult shoes and kind of falling around in them. It’s an adult version of that. When you’re ready to leave your teenage years and go into the adult world.
The ears are about eavesdropping, and making them quite gross. It was quite an incident. I used alginate. I got a cup and poured it into the cup, then poured that in my ear. I did it twice, but then did it a third time and I made it too runny. It went in my ear and I actually went deaf for two days in my ear.
It’s been good, London has been a bit stressful, but everything has been pretty good.”
"I’ve been exploring the theme of hybrid, in a really broad way. I’ve been looking at different things within the theme of hybrid, so Greek mythology, cloning, evolution, biology, nature etc." Ella Etheridge
“I’ve been exploring the theme of hybrid, in a really broad way. I’ve been looking at different things within the theme of hybrid, so Greek mythology, cloning, evolution, biology, nature etc. Then I’ve tried to realise all of my ideas in sculpture, merging natural materials to create these wonderful hybrids.
Initially I welded metal armatures, then covered them in plaster and straw and scrim. Then I built them up with bits of trees, nests and wings, anything I can get my hands on really. The skulls are real, most of the materials I’ve got I collected from back home. I live in a really rural area, so there’s a lot of things I can just pick up and play around with.
I’ve had a really, really good time on Fine Art. I initially started with 2D work, I was doing a lot of drawing. Only this year I’ve started doing sculpture, so it’s been really great to branch out a bit. I’ve applied for the MA, and I actually won the Dorset Visual Arts prize. So, if I stay on the MA, I’ll be doing exhibitions, publications and talks with them.”
"I compete for Great Britain, so my piece is about time and perseverance and training alongside doing other things, it’s about my end goal really..." Anya Kay
Time and Perseverance
“It’s a circle, and I’m just crosshatching it. It’s a performance piece so I’m here for the whole night just drawing away. I’m also an international bob sleigh athlete. I compete for Great Britain, so my piece is about time and perseverance and training alongside doing other things, it’s about my end goal really. I’m training towards the 2018 Olympic games and I don’t know if I’m going to get there, anything could happen. My work is about that really.
I could fill my circle, but I could also not fill my circle. I did one at Uni and it was slightly larger. When I first started the circle it was 1000 days to go until the Olympics, so the circumference of the circle was 1000cm. So this one is smaller, the diameter is the number of weeks left. It’s all time based.
This one is probably more realistic to fill in. I spent 43 hours on the one in Bournemouth and didn’t even get a quarter done, but that’s a part of it really. The amount of time I put into my training, I enjoy it and don’t have a problem with doing all this tiny cross-hatching. If you’re doing something, it has a purpose really.
There are quite a lot of similarities in a weird way. With sport it’s all about focus, and you’re using your body at the same time. In art, you’re trying to use your mind at the same time, whilst obviously I’m using my body to do the drawing. There’s a weird balance of that kind of focus. The focus I’m using when I do sport is really similar to the focus I use when I’m doing my art. It’s very on the same level, and it’s a peaceful state that you get into. When I’m done it will just get painted over. It’s there and then it’s gone.
My end goal is to compete in the 2018 Olympics. Obviously it has been hard to try and do both at the same time. This year I got selected to go away on season and compete for Britain. For three months at the beginning of the year I wasn’t in uni, so it is tricky. To come away with a degree in the first place is great. When I told my lecturers they were all really supportive.”
Mariya uses paint beyond its image making qualities, she is curious about its physicality and the transformation from liquid to something fixed...by Mariya Garbacheva
Mariya is using paint beyond its image making qualities, she is curious about its physicality and the transformation from liquid to something fixed.
Rather then adding or taking away from the support in a conventional manner her process consist of pouring substance over and then separating it from the surface of the support.
Mariya’s practice has developed out of practical and theoretical concerns with paint and explores the intersection between painting and sculpture, questioning the role of the support and the relationship of the painting to the wall, where the painted element is no longer attached to or dependent upon the support.
"It's been really, really good to respond to something different, that's a bit rough and raw." Bethany Bailey — Teeth Cut, But Have You Washed Your Hands?by Bethany Bailey
Finding subtleties in spaces…
“My work is about finding subtleties in spaces. Here, I’ve worked to use a space and the surroundings. I’ve drawn directly onto the ground, responding to the light that’s moved through the window and responding to the time passing. It’s all about drawing in my practice, and this reflects in the prints on the walls as well.
These are blind embossings that use the etching process to create them. Instead of using ink, I use a dusting of French Chalk that picks up on the paper. So they’re very, very subtle and you have to be at a subtle angle to see them.
It’s really nice to be in this kind-of space [The Truman Brewery]. It’s been really, really good to respond to something different, that’s a bit rough and raw. For me, it’s been very, very useful to work in a space like this.
I found my way into contemporary drawing by using the [AUB] printmaking facilities and it’s offered me the time and experience in techniques and processes and that’s helped me through finding my own practice.”
"For me, Wilfred was playing with the acoustics of the space and I was intrigued to see how it would fool people." Dan Broadbent — Teeth Cut, But Have You Washed Your Hands?by Dan Broadbent
“For this exhibition, I’ve submitted a piece of work that is basically a documentation of an installation that my friend Wilfred and myself took part in. Wilfred is an Architecture student and we worked together about six months ago. We were playing around with binaural sound, which is recording right and left individually, and we played around with how that can play with people’s perceptions a bit.
We took a replica foam head and placed it on a chair and recorded the sounds and enacted a performance with the objects in a room. The next day, we placed people in the exact same room, with the exact same objects, and played what we’d recorded through headphones, but they were blindfolded. When they took their blindfolds off, everything was supposed to appear as though it had moved, but everything was as it was.
For me, Wilfred was playing with the acoustics of the space and I was intrigued to see how it would fool people.”
Dan is the AUB Students’ Union President elect.
"The course really allows you to explore a lot, and pushes you to, which has led me to doing video projection…which is really different to painting!" Sophie Newton — Teeth Cut, But Have You Washed Your Hands?by Sophie Newton
'Untitled' 1-3 Cells Series
“I started off doing performance-based work, which then turned into video projection work. I always film groups of people doing a performance of action. It’s about social interaction, the individual and the unit and the differences or similarities between that. I like to film from above, so you get interesting shapes and patterns emerging from that.
With this I doubled the videos and had them looping, so those individual actions happening in each cell then form a bigger thing happening!
I originally started off thinking I wanted to be a painter, but the course really allows you to explore a lot, and pushes you to, which has led me to doing video projection…which is really different to painting!”
"I enjoy creating tactile works, which explore the dis-location of culture." Francesca Fuglby Francesca Fugl
“I enjoy creating tactile works, which explores the dis-location of culture. Primarily working with human hair, using this medium for creating tactile objects which reference ethnicity and cultural differences.
Through my work I aims to give a unique insight into this issue, which is outside of our daily understanding and experiences.
I have drawn great inspiration from my surrounding family, who have now become an increasingly influential and integral part of my subject matter. Furthering my knowledge and understanding by exploring and studying their cultural history.”
BA (Hons) Fine Art are building their final show – and you can watch it all happen on their blog. Teeth Cut, but have you washed your hands? will be at Brick Lane in London, 3rd- 7th July 2014 at Free Range.
Teeth Cut, but have you washed your hands?
Teeth Cut, but have you washed your hands? will be at Brick Lane in London, 3rd- 7th July 2014 at Free Range.
Address: F Block, The Old Truman Brewery, 85 Brick Lane, EC1 6QL