AN-Magazin: Wolverhampton Fine Art Graduate in Degree Show Guide/ Class of 2017
Rebecca Collins, Fine Art Graduate 2017.
How has your work changed in the time you’ve been doing your course?
Five years ago, I started a part-time Foundation Degree at Shrewsbury College. Since graduating from that course two years ago, I have been at the University of Wolverhampton as a part-time final year fine art student.
On my first day at Shrewsbury College, I considered myself to be exclusively a painter. Since continuing my studies at Wolverhampton I have been able to use a wider variety of media which has helped me expand my practice further. During the first year at Wolverhampton, I became fascinated by burst and abandoned balloons. My project on these lost objects included a blog for people to post their finds, painting and drawing. The project culminated in bronze castings of abandoned burst balloons and a sound piece.
Over the five years of my degree, and especially over the last two years, my practice has evolved to become predominately concept driven and I now work in a variety of media, including video, photography, drawing, painting, social media and digital media.
What are you doing for your degree show? (Please give a sense of your work here, the medium you work in, its concerns, etc)
I have recently become fascinated with the idea of repetition in art and the deeply-entrenched notion that the ‘copy’ is inferior to the original, whether that be in terms of an idea of a physical object. More specifically, I have been looking at repetition and how it dominates existence, not just in art, but in society, culture, politics and philosophy. Over the last twelve months I have been creating ‘replica’ posters and putting these up in the public domain. Each week has had a theme, such as artists who use repetition, political propaganda and repetition or social media commentary on art or politics.
For the degree show, I plan to exhibit two plinths, both of which are covered in a ‘skin’ of drawings related to repetition. One plinth has a ‘skin’ on the outside, the other on the inside. The reverse of the ‘skin’ is black to reflect the opposite of repetition: the void.
I also plan to create representational ‘copies’ of various objects and symbols around the exhibition space.
What do you want to achieve with your degree show?
I would like my work to provoke thought, perhaps even amuse, and cause people to question the notion that repetition is mundane, inferior and unoriginal and to consider how much it dominates their lives (and not necessarily in a negative way).
How would you describe its significance and importance in terms of your development as an artist?
I feel that I have switched from an artist who paints purely for the joy of painting to an artist who thinks and questions for the joy of thinking and questioning. I believe that my degree show piece reflects this.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to start a part-time masters degree in fine art. I feel that I haven’t finished developing as an artist yet. There is so much more I want to learn.
The Degree Show opens on 9 June 2017, 5.30 PM. The show is open to the public until 21 June 2017.