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OVER 25 January 2016

Recently, we invited our invigilators (who are all current students here at NTU) to contribute to the blog.

Here’s the first piece – written by third year BA (Hons) Fine Art student, Reece:

Over

This remnant artwork has existed OVER my head for nearly three years.

(‘If these walls could talk’)

My Fine Art degree spans OVER three years.

(‘If these walls could talk’)

It is nearly OVER.

(‘If these walls could talk’)

 

This corrugated ceiling, belonging to the fine art studios at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has seen many things.

Realisations, celebrations, accidents, reflection, tears, conversation, break downs, friendships, relationships, hard labour, scolding, disaster, enjoyment, perseverance, triumph… All connected to the OVERarching landscape of Fine Art.

Each individual journey, of each student, each member of staff, each technician and each visitor has been charted by this roof.

(‘If these walls could talk’)

Due to the cycle of presenting work throughout each of the years on the course, artwork remains very temporary when in the studios. Any work that survives the annual degree show set up, becomes rather special, dodging the fresh paint, the wood filler and sandpaper. These hidden works are reminders of the past students’ expedition through their practices’, mirroring my own current exploration here at NTU as its end draws ever closer.

I have had three years to solely explore my concepts and discover contexts, constantly working alongside other artists working in every different media and area available. This adorned light enclosure, and the ceiling it hangs from has housed this voyage, watching OVER us, each struggle, each encounter, each accomplishment. To that I owe it something.

The inanimate, unfeeling metal, I owe it.

Asking the question of why we instinctively look up for answers, towards something higher. In this case this is interrupted by the ambiguity of the ‘OVER’ light shining down from the lofty heights of the Fishbowl (a nickname for a space that stuck, its origin also forgotten). A relic of an artist’s legacy that has long left the nest, spread their wings and took flight onto the next journey.

(‘If these walls could talk’)

(‘If these walls could talk’)

(‘If these walls could talk’)

 

Reece Straw

IMAGE: Reece Straw 2016

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