The City

Today began with a rainy start! Admittedly I was supposed to get up at half six to go for a run with my flatmate Derry… But that didn’t happen. It was just too early! Next week, next week.

I did however go out later in the morning to do research with some much needed help from Imogen. As soon as we stepped outside it was raining, as Imogen put it, “the type of rain you don’t think is very wet but it gets you soaked”. This is Cardiff after all. My plan was to go around town and find doors and doorways to take pictures of. Why’s that I hear you ask. The reason being I wanted to base my city project on doorways. Cardiff Castle was the starting point for the project research and ┬áthe first thing that struck me about the oldest part of Cardiff was how tiny the doorways were-inspired!

So after wandering around the city centre and lingering for a bit too long by doorways I now have about 70 photos of me and some doors- some grand some ugly and some rather interesting.Image


Okay, I know this picture looks like something else, but I can assure you its terracotta clay!

I wanted to explore tension so I thought the most basic way to do this was to squeeze clay in my hand. You can see where my fingers have been and of you look really closely you can see fingerprints! After these oddities have dried I want to slice them up; to distort them.
This ofcourse relates to my negative postive project, in which I wish to communicate what I perceive to be tension in the body; looking particularly at the brain and nervous system.
How one tiny matter of pressure can result in, say a seizure or paralysis. I am going to make reference to the imagery the science world obtain from these parts of the body, including MRI scans. I can imagine this is why I feel the urge to slice up the squeezed bits of clay as it relates to the process made to gather the MRIs.

A Touch of Pot

Today a group of us went to Cardiff’s National Museum to look and handle (yes we were allowed to touch them!!!) various pieces of pottery from their collection. From an Ancient Greek oil pot to a Meissen plate, the session gave us a broad understanding of the rich history of ceramics and how deeply integrated it was in our society. The pottery could be ‘worth’ lots of money, but that became a background thought; I was far more intrigued by the story of each piece…