P3- Major Project Assignment 2

Tutor report


Student name Sue Gilmore Student number 301644
Course/Module P3. SKYPE TUTORIAL Assignment number 2

Olivia Irvine – contextual studies tutor

Student notes.

Additional tutor comments

 Overall Comments

  • Very good experimentation continues, keep experimenting and testing out ideas.
  • Focus down on two/three outcomes (however complex, large or small) to try to bring them into a more resolved state.
  • Think about how the work might be shown as you are considering it, be brave and listen to your instincts and have confidence in your hunches.
  • Address scale more openly and think about what affect scale will have on the mark and the work overall and how you will deal with this in a practical way.

Sue, you showed concerns around the fact that this way of working is not entirely about painting and that is causing a few anxieties.  At this stage I think it is important to dig down into your process and experiments and try to resolve a few outcomes- and then we can consider where and how this will all work. I am aware of the issue and the fact that you are on a creative arts pathway.

Importantly: The potential for this work is exciting and the thought and care that you give it impressive.  I really like the idea of ‘growing’ your subjects and working from them and this is central to your body of developing work, as is your greenhouse- so don’t loose sight of this exciting core and think about how you can include the experiments into the more resolved works.

I understand your aim is to go for the Painting/Textiles/Creative Arts* Degree and that you plan to submit your work for assessment at the end of this course. From the work you have shown in this assignment, providing you commit yourself to the course, I believe you have the potential to succeed at assessment.  In order to meet all the assessment criteria, there are certain areas you will need to focus on, which I will outline in my feedback.   and essential if you do decide to submit for assessment.   

 Feedback on assignment

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity

  •  Michele described the work I have done as rich and diverse in exploring the ideas around my subject, which is the willow, but now I need to work out how to take a few ideas forward in order to make more significant pieces of work.
  • We talked about the benefits of reflection and Michelle emphasised the importance of documentation, and suggested it might be of interest to look at artists who have used ‘documentation’ in their work, like Dieter Roth and Cristo.

Talking about where I see the work going I spoke about my group of 8 living sculptures, which I see as potentially the focus of work, along with 2 other sculpture that I have also made work about.  I spoke about how now the leaves are starting to drop I have found myself thinking about the years growth in terms of ‘lines that nature has grown’ for me to work with. I have even started measuring them. M. thought this could be a really interesting avenue to explore- the growth of my own subject matter.

  • Be more decisive on scale
  • Par back drawing
  • Be aware of gaps
  • Think about simplicity and space
  • Think about how you are looking/ perceiving
  • Working with awareness
  • suggested thinking about scale and transportability, and how I might best be able to convey my view of the work through other means of presentation, perhaps describing how I would like it to be presented.

Looking at the work I have made informed by willow and the diverse nature it has taken; M. suggested that a possible links between all the pieces are the ‘gaps’, the negative spaces and the sense of ‘absence’, which she suggests is apparent in the plaster works, the solar dyeing, the drawings and the willow forms, and could be what connects them. This might be an area worth investigating.

So in thinking ahead to presenting a ‘body of work’ for assessment it is important to think about the connections between works and find mechanisms to take the work forward. It might be helpful to look at work of artists that also tackle this issue.

In terms of work we also spoke about the fact that I am on the BA Creative Arts pathway as opposed to the BA Painting, M. suggested making this clear on my blog.


Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

All works visible on the blog are detailing visual investigations into your subject matter. There are some variable results, some stronger than others but what your ‘sketchbook’ investigations show are a lively, inventive way of working that is fully exploring your subject matter of willow.  I would like to see more documentation of the 8 growing willow sculptures taken from differing aspects so that I feel that you have really observed them over time. We spoke about your daily documentation and this may be a piece of work in itself that needs careful consideration on how you bring it together to show it.  There are good free apps for making stop frame animation from photography, so this is something that you could investigate a little further.

Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays


  •  We talked about my blog and the importance of ‘unpacking my work’ in terms of explaining things more fully, outlining steps taken to get to a work, describing photos better, perhaps in medium and scale, possibly making links to where in the work they might sit.
  • We spoke of things I have been looking at ‘around’ willow that I haven’t included like the willow national collection and research around sustainable biomass fuel, willow production and charcoal making, etc. She suggested that perhaps I make a new page on the top bar that refers to that tangential research.
  • We spoke too of taking a critical look at my blog now in terms of whether it could be re-organised in a better way. Could it be more explanatory in some areas? Do I have other material that should be included? Michelle suggested the use of screenshots as a means of flagging things up.
  • We talked also a little about the contextual work in terms of recording on blog- M. suggested a Bibliography page may be a way to go, as a kind of summary of what I have been looking at. M. reminded me that it was important to use the Harvard system for this.

Suggested reading/viewing


Eva Hesse, Deiter Roth, Christo  and look for other contemporary makers who work in this more experimental, documentation manner.

American Artist Michele Brody would also be worth looking up.

Other suggested reading for informative pleasure

Susan Griffin- ‘Women and Nature’

Joseph Amato- ‘Dust’

Pointers for the next assignment

Looking ahead the assignment 3 M. suggested trying to focus on bringing 3 works to fruition and see if I can get some sort of resolution. I am aware that in my investigations I have considered willow from many perspectives and although I would somehow like to bring this together I have a sense that it could overwhelm any work. M. suggested a good way forward may be to set my own challenge by deciding certain boundaries for each piece, perhaps-

  • Subject
  • Method
  • Materials
  • Allow some flexibility for those things that just ‘happen’.
  • Based on the research I have already done.


Tutor name Michele Whiting
Date 14th October 2014
Next assignment due 16th January 2015 Skype tutorial booked 9.30 am

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