The drawing Symposium was a really good day, that gave me a lot of insight into some of the artists we had covered, and got a better look at their approach to figure.
It started off with Kristie Brown, who talked about the way that her work in ‘Cardiff in the bay’ talked about our relationship with animals and movement in narrative. It was great to listen to how she considers the concepts in her work and how she goes about producing the drawings along side her figures. Kristie Brown was a great introduction to how drawing can interact within the artists practice and effect the work when it is presented in a gallery space.
The high light for me though was Richard St John Heeley, his use of landscape and the Japanese inspiration in his work was a perfect example of the way in which ceramic works can become painterly and reflect landscapes. He also did a demonstration of throwing during the lunch break, which was my first experience of watching a professional thrower at work. His throwing was really captivating and an impressive introduction to the practice.
Alice Kettle talking in her presentation about the implication and application of line, and it’s significance within drawing. Her work deals mostly in stitch and therefore line is very important in her work; Kettle often features an allegorical theme within her work, this often looks at the historical and mythological feature of line.
To round off the day, two M.A students from the university spoke about their own work and the importance of drawing within it, the work of Micki, was particularly interesting to me because it featured a heavily illustrative form of drawing. She was displaying figurative works that she had done that featured cast figures with engraved drawings on them, they where narrative and illustrative drawings that moved away from the traditional style of drawing that she had always been pushed up practice previously.
The symposium was a great look at the way that the practice of both drawing and ceramics can come together to communicate figure, both when providing context to each other and in collaboration together.