MA Degree Show – Remembrance

Contextual statement Until recently, the process of ruminating on my own conflicted cultural heritage has driven my creative work. The mirror of introspection, however, reflects back at me the faces of those whose paths serendipitously have crossed mine: of those with whom I have shared experiences and forged relationships. This offers a point of departure for new work. This piece is built up of floating characters that make up the poem Xiangsi (Remembrance) by Wang Wei, which can be translated thus: “The red berries grow in the south, where you live. They flourish on the branches when spring comes. I only hope you will gather an armful and think of me and of the fond love and remembrance they express.” The red berries in the poem symbolise platonic love and are also known as the seeds of memories. When I was very young, this was one of the most popular of the 300 Tang Dynasty poems and the one, as a small child, I remembered most vividly because of the simple emblem of the red berry. This symbol has remained lodged in my consciousness ever since as though it would one day serve a purpose. The characters are suspended, floating in a seemingly random but ultimately readable order, and echo the impermanence and rootlessness of my life’s course so far. The books are delicate and their bindings fragile yet very durable, signifying lasting personal connections evolved from trepidatious beginnings. The script printed on the books’ pages represents a detailed textual analysis of Wang Wei’s writing which I undertook in order to better understand the ancient poem which had lain dormant in my mind since childhood. The fading ink connotes the dissolving memories of my home and my past which I have tried to recapture through the meditative process of my lithographic work. And so I have printed and overprinted the textual analysis of Wang Wei’s poem by way of reinforcing its meaning, ensuring remembrance. Through similar effort, I believe the new relationships I have forged in my life will stay with me. I will not, through lack of attention, allow them to fade. The chair, which is an amalgam of East and West, old and new, invites the viewer to sit and contemplate the piece and the disparate cultures and histories which have influenced my work, just as it represents the strangers who have stayed a while and become friends. The final character of the poem means to think, to consider or reflect. It is suspended by a single red ribbon signifying the red berries of remembrance. I have used this red ribbon to symbolise fate and the notion that there is an invisible thread that connects the people I was destined to meet. Every contact leaves a trace. Those of you who view this piece, who take the time to sit and ponder, I invite you to untie a black ribbon and take away with you one character from the poem. In doing so, you will take a piece of me with you and I hope that when you see this book again in the future you will remember this moment and my book of memories.
Blanked out the windows with tracing paper. Chair with the poem on. Private view when many books have been taken. ----- Contextual report. Link to our tumblr.

Guild Hall OPEN Exhibition!

Here are some photos from our OPEN exhibition in the Preston Guild Hall, put up by the MA students at UCLAN. Panorama image of the exhibition. Click on the image for a larger view.

My work in the show. 3 layers of lithographic prints. Since a lot of my work deals with the past and memories and cultural identity, this work is similar in that concept. It deals with having the courage to look into my past through limit constraints. First layer is laser cut with white ink on white paper. Second layer is just black ink. Third layer is black ink on interleaf paper. Close ups. You see the white on white. ------------ Some of the other works in the show. Steph Fletcher. Sam Cookson. Tao Lashley-Burnley. Chris Clark. Front: Charlotte Calland. Left: Pete Daviz. Back wall: Brian Mountford. Pete Daviz. Rachel Pursglove. Mat Birchall. Check out our amazing OPEN sign that was still lit even after it was unplugged. Private view. For more pictures of our private view. Go to our Tumblr for more images and updates on future events at the Guild Hall space.

MA Interim Show

I've been working nonstop this month getting ready for the MA Interim Show that we're putting up to show our project progress. Here's the flyer. I decided to do my poem book series and putting them on these mini shelves so people can pick the book up and flip through them. I think one of the great thing about artist's book is that intimacy between the artist and the reader. The characters form part of a poem that I learned while I growing up. It's a poem describing the process of missing home. Close ups. You can see the binding for this character on the top. Binding on the sides. -end of my books-
-start of my other MA coursemates' works- I'll try to add links to their websites later when I have them.
By Robert Smith. ----- ----- -----
By Ann Charlesworth. ----- ----- -----
By Sam Cookson. ----- ----- -----
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There is suppose to be a projection over the paintings but it was not working on the day I took this picture. By Chris Clark. ----- ----- -----
By Mike Walton. ----- ----- -----
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By Charlotte Fay Calland.
-ends the MA Interim Show- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- This is what my studio space looks like after the storm of making 10 books. Made this in the beginning of December, but a bit late on posting. Remember the stone litho I posted a while back, this was the print proof of that. It's not great but it's not bad for my first try on a stone lithography.