It smells as sweet….
I have had cause recently to reflect on the cross disciplinary nature of the creative arts degree, and as if by magic a small exhibition was laid on outside my studio door to help me think through some of the issues. The images here are from a pop up show of third year students at Edinburgh College of Art (equivalent to the latter end of level 2 for us, or maybe on the cusp between level 2 &3 as Scottish degrees are 4 years full time.)
I would urge you before you read the labels to try to guess which course each student is signed up to, and then look and see how far you got it right. I would hope that you will be surprised by at least a couple, or maybe that you would just find the task either impossible or, more fundamentally, begin to question the function of such delineations.
Creative process, creative thinking, exploration and invention run across all of our courses at all levels at the Open College of the Arts. At least half of my own level 3 painting students are working with materials other than paint and have developed a multi disciplinary practice. This website provides a vital forum for cross disciplinary thinking and as a college we provide a unique platform for those artists who prefer to explore ideas across different forms of making.
As I draw to the end of my current residency my current materials list is:
an opera singer
oil paint on gesso
wool, ribbon, string and bungees
small plastic models
screen, transfer & digital printing
I still feel in some part of my brain or heart that I am a ‘painter to trade’ but in common with my students, I am primarily an artist and allowing myself access to whatever medium and process suits the idea is simply the most effective use of my energies.
(I am currently artist in residence at the GMRC in Glasgow)