Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea

On Monday 8th May I went to London to visit a few art galleries. One of the galleries I visited whilst in London was the Saatchi Gallery located in Chelsea. One of the reasons I wanted to visit the Saatchi was because the current exhibition there at the moment (‘From Selfie to Self-Expression’) that I had read about online really intrigued me and I also just wanted to check out other works they had for show there. On this visit I was able to see a lot of pieces which were interactive.

Daniel Rozin – Pom Pom Mirror (2015)

Christopher Baker – Hello World! Or: How I Stop Listening and Love the Noise (2008)

Juno Calypso – The Honeymoon Suite (2015)



Daniel Rozin – Pom Pom Mirror (2015)


One of the pieces that stood out to me was an interactive piece called ‘Pom Pom Mirror’ by Daniel Rozin. This piece is an electronically powered motion sensing mirror powered by 464 motors that shows your reflection using 948 Pom Pom’ s in the colours black and white. What I really like about this is Rozin’s question behind this piece.

Who is Controlling Whom?

Are we reacting to the technology or is the technology reacting to us? I really like the message behind us as it relates to my chosen theme for Constellation: Things Can Be Otherwise – I am a Cyborg. Obviously this piece of work is reacting to us as it is portraying our silhouette but is it also controlling us? By moving our arms around the the air above us and Golding different poses (as seen in the videos above) it is controlling us by subcontiously making us do weird arm motions and movements we wouldn’t normally do.


Formative Assessment – March 2017

Week 1 – Silhouetted Still Lives

Week 2 – Light is Colour

Week 3 – Illuminated

Week 4 – Panoramic Pinhole Camera

Looking Back on the Four Weeks of Field

Week 1 Artist – Susan Anderson

Week 2 Artist – Kate Gibb

Week 3 Artist – Anne Hardy

Week 4 Artist – Nancy A Breslin

Final Field Outcome Artist – Melanie Bowles

Field Collaborative Lab Projects Review

Looking back on all four field projects I feel as if I have learnt something from each one. The field project that I found I took the most knowledge from was the Light is Colour were. During this I started off by learning more above primary colours and which colours paired together. I found that this helped me with the rest of the project as I was able to identify which colours that would work well together for the screen printing process.

Screen Printing was also another technique I learnt quite a bit about. I learnt the basics of Screen Printing in A-Level when I did Textiles but within this week I had learnt how to create my own Silk screens using the equipment they had in the printing room and also about washing off screen printing and cleaning the paint off the screens.

For my Outside/Inside project I want to interperate Screen Printing with my final pieces as I think this could leave a very interest effect on top of the overlaying writing I have been doing and also will make the pieces more vibrant as I will be using a lot of colour.

Field Collaborative Lab Week 1

Silhouetted Still Lives

Field Collaborative Lab Week 2

Light is Colour

Field Collaborative Lab Week 3


Field Collaborative Lab Week 4

Panormic Pinhole Camera



Field Artist – Anne Hardy




Anne Hardy is a British artist who specialises in Photography, Sculptural Installation and Audio. I looked at Hardy’s work during my third week of field project and found her work to be quite helpful when looking at creating my own installation space with my group.

For my third week field project we had to create a ‘Triptych’ piece and we decided to create one video piece and the two others would be installation pieces.

Looking at Hardy’s work she uses a lot of detail and space to create her installations. We were inspired by the space of which she uses up to create her pieces and used encloses spaces like her to set up our installations. As we only had a week to create ours they were not to as much detail and thought as Hardy puts into hers but we tried to pay attention to detail the way she looks to have done in her own pieces for ours.

Our second part of the Triptych I think relates more to her work as it is a work area that represented each one of us in the group. We collected things we would typically have on our desk and we tried to collect things that would add quite a bit of detail to each one of our characters.

Since we only had an hour or so to create this, it was not as large scale as some of her work but we tried to create something that would reflect an installation that she would create.

I found Hardy’s work to have helped quite a bit with the process of creating our installation as it helped me to pay more attention to the finer details of what we could include in our own.



Field Collaborative Lab 3 – Illuminated

For the third week of our collaborative field projects with the Ceramic and Maker students, I took part in a workshop called Illuminated.

During this project we were split into groups to create a ‘Triptych’ piece and our first task was to create the centre panel of this using film to create a 20 second video.

My group came up with the idea of counting up to 10 and then counting down again to create our 20 second video. We used a projector to do this a cut of our numbers from black card. When the video started we took turns sliding the numbers onto the projector screen which was projecting onto a white wall. When we reached 10 a sheet of red asitate was held in the air above the numbers and we each took in turns a gain to slide the numbers off in order counting down from 10.

Video displayed below.

The second part of the Triptych was to then take another groups video and create the left panel of their Triptych. The video that we were given was a video that showed 4 people walking from the enterance of the school of art reception up to their studio space and back down to the reception area.

Video displayed below.

The idea that we came up with was to create our own studio space in an enclosed area which represented each person in our group. So we all found a table and an easel and then went to our studio spaces and grabbed a few items that helped to show what subject we took and what represented us as people and also represented what our studio space looked like.

From my studio space I brought my bag, a bottle of water, light bulbs from another project,  my notebook, my decayed corn I use for background textures, masking tape, a hair brush, a coffee cup, a few pens and the wall decor was from the start of this project as a warm up and we selected our own pieces to hang.

For our third Triptych we had to switch round again but this time we had a video and an installation piece to work from. The video we had was a 20 second time lapse style video with a double exposure on top of two different videos. The videos were of the sky with trees framing the side and the image was photocopies of leaves onto asitate which where stuck onto a window in a framed shape to show both the sky and the leaves from the trees.

Video displayed below.

Using these as inspiration for the final part of the Triptych, my groups final idea was to collect branches and anything that would have fallen off a tree and hang them in a small installation space. On the day we found it very hard to hang the branches even with a ladder so upgraded to hanging them against a wall which I feel worked out better as you were able to see the shadows of the branches against the white wall with the spot light we used.

Overall I am very pleased with all the final parts of each Triptych. My favourite part of this project was creating the third part of the Triptych with the branches as I think that against the white background it has quite a haunting effect especially with the shadows slightly behind in the background.

Field Projects – Indoor Sun’s

Indoor Sun’s is the first Material Project I have done since starting at Cardiff Met. In the first session we looked into different artist who had created pieces based around the theme ‘Indoor Suns’ whether that was weather related or just related to light. After looking at a few artists like Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde who created clouds indoors we started to create ideas of exhibitions we could create if there were no boundaries.

The first idea that we had was a hell like Victorian ghost train but after thinking about it more we decided to scrap this idea and base our idea around the weather. The final idea that we came up with was the idea of a room where you experienced all seasons and all weathers in a matter of 5-10 minutes. In this room we would use all kinds of sensors so that it would automatically turn on and off each season depending on which section of the room you were stood in quite like the exhibition ‘Rain Room’ created by Hannes Koch, Florian Ortkrass and Stuart Wood. To create ‘Rain Room’, they used sensors to turn off the rain when walking through certain sections of the room so that the rain was all around you without the person actually getting wet. Also with this ideas would be the smaller details like detail to temperature control in each section where each season is, humidity and wind control using fans and heaters and also different smells.

On our last few sessions we then started to play around with different jobs, sounds and lightings to create our own version of ‘Indoor Suns’ as a group. Above are three photos of what our final exhibition looked like. What we used were things like wood beams, string, glass cars, computer pieces, projects etc. What we did was create a sculptural form in the middle of the room and then using an old project we placed items on top to create images and light through the sculpture and onto the wall. We also used cameras to film sections of the room like when people walked passed to then be projected onto the wall also.

Below is a video I took of what we were experimenting with.