In review: MA Degree Show 2018 by Henry Driver
Read a review of some of the work in the 2018 MA Degree Show by BA (Hons) Fine Art and MA Fine Art alumni Henry Driver.
When viewing an MA show, I desire to be provoked into new ways of thinking, be presented with innovation, and offered a glimpse into the future of creative practises. I also want to see some damn good work and at this year’s show I had it all. What I have collected here is but a sample of the many powerful works on show, and I encourage you to uncover the rest.
Laure Van Minden’s (MA Fine Art) nocturnal drawings are created while at the edge of consciousness, enveloped by darkness, and are born from a deep need for peace at night. The awakening caress of a smartphone’s blue light, which so many of us keep beside us at night, has severely increased our inability to sleep.
I found these autonomous drawings, created as a way to combat and induce sleep, to be incredibly beautiful and poignant glimpses of this heavily experienced state. The presentation was also exceptional with the delicate drawings illuminated upon light boxes (pictured above). Good enough to stay up all night pouring your gaze into.
"Lucy Gooch & Frances Kennedy’s work comprised of hypnotic audio visual loops that slide through the space, willing the viewer to stay and lose themselves"
Lucy Gooch (MA Fine Art) & Frances Kennedy’s (MA Moving Image and Sound) work (pictured above) comprised of hypnotic audio visual loops that slide through the space, willing the viewer to stay and lose themselves. I cannot say for how long I stayed here myself, but I feel drawn to return. It was an unexpected and unique experience.
The ideas put forth by Sarah Papworth’s (MA Games) research project, aiming to use game design to communicate and encourage a response to the loss of world wide corals is commendable. It is an example of how experimental game design could be used to utilise the medium’s unique experiential properties to a powerful and meaningful effect.
Julian Hand’s (MA Moving Image and Sound) moving image Erosion displays celluloid film that has been barraged and weathered by the endless coastal destruction, presenting a provoking synergy of material and concept. The cinematography on Emmalouise Smith’s Two Ticket’s Please was also exquisite.
Another poignant work was Confabulation by Emma Jarvis (MA Fine Art) (pictured above). Exploring the loss of physicality within photography, and the effects this has upon memory, particularly that of childhood, where the family photo album could soon be thing of the past.
NUA MA Degree Show runs from Friday 31 August to Wednesday 5 September. Plan your visit.