London Zoo – Evaluation


I’m surprisingly proud of this project. I think the final prints and sculptures came out really professionally. This is something I would be proud to place in my portfolio. Mainly because it is interestingly beautiful. I love the wire technique and how when paper wraps around the wire in the print it prints everything, not just the lines that we see when we look at the wire, but the curves and twists in the finishing also. I love the contrast between the plain emboss and the inked emboss. Personally I prefer the plain because I feel the lack of a black definition helps the paper to continue representing an air of fragility about the animal.

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Taking this project further, I would represent it as a hanging instillation. One you could walk through to appreciate both sides of the prints and sculptures. Arranged in rows of wire, then embossed paper, then the inked print. With a column for each creature. And carefully lit to create shadows of the animals.

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I thought about having a wire sculpture instillation where the wires are lit in such a way that the shadows represent the animals daily journey in the zoo over 24hours and how much they move, how fast etc… in shadows, so there’s a restricted space movement for the lights to work with, like the animals restrictions in the zoo. This would involve studying the animals movements over a 24 hour period, however, if I wanted this to be a fair representation, I would have to monitor them over a longer period of time and then take the avarage.

I used a wire called gunmetal wire to convey how having a fence around you and being kept in a small space like that has in a way, made the strong hunting animals weak with having a constant food source and no threat from the food chain, all because the were hunted in the first place, and these Zoo’s are trying to protect them. A twisted concept that fits the process of wire sculpture, twisting.


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Barbican Evaluation

Overall this project has been enjoyable. I’ve loved all of the exploring and creating, although drawing 400+ images (however fast I drew them) was a mammoth task. I found the urge to refine the lines and shapes hard to resist. I don’t finish sketches often, unless I’ve decided they’re important to final pieces, but I do like my work, once it is finished, to look neat and polished.

This project has been more free to expression, just as the Barbican allows people to express themselves through their lives there. I’ve found lately that my work is quite related to expression, probably derived from an early love of impressionism. I get so much enjoyment from that 19th century art movement, the excitement of new technologies and paint you could take outside. Eventhough their paintings are a lot more precise, the same fast brush strokes and spontanious doccumentation of the surroundings apply to this project.

The things I would improve upon would be to extend the animation by including more of the plantation from the Barbican. I only partly experimented drawing the greenery of the place in my sketch book and decided against including it initially as I felt the plants distracted from the lines of the architecture; although a part of me knew that the plants where the architecture too, I still felt I wasn’t able to capture them in my drawings in a way that blended together with the drawings that had no plants. I believe with more experimentation and time I could find a way to include the nature in the Barbican that would be a good addition to the animation, being able to represent more than the highwalks and rounded building references to the old castle.


Ceryth Wyn Evans – Tate Britain

Forms in Space…by Light (in Time) is the 2017 Tate Britain Commission in which we invite a contemporary British artist to respond to the Duveen Galleries at the heart of Tate Britain.

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I heard about this exhibiton through a friend, I saw the photos from their visit and just felt an instant connection with the neon lines; flowing and expressive used in response to a space which architecture is made of straight lines and semi circles (Tate Britain). This is the core of my project, it really connects with my intentions and the brief we were given, “to tell a story of a location through visual means”. I just felt so inspired by the visit, to continue with my line drawings. The way the lights where presented and hung gave an feeling of movement and explosion; I took these values away and thought about how I could use them in my work.


It’s Wednesday!! Which usually means we’ve past the toughest two days of the week, looking onwards and upwards to our beloved weekend. Except for me, my weekend is immediately followed by a presentation of my project to the entire class (all 112 of them), so I can only look forward to a weekend of late nights, no sleep and a lot of work. Continue reading “Mid-Week”