MiAL’s Pick of the UAL Degree Shows
We say it every year, ‘This was definitely the best year for UAL degree shows’, but this time we really do mean it! The huge strength shown across each of the colleges has completely blown us away, so we have decided to put together not just one, but a series of blog posts highlighting just some of our favourite of this years graduating students…
MA Materials Futures, Central Saint Martins
Could garments act as a vehicle in which to question our dependence on technology in a smartphone dominant age?
This is the question MA student Maritta posed through her Materials Futures project, a fascinating investigation into the ceaseless influence our mobile devices have upon not just our daily lives, but more persistently our physical selves.
Her answer? To produce structural ‘Exoskeletal’ garments which make the mobile device and the user a symbiotic creature and creating a living sculpture that challenges our relationship with technologies and their long term effect on our neurological and physical selves.
BA Fine Art: Sculpture, Camberwell
At MiAL we are definite fans of reproduced sculpture and ornaments (see MiAL Artist Summer Oxley’s work) so naturally we were drawn to Karen Elizabeth Doyle’s (KED) collection of almost 200 figurines..
Each created from reconstructed ceramic figurines and named after David Bowie songs, this is a true celebration of difference! KED is drawn to the figurines as they make a cyclical journey from treasured possessions in childhood, to cluttered knicknacks in adulthood, back round to something to be cherished in old age. Each piece already has a history before KED finds them and directs their future through her art.
BA Textile Design, Chelsea
Abi Skinner is another artist celebrating the traditionally unwanted. Taking inspiration from the shapes and forms of common beauty imperfectios, such as stretchmarks, scars and cellulite, Abi has recreated them as outlandish and seriously alluring textiles.
Created through a variety of domesticated machine knitting and hand finished techniques, Abi has created garments which make us excited to show off the very features we often use our clothes to try and hide.
BA Painting, Wimbledon
Well, we had to sneak at least one MiAL Artist in here didn’t we?!
Ben’s work is a visually striking exploration of how the calculated formality of constructing a composition and tentative intuitiveness.
Having already had a very successful degree show and exhibition at the Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead with MiAL, Ben is next off to complete an MA at the RCA- there’s certainly a bright future for this talented artist!