2nd Year has officially started! I just had my first tutorial of the years and I can't wait to get properly started. This was my summer project - a survival kit for the first years. I made a small book filled with braille called 'IDEAS ARE ALL YOU NEED'. It helped me to make some interested connections with a few of the first years at our welcome tea and scones event.
I am a Manchester based art student, currently in my second year. I am interested in and inspired primarily by people and their stories. I have recently been made the Artist-in-Residence at a Manchester based human rights organisation called RAPAR and before that I was volunteering in close contact with the previous Artist-in-Residence. Through RAPAR I have been involved in work with refugees from the middle east. I initially became interested in Al Mutanabbi after visiting the John Rylands book exhibition (I was prompted to visit through my work with RAPAR and interest in the Middle East). I was intrigued by the way that the project focuses so intently on one single event, it doesn’t commemorate the bombing at all, simply documents it with the wish to make a change - or so it seems to me.
I love the idea that art can be used to make a difference and I want to make art that can change the world (even in a tiny way). I was inspired by a poem within the Al Mutanabbi Street Anthology called ‘Ways to count the Dead’ by Persis M Khan. I wanted to find a way to document the loss of life; be that the life of a person, idea, book, piece of art.
My piece is a linocut print, made in Devon, using a Columbian Eagle Press. Before this project I had very rarely used print, and for a while I struggled with the ‘unknown’ that is print and what I saw as a lack of control. However in the end I found that I very much enjoyed that! The way that the lino works, the fact that you don't know exactly what you are printing until it's done adds to something that is very important to me in my work; I want my work to be open to the interpretation of the viewer, my idea and wishes should be only one part of what makes up the piece. In this linocut print the press and the lino got to add their ideas and wishes.
To me my print is an abstract representation of many crosses - or ‘kisses’ - each one the simple documentation of a life.