My artistic practice has had to change in response the change in accessibility to workshop space, a kiln and teaching groups. I have adapted my practice by learning how to use digital media from video, animation to using software and apps to create pieces of digital art. This is a new way of working for me and it is an extension to my normal practice (I usually work in clay). The opportunity to create commissioned work has been uniquely developmental over the lockdown period, my normal day to day work involves teaching and facilitating whereas during lockdown I have been able to follow my own practice and develop my portfolio. I have been really pleased with the results, finding that I am able to rise to the challenge of completing commissioned projects with relish and loving the research aspect of these projects.
Lockdown has provided me with an opportunity to explore my practice and linking this with my experiences at WAW provided me with some really exciting ideas for new work.
I usually work in clay, a medium that I am very comfortable and confident with using. The challenge for my practice has been finding different ways of working while I have a lack of access to studio space and a kiln. Using tools that I have to hand at home such as my camera, my phone, my laptop, paints, pencils and collage materials has led me to explore different ways of representing the work I want to produce. This has brought challenge, but has also forced me to think more creatively to find ways around producing the work I want to produce. I have really enjoyed this and I hope in the future to bring the new elements of my practice and link it in with my past practice and experience in clay and ceramics.
My inspiration for this work was my long-term involvement, starting as a volunteer, through to paid employment as a tutor, with Worcester Arts Workshop and how it has provided arts activities through transformation and change over many, many years – the staff, students and communities that have benefitted from being involved with WAW
Part one of a series of three images
With thanks to Arts Council England Emergency Response Funding
Author: Eleanor Miles