The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Canterbury kicked-off their graduate show last Friday night with a private view event that saw students showcasing their end of year work.
Graduate students from BA (Hons) Fine Art, BA (Hons) Illustration & Animation, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, BA (Hons) Architecture and BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles exhibited their work at an evening accompanied by live music.
Ben Carpenter, studying BA (Hons) Architecture showcased his final project, which was the result of a course trip to Budapest. Ben created a multipurpose building, which was contextualised within the site of Szervita Square. Ben said: “the idea for this building was to create a protest and debate centre to re-centralise the political atmosphere in Hungary. The building’s facilities will enhance protest through such things as screen printing for posters, and an inflatable studio for inflatables to better spread the message.”
Dane Richards a BA (Hons) Illustration and Animation graduate had a whole room of his drawings on display at the show. Dane explained: “I work quite subconsciously, through techniques of improvisation, drawing in response to journeys, music, and particularly live experimental music”.
Sam Burgess, a BA (Hons) Illustration and Animation graduate based his work on a very funny Amazon review, which he then decided to animate. Sam said: “the review is about a hair removal cream that is used in the wrong way, and ice-cream and frozen brussels sprouts were used to ease the pain. I like real but, whacky story-telling, and the plan after university is to make this into a series of animated funny reviews.” His final animation was flanked by an ice-cream stand, and various brussels sprout consumables that he had designed and made.
Elena Portius, a BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate created an installation of wave-printed plastic bags suspended in the air by fishing line, floating in the air akin to being in the ocean. Elena comes from Bermuda, which is known for its pristine turquoise waters. She said: “’The Vast’ is my way of raising awareness about the amount of plastic pollution in our oceans, and how our bad decisions are impacting our oceans and beaches”
Sophie Lou, another graduate from BA (Hons) Fine Art showcased her installation of twelve spherical hollow sculptures. Made from gypsum plaster, chalk and cyanotype emulsion, the sculptures are arranged in chalk circles to resemble a constellation. Sophie said: “These sculptures are highly fragile and have lost fragments and shards during the process of making but, the overall structure remains strong; a representation of hope, strength and resilience. The inside is flawlessly smooth, contrasted drastically by the rough, textured exterior; two different worlds inside and out.”
The UCA Canterbury graduate show is on until 14 June.
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