同乐城官网 www.xyqp168.com Caitlin Dudlyke talks about her experience at FARM; Year 13 Exhibition, January 2019
Working at Farm has allowed me to extend my artwork practice making it larger and more immersive in scale. The room that I chose soon became the epicentre of my work, which became the location for the photoshoot, and where I later displayed the photos and the pieces for the exhibition. I think that being able to work and move through the space, and see how the other students were interpreting Farm in such different ways, feeding it into their work, really helped everyone push their artistic practice beyond the studio. The project also crossed over into the Drama department, who would be having lessons whilst we were all working in the farm, and so in turn there became this fusion of departments making this immersive and collaborative environment.
My work explores the different ways and reasons that we, or society, tries to deform our skin – which I see as simply an extension of our ‘internal self’ brought to the surface. Through a process of casting from live models, and working into these casts with hard and soft materials I have created a series of wearable casts that exist as extensions of our inner selves. In my work I have taken on complex themes such as feminism, body image and societal pressures and expressed them in more accessible ways by relating them to something that every human can understand, their bodies. I have aimed to explore skin as material, medium and metaphor – being the visual representation of the centre of our character, it is the membrane that keeps the body, its parts and our character contained.
My room became this scientific, hospital environment for the Drama production, ‘Cantadora’, which seemed extremely reflective of the work I was producing, and so whether I became inspired by the Drama departments script, or they became influenced by my casts – the result was this cohesive inter-department fusion of ideas. Just having access to such a space really boosted the level of this year’s artwork, as we were all able to step out of the studio, take a look at what we had been making previously, evaluate it and then develop our practice in this fresh and exciting space.
Caitlin Dudlyke, January 2019