My final assignment submission has gone off to Clive today! A draft set of Introductory Notes for Assessment, covering the two BoW projects; PDF/video versions of the Textbook book; the ‘Stanley Quest’ website; A4 prints of all the ‘Portraits’ and some of the ‘Textbook’ images; and an ‘Evaluation’ for my Body of Work module – there’s plenty for him to get his teeth into!! The ‘Evaluation’ is a normal experience at this stage in most OCA modules, but it feels particularly significant for this module and we’re required to write 1500-2000 words. I did wonder whether to make mine ‘public’ here, but perhaps a more appropriate approach would be to draw out some of the main points from it.
- There is no question about my overall response – ‘positive’. The module has worked well for me and I have made significant progress, gaining a great deal of confidence. That’s confidence in the work and confidence in presenting or talking about it; something that comes as much from Contextual Studies as the development within this module, I must add. There was one stage where I was struggling to articulate the link between the two, but I got there, and the experience made me more confident in what I was doing.
- I came out of L2 feeling that a creative ‘voice’ was developing, based around constructed, largely studio-based image-making, and that is the way things have continued. I originally expressed some concerns about being wholly ‘studio-based’; and also about a tendency to get into ‘over-intellectualising’ the work. In the end, like it or not, I have produced two projects which, although certainly able to be appreciated in all sorts of ways, are essentially conceptual and highly constructed. C’est la vie!
- There is a slight regret/concern that the work lacks what I can best describe as emotional resonance! I set off on a mini ‘personal journey’ early in the module and found no inspiration. I played around a little with constructing images that ‘responded to events’, but took it no further. My projects could be interpreted as somewhat cold, detached, at times light-hearted. So much of what my fellow students produce is about personal responses – mine is not. I’m not sure whether that matters or is of significance in assessing what I’ve done, but it is worth noting!
- One question that I reflected in early in this blog has certainly been resolved. I am not; possible never have been; and maybe never will be ‘a photographer’! Well, that depends on definition, of course (and tongue is in cheek as I write); but I would describe myself as a contemporary artist who works with photographic images. And if I am going to make anything of my work in Sustaining Your Practice, that is the cloak I will put on.
- The ‘Evaluation’ covers influences, which are well enough covered previously in here, so I won’t repeat; and also asks about plans for the work. ‘Textbook’ is emerging as a book, as expected, and I can see the potential to self-publish within SYP, maybe. ‘Portraits’ is a little more complicated, as I’ve also discussed in here before – and may end up side-lined after assessment. By far the most important ‘plan’ must be to find ways for a lot more people to see the work. I’ll never know whether the confidence expressed earlier is well-founded until the work has been exposed to more ‘criticism’ and I’ve had significantly more feedback. Which, conveniently, is the whole point of SYP – so, onwards and upwards with that!
… and on that note; I have just set up a Blog for SYP. There is nothing there as yet, but if anyone reading this is interested (and patient – nothing much may happen for a while), it is here stansocasyp!
Well done Stan for a significant milestone achieved. I know how much effort has gone into this so there must be a good sense of satisfaction at getting to this stage, and good luck on the next steps of the journey. As ever, I’m right behind you – both in progress and support.
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Well done Stan, still a few stages behind you! Glad you are testing the water for us.
Thanks, Stephanie, Paul, John – your continuing support is much appreciated.
Well-done Stan and wishing you well for the next stage.
Thanks for the good wishes, Catherine.
Congratulations Stan and wishing you all the best, both for this assessment and for SYP.