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12 September 2013

Rachel Atkinson

MA students showcase their creative talents at degree exhibition

Pic: American Heather Chou who created a six foot installation using a traditional printing method called lithography.

Lego blocks, a dagger, food bags, cocktail sticks, books and cutlery have been utilised in an eye-catching new exhibition at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The MA Fine Art Degree Show highlights the very best creative work from students on the strands of Studio Practice and Site and Archive Interventions.

Among the work on display in the Hanover Studios is work by Lin Holland. The mature student, from Liverpool, worked with fellow artist Jane Poulton to create 18 site specific items which reflect the personality of people from West Everton. One such creation involved a Lego tower and replica house.

Lin said: “I was talking to one lady and her young grandson was playing with Lego. He said he wanted to be an architect when he’s older so that got me thinking. Architects use Lego in the early days of a project and that’s where the idea came from.”

Heather Chou, who hails from Texas, USA, has created an installation that hangs from the ceiling at over six foot. The piece is made from more than 30 laser cut books that were each individually printed with Chinese characters using a traditional printing method called lithography.

Chris Clark with his evolving light display

“The whole project has been a labour of love because each book took a long time to make but I’m really pleased with the overall result.”

The 23-year-old commented: “The characters are from a Chinese poem I learned as a child called remembrance. The smaller books can be detached from the main piece so that people can take away a piece of my work as a way to remember me. The whole project has been a labour of love because each book took a long time to make but I’m really pleased with the overall result.”

Chris Clark has created an interactive piece for his MA degree work. Describing himself as an habitual drawer, the artist edits his work every day by projecting his latest drawings on to a coloured backdrop so that his art is constantly evolving.

The 24-year-old said: “I am interested in how art changes when it enters the gallery as suddenly it becomes an object that cannot be altered. My work challenges this concept by presenting something new each day to the visitor so that the work is never actually completed.”

Charlotte Calland used a month’s worth of empty recycled plastic and an array of materials, including cocktail sticks, marble and roof tiles, to create her striking display.

Studio Practice artist Sam Cookson created an eye-catching display which included a dagger and limbs made out of wood.

“I am interested in how art changes when it enters the gallery as suddenly it becomes an object that cannot be altered. My work challenges this concept by presenting something new each day to the visitor so that the work is never actually completed.”

The 24-year-old, from Wigan, said: “Most of my materials have been recycled, are free or been found on Preston’s flea market. I wanted to see what I could do with cheap materials and it’s all about the suggestion of an idea rather than saying ‘This is the answer’.”

Mature student Evelyn Rose has used her love of fine art as a form of occupational therapy following several operations on the joints in her hands and arms. The 60-year-old artist has created a large quilt from recycled materials including a school shirt, an apron from the 1940s, over 30 men’s ties and a bridesmaid dress.

The idea behind her work is that every item tells a story and acts as a form of social engagement to bring people together to share memories.

The free exhibition runs until 20 September, excluding 14 and 15 September, from 10.00am to 6.00pm in UCLan’s Hanover Studios.

Lin Holland with her Lego tower and architect’s model house which she created after working a member of the public in West Everton.