Moving On

It has been over 6 months since i finished my MA. During that time I have been working on launching a new business in the States and establishing my studio in Bristol. It has been a very trying time with lots of deadlines and stress but it has also given me opportunities to see more art and meet more artists that inspire me.

I had felt a little stinted in my practice when going into the studio, not really knowing what to make and how to make things, not having access to the great facilities like I had at university has made me think differently about how and what to make, there is also the fact that my work from the MA that sold was individually composed of separate parts which makes it difficult to ship. So I had been exploring making one joined up sculptural work and using carving techniques to try to replicate the handmade, human elements of my work.

It was in preparing for the open studios weekend at my studio when a colleague composed all my work on my workbench that I started to look at it differently, she created compositions in a completely different way and started to build a display of work combining elements I had never thought of putting together. What was interesting too was to see how an experienced drawer used the materials to construct drawings and using the coils like a pencil line. The parts beacme like a tool kit to sketch with. They enabled me to check proportions, planes, how to construct works, whether to wall mount etc. Although they were always parts I was using these parts to make final pieces but perhaps the use of them as physical sketches is key to making successful sculptural or wall mounted works. I has also been looking at how Ron Nagle puts his pieces together and also Matthew Ronay. I want to keep the component element in my work, I like the incongruousness of the parts making the whole. I guess they are a kind a kit for maquettes, a visual library.


Dean Coates