May - September 2019 Somerset Art Works Creative Pathways Bursary award, I have been fortunate enough to have a place on the Creative Pathways bursary part of Somerset Art Works. This bursary is for emerging artists to make a body of work on a theme of their choice. I hope to explore the concept and role of money within western culture for an artist today. I want to develop this notion due to my own personal circumstances over the past year. As an artist/ young person today money can be completely controlling of what we do, how we make art and what we then sell art for. Money is not just a commodity or luxury it today is a necessity. This project has been influenced by my previous work. Which was exploring how high end projects use money and sex to sell there items. I am heavily influenced by my current surroundings such as the media whether this is printed media (magazines), online, television or radio I am also influenced by my art studio surroundings and the process of making. Is the process of making art influenced by how much money the artist has to put into making a new work? Exploring my own personal circumstances as an artist and my own relation to money, does money affect studio practice of an artist? Will be my main ideas, I will be using cheap materials and found objects (to keep costs down) to try and produce artwork that does not look “cheap”.
Creative Pathways has given me the chance to be part of an arts week 2019 in September at Close LTD in Taunton, Somerset. Creative Pathways Bursary would give me the stepping stone to push my work in a new direction, opening up new challenges and questions as an artist. While working on this project with my mentor Freeny Yianni I have made work in response to questions I have had, I have also been able to focus and narrow down my ideas.