A SELECTION OF SOUTHAMPTON SOLENT UNIVERSITY CREATIVE GRADUATES – 2011
JENNY BULLAS | EMILE SNAITH | IEVA SULCA | KEITH ROBINSON
This group show of work by new graduates highlights the wealth of artistic talent educated at Southampton Solent University; each passing year offering something new and unique.
This selection of talent draws together four artists from two creative courses, photography and fine art; the use of light to display their work providing a common thread.
In their own individual way each of these artists has investigated and questioned ways in which we as humans affect and are effected by the physical world.
Robinson’s work presents ideas that consider a rural landscape, following its natural decay and rebirth over time, the tree seemingly unaffected by man and moving through its natural cycle. While Snaith’s visions of tomorrow show a world man has tortured, one we can recognise only fragments of and will have to learn how to survive in.
In contradiction Sulca’s examination of today’s urban, modern environment and disposable culture finds a beauty and rhythm in the waste and detritus of man. This is balanced by the wild landscapes shown in the work of Bullas as they remind us of how it is mother nature who will survive, overcoming the affects of man as felled forests seemingly replenish themselves endless.
Jenny Bullas – Stand and Stare
‘People have become oblivious and desensitized to the natural beauty of the surrounding landscapes, this project was an exploration into my personal affection and determination to reawaken the views into the wonders and beauty that surrounds us every day’
Jennybullas@hotmail.co.uk | www.jennybullasphotography.com
Keith Robinson – Topophilia
‘The relationship and manipulation of the landscapes by man is as old as civilization itself, shaping the history of the British landscape. Our control of the natural landscape has made it imaginary; it is worked, formed, melded, exploited and artificially formed. This obsessive custom in trying to control nature is at times exploitive and brutal; although required for his survival, it is not without consequence’.
‘My practice involves creating futuristic worlds in the form of digital art. The work is a leap into an apocalyptic vision of the future. It also urges the viewer to delve into their imagination in order to try and understand the work. A narrative underlines the fundamental issues – seemingly quite tragic a obscure vision of hope remains to reveal human ability to cope and thrive in worlds that are physically and mentally challenging’
‘I consider myself an opportunistic filmmaker who responds to situations and objects for their rhythmic and aesthetic qualities. Parallel to this artistic process I am deeply interested in and concerned about people and their relationship with technology. It is very exciting when people feel that they have something in common with my filmed objects, which I feel directly alludes to my philosophy.