i. This week, instead of going to Camberwell, I went back to Chippenham to start my project about The Three Crowns in earnest. I visited Chippenham Museum and the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre to begin looking into its history but either didn't find anything or was unsure where to look. I did, however, find out that local historian Jan Harvey (someone I vaguely know from the pub) is exploring the history of The Three Crowns (using local resources such as the History Centre). I will attempt to meet up with Jan to ask her about her findings. I then spent two evenings at The Three Crowns making some drawings (including during the football).
ii. I took these drawings to Bath Artist Printmakers to attempt to make a new work for the interim display. Because of the imminent interim show I began to rush and the day was unsuccessful. I will have to show the two prints that are already up.
iii. This week I also finished at school for the academic year. I cannot wait to have more time for drawing, reading and visiting exhibitions. I'm off to London next Saturday to see exhibitions by Rodin at the British Museum and possibly Monet at the National Gallery, then later in the summer Emil Nolde and Jenny Saville in Scotland and Chantal Joffe in Manchester.
iv. I was emptying the kiln at work on the last day of term and some of the crude, colourfully glazed objects inside reminded me of the work of sculptor Jesse Wine whose 'playful ceramic objects and still lifes give form to the peculiarities and rituals of the everyday, drawing on our shared experiences.' Last year I visited Sludgy Portrait of Himself at the Museum of Cambridge, an immersive exhibition exploring folklore and tradition which drew together sound, museum artefacts, artworks from Kettle’s Yard’s collection as well as new sculptures by Wine - it was absolutely brilliant. I've only just begun this project and can't think too seriously about its final presentation just yet, but experimenting with sculptural forms and finding interesting things to do installationally could be really exciting - a sudden thought worth recording.