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will you update us with a picture of the project soon? You said that you framed the two letters of your choosing?
I’ve got trials coming up this week but between a couple of exams i’ll grab a couple photos for you guys.
How are you being marked in this project if the bulk of the project is letters created by other people? (not a criticism, just curious - love the idea just don't know how it works as an assignment haha)
Valid question actually.
Luckily for me you can get through Visual Arts without any actual/traditional artistic talent. As in, I can pass this class without having to paint or draw a single thing. Which is great! Because I couldn’t paint or draw to save my life.
For a major work, concept is just as important as talent. My teacher was telling us once that a student a few years ago submitted a blank canvas with a name plaque that said something (I can’t remember exactly what) about how the audience was to imagine whatever they wanted to artwork to be.
A lot of people would think, well, how is that art? It’s just a blank canvas, he didn’t do anything. But thankfully HSC markers know what concept is and know how to spot it - and this student had a really strong concept and I think he was nominated for Art Express.
But, like I said, this is a perfectly valid question. A lot of people have asked me what my Major Work is and then given me that odd look. The one that says ‘Well…that’s not really art, is it?’
A lot of my mark is riding on concept - and that’s perfectly okay. Our teacher told us over and over that a beautiful painting can only get high marks for execution. Brilliant brush strokes aren’t going to create a concept for you.
Luckily for me there’s more to art than being able to paint.
This project is due in just over two months from now, so if you’ve been putting off writing a letter - now is the time to do it!
Some people have been wondering what i’m actually doing with the letters, well, my teacher and I discussed it and decided to present them in a memory/treasure box sort of way. I’ve gotten hold of a really nice, wooden box (originally a wine crate) and i’ve sanded off the logos. At the moment it looks like this
I’ve ordered some very nice, olden/vintage looking handles and hinges, along with some chain to attach the lid to the box and prop it up when it’s opened, and a latch to keep it all closed.
Those will be going on as soon as i’ve stained the wood to make it a nice, darker brown.
The inside of the box is going to be filled partially with foam (to prop up the letters as the box is quite deep, and as you can see I don’t have enough letters to completely fill the box) and then lined with a silky looking material or perhaps even velvet - just something to give that effect of a box filled with precious things, something you would keep special things in, a little like a jewellery box. Inside this box goes the letters and postcards you’ve all sent me.
Along with the box i’ll be presenting a summarised version of the outline of this project, along with two of my favourite letters from the project all framed nicely.
I’ll be sure to take plenty of pictures and post them as I get to work making the box look nice and old. But please please please send a letter if you haven’t already (or even if you already have, you can send another if you like!) and pass this on to your friends, family, co-workers, teachers, students, anyone really.
We’re almost done with this project and it’s been such an amazing experience to get so many letters from all over the world. I am so glad I chose to do this for my major work and I am so grateful for the support of every single one of you.
when will you no longer accept submissions?
My major work needs to be submitted some time in August - I don’t have the exact date just yet.
So the start of August is when i’ll need to have all the letters i’m using. (As there are other parts of the piece that I can do before hand and the letters can be added in towards the end)
Thanks so much to everyone who has sent in letters so far, and if you haven’t sent one yet there is still plenty of time!
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