Freya Clarke

Smile

This body of work comments both on the societal expectations of the behaviour of women and the representation of women in the context of imagery. Women have been treated as an object to be depicted since oil paintings centuries ago and with that constraint has come societal and behavioural expectations, a burden that men regarded as the dominant sex do not have to bear. The sight of a woman smiling is common in imagery such as magazines or advertisement billboards however, the social politics behind a smile are often overlooked, a smile if too small is seen to have attitude and if too large is seen as hysteric. The gradual increase of the women’s smile which is taken to excessive levels in this performance represents a defiance to conform to these expectations.

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Elliemae Underhay

Unsustainable Style 

Unsustainable Style explores the ever-unfolding methodologies of the fast-fashion industry and the environmental complications they impose. 

unsustainability of the current ethics within the fashion realm. 

Implementing elements: earth, fire, water to reiterate their paramount of importance in order for earths biodiversity to flourish, yet these essential components are being mindlessly abused in order to keep up with the selfish demands of the modern-day society. 

Faceless fashion highlights consumer obliviousness of the collateral damage caused by high street shopping and the lack of conscious awareness of fashion waste. 

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Ella Palmer

EaT ‘n’ mEsS

Nostalgia keeps us present in the past. The mental state of fluidity that has us yearning for forgotten times is signified by multiple senses such as taste, smell, and touch. These stimuli are expressed throughout this personal body of work. 

EaT ‘n’ mEsS evokes memories from my youth whilst reflecting on my British upbringing and the physical yet emotional balance between the past and present through childhood food. Now more than ever, homesickness has followed me throughout this project. Finding myself longing for familiarity and home whilst suspending myself in a melancholy nostalgia through balancing sculptures and the absurdity of childish play. 

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Dan Ellis

Foundations of Masculinity (Gender contained within architectural vessels)

This project shows the transference and containment of masculinity through architecture. Furthermore, the investigation of how gender representation and psychoanalytic theory is represented and presented through the phallic shape. The phallus being an inherited symbol of power and dominance. The images in this project materialise the concept of phallic masculinity, focusing on buildings of power and dominance. It exposes the vulnerability and confusion masculinity possesses. Through the containment of the architecture follows the entrapment of the social norm. The extensions and abstraction of the symbolic power, both reinforce the power by making them bigger, but also destabilize them as they are not strong and secure.

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Cora Barker

Acting Up

‘Acting up’ interrogates the relationship between the appearance and the judgement of women. Producing portraits of various types and stereotypes of the female, the work explores how we judge people within society. These characters allow us to examine the way society categorises based on superficial elements of identity due to the derogatory way the viewer can group signifiers together. The series experiments with the presentation of identity and the fluidity and artificiality of it.

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Charlotte Skingle

 Seldom Seen

Seldom Seen Engine House lies hidden at the bottom of the valley. On March 16th, 1895, a tragedy there claimed the lives of three children and an adult who together drowned in a cooling pond belonging to the colliery which had frozen over. The ice broke and Percy Riley and Rebecca Godson (9) and Esther Riley (11) all fell into the freezing water along with Engine man Alfred Williamson (24) who attempted to save them. 

Eckington Woods is believed to be haunted by the ‘Seldom Seen Ghost’. Walking the landscape, I find myself drawn to the heart of the woodland, as if the memory of the incident is leading me back to where traces of their existence remain.