Saul Nash is a third year BA Performance Design and Practice student with a background in dance and an obsession with the movement and the body’s interaction with space. Saul’s work ranges from installation to costume design and film, merging the physicality of the body with design, art and performance. Watch out for updates when we talk to Saul again nearer to the start of the show.
How has your work developed since we last spoke?
Saul: I guess a lot has developed and changed. I have decided to show my project the Forest Room instead of the project based in Detroit. I feel that visually it communicates my practice a lot better and I think that if I were to exhibit a film it would not be able to work as well in the space I have to use.
The Forest Room is quite an abstract installation, which used illusion as a concept to explore the themes of shell shock during world war one. It is quite elusive and it’s about camouflage, it’s almost an abstract interpretation of the feelings of shell shock.
Did you have to do a lot of in-depth research for this project?
Saul: Yes! It was really fun, that is the way I like to work. I really research a concept and then interpret it in a way that I can relate to in a way. I used the sound in the room as a way to communicate that. In the sound there is a lot of muffled elements that creates a feeling that you’ve lost your hearing. I also looked at the behavioural patterns of people with shell shock too. I wanted to take the feelings and visual aspects of WW1 but interpret it in new ways for people to experience.
How do you feel now everything is decided and the shows are so close?
Saul: It feels a lot easier and clearer. I am just trying to organise exactly what I’ll be presenting. I am going for the approach that less is more because I usually have the tendency to put a lot of things out there.
Do you have any recommendations for people coming to visit Show Two?
Saul: I think that Fashion looks really interesting! Within my own course there is a lot of diverse work, which will be great to see in the exhibition. There is a lot for all kinds of people to explore from performance art to set design, photography, film, video, illustration.
What are your post-Degree Show plans?
Saul: I’ve been applying for internships and I am going to start one on Tuesday working with a fashion designer who also does installations. I have also decided to come back and complete another year at Central Saint Martins studying a short course in Fashion Folio, I really want to explore and expanded my skills.
Tell us about your project and what inspired your brief.
Saul: ‘Are you comfortable in your skin?’ is a short experimental film that was conceived in Detroit City in collaboration with local artists. The project came from an idea I had back in December, I feel the title illustrated my own search for self confidence. I was looking up residencies at the time and Detroit immediately struck me as the ideal place for my project, a city with such a history and strong sense of independence and progress. I wanted to find out more and use these findings and the city to influence the film.
How are you currently preparing for the show?
Saul: I’m making sure that I have a very clear idea of how exactly I can make my project happen. I have been constantly in contact with the show designer, and I am really beginning to start making after trialing and testing the possibilities of what I want to show. I am trying to be as clear as I can with myself about my own intentions for my work leading up to the show.
What is the general feeling within your programme towards the Degree Show right now?
Saul: I think at the moment everyone seems really positive and involved in the final run up to the show. There is this feeling that everyone is excited to complete the year with a real bang.
How does the Degree Show differ from others you’ve worked on?
Saul: The Degree Show has really been about focusing on showing exactly what best represents our own practice and the nature of our course. I think that even from the preparatory stages of the show I have been learning how to be concise and articulate my work through the pieces I want to exhibit. Compared to previous shows, we’ve had more confined space restrictions due to the size of the Degree Show, so I’ve really had to be very concise with all my work.
What aspect of the show are you most looking forward to?
Saul: I am just hoping to show my work at its best and if something comes out of that then that’ll be really great.
What are your post-Degree Show plans?
Saul: I am continuously planning and applying to further postgraduate studies, residencies and fellowships in order to take my work further.I’ve also been working on a short film that aims to blur the lines between a documentary and a narrative. Filmed in Detroit it explores the theme of self-confidence within the city. I’m going to be screening the film at CSM in June and it will be showcased in a work-in-progress exhibition in Detroit.