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Summer Shows 2019: Micah Brown, BA Fine Art: Print and Time Based Media
Our Undergraduate Summer Show took place in June and showcased the outstanding creative talent of our graduating students.
We caught up with Micah who graduated from BA Fine Art: Print and Time-Based Media with a First Class degree this summer, to talk about the work he displayed as his final project and how his practice has evolved over his years on the course.
Can you tell us about the work you showcased at the summer show and why you chose this concept?
The work I chose to display was merchandise and paintings on pallets. The paintings themselves were very raw. I took inspiration from watching how children draw, through a creative workshop I delivered within a primary school, and combined this with my love for cartoons which is why most of my designs feature brightly coloured artwork. The merchandise pieces, which included hoodies and t-shirts that were for sale to the public during the Summer Show, were an extension of my artwork and explored how we look at fast fashion and product consumerism.
What was the most enjoyable part about putting your final piece together?
Probably the research - finding different ways to display my work. A lot of my initial ideas didn’t get approved for health and safety reasons, but it pushed me to think outside the box to find unique ways of hanging my work.
The idea of my paintings being on pallets came from my fascination with industrial materials. I just love the aesthetic and thought this would compliment my work. The industrial element was further tied into my installations, where I used scaffolding to hang my paintings and a portable shipping container as a pop-up shop for my merchandise.
How did your practice and interests change throughout your degree?
I found the first and second year very stressful because I didn’t know what direction I was going in. I was predominantly working with film and photography, but then I started doing more printmaking which I found suited me more, as it allowed me to work at a quick pace to get results much faster.
If you could sum up your final year in three words, what would they be?
Unpredictable, fast paced, fun!
How was your overall experience of studying at Wimbledon?
It was good. I found the tutors very helpful and it was a nice environment to be in. Everyone’s really friendly and it’s quite easy to collaborate with other students, which is a bonus because as it allowed me to bounce off each peoples strengths and skill sets.
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