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An emotional response

Written by Post-Grad Community
Published date 14 April 2020

Written by Sarah Arsenault - MA Fine Art Painting, Camberwell College of Arts for Walls in Online Places

I am a collage painter that combines painting with collage and assemblage and would like to propose the following idea for your open call. Using what I have at home, which includes two 2 foot x 3 foot wood panels, various household material objects and art supplies, I would like to begin a diptych collage that I add to each day we remain in lockdown starting April 1st and document.

I am interested in how the lockdown affects my visual expression and think collage is a perfect medium to explore that.

What am I choosing to put in this work in the early stages of lockdown versus three or four months into it if that is the case. How is my creativity affected by restrictive movement and social interaction if at all and does the imagery change a lot from beginning to end? Is there a mood shift and if so what in the work reflects that? How does it compare to work before the pandemic?

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Erasure, 2020. Acrylic and collage on canvas, H48 in. x W36 in. Sarah Arsenault MA Painting, Camberwell College of Arts Caption
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Emotional Response, 2020. Eco-paint and collage on wood panel, H36 in. x W24 in. Sarah Arsenault MA Painting, Camberwell College of Arts Caption

Sarah will be taking over the Post-Grad Community Instagram at the end of May showing the day to day progression of a diptych collage during lockdown.

Walls in Online Places is an online exhibition programme for UAL postgrads to share their work whilst in isolation and practicing social distancing.


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