Yang Yang Pan
J M W Turner
Vincent Van Gogh
Below you will find a brief summary of the art work I created from 2014 to 2015, with the semi-biographical subject matter of both ‘Hands’ and ‘Scoliosis’.
“I began to realise how profound, from an artist’s point of view, the expression of the human hand is. Not only is it the most expressive part of the body, it’s a visible extension of the brain and feeling”- Barbara Hepworth
Family plays a significant role in my life and I chose to explore three generations of my family’s hands within this project.
Having suffered from Scoliosis and undergone extensive spinal surgery to correct this, I decided to base a biographical project on the journey of my Scoliosis surgery.
Alongside this project on ‘Hands’, I extensively prepared for and came regional runner up in the art public speaking competition, ARTiculation. Here I was privileged enough to give a presentation to a crowd of artists and industry experts at The Hepworth Gallery about Barbara Hepworth’s ‘Hospital Drawings’.
Art has always been at the very core of my being. Through Barbara Hepworth I have found my voice in art and can quite comfortably call her my favourite artist. Because of the value I place on Barbara Hepworth, naturally I feel at home in the Hepworth Gallery.
Several parts of the gallery are dedicated solely to Hepworth. These are the rooms which I could put a bed and a closet in, and happily live forever surrounded by my favourite works of art.
What strikes me in the Hepworth is how effectively other innovative artists are shown. The Lynda Benglis exhibition is completely breath taking and other worldly. An original way of working teamed with shadow play from the Hepworths spectacular lighting showcase make it truly magical.
If you ever find yourself near Wakefield then go to the Hepworth. For such a small gallery, it packs a punch yet one visit never seems enough for me. Finding a new quote on the wall or a sculpture that I previously missed feels so rewarding- it warms my heart and feeds my soul.