In 2010 the MA ceramics students at the National Centre for Ceramics, Wales went on a field study trip to Nash Point, Cardiff, Wales, a site of natural beauty and often challenging climate, particularly in Autumn and Winter. Being at the edge of land and physically exposed to high wind and cold temperatures, any exploration of this landscape necessarily involves a consideration of the body, your own physicality as set against the properties of this terrain.
Students were asked to respond to the environment through drawing. The following film, played at the ‘Beginning Approaches’ exhibition, Cardiff School of Art begins to demonstrate certain connections in the ways in which they evidenced their response including the simplification of information and an exploration of their physical / sensory response to surroundings. The question must be raised however, would their exploration of another context demonstrate the same common themes in their creative thinking, particularly one that did not so overtly make them aware of their own bodies?
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