may 18 – tate modern

Cildo Meireles, ‘Babel’ 2001

Babel, Cildo Meireles, 2001

  • made the strongest impression on me this visit, because of its sheer scale and atmosphere of walking into a dim room
  • was like stepping into another dystopia world, surrounded by flashing lights and noise of radios humming
  • –> using light this effectively to create atmosphere, focusing and contrasting light to highlight the important parts of the design –> apply to design of the interior set




tate exchange:

  • probably my favourite area of the tate, interactive art is something I really enjoy and wish there was more of in galleries/museums
  • was inspired to add to existing scale (above), prompt about society and the influence of art made me think about my recent experiences of feeling displaced culturally in society between east and west, how art is a bridging medium between the two that doesn’t abide by language or cultural norms
  • ‘if this cardboard box was society, illustrate how you would change it’  –> i created installation over space of boxes connected by tape (like the ‘red string’ that ties people together in chinese folklore) as a visual representation of connecting people together, diversifying



research: vna museum




  • fashion exhibit very helpful in providing specific references and examples
  • good references for art deco posters and graphics, certain furniture, textiles and home objects, though didn’t make distinction clear between high/working class
  • other museum visits needed for better understanding of ways of life during period


Benny Lam – Hong Kong photographer, Subdivided Flats series, 2012

  • was the first time I have seen hong kong artists being exhibited in london museums, was incredibly proud and pleasantly surprised!
  • familiar with this series, was very popular in hong kong and brought to light the important issue of housing in overcrowded hk
  • incredibly powerful pictures that capture the feeling and lifestyle of living in such small rooms, from first hand experience of hk


april 2-16 – new york trip


times square, chinatown, sightseeing 

  • atmosphere of walking in the street – full of energy that doesn’t exist any other place in the world, vibrancy and always something new and interesting happening

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visiting the MOMA and the MET – picasso, van gogh works 

  • had the opportunity to see some of my favourite paintings in person, very surreal experience!
  • whole trip was incredibly inspiring, gave me a different view of life that was so different to what I was used to but felt so at home in
  • very motivated to move to study here!

exhibition/inspiration: fine art exhibit in wimbledon building


  • suitcase turned into miniature cluttered ‘set’ exhibited as part of fine art exhibition
  • found very interesting to visually explore all the detail, create narratives of what might have happened in scene just from what you can see
  • possible inspiration for animation, looking to achieve same visual impact and colour scheme, feeling of cluttered energy, full of character

exhibition: Room by Sadie Coles: jan 28 sat 

conceptualisation and portrayal of domestic spaces by female artists 

roles of room: metaphor for psyche or as social contstruct

particularly interesting: yellow wallpaper installation of tapestries, had studied the book in GCSE english, really liked themes of gender roles being explored, was an “ah hah” moment when i saw in the gallery

exploring theme of rooms being miniaturised/multiplied/fragmented —> link to scale models we just produced

concept of room as a tangible entity, rooted in specific space abd time, charged with emotional and creative resonance 

star wars identities: dec 11

concept art matte paintings: amazing how realistic they looked, reflect skill of artists on the production 

seeing real props used on set in person was fascinating, esp being a star wars fan!

interactive element of exhibition: personalised ‘journey’ to find own star wars universe identity was interesting touch