Where I'm currently at
I recently completed a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design at college (still waiting on my grades, although I'm feeling good about them) and my next step will be to go to university. My top choice is the University of the Arts London (Chelsea College) where I want to study Fine Art (BA hons) and if all goes according to plan, I'll be moving to London to study there as well.
1. I want to become a Fine Artist.
2. I want to achieve a career that is financially viable (full-time artist if possible).
3. I want to develop a strong signature style and create my own artistic legacy.
I'm very much on my own journey as an artist at the moment and do not have a personal style as such yet, but over the last couple of years in particular certain running themes in my sense of aesthetics and developing style have become quite apparent to me such as a preference for linear styles, block colours, bold shapes, metallics, working in monochrome and working with metals and acrylic paints. I'm very interested in sculpture and painting however I am very open to a bit of everything at the moment (in every project that I do I endeavour to try new things and push myself outside of my comfort zones). I'm somewhat on the spectrum and I am particularly drawn towards materials that have very sensory qualities.
My favourite artists at the moment are Otto Dix, Ellen Gallagher & Louise Bourgeois. The artwork that left the biggest impression on me so far is "Heir" by Richard Serra. I am interested in a wide variety of artists and art styles and often suprise myself by what I find myself getting into. For example before the lockdown, I went to an exhibition at the Tate called "British Baroque: Power and Illusion" which I found very thought-provoking, and where once I did not get Modern Art, I now appreciate it a lot (etc).
I am very interested in matters concerning the environment and I enjoy doing photography (urban decay & landscapes) in my spare time. I have a lot of pet fish and I'm always reading books on science, history & philosophy. My private life is very private, I have no desire for romance but I am on a journey of self-discovery. This lockdown has been a time of a lot of personal reflection. My life revolves around art and is my one true love in life. Sometimes I can be prone to bouts of depression, anxiety & loss of self-confidence, but I am working hard to keep on top of these issues. My biggest rival in life is myself.
Immediate Future Musings
I want to take my education to at least a Degree level (this will be my first Degree), but I am open-minded towards studying for a Masters depending on how the next few years go. The prospect of going to university feels like a big achievement on a personal level; I didn't think that I would get this far, and it feels good to know that I've come this far through nothing but sheer determination, hard work & ability (I am also one of the first people in my corner of the family to go to university in a long time) however, I am a very career-minded person. But while I am aware that while one does not have to go to university (or college, for that matter) to become an artist, I feel like I have gained considerably from studying Art & Design at college (and I will continue to study for qualifications as long as I feel that they are bringing me palpable gains to both my development as a person and artist as well as helping set me up in good stead for a successful career as an artist).
I would really like to use this forum to engage with other fully fledged artists and art students because I feel very alone in my journey and could do with some advice & support.
Thank you for taking the time to read through my intro!!