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Denis Gallen

Denis Gallen is a fine art photographer from Ireland.

His subject matter is the contemporary world and its external appearances. His process, which is far removed from serial documentary photography favours large scale tableaux style singular images. His focus in on giving the viewer room to breathe where by letting the eyes wander through slow looking, one can make their own connections and thus arrive at their own conclusion.

These selections are constructions of multiple images, all combined into one single piece. His work is perhaps referential in how it echoes other artists who use image manipulation such as Jeff Wall and Andreas Gursky.

In the age where the visual image has replaced the written word. Photography has perhaps lost some of the spirit it once had. Gallen’s work in many ways is a reaction to our current cultural zeitgeist.

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Hannah Beresford

Beresford's ongoing work explores the pornographic within a fine art context. She has a particular fascination with the visually coded markers of extreme femininity and the politics surrounding sexual expressions of identity. The work is also inspired by art historical representations of the female body in religious and mythical contexts, such as the many paintings of Susanna and the Elders. This particular study forms part of a project that portrays Susanna enjoying her body and sexuality free from the implied violence that accompanies traditional renderings of the subject.

Davina Kaur Panesar

Within her current practice she unveils the irrational fears within our unconsciousness; she has been exploring in depth some aspects of nature embedded into our minds through evolutionary characteristics and traits - commonly known as Phobias and Philias. What she finds interesting about this subject matter is that these likes and dislikes are present within our unconscious through evolution within psychology and nature. Also they are one of the keys into unlocking the unconscious part of the mind. A phobia is normally described as an extreme overpowering anxiety and a philia is divergent as it is said to be an abnormal love or fondness towards a specified object. In some cases a phobia can be another individual’s philia depending upon the being and what characteristics they hold.

Through her exploration of this topic she has been heavily influenced by natures psychology of colour, colour theory, illusion and pattern. Along with her interest in the contemporary movement of Op Art and Kinetic art, this has led her to produce work that explores the psychological effects of colour whilst linking ideas around anxieties within the unconscious mind.

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The programme emphasises independent learning and research, negotiated project work, and individually focused practice informed by personal research. Students will be challenged to develop their work and ideas with support and advice from tutors and external partners. We provide a supportive learning environment of co-operative critical debate, where the currency of creative ideas are always discussed, developed and framed against the student’s individual practice, but importantly also within the context of current cultural debates informing Art & Design practice.

Personal Creative Space

"This year has been extremely challenging for all the Master’s students who have graduated, this of all years, and for those progressing with their part-time studies. They have all had to both pause and then re-start not only the physical creative process of making, but more importantly pause and redirect the critical framework on which the work resides, as a direct result of this COVID year. The resulting creative spaces, they negotiated and had to find in this lock-down environment shows real ambition within this work. I do believe they have not been compromised at all by these restrictions, with students finding alternative ways of working and new directions as a direct response and consequence.

In many ways these developments and innovative personal practice[s] are testament to Master’s level performance and I would like to congratulate all the students on the incredible diversity, and creative sensitivity seen within this work, which responded creatively to new personal and social conditions. There are also I feel deeper questions asked here in some of this work, which demands or questions what ‘alternatives to production’ (Bruno Latour) we might now expect, of the systems or norms, we have come to rely on up to this point... resulting in new work, new conditions and new kinds of creative spaces."

MA Course Leader 2020

Jon Pengelly

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