The first trip of the academic year. Unfortunately, as the day was extremely wet, I was unable to explore outdoors too much.

The purpose of the trip was to explore/gather a body of visual research to inform my burgeoning concept. This could be in the form of direct observational drawing, rubbings, mark-making, photographs, collage, and prints.

‘David Smith, the Michelangelo of welding…The painters of abstract expressionism didn’t reinvent the wheel; Smith did.’

Waldemar Januszczak, The Sunday Times Culture

David Smith, Hudson River Landscape, 1951. My own photos @ YSP, 2019


David Smith, Zig 1 (Close Up), 1961. My Own Photo, 2019

I was instantly drawn to the expressive painterly qualities of this series of sculptures by Smith. Surface pattern will be an integral part of my visual research.


David Smith, Star Points, 1954. Own Photo, 2019 @ YSP


David Smith, Agricola IX, 1952, Own Photo, 2019 @ YSP

I was drawn to the beautiful metallic abstract shapes, surface pattern, and shadows cast by these kinetic sculptures. David Smith will be incorporated as part of my Contextual Research.

(Left)Ai Weiwei, Circle of Animals: Zodiac Heads (Base Detail), 2010. Own Photo, 2019 @ YSP. (Right) Paint peeling off steel container door. Own Photo, 2019 @ YSP.

Details of a plane engine. Own photos, 2019 @ YSP.

Fits in perfectly with my growing obsession with the metallic and mechanical. Will inform my contextual research flawlessly: SHAPE, PATTERN, COLOUR & LINE.


Henry Moore, Silhouette Figures with Border Design, Lithograph, 1973. Own Photos, 2019 @ The Hepworth, Wakefield.

In love with how Moore marries the organic and inorganic, something that will be of paramount importance when I progress within my own concept.


Barbara Hepworth, Bronze With Strings, 1966. Own Photo, 2019 @ The Hepworth, Wakefield


Barbara Hepworth, Two Forms With White (Greek), Guarea Wood, 1963. Own Photo, 2019 @ The Hepworth, Wakefield

Although 3D in nature, the shapes found within these sculptures could lend themselves to a wondrous amount of exploration through collage.

(Left) Barbara Hepworth, Winged Figure (Close Up/Detail of surface pattern), Aluminium, 1961. Own Photo, 2019 @ The Hepworth, Wakefield.

Why only document surface pattern or detail for certain sculpture? Although I find the object as a whole magnificent to look at, it is often the over/underlooked surface of an object that fascinates me. I will endeavour to explore my curiosity throughout my visual research, which will, in turn, inform my concept.


Barbara Hepworth, Discs in Echelon, Polished Bronze, 1935. Own Photo, 2019 @ The Hepworth, Wakefield.

The reflections found within this sculpture is simply sublime. The idea that we can be transformed via the reflection found in form has always been a subject of interest. This will also flow through my DCC, especially looking at the concept of Identity.