Here’s a link to my work featured on The Social Distance Art Project’s website that I referred to in my last post. It’s a great opportunity for those on art and design based courses who have had their studies cut short as a result of the pandemic.

https://www.thesocialdistanceartproject.co.uk/gallery-3/monica-marshall

 

 

Making the best of things

Last week, myself and the rest of my Fine Art course had a number of bombshells dropped on us. One was that due to the closure of university amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to clear out our studio spaces by Friday. Secondly, us third year Art and Design students will not be having a degree show at the end of this final year, cutting our degree short in an anticlimactic and shocking manner. All of this news was incredibly disappointing and saddening for all of us. Packing up my studio space on the Tuesday drove me to tears. As it did for many of us. Our safe spaces had been rendered unsafe.

However, despite everything, we have had to make the best of things. One good thing is that I managed to get all of my work back to my house in York safely, and it’ll give me an excuse to knuckle down and catch up with my annotations. I’m currently waiting on some linseed oil to arrive so that I can continue the painting I started last Tuesday, and I also managed to take back a couple of spare MDF boards for me to create some new work. Luckily I have a lot of surfaces – mostly found or given to me – as a means of making new work, so I’m not worried about what it means for my practice.

Another is that since we can’t have a degree show to commemorate our time at York St John and to celebrate our work, some of my course mates have set up a project to showcase the work of final year students around the UK who are in the same position as us. It was a wonderful idea and it has already generated a lot of exposure and success. You can find them here at https://www.thesocialdistanceartproject.co.uk and @thesocialdistanceartproject on Instagram.

I also managed to travel up to Aberdeen last Wednesday. It was nice to temporarily get away from the rawness of the situation with my university, and I luckily had the chance to visit the gallery and the Gray’s School of Art, alongside the rest of the campus. It’s a beautiful city, and I felt both excited and comfortable while I was there. And I’m glad I went when I did, otherwise I’m not sure when I would’ve next been able to make the journey.

Lockdown has put a few things into perspective: it’s easy to take freedoms for granted, so now is the time to connect with friends and family and let them know that you care. Remember to stay safe, and I will keep you all updated on my Instagram in regard to my recent work and what I’m doing with my time.

Look after yourselves,

Monica

UPDATE

Unfortunately I received the sad news this evening that York Open Studios 2020 will be cancelled due to the outbreak of coronavirus/COVID-19. I am devastated that it has come to this, but the safety of the public and the artists are in the best interest here. In the meantime, I am thankful for everything that has happened so far and I hope that next year we can get things back on track at least a little bit.

I will continue to make work as often as I can with whatever means I have to hand, especially in the event of the university being closed. But the important thing is for everyone to look after themselves and keep themselves hygienic and safe.

Thank you for reading,

Monica

Recent work

Shit Happens, a collaborative mixed media piece from earlier this month by myself and Katy Franklin. To be exhibited at our shared venue for York Open Studios. I worked in posca pen and acrylic paint, whilst Katy worked with icing and treacle.
Initial stages for a large scale piece, 6ft x 4ft
Conceptual drawings from yesterday, ideas for the aforementioned painting

Winter Interim Show – Spurriergate Centre

I’m glad I chose the Spurriergate Centre to exhibit my work; it was a challenging venue to work with and it was good to step out of my comfort zone. I’d never exhibited there before or shown my work in a similar venue, and I liked the contrast of seeing my graphic, dark and raw prints in a religious setting. The work was on show from 28/1/20 to 30/1/20 alongside other third year Fine Art, Illustration and Photography students.

As many of you know, my work is a catharsis; it is a means of coping with the challenges of daily life and works as a visual diary to make sense of my emotions and the world around me. Exhibiting has always been very tough for me, but the result is always rewarding. I’m so pleased with how the show turned out. Well done to everyone else who showed at Spurriergate alongside me, and those who exhibited at Spark and the York St John Arts Foyer.

Next in my journey of showcasing is the Eleanor Worthington Prize exhibition, with the private view commencing on 4/3/20 in the York St John Arts Foyer. I am very thankful to be participating in an award that has so much meaning to me. The theme is Hidden Disabilities, and I wanted the chance to showcase my experiences with living with AS, and I’m glad I chose to submit my work. I look forward to visiting Urbino in August alongside the First Prize Winner. And then there’s York Open Studios coming up in April…

This is probably the busiest and most emotionally overwrought that I have ever been, but I’ll enjoy the intensity while it lasts!

Update + upcoming exhibitions

Hello! Sorry for my inactivity on this blog; I have been incredibly bogged down with university work and other personal commitments/issues. I can’t believe I’m nearing the end of my third and final year at university now, and despite upheaval and upsets, I have a lot to look forward to, and I just have to keep reminding myself of that.

One of those things is that I have four exhibitions coming up: first is the Winter Interim Show alongside other members of my year and course as well as third year Photography and Illustration. This will be in late January 2020. Second is the Eleanor Worthington Prize – an award for art and disability – and I will be exhibiting alongside others, as I won a special prize in the name of Mark Bailey for my 2019 series on my personal experiences of living with Asperger Syndrome, ‘I Want, Never Gets’. The private view for this will be on 4/3/20.

Link below for my submission:

https://www.premioeleanor.it/IlPremio/Elaborati.asp?ID=2474&IdPadre=2361

Third will be York Open Studios 2020, in April. There will be a taster exhibition for this on 4/4/20 – 5/4/20, and the dates for the festival are 18/4/20 and 19/4/20 until 25/4/20 and 26/4/20.

Fourth will be the degree show for our final year of university, in June 2020.

I will update on dates nearer the time!

Recent work

“You Know It Means Nowt” mixed media, 55in x 37in, exhibited as part of York St John University’s Inter Collage group show 21/10/19 – 25/10/19

Combining drawing with printmaking

Studies of Becky, 23/10/19

Painting/drawing experiments on cardboard, combining some of my recent monoprints/drawings

York Open Studios 2020

I am also very proud to announce that I have been selected to participate in York Open Studios 2020! It’s my first time being involved in this specific festival, as well as the first time I have ever done anything like this. It’s rather overwhelming, but I’m excited to create new work and showcase my abilities, and I’m thankful for being chosen to partake in such a widespread event.