They say that if you need something done you should ask a busy person. That is exactly what our principal tutor Dr Jon Pengally did when he invited the MFA students to take part in the Garthee Programme of the 'Look Again Festival'.
Our brief - to select an object from the RGU Arts and Heritage Collections and produce a contextual response. Objects and outcomes produced will go on show at Aberdeen Business School on 20th to 24th April.
The visit to view the extensive and varied artefacts was hosted by the Collections Assistant George Cheyne. George is passionate about the collection and was very happy that our exhibition would provide a public focal point to promote the existence of the works he records and conserves.
It was indeed a privilege to be allowed access and making the decision to chose just one object was hard. My final choice was a scientific microscope.
To accompany the microscope I will be setting found objects from the beach in resin. Added to the samples I will produce two publications: the objects viewed through the eyes of the artist and a scientist.
The message I wish to convey is that we all view the same world differently and form our own personal responses. It's not a case of right and wrong to me..........I believe that there are many viewpoints and truths. I believe also that the world would be a much happier place if we accepted these different responses.
Science provides an understanding of a universal experience. Arts provide a universal understanding of a personal experience.