My research examines indeterminacy, principally within a visual art context. It is considered in relation to the role of authorship in art, and explores the importance of the role of intentionality in the making of art. Continue reading
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Ar ôl cwblhau fy BA ac MA mewn Celfyddyd Gain ym Mhrifysgol Aberystwyth yn 1998, cychwynnais yrfa fel darlunydd, cyn dysgu mewn swyddi yn amrywio o artist preswyl i fod yn bennaeth adran. Yn ystod 2008, astudiais draddodiad clasurol y dull ‘maint-golwg’, sef paentio wrth arsylwi’n uniongyrchol, yn y Charles Cecil Studios, Fflorens. Yna bûm yn gweithio fel artist ffoto-realaidd i Damien Hirst, yn paentio o brintiadau ansawdd uchel. Yn dilyn y cyfle hwn, dychwelais at fy nghrefft gyda phrofiad mewn dulliau paentio cwbl groes. Cychwynnais hefyd ar waith ymchwil ar gyfer fy PhD gyda’r nod o greu techneg oedd yn cyfuno elfennau mwyaf arwyddocaol a chydnaws y ddwy broses.
Wrth edrych ar y berthynas rhwng yr artist a’r gwrthrych mewn paentio bywyd llonydd, ailymwelais â hen ddiddordeb mewn pecynnau tabledi: thema a ddefnyddiais fel canolbwynt yr astudiaeth. Tynnais sylw at yr elfennau ffurfiol mewn paentio, ailadrodd, tensiwn a realaeth, a gweld bod profiadau personol arsylwr yn dylanwadu ar y ffordd y maent yn dehongli’r hyn y maent yn ei weld. Yn dilyn hyn, gwneuthum waith ymchwil semiotig i ganfod sut mae ystyr yn dibynnu ar gof, gwerthoedd a systemau cred.
Daeth cyfres o gyferbyniadau gweledol i’r fei, yn cynnwys dwyn ynghyd ddull cynnil o gyflwyno a dull eithafol o weithio, yn ogystal ag ambell beth i’n hatgoffa’n isymwybodol o fywyd a marwolaeth. Mae’r meddyginiaethau yn cynrychioli’r bobl unigol sy’n eu cymryd, a’r cyflyrau y maent yn cael eu rhoi ar eu cyfer. Fel hyn, mae’r darluniau bywyd llonydd hyn hefyd yn cyfeirio at bortreadu, ac o ganlyniad yn gosod y gwrthrych o fewn dau genre ar yr un pryd.
After completing my BA and MA in Fine Art at Aberystwyth University in 1998, I began my career as an illustrator, before teaching in positions ranging from artist in residence to head of department. In 2008 I studied the classical tradition of the ‘sight-size’ method at The Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, painting from direct observation. I subsequently worked as a photo-realist artist for Damien Hirst, painting from high-resolution prints. As a result of this opportunity, I returned to my practice with an experience in diametrically opposed methods of painting. I also embarked on my PhD research with the aim of formulating a technique that combined the most significant and compatible elements of the two processes.
In examining the relationship between the artist and subject in still life painting, I re-visited a longstanding interest in pill packets: a theme that became the focus for the study. I addressed the formal elements in painting, repetition, tension and realism, and observed that a viewers’ personal experiences influence the interpretation of what they see. This led to a semiotic investigation, identifying how meaning is dependent on memory, values and belief systems.
A series of visual contrasts emerged, including the convergence of minimalist presentation and maximalist application, as well as subliminal reminders of life and death. The medications are representative of the individual people who take them and the conditions for which they are prescribed. In this way, these still life paintings also allude to portraiture, and as a result position the subject within two genres simultaneously.
Dear German Talkers,
I hope you are all doing well during these unfortunately still very unsettling times.
Because we are currently still unable to open our School of Art Galleries to the public, I decided to put together another ‘digital’ German Talk to give you a chance to see some of Veronica Calarco’s great works, which comprise part of her PhD in Fine Art, and to maybe expand your German vocabulary a bit more at the same time. The below presentation will only show part of her work, but you will find a link to her online exhibition in this text and in the presentation, if you would like to see all her images.
I would like to mention here that there are Kurnai and Welsh names of places, persons and images included in this talk. I speak neither language and would like to apologise in advance for my terrible pronunciation of them. This is rather due to lack of skill than disrespect to either language or the people who speak them.
After uploading the presentation, I also realised that the quality is not ideal and that the images tend to be quite pixelated, particularly in full screen mode. Unfortunately, I could find no solution for this. The online exhibition, which you can access via www.aberunidegreeshow.com/veronica-calarco-phd includes images of much better quality, so I recommend to visit it afterwards.
To watch the presentation, all you have to do is click the ‘play’-button. You find the ‘expand’ symbol in the lower right corner. To leave full screen, simply press ‘escape’.
The PDF is a transcript of the presentation. You might want to download and print it as it also includes some vocabulary and exercises.
I hope you will enjoy the talk and Veronica’s fantastic images.
As usual, I welcome feedback – be it positive or negative. You can either use the comment box below or email me: kaw25@aber. ac.uk
All the best wishes, and stay safe,
(Curatorial & Technical Assistant)
Mae’r myfyriwr PhD Veronica Calarco wedi treulio 5 mlynedd yn gwneud gwaith ar gyfer arddangosfa yr ydym wedi’i gosod yn ddiogel.
Ni fwriadwyd erioed i ‘Mae hwn yn rhybudd iaith!/ This is a language warning!’ fod yn wefan, ond am nawr gallwch weld ei gwaith yma: https://www.aberunidegreeshow.com/veronica-calarco-phd
PhD student Veronica Calarco has spent 5 years making work for an exhibition which we have installed safely.
‘Mae hwn yn rhybudd iaith! / This is a language warning!’ was never intended to be a website, but for now you can see her work here: https://www.aberunidegreeshow.com/veronica-calarco-phd
Students from Creative Arts and Fine Art taking the Interdisciplinary Practice module at Aberystwyth University will be showing work they have made over the 11 week semester in response to the theme/topic/concept: Nature. Their diverse responses will be presented as pre- recorded films, live interactive workshops and live performances. You are welcome to drop in and out of the zoom webinar event and to contribute feedback and responses via the chat. The event will open and finish with a live full panel Q&A discussion which you are welcome to join.
A link to the zoom webinar event is on the Creative Arts Online Studio:
The event will also be streamed live on the facebook page:
You can find the exhibition programme on the Creative Arts Online Studio:
You can view each students creative development over the semester on the Creative Arts Online Studio:
For #BlackHistoryMonth 2020 we take a look at the ceramics in the Collection made by Black ceramicists. These include works produced in Africa, works by African makers who came to live in Britain, and works by artists who came to demonstrate at the International Ceramics Festivals.
Ym #MisHanesPoblDduon 2020 edrychwn ar grochenwaith yn y Casgliad a wnaed gan grochenyddion duon. Maent yn cynnwys gwaith a wnaed yn Affrica, gwaith gan wneuthurwyr Affricanaidd a ddaeth i fyw ym Mhrydain, a darnau gan artistiaid a ddaeth i ddangos eu gwaith yn y Gwyliau Serameg Rhyngwladol.
Dear German Talkers,
I hope you all had a lovely summer – despite the on-going situation.
Given that many of us are currently not able or prefer not to go on any trips, I thought I might take you on a virtual journey on the river Nile in this talk. I came across a variety of 19th century photographs of Egypt in our School of Art collection and, as I did a wonderful Nile cruise myself years ago, thought it might be a nice topic for a German Talk. I tried to keep it short, but discovered in the end that it is possibly the longest Talk I have created so far. However, at least you can go through it at your own pace, listening and reading as much as you like at a time. Because of the length of the Talk, I decided not to add any extra exercises, but you will find some vocabulary within the text. I hope you will find it interesting and enjoyable.
I’m still working on the sound quality of my presentations, so apologies for the current, tinny sound.
As usual, feedback – whether positive or negative – would be appreciated. You can write in the comment box below or email me directly: email@example.com
All the very best wishes and keep safe,
The PDF is the document with the text that I would normally hand out during a talk and which I would usually upload here on the museum’s blog afterwards. You might want to download it first of all. Print if off if you can, so that you can read it whilst you are watching the presentation.
I would recommend to click the ‘HD’-symbol to the right of the lower black panel to watch a better quality of the presentation and to enlarge it to full screen with the symbol on the far right.
As usual, you are very welcome to print out everything for your own personal use, but please don’t distribute or use anything for any other cause, especially the images, as they might be under copyright.
Baedeckers Allianz Reiseführer Ägypten. 5th ed. Verlag Karl Baedecker, 1992.
https://vimeo.com – Ibrahim A. Ali: New Insights from the Photographic Archives of the Pioneer Studios of Antonio Beato and Attaya Gaddis
https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/88/ UNESCO World Heritage Site
Mae gwaith Veronica Calarco yn delweddu un o ieithoedd Awstralia sydd mewn perygl, Kurnai, mewn perthynas â iaith leiafrifol, Cymraeg, a ddefnyddir ganddi i ddisodli’r iaith gryfaf, Saesneg, sef yr iaith y mae’r ddwy arall yn rhyngweithio â hi.Continue reading
The first PDF is the usual document with the text and exercises that you would get from me during a talk and which I would usually upload here on the museum’s blog afterwards. You might want to download that one first of all. If you can, print if off, so that you can read along the presentation which is the next link. I included the images in the text as well, in case you can’t open the presentation.
You should be able to download the PowerPoint presentation. When it’s downloaded, you can just click on it and it should open without problems. I tried to make it a bit more ‘exciting’ than a usual slide show, and hopefully it should give the impression, as if you were walking around an actual exhibition – more or less anyway.
You can ‘walk’ through the gallery from ‘wall to wall’ simply by clicking your mouse.
- There are little arrows on the left at the bottom of the presentation with which you can also move forwards and backwards between slides.
You see a loudspeaker symbol in some of the slides. When you hover across it, you can see a ‘play’ sign. Click, and you get the text that goes with the image/s read out by me. Unfortunately, the sound quality isn’t fantastic, so you might want to turn up the volume. I tried to read quite slowly, so I hope you are able to understand it well.
When the recording is finished, you can move on with another mouse click.
After the Vagrants images, the exercises will start with the next slide. I tried to make them ‘interactive’, so please don’t be too quick with clicking your mouse again. You might then see the solutions to the questions/tasks before you solved them yourself. You also have all the exercises/solutions in your first PDF as well.
The other PDFs are poems that are mentioned in the talk. The Summer Woods is the one you’d need for one of the exercises.
As usual, you are very welcome to print out everything for your own personal use, but please don’t distribute or use anything for any other cause, especially the images, as they are under copyright. All images that have a ‘PL’-number are from the School of Art collection. However, some images belong, for example, to the Tate, and they kindly allowed me to use them, because the talk is educational/non-commercial.
(Links will open in a new window. The presentation will be downloaded and can then be opened.)