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During my time in education, art has been the only subject
that has truly captivated me. This love of art has led me onto my decision to
study Fine Art at a higher level. Even though I have had a lifelong interest in
art, my decision to pursue it came about when I was thirteen. I remember then
being infatuated with the works of artists such as Naomi Hosking and Gabriela
Bowden and thinking how beautiful they were, creating the desire in me to one
day create my own pieces that were as great as theirs. This ambition has stayed
with me ever since. One other element that inspired me in my decision to pursue
art was reading Yayoi Kusama’s autobiography, Infinity Net, and the great
sacrifices she made to follow her ambitions. It made me realise what a personal
thing art is and how devoted one can be. This in a sense started my will to
follow art as a career.

Another thing that draws me to the subject of art is the
significance and relevance it has in history as well as current society. Art
has the ability to express such a variety of sentiments, holding the ability to
provoke thought and debate as well as express values within society. For
example, the post-soviet actionists such as Oleg Kulik and Pyotr Pavlensky. I
recently saw an exhibition at the Saatchi displaying these artists which
addressed issues facing personal and social freedom as well as political ideals
and oppression.

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Currently I am studying an A Level in Art and Design and
have found this period of study to be highly important to my own style of work
and the pieces I create. At the beginning of the course I began looking at
artists such as Elly Smallwood and Jenny Saville and created some acrylic
pieces of the human body inspired by their work. Before this I’d never really
used acrylic but I absolutely loved the outcome of the work and carried on
creating pieces like this inside and out of school. In a sense these projects
started a new chapter in terms of my own work, as now I focus a lot of my work around
the human body, drawing influence from artists such as Lucian Freud, Egon
Schiele as well as Jenny Saville and Elly Smallwood which I had previously
mentioned. Something I admire about these artists is expressive way they
present the human form and the carefully constructed way they present parts of
the human experience – for example the setting Freud presents in the painting
Night Interior. This is something I aspire to capture in my own work and have
presented a few of these pieces in my portfolio.

Outside of my studies of art at school I have also attended
life drawing classes to further my technical drawing skills and my
understanding of the human form. I found these classes incredibly helpful to my
art, teaching me to draw more expressively and helping me to use line to
capture form.

Aside from my studies in art, I am also taking A-Levels in
English Literature and Media. I found these have helped in supporting and
influencing my studies in art. For example, literature has helped me in my
current project as I’m focusing on narrative illustration, using the poems of
Carol Anne Duffy and Edna St. Vincent Millay to base pieces off. Media Studies
has also supported my work, allowing me to widen the type of work I do. For
instance, I have created a few video based projects such as a narrative music
video as well as using digital programmes to create posters and digipaks
relating the music video. Creating video projects such as these has contributed
to my skills in art, contributing to my understanding of framing and
constructing a scene.

I look forward to developing my skills at a degree level and
further my contextual understanding of art