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Name: Rebecca Cosgrove
School: priestley college
Year: Year 13
Inspiration: The root of my Fine Art A-level course has centred on my appreciation for unwanted objects that have limited use to many. Having come from a school that had never as much seen sight of a piece of charcoal, I stepped in to college with a naïve outlook on the subject of art. As I have progressed as an individual I have developed a passion for the unusable, taking on influences from Robert Rauschenberg, The Boyle Family, Gustav Metzger, Antoni Tapies and Dieter Roth all of whom have left me questioning the usability of objects. Traditional mediums have not been a key factor in my interests; picking up a pencil is almost alien but give me some rusted panels, lead or even slate and second nature occurs.
Title: Spoilage 1
Description: de•struc•tion Noun 1. The action or process of causing so much damage to something that it no longer exists or cannot be repaired. We encounter destruction in every aspect of our lives; every corner we turn something perishes leaving the viewer to bypass it with little acknowledgment. I have created a series of three sculptures by taking on this concept for a second year A-level project. Each piece contains a collection of found objects trapped in concrete before being encased in boxes created from wooden panels that no longer served a purpose. Reasons behind this layout come from the influences of The Boyle Family and John Latham. The medium of concrete has been used to subdue any further use of the objects rendering their purpose obsolete and enforcing the central materials used by The Boyle Family and the nature of trapping apparent within John Latham's work, whilst the wooden encasement creates a means of control over the objects almost making destruction appear uniform. As each piece is set within concrete it is clear that nothing can be repaired.
Medium: concrete, wood, found objects
Width: 30 Height: 40 Depth: 10
Keywords: destruction, found objects, concrete, sculpture