Art School Degree Shows 2015 – DJCAD
- Susan Mansfield
- 29 May 2015
Degree Show highlights include Cambodia inspired pop-art, an implanted film and visual motifs of fiddle music
Once again, Duncan of Jordanstone opens the Degree Show season in a blaze of creativity, and with students’ work scattered more widely than ever across the complex, remains the most geographically challenging art school in Scotland.
Most significantly, the work of the Time-Based Art and Digital Film department has a higher profile this year. DJCAD is building a reputation for film-making, on which graduates such as Michael Hunter and Robbie Gray aim to build with their ambitious crowd-funded film, Solium.
Aimee Stewart investigates the implications of technology by implanting her film The Human Connection under her skin (scan her hand to watch it on an Android device), while Joe Coghill takes a step back to the days of casette decks and vinyl with his clever investigation into the rave scene.
In Fine Art and Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practices (APCP), several students probe the nature of the self. Fiona McKinnon’s photography and installation work is a fascinating study of self and other through the lens of one man’s factured psyche. Aimi Bell’s beautiful photographs capture precious moments in the everyday, while Anna Olafsson’s exploration of the music she plays as a traditional fiddler translates elegantly into visual motifs.
Others look outwards: Lori Richardson’s photographic portraits of elderly people in Glasgow, Abi Baikie’s lively pop-art inspired by a visit to Cambodia, Ewelina Labuda’s evocative ‘Room of Dementia’.
Amanda Adam’s large, atmospheric paintings capture the spirit of landscape and weather, while Kimberly Baxter’s miniatures are quietly exquisite. Eleanor Paul plays with idioms and proverbs, using ceramics with a lightly confident touch, and Joletta Thornburn’s pictures adeptly combine photography of the body with intricate drawings.
Lotte Fisher inventively transforms herself into an explorer on the planet Tenzing, while punster Ben Rogers has fun with signs ('Donut pass'), and proves that no degree show is quite complete without an orange five-legged goat – even if you didn’t know you needed one.
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee, until Sun 31 May.