I at that point in time, I ‘stumbled’
I am fascinated by the great diversity that the study of Fine Art has to offer. I have actively tried to develop my interest through visiting art galleries and following contemporary artists. I was particularly intrigued by the way Jenny Saville’s style of painting gives the artist freedom of expression and the psychology behind her art. Empowered by artistic self-expression and the curiosity behind the journey art takes me, I have found myself maturing with techniques, materials and throughout process. Art is the creative embody of ideas or feelings through varieties of expression, wether it is through paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpting, installations etc. I am interested in how the nature of art is continually evolving over time and it doesn’t have to adapt to the ever-changing society. But, break the boundaries and expectations of creative means to express the ideas and feelings the artist is conveying.
I have enjoyed all of my A level subjects and feel they have equipped me with the necessary skills to embark on a Fine Art degree. Studying English Literature has enabled me to develop my analytical skills through exploring a large variety of literary texts. It has also enabled my ability to write more concisely. By studying both art and photography, I have increased my creativity and analytical skills and I was able to explore many aspects of Fine Art. I was able to research in depth various artists, develop my thought process and take myself on a journey of self discovery with sheer freedom of interpretation.
After leaving SixthForm, I suffered with depression and anxiety. This made me take a step back and rethink what I wanted to pursue long term. Having previously got into university to study Law, I decided this was not the path I wanted to take but merely the path implemented by my siblings. Which made me decide, one or two gap years would help me in deciding what career avenue I would like to follow. Not long after deciding University was not right for me at that point in time, I ‘stumbled’ across an amazing opportunity. I was approached by Yves Saint Laurent beauty and got offered an interview on the spot. After talking through my journey, they decided I was a right fit for the company as I would bring a creative edge to the daily mundane job and, they offered me an amazing career opportunity; Account Managing. Being good with numbers, a fast learner, creative thinker and keen in makeup artistry, it was a great way to start my year. I have enjoyed my time working as an Account manager and, it has helped me learn key attributes which will help me, long term. I have developed my organisational skills, ability to meet deadlines, event planning, setting and meeting targets, proficient account managing and I have gained a business frame of mind. After two years, I felt disconnected to the art world, a world which is dear to my heart, and I had reminded myself I am a creative individual and, I needed to continue stimulating my imagination. I decided to step down, and became a Make up Artist for the brand. This has helped me express my creativity and realise it is time to go back to university and study something I am passionate about. During my liberating move in a creative direction, I fell back in love with art. I have started to paint regularly and visit art galleries. Saatchi in particular, is my second home when I feel I need inspiration or, I need to get away from the real world.
I believe that my experiences have equipped me with the skills required to become a conscientious Fine Art student. I am responsible, hardworking, deeply committed to pursuing a career as an artist, pushing boundaries and furthering my art aesthetically as well as conceptually. I look forward to the opportunities that I will have access to whilst studying, as well as playing a full part in university life.