Natasha (Tash) Day
MA Fine Art
My interest in experimentation and materiality led my work at both degree level and MA level while working on ideas.
The difference at MA level was the direct use of research to mine more deeply the themes and processes that absorbed me.
My preferred way of working is to examine possibilities with a chosen material to either compliment or contrast the underlying concept or the surface texture giving the finished work layers of potential meaning.
This gives me room to both develop a body of work for me, and to also allow the viewer to translate the piece to their own interpretation.
Many of my ideas are influenced by textures found in natural landscapes. These are often to do with fragmentation and regeneration.
Specifically for the MA I worked mainly with metal, making jewellery and medium sized sculptures, using the process and resultant objects to explore personal feelings to do with heritage and cultural memories.
I loved using machinery to alter the look of dirty steel using a plasma cutter, welder and grinder.
It was heavy, dirty, tiring work and ultimately both frustrating and rewarding.
I enjoy the physicality of material challenge and this element is present in whatever medium I chose to use.
My work can be found exhibited mostly within Norfolk with the LAC, The Norwich 20 Group and ArtDepotNR3, groups of which I am a member.