IB Visual Arts Project

IB Visual Arts Project

Amelie Meissner - Year 13

IB Visual Arts Project

My art has developed in three significant phases. In the beginning, I started looking at architectural features and was inspired by the works of Idris Khan. I was fascinated by the techniques he used to describe individual buildings, especially small details, shapes and forms. It influenced my work and I began to express my ideas both in relief and three dimensionally.

In the second stage I became interested in structures and pattern after a visit to Spain. The linear qualities of the structures were emphasised by the sunlight which created intricate patterns. I started to make more of a connection between architecture and its environment and not just as isolated forms. I noticed interesting links between the inside and outside of buildings via balconies. This made me curious and I began exploring the connections between the interior and exterior spaces of buildings. The ideas developed into 3D models and later through the installation of works, which made direct reference to the themes of pattern and line.

My ideas developed into a final phase after visiting an exhibition during my stay in Spain of Zsuzsi Csiszér. This was the starting point for my collaged work. I began to reflect on how I physically and emotionally related to Hamburg and London which are important cities in my life, their spaces and the surrounding urban environment. Sometimes feeling confined and trapped by them, I wanted to express these feelings by creating overlapping layers of cultural and geographical meaning.

My first hand exploration of different cities and the study of artists who work in them has given me a deeper understanding of different working practices, and themes. It has helped me develop coherence and a critical awareness as I moved through the different phases.

 

Listen to my IB presentation about my work