Defending My Work – Are Composites Deceptive or Artistic?

The Body of Work module I am studying asks me to defend my work now I am close to finishing it. Probably the aspect of my work I feel it will be most likely necessary to defend is the use of composites to paint a picture of Deptford. That is because while I believe them to depict a Deptford that is changing it is still an artistic vision and needs to be portrayed in this way.

Reflection on Assignment 4

I have produced a tight series of diptychs for my fourth Assignment for Body of Work. I feel the images work best as standalone diptych. The series of diptychs make a cohesive whole with two clear themes present. The first theme is change in Deptford and touches upon the regeneration going on there. As I’ve discovered, this change is symptomatic of change in many other places in London and wider elsewhere and so speaks for change in a larger scheme of things. The second theme is deconstructing the decisive moment through the use of composites within the diptychs. I experimented with this theme during Assignment 3 and have developed it since to fill out the body of work. Therefore my practice leading up to Assignment 4 has been a continuation of where I was going since Assignment 3 with a clear strategy now employed.

Assignment 4 – Body of Work – Reconstructing Deptford

Place and its people are a central aspect of how my project Reconstructing Deptford started and how it has progressed. I have deliberately put place first because it was the primary consideration for me as I began. Now, I consider people to be the thing the holds a place like Deptford together, with the setting they find themselves in the backdrop. Regeneration of a place that is close to my heart is of interest to me. Showing the people within the diptychs to be similar in one way yet different in another backs up my assertion that people in the regenerated setting are an important part of Deptford too.