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At GCSE I studied 3D art because, unfortunately, I can’t draw or paint for toffee. For my final pieces I tended to focus on clay work as I loved working with the material so much. I’d spend hours in the studio making bizarre and abstract shapes; it was extremely therapeutic. My favourite of my own pieces were a vase in the shape or a lightening bolt and an enormous abstract tree which I decided to varnish turquoise. When my clay days came to a sad end, I still used the potter’s wheel for other experiments to do with colour, where by I would stick a circular piece of canvas to the potter’s wheel and flick water-based paint at it which produced some fascinating and beautiful results.
The wild colourful smatterings lead me to an artist called Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) who created vibrant pieces by essentially lobbing paint at an enormous canvas. The American artist rose to considerable fame using his paint dripping techniques and it was surprising how much emotion come be extracted from what initially just looks like colour blots and lines. My favourite work of his has to be ‘Number One’ as it displays such a variety of feelings focusing around a certain sense of loss and helplessness. It shows such talent when one can turn pure emotion into art.