Assignment 2 – Tutor Report

Formative feedback

Student name Angela Johnson Student number 513795
Course/Unit Understanding Painting Media Assignment number Two
Type of tutorial (eg video/audio/written) Written

Overall Comments

Thank you for your extremely well organised and thoughtfully edited portfolio.  You have made a serious commitment to the assignment in a focussed and highly engaged manner.  Your keen enthusiasm has been equalled by the challenges and creative risk-taking you have throughly embraced.

There is evidence of a deepening of the inter-relationship between your breadth of research: philosophical, literature, music in additon to contemporary artists and your developing practice.

Your portfolio and blog offers a huge wealth of research material across contemporary practice, theory and material / surface qualities- evidence you’re highly active in underpinning making with links to content.

You are questioning throughout and applying this reflective and critical thought to your exploration, making, researching and thinking.  

Your studentship is exemplary in not only acting on pointers / research yet appying this to your making and thinking.   During Part 2 you have made a difficult, uncomfortable yet vital journey- I believe this has provided a greater depth of awareness regarding how to and in what way to work (and how to shift when ‘stuck’).

An excellent submission all round.

Assessment potential

“I understand your aim is to go for the Fine Art Degree and that you plan to submit your work for assessment at the end of this course. From the work you have shown in this assignment, and providing you commit yourself to the course, I suggest that you are likely to be successful in the assessment.”

Feedback on assignment

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity

A very interesting response and realisation for the final piece; I found the act of removing the paper-ball packing and being confronted by the ‘dough heads’ felt un-nerving.  This act of uncovering suggests a connection with qualities in other work.-( comments on specifics under Sketchbook’).

Consider this and respond: To  what extent do you wish to allow or invite the viewer to ‘uncover’ meaning in the work?  How slight or obvious do you want to be?  Can this be achieved in one piece…. Think these questions and more will help you explore – what is ‘enough’ to enable a connection with an audience.

There are quite obvious links to the research you undertook at House of St Barnabas; the Connor Bros.  It is interesting to see that you’ve incorporated 3d elements within the piece and there is a quality reminding me of Czech film-maker: Jan Svankmajer and the Brothers Quay.  

I wonder if the text along with the cabinet of AJs is a little too leading (or even misleading).  There is a hint of menace / malice in some other works (comments on specifics under ‘Sketchbook’) that entices and suggests to the viewer.  This is something to consider and analyse.


Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

A great number of sketchbook work- and further examples across your blog.  I include your prolific mono / screen prints within this category.

There are some particular examples I wish to mention, these stand out for me with regard to some subtle references to  what I term a ‘lurking unease’.  I wonder what your term might be?

In the pack marked ‘Exercise Part 3’ the top black ink drawing has an intriguing pivot between emerging and disintegrating.  There is a subtle lean, brevity to the brushmarks and simple monochrome, with the white of the paper, grey wash and black undiluted ink.  It is simple yet unerving- is the left eye watering, blooded or bruised?  Are the lips bleeding or lipstick smeared through a downpour.  See how the simplicity opens up it’s own possible narrative of something / someone lurking… after an event.

In the pack marked ‘Exercise 2.1’ I note the aluminium sheet with 16 images.  Many of these could stand alone as small intense paintings.  They have a narrative suggesting menace / malice / threat.  You make some interesting reflections on a few of these on your blog.  I’d like to see you selecting a few of your pieces and reflecting at greater depth on those you feel work in this sense of an uncanny narrative.

When you review the sheet of 16 images- do block out the rest by placing white paper over them.  This will help you focus and notice the individual paintings.

These are the ones (for me) that offer intriguiging narratives (yet subtlely and simply created):

Top row: 2nd and 3rd images.

2nd row from top: 2nd and 4th images.

3rd row from top: 2nd and 4th images.

Bottom row: 2nd, 3rd and 4th images.

(see Pointers)


Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis  

Your range and diversity of artists research is excellent and is clearly feeding into your media exploration and development (see Pointers).  

You analyse very well and use a specific format to unpick the examples of visual research.  Your critical reflections show how you value and apply intellect and gut responses to your research.

A huge wealth of research is evident on your blog.  I suggest it is timely to start editing and selecting this. (see Pointers)

Regarding the context to the work; you have been researching philosophy regarding the uncanny. Some further time spent considering your  interests, what elements of your research closely connect to your’s and what do not connect.  (see Pointers).

Over all an excellent body of primary and secondary research; great breadth of diversity and you’re actively questioning and engaging with it all.  It seems like a genuine and puposeful inquiry is happening.

Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays

Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis  

Your blog evidences your hunger, enthusiasm and commitment to researching: commentary on philosophy, contemporary art, media and process and more.  This has helped you shift the uncomfortable, uncertainties at the start of Assignment 2.  Take pride and great confidence from this process and journey.

Reflect on and explore specifically your sense of the ‘uncanny’ – use some of your  research to make connections with research and specific (fewer) practitioners. (see Pointers)

Commitment, hunger to learn and progress is highly evident – excellent in fact.

There is a huge quantity of work and text on your blog- (not including evidence for Assignment 1.)  I suggest a really useful challenge for you is to review, edit and select your postings.  Ask yourself – what are the key and pertinent images, research points and reflections?

Consider and decide how you might begin to hone and refine your research and begin some deeper analysis of a few carefully chosen artists.  See ‘Pointers’.

You have a very strong, self-reflective critical approach to questioning and analysis.  This is strong evidence of good practice and is underpinning your creative risk-taking.

Suggested reading/viewing


Reflect upon and analyse the following in terms of how they might connect with notions of the uncanny: (also recognise if they ‘don’t’ connect for you

Jan Svankmajer animations / film i.e: The Cellar

Brothers Quay animations, film and model-making i.e: Institute Benjamente and The Streets of Crocodiles.

Tony Oursler sculpture / video / installation.

Eleanor Moreton’s drawings, collages & watercolours.

Goya’s ‘Disasters of War’, Black Paintings and ‘Los Caprichos’

Pointers for the next assignment

Reflect on this feedback in your learning log.

  • You are developing a strong personal inquiry: Ask more specifically what is your sense of the uncanny.  
  • When you have a clearer understanding of your ‘uncanny’- how might you explore this visually in subtle ways.  Bring your analytical and gut response to this.
  • Review, analyse and respond to each of the humbrol, aluminium images mentioned under ‘Sketchbook’.  Use this analysis o make some decisions on palette and handling.
  • Select a few pertinent artists to more deeply analyse and reflect upon – how do their aesthetics, handlng and content connect with your’s?  Then set yourself some specific tasks to explore the connections.
  • Now may be a good time to review the content on your blog: it is good practice to edit and select the wealth of material.  Ask what is essential for an assessor to read / look at?  

Please inform me of how you would like your feedback for the next assignment.   Written or video/audio

Well done, I look forward to your next assignment.


Tutor name Cheryl Huntbach
Date 02/08/16
Next assignment due 19/10/16



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