On my first day of Artist: Designer Maker, I went to Cardiff Museum to look have a look around and see what takes my interest.
The Marine Section
I found that the things I was most interested in were the marine exhibitions because of the strange forms that sea creatures take. I also find that there’s something really frightening about them because they look like things that come from an entirely different planet and they have the most amazing ways of functioning and existing.
I have always found looking at these kinds of creatures useful for my practice because I like referencing the weird yet elegant forms they take. I also like the concepts for example how they survive and hunt, it’s scary yet thrilling to learn about.
I was fascinated by the grotesque form that’s really squished into the jar and it looks horrible and creepy but darkly fascinating. I don’t know what it is about them but they’re very enticing and it reminds me of how people always want to look at strange things such as freak shows, oddities from all around the world. They also remind me of the victorian times when people would go to museums to look at really strange things that scientifically were often complete bogus because they altered the thing in question for spectacle.
The Art Section
The next section that I had a look at was the ceramics on the first floor. I found that I was more drawn in by the things that had very fluid, organic shapes rather than things that were extremely meticulous.
These were the main things that really caught my interest in the museum, like I said at the beginning, they tend to be things based on natural forms because things in nature can often be shapes, colours and forms that could never be imagined.