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James Campion
(29 years old. Born in United Kingdom. Lives in: London)
Camberwell College of Arts

My work can be described on many different levels. At the lowest level my recent work has mostly been figurative representations of windows. For me the subject matter is conceptually miscellaneous and thus, at the highest level the work is about the development of a personal visual language of representation. The features of this visual language are complicated and develop from one piece to the next, so I shall explain one ...[more]
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Work of art I would like to make

The work I would make if I was chosen as one of the New Sensations would be another window piece of the whitewashed format that my degree show work was in. The piece I would make is based on a particular Camberwell shop front that I recorded about a year and a half ago whilst it was under refurbishment. It would measure 5.5m x 2.5m as a whole.

These windows make for a very appropriate subject matter given my language of representation as mentioned in the previous statement. The work is built up with distinct layers that derive from the actual layering of image that exists when you look at glass with paint on the back of it. So, the first layer describes the space behind the glass, the whitewash is applied literally and finally a green/blue tinted varnish as explained in the previous statement.

For this work I am keen to make a couple of developments from my degree show work. First, whereas before I have always the described the space behind the glass with a solid dark brown ground, for this piece I intend to paint a perspectivised representation of the interior. So there will be a subtle hint of space extending behind the whitewash. Second, I intend to source a new method and medium for the tinted varnish stage of the process. This may involve employing a third party to use an industrial anodizing technique to achieve a better finish.

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