York St John Art Degree Show 2020

 
This moment in time will be remembered. We will tell our grandchildren “we were there.” It has been a time defined by stopping everything with immediate effect. It is so Orwellian – it’s hard to believe that it’s actually happening. This year, globally, Fine Art Graduates will not get the Degree Shows they deserve, so we have teamed up with York St John University to present a showcase of student work from across the entire department. Explore the creativity of the next generation of artists and hear insights from the Class of 2020.  Reach out, connect and let them know you are listening.

 


 

Class of 2020

Alex Appleby

Alex Appleby’s practice interrogates the line, exploring the endless potential, and more currently a collection of gestural marks layered together.

Alice Denton

Alice Denton utilises line and colour to create abstract artworks inspired by an interest in architecture, machinery and most recently decay.

Annabel Scott

Annabel Scott’s practice is inspired by popular culture, demonstrating the way that urban and cultural areas affect the way art is viewed.

Avalon Iris

Avalon Iris questions how humans can reconnect with the Earth. Nature Transience navigates the connection between humans and the natural world.

Charlotte Marshall

Charlotte Marshall is a documentary photographer who focuses on studying relationships, identity and livelihoods across a range of themes and forms.

Charlotte Taylor

Charlotte Taylor’s recent sculpture series, entitled Creatures, considers abstraction, texture and form, inspired by marine life, such as Cephalopods.

Chelsea Stephenson

Chelsea Stephenson focuses on re-creating the created. Her main interest surrounds landscapes and seascapes, with a focus on plastic waste.

Chloe Heffernan

Chloe Heffernan is an illustrator whose art is a fusion of brutalist line work and organic forms, drawing upon natural, pastoral and industrial themes.

Chloe Wong

Chloe Wong’s practice pays close attention to the details of everyday items. She surveys textures, colours and natural beauty that is found in decay.

Daisy Ashworth

Daisy Ashworth is an artist whose work reflects the nostalgia surrounding childhood memories using images are from her own youth.

Deborah Sisk

Deborah Sisk is a sculpture and collage artist whose work explores her own extraction of personality, as a woman sacrificed to undervalued roles.

Elinor Williams

Elinor Williams is an illustrator and animator. She is an artist living with chronic illness, and her work is driven by a fascination with human anatomy.

Elliot Hutchinson

Elliot Hutchinson’s hand-drawn and painted images are hallucinatory, where fantastical characters are bound in new and intriguing ways.

Emilia Brassington-Jones

Using experiences of mental illness, Emilia Brassington-Jones creates visual representations of her mind through line and illusion.

Emily Cholerton

In her series entitled The Gas Leak, Emily Cholerton captures dreamlike scenes of her grandmother, in reference to themes of visions and premonitions.

Heather Mottram

Heather Mottram explores textiles and natural materials and reinterprets the features of objects and structures already in existence.

Jack Shepherd / Vanya

Jack Shepherd / Vanya’s work uses fashion as its starting point. Shepherd is influenced by the weird and wonderful and work that pushes boundaries.

Jake McMylor

Jake McMylor is a photographer who experiences Aphantasia; a condition that means he lacks visual memory, relying on photographs.

Jasmine McKnight

Central to Jasmine McKnight’s work is the use of artificial colours to create other worldly atmospheres and disorientating experiences.

Jesse McMahon

Jesse McMahon is a multimedia artist. Drawing influence from avant-garde music and film, he creates experimental installations and video.

Jessica Mitchell

Jessica Mitchell’s practice highlights humanity’s relationship with beauty and the negative effects that come from trying to define it.

JR²

The work created by the duo JR² consists of found material/surfaces, focusing specifically on accessible material with a child-like approach.

K Eliza

K Eliza’s abstract approaches unearth and release deep-rooted emotions as part of a cathartic process of the rebirth of the self.

Laura Mackenzie

Laura Mackenzie focuses primarily on underwater photography. She draws her audience to the critical need for education about ocean wild life.

Lucy-May Turner

Lucy-May Turner uses collage to counteract women’s predisposition of comparing themselves to the unrealistic body imagery.

Madeleine Hoyle

Madeleine Hoyle’s distorted bodies series is inspired by 19th century corset designs and contemporary gender studies, exploring body image.

Melissa Meachen

Melissa Meachen’s practice revolves around the traditional method of printmaking, whilst asking questions about superstition and folklore.

Mia Coldwell

Mia Coldwell’s work is a commentary on how society interacts with the organic world focusing on issues such as biodiversity loss and pollution.

Monica Marshall

Monica Marshall’s practice explores the subconscious and the psyche, making sense of the of life through colour, text and distortion.

Nick Small

Nick Small works predominantly in black and white photography, creating a bold visual statement without the distractions of colour.

Olivia King

Olivia King’s work is inspired by vivid dreams and how they feed into everyday life, working across print, photography, painting and collage.

Rachael Gallagher

Rachael Gallagher’s practice explores the sublimity of nature and an inability to recreate the awe one feels when viewing something such as the sea

Rohini Jones

Rohini Jones’ work responds to themes of culture, race and gender. Tranquillity explores the idea of sacred locations and rituals.

Rosie Scorer

Rosie Scorer is a photographer, working fundamentally to provide insight into her own experiences through imagery and video.

Samantha Murphy

Sam Murphy’s practice is heavily informed by feminist theory, literature, music and cinema. She examines emotions, desires and vulnerabilities.

Sasha Bykova

Sasha Bykova is interested in the role of pleasure, creating three-dimensional paintings that evoke a sense of freedom through their tangibility.

Tallula Scrimshaw

Tallula Scrimshaw is best known for her installation pieces; tactile sculptures made from scrim and plaster or clay hang and drape to create tension.

Tilly Thornborrow

Through a material-led practice, Tilly Thornborrow explores family photo albums from the viewpoint of a younger generation.