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Rearch Assessment Exercise 2008

Marianne Forrest

My research interests include:
Practice based research, encompassing time as a central theme; formal and informal surfaces, explored with textural developments created through the innovative use of materials during the creation of three-dimensional objects in metal; scale and context, questioned through an increasingly diverse design methodology; the use of new technology alongside traditional techniques, enabling a new way of looking at Craft as a discipline.

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Research Outcomes

Outcome 1 - Transformations
A series of timepieces using unusual materials to generate surface and form in metal.
Any material can be encapsulated within a metal skin. Materials such as paper, plastics, wood, textiles and even left over food. The product can be re-processed using electroforming techniques resulting in objects that celebrate the surface texture and render the object "precious".
The surface texture is informed and governed by the original material but not necessarily recognisable, in this way the object promotes consideration of the values we place on objects and the way in which we construct in metal. The concept explores ideas of ordinariness and expendability, transforming materials into objects that question their origins.


Outcome 2 - Portishead Timeline
The Mariner and The Wedding Guest, part of the Portishead Timeline project, are sculptures designed for the new urban development. They link the old High street to the quayside with light lines and spheres marking the path between the four metre high sails. The Mariner displays huge silhouettes backed by illuminated glass sails like the giant wings of an Albatross stretching to the sky. The wedding Guest is a solitary sail with a moon like orb at its base. The inscription on both sculptures is from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
A key feature of Portishead is its expansive sky. To highlight this, several huge polished spheres are placed along the lit timeline running through Portishead’s new development. These Spheres reflect the sky, bringing it down to ground level.


Outcome 3 - Sculptures and Timepiece at The London Business School
These commissions form a group of objects that span ideas of time, growth and locality. Each of the objects has its own setting, independent but related, both in ideas and visual reference. Each was commissioned separately and yet they are a distinct group with related images and ideas.
The consistent theme with all these pieces comes from the repeated use of a particular curve and the idea of time passing. The Tourist, with its forms of sunrise/sunset, the Chronometer, with its revolving planets and direct marking of the passage of time and Cede, with its images of growth and the seasons.
Each of these works is site specific and intended to be viewed separately. They sit within the same building and share characteristics, yet they are not intended to be viewed as a group.


Outcome 4 - Waterwall - Holyhead Railway Station
The initial idea for this piece, made using an historical timeline of local events, came from the feeling that the wall was "holding something back", protecting the station occupants. It seemed that if you looked to the other side you might find a great expanse of water waiting to flood through the arches into the station concourse. The piece flows over the edge of each arch with waves made from rolled and patinated brass.
As well as exploring themes of time, Waterwall is intended to involve the local community very directly. The forms of the flowing waves are reminiscent of flags thereby becoming part of local iconography as well as including the artworks created during workshops within the local community.


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