Working with the Found Object

Primary Research

This project was about exploring into the found object. I started looking at one of the many figures in my room and began deconstructing the parts that I could, using it to create a personal meaning.

Travelling to Edinburgh was daunting to me so bringing personal items like figures kept me closer to home and help represent who I am. My object represents a mindset of freedom and independence, two things I believe I have adopted since moving to Edinburgh especially coming from a sheltered/innocent background. Developing that thought seemed like an interesting move.


I gained a large interest in sailing from this character and is something I wanted to do when moving to Edinburgh so using Jack Sparrow’s effects and reconstructing them, I began viewing a bridge of meaning between me and the origin of this new formed object (sailboat).

Sailboats travel on journeys which made me start looking at the object as a representation of my life and me. I used my untidy bed as a view of rough sea where this tiny boat is delving into the unknown, in correlation with my move to Edinburgh.


                                                                               Pen Drawing – “Unknown Seas”

Continuing this narrative, I realised the control I have over my life much more than before, but along with that I started viewing  negatives like being trapped by myself and my work heavy attitude. Holding me in place or even destroying me.

Secondary Research

From this self exploration, I started doing research into the object origin (Jack Sparrow) and how independence led him to being trapped by his own actions that came after him in the form of the kraken, which I thought I could implement into a painting.

Pirates of the Caribbean (Links in Bibliography)


Elly Smallwood “Hand Study” + “Acrylic Hands” – Application Research (22.9×30.5cm)


Watercolour on Watercolour  Paper      Gouache on Watercolour Paper 

I was going to do a digital response to the theme but after having feedback from my peers, I realised that watercolour links perfectly with this inner theme of rough seas and travel.

Resolved Artwork “Control?”- Working with the Found Object

Watercolour on Watercolour Paper A4 – Me



Making and Breaking Narrative

Primary Research

This brief was a great bridge to continue a narrative where I could keep exploring myself. I started thinking about when I met my online friends for the first time and the experience of perceptions.

The most stand out thing when it comes to meeting people online is that everyone has a perception of each other’s personality. Most of the people I met online had this pre conceived idea that I was very child like in an innocent way. This perception didn’t bother me until I met someone I began to love. I suddenly wanted to break free of this innocent perception, desperately.

Notes/Sketches – me

Secondary Research

Representations of  Innocence (links in Bibliography)

Artists Research


 Edouard Labrosse “red-lipstick”1983 + “huile sur toile” 90 x 130cm( Oil on Canvas)   

I went searching for narrative art and desperation focused pieces that were expressed greatly by the human figure and people. Edouard used sharp application to create the sense of escaping and breaking free. Simultaneously he managed to show contentment with the sitting figure.




Final Piece – “Escaping Innocence” + “A Wall of Innocence”

Oil on Canvas board 25 x 30cm – Me

Final Piece – “Contentment”

Oil on Canvas Board 25 x 30cm – Me

My pieces of work intended to show a narrative of my mindsets, beginning with the contentment of innocence to desperation.


Mapping the Soundscape

I wanted to think about sound as a blur and a merge of different sounds that make up a soundscape (soundwalk audio).

Primary Research + Secondary Research – Gathered Audio + Text (soundwalk group collective audio)

Kyle Leonard “K.A.L”- Pen on paper

Olivia Kemp “only Then, We’ll leave The Woods” 220 x 115cm + “Scrap Heap III” 198 x 104cm + “Planted At The Brink” 112 x 60cm – Pen on Paper

I found pen to be very affective at blending together because of the use of greyscale.


I started experimenting with the idea of bringing the audio on to paper using my own representation that I would develop into a final piece.

I created imaginary representations of the soundscape that felt as though it could resemble many places in the world.

Final Piece


Alongside doing this, I was gathering images of my process that I would compile into a video showing the build up of sound layers.

Since my representation follows the idea of an imaginary soundscape I wanted to draw a piece using spherical shapes that would reflect the space that the sounds take up.

The Circular Shape of Sound – (Øivind Alexander Slaatto)

Paul Noble “Cathedral” 50,5×76.2cm – Pencil Drawing (artist suggestion by tutor)

“Mapping the Imaginary Soundscape” Video

Final Piece – “The Spherical Soundscape”

Pen + Digital Application A4- Me












Jack Sparrow/Pirates of the Caribbean –