With second year fine art student Andy, there’s more to art than meets the eye.
As he prepares for his end of year project, Andy explains how his fine art practice is influenced by graphic design and architecture.
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Andy, I was born in Peru; at the age of two, I moved to Spain. Roughly six years ago I moved from there to the UK.
I would describe my work as a range of things that deal with the subconscious; I think that somehow my work deals with the idea or the illusions of perception and how we can manipulate our brains and our minds in order for us to believe something that is just generated.
Did you know right away what type of creative you wanted to become?
Not at all. I wanted at first to become a mathematician and then later, I realised I didn’t want to just do it as pure maths – I kind of wanted to do something else, something related to art. I was about to do architecture at university, but I did a foundation and I somehow realised that fine art would be the sweet spot between the three of them together.
What do you think makes you a good artist?
There’s so many things you’re going to put into your work. The city you live in, the location, the family you have, the friends that you have, it all somehow makes you the person that you are. Those factors are what your work is mainly about; you and all these influences you have upon you.
I think that what makes a good creative is the idea of you pushing yourself in the weirdest way possible. Push yourself not just with mediums but also with how you’re thinking. It’s that change of mentality and mind-set, that’s the one that drives you to become a better creative, if you look at different sectors and with that you can choose and take different bits to make it your own.
Tell us about something you’re working on right now.
So, what I’m working on right now, it’s a bit weird, so apart from my practice, I normally do a tiny bit of graphics on the side. But the project I’m working on right now is with pallets. I still have the influence from architecture; I want to work with creating structures and see how I can push myself to create something from nothing.
What’s the biggest truth or myth about the subject you’re studying?
Probably the myth that it gets easier. People think of fine art as you just come to the studio to do some work, to paint something or draw something, then you just carry on. It’s not just creating an artwork, it’s a mixture of research as well as practice that you’re doing. So, you’re not only doing the practice but you’re researching about the topic.
“Fine art is a way for you to understand questions that you’ve got about the world.”
It could be about colours, about culture, about identity, it’s a way for you to express yourself but at the same time, learn about it, rather than just see it.
Tell us a little bit about your placement experiences.
I’ve done work in so many places. I worked as an architect intern a couple of times, then I also work as an Outreach/ Insights Ambassador here at UAL, so I’ve been doing a couple of workshops, moving around. I’m trying to get a graphic design internship at the moment.
I’ve always been interested in graphic design and I wanted to push myself in the creative market. My application process was to talk to [the agency], send them emails with previous work. I told them about my previous experience and they were quite excited to meet me, so I’m going to produce a portfolio and interview with them. It’s weird because you have to push yourself, even though you might not like it, you have to go and be like, “Hey, I’m looking for an internship, do you have one?”
Any top tips?
Don’t draw for the sake of drawing; understand why you’re drawing, why you’re doing certain things. Once you start underlining this, you’ll start going deeper into places you never thought of and you will never expect that. Go deeper.
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