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2013年以來，倫敦藝術大學開展“Big Walls and Windows”項目，為全校純美術專業的學生提供了在校園內臨時展出自己作品的機會。經過激烈的競爭和選拔，坎伯韋爾藝術學院純美術︰油畫本科（BA Fine Art: Painting）大二學生Sarah Savage被選中參加2021年的“Big Walls and Windows”項目展覽。她參展的方案是在坎伯韋爾藝術學院入口處的牆上創作一幅大型壁畫。
Big Walls and Windows 2021 winner, Sarah Savage with her finished mural. Photographer Iman Osman
Sarah Savage's winning design proposal
Sarah Savage's murul, winner of Big Walls and Windows Project 2021. Photographer Iman Osman
Sarah是在接近“Big Walls and Windows”項目征集展品的截止日期前才決定參加選拔的，她認為自己的作品還不夠好，此前也沒畫過這麼大型的壁畫。但當投入創作後，她意識到唯一的約束只有自己，她決定實現突破。
Sarah Savage working on her mural. Peter Cattrell Photography
Big Walls and Windows Project 2021 | BA Fine Art: Painting student Sarah Savage's work in progress
In Conversation - Big Walls and Windows Project 2021
Since 2013, the Big Walls and Windows Project has been an opportunity for UAL Fine Art students to realise a temporary artwork that exploits the spaces within our colleges. The project is sponsored by Cass Arts and Liquitex, who cover the material and equipment costs.
Following a competitive selection process, BA Fine Art: Painting second year student, Sarah Savage, was selected as the winner of this year's competition with her proposal for a mural which transforms a wall in Camberwell College of Arts's entrance area.
Sarah, who was born in Northern Ireland, has a practice that portrays landscapes that are almost biographical, referring to her personal memories of growing up in a segregated environment.
Sarah's winning design explores universal symbols that appear on roads on which we travel around the world. Even as a stationary mural, the artwork contributes to an existing sense of travel, where the motifs are symbolic to the notions of restrictions, freedoms, and the movements between people and vehicles.
Over the past couple of weeks Sarah has been hard at work onsite at Camberwell creating the mural.
Sarah's project is now complete and on display here at Camberwell and the mural is open to the public to view. All visitors must sign in, wear face coverings and must also adhere to government social distancing guidance.
We spoke to Sarah, to find out about her winning proposal and the creative process behind it.
Why did you enter the Big Walls and Windows Project 2021?
I wanted to do something that would associate with a cosmopolitan identification, something that could have connotations to every person in the College, with students from all over the world. I came to my familiar area which is semiotics, this directly informs our world of travel and something we all experience.
However, because of the current situation many students from abroad have decided to study at home and this almost changes the original meaning of the mural.
I entered the competition just before the closing deadline and thought that the work was not good enough. I do not usually work a such large scale and when it was selected, I still thought about making changes to the original design. Later, you realise that the sense of your work not being good enough is only subject to yourself and no-one else.
Have you had any experience of mural painting?
Coming from Northern Ireland you are surrounded by highly politicised murals, I think this has directly affected how I perceive my environments and my paintings. I have never painted any Northern Irish murals, but I think of the amount of energy you feel that has gone into them is enough to prepare someone for a big wall of their own.
Although, back in Northern Ireland the desire to live closer to nature led me to paint my bedroom walls to represent the Tasmanian Mountains. I noticed how this affected my overall outlook on life and mental health. Waking up to the constant image of a teal blue sky and mountains gave me a sense of renewed happiness and space amongst such a dreary and politicised country.
I hope my Big Walls and Windows mural could do the same, with an environment changing a person's emotional response.
What are the processes and materials you have used?
The award was funded by Cass art and Liquitex. I used so many mediums including ceramic stucco and modelling paste which I added to the paint. This allowed me to build excessive layers and almost mountainous folds, to create positive and negative spaces.
I also used black lava to paste over areas to give deeper shadows, especially under the bridge of the motorway. At the beginning, I also used masking tape to create a basic idea of the shapes before painting and to get the lines straighter.
How does it feel to be back working onsite?
It is great to finally engage socially, outside the online interface, after such a long time and distance away from college life that we are all missing.
Whilst working on the mural, which is in the entrance area of the college, I have met new people and caught up with friends from last year as they made their way to the studios.
Find out more about Sarah's practice and her proposal: watch this In Conversation event, hosted by Daniel Sturgis, Professor in Painting, with Sarah Savage, Juan Bolivar, Lecturer in Painting at Camberwell, Liesel Thomas, artist and Partnerships & Outreach Manager at Cass Art and Stephanie Nebbia, artist and Global Fine art collective Manager at Liquitex.
The exhibition is open to view at Camberwell College of Arts until Friday 28 May 2021. If you would like to see Sarah's work and you are not a UAL staff or student, you can sign in at the front desk and get a temporary pass to visit the mural.
想了解更多關于純美術︰油畫本科（BA Fine Art: Painting）及相關課程的信息，請聯系倫敦藝術大學授權廣州招生代表處。