We usually associate art school degree shows with early summer, when hundreds of undergraduates celebrate their graduations. But a second degree show season gets underway in August, when postgraduates across Scotland present their final exhibitions.
At Glasgow School of Art, the work of graduating Masters’ students is presented across the campus in Fine Art, Design, Architecture, and in the Schools of Innovation & Technology, and Simulation & Visualisation (see also here).
Once again, the Stow Building becomes a gallery space to show off students’ work across a range of Fine Art courses. In the MLitt in Fine Art Practice, graduates from around the world present work in a range of disciplines.
There are painters, such as Ruby Harrop, whose figurative work explores social worlds, particularly the networks of care we build for ourselves when processing grief.
Guangyuan Liu paints collaged compositions of objects which “criticise and satirise the actions of the real world while producing a heightened awareness of sustainable development and ecological pressure”. Soundless Roar questions a culture which still kills animals to make fashion and consumer goods.
Adriana Duarte Costa also delves into sustainability. Her first degree was in Textile Design, at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, and she pursues her interest in making sustainable materials from scratch in Alchemical Entanglements.
Sophie Rose Templeton looks at how female figures are vilified in narrative, from Greek myths to horror movies, and reconfigures these narratives to reassess womens’ roles in works such as Allegory Installation.
Meanwhile, Jieyu Deng, a graduate of MDes Graphics/Illustration/Photography (in the Reid Building), has created a body of work in photography informed by the isolating experience of lockdown. A Taste of Salt is a collection of analogue photographs made in the dark room, inspired by Japanese photographers of the 1970s Daido Moriyama and Takuna Nakahiva, exploring themes of memory, home, family, friendship and loss, and drawing on “this traumatic but hugely influential period of my life”.