Exploring Visual Arts, Postgrad Study, and Clay
Master of Visual Arts student, Debbie Flemings relationship with art, especially clay, has been lifelong and committed.
Every day here is different, experimental and rewarding, exposing me to relatives who challenge my perceptions and potential.
Debbie Fleming is studying her Master of Visual Arts at Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic following graduation from her Postgraduate Certificate in Visual Arts with distinction. Debbie decided to study with the Dunedin School of Art as it offers her the best opportunity to fully immerse herself into the culture of academic excellence and explorative making.
Debbie's relationship with art, especially clay, has been lifelong and committed. Through the self-directed postgrad programme, Debbie's days are structured around research and development. "I have regular meetings with two supervisors who support me with my writing, critiquing my work and assisting me to achieve my goals".
much of Debbie's research for her masters requires a considerable amount of intuition and exploration; reading peer-reviewed essays and journals on the concepts discussed in her work, sketching, and practical application of ideas and concepts, testing clays, glazes, and narratives.
This year, Debbie's project titled "Heavy luggage: Climate change cultural identity and art activism" discusses the human condition associated with climate change. The project's purpose is to find solace within nostalgia and art, seeking understanding, empathy and direction in a world turned upside down and so damaged by human conduct that humanity is itself under threat.