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Can including mostly artist responses make your portfolio less favourable?

Hello Future Artists.... This is a good question and I think one thing that artists do is ask good questions. I will try to give a good answer.

Image of sculpture using a mixture of materials in white and pastel shades of blue, green and yellow.

29 March 2021

So Artist responses... I think you mean when you make a work that might be your interpretation of another artist's work?

Just having looked at 372 portfolios for the Slade admission last week I can tell you that the one thing that makes a good portfolio (for Fine Art) is when you see that a student has got excited about the work they are making and can't really stop. You can see that the process or material has sort of taken over, and the student is so into it - exploring what is possible, that it becomes infectious, and as the viewer, you too get kind of interested in the journey you are witnessing. Not every page has to demonstrate this but I am looking for self-initiated study and a depth and scope of investigation.

Sometimes when you are making you get carried away, and you start pouring plaster or alginate or jelly into everything to try out casting, then you print off the casts onto fabric, then you start to think of the casts as objects and install them in the park wrapped in the fabric.... that kind of exploration that might start as a response to  Rachel Whitread.


 Rachel Whiteread born 1963 | Tate
Dame Rachel Whiteread (born 20 April 1963) is an English artist who primarily produces sculptures, which typically take the form of casts. She was the first woman to win the annual Turner Prize in 1993. Whiteread was one of the Young British Artists who exhibited at the Royal Academy's Sensation exhibition in 1997. Among her most renowned works are House, a large concrete cast of the inside of ...

But pulls in Christo

Christo (Christo Javacheff) 1935 – 2020 | Tate
Artist page for Christo (Christo Javacheff) (1935 – 2020)

Oscar Murillo, https://www.davidzwirner.com/artists/oscar-murillo

     Oscar Murillo - Artworks & Biography | David Zwirner
November 23, 2019–May 17, 2020. At Aspen Art Museum, Oscar Murillo: Social Altitude presents a new body of work including large-scale paintings and a video. As a multisensory experience, the show is intended to mobilize visitors to actively engage with current cultural concerns—among them the social dynamics of globalization and the ways in which ideas, languages, and even everyday items ...

Katerina Fritsch, 
     Katharina Fritsch | Matthew Marks Gallery
Katharina Fritsch’s sculpture often begins with an archetypal image, which she subverts with shifts in scale and color. Madonnenfigur / Madonna (1987) is based on a small statuette of the Virgin Mary that Fritsch enlarged to her own height and painted a vibrant yellow. Other sculptures depict life-size figures as different characters and types, all male, including a chef, a giant, and an art ...

Alina, Szapocznikow, 
Alina Szapocznikow — Artists | Hauser & Wirth
Immediately after the war, Alina Szapocznikow moved first to Prague and then to Paris, studying sculpture at the École des Beaux Arts. By the 1960s, she was radically re-conceptualizing sculpture as an intimate record not only of her memory, but also of her own body.

Viviene Suter,