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News: Art stu­dents cre­ate thought-pro­vok­ing exhibition

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Lottie McGraw
Lottie McGraw

A group of our Foundation Degree Fine Art students got the chance to experience what it’s like to showcase their artwork to the public, as part of an exhibition at the National Justice Museum last month.

One of those stu­dents was 23-year-old, Lot­tie McGraw, who quit her full-time job work­ing in a fac­to­ry to pur­sue her love of art, and in par­tic­u­lar her dream of becom­ing a pro­fes­sion­al tat­too artist.

Whilst study­ing towards her foun­da­tion degree, last year, Lot­tie bagged her­self a trainee posi­tion at Neon Wolf Tat­too Stu­dio, based in the City Cen­tre, where she now works along­side her course.

When the oppor­tu­ni­ty came up to exhib­it her art­work, Lot­tie cre­at­ed some­thing which com­bined her two pas­sions per­fect­ly, with her col­lec­tion of Tat­tooed Oranges’.

It might sound a bit strange, but I was draw­ing on oranges as part of my tat­too train­ing as it’s real­ly great prac­tice. When I start­ed think­ing about what I’d like to cre­ate for the exhi­bi­tion it got me look­ing into crim­i­nal tat­toos, par­tic­u­lar­ly dur­ing the 17th Cen­tu­ry, when it turns out that many con­victs had tat­toos done when they were trans­port­ed from Britain to Aus­tralia. The link with oranges comes because at that time in his­to­ry, cit­rus was used to treat the dis­ease scurvy, so it all came togeth­er nicely. 

 — Lot­tie McGraw
Elly Constantin, Alexandria Clements, Mark Westlake, Richard Hyde, and Lottie McGraw at the exhibition launch

Lot­tie was one of 15 Not­ting­ham Col­lege stu­dents to take part in the Constraint/​Restraint’ exhi­bi­tion, which fea­tured some of the phys­i­cal meth­ods of restrain­ing and con­strain­ing peo­ple with­in the his­toric prison sys­tem. The bud­ding artists devel­oped a range of thought-pro­vok­ing pieces, from frag­ile hunched wax fig­ures, to eerie ghost forms of ropes and bindings. 

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  • 14th February 2020 (2:43 PM)
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