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Semester 2

Week one (Jan 25– Jan 31)

This week’s course is the same as before, which introduces the schedule, work and tasks of this semester.

Assignment 1

  • A completed digital Proposal Form
  • A presentation of the digital Proposal Form

Deadline : Monday 12th April 5.00pm, Week 9

Assignment 2

  • Presentation of Practice Project  – completed and exhibited in the Summer Show (or not)
  • Research Project  – 1,000 word review
  • Student Notebook  – online notebook

Deadline : Monday 10th May 5.00pm

The theme of this semester is Animal, which is similar to Nature last semester. I’m excited about this topic! 🙂 We have a lot of discussion in class, to the word animal have a discussion. Animal is a noun, but it is not only the noun, it can also stand for many, can also try a lot through this word……..

Week two(Feb 1– Feb 7)

Workshop (Becoming animal)

This week’s lecture is still focused on the word animal. The whole course is divided into two parts: 1. Appreciation of the film 2. Presentation.

Becoming Animal Becoming Animal is very close to nature and animals. It’s relaxing to watch a movie, and you can even feel the director’s point of view.

Miranda says we can take notes and draw some pictures while watching the movies :)))) Here are my notes.

Comfortable music relaxes the mind and gives color to music through vision. In today’s practice, there are two parts of music that bring me visual experience, especially the video of Bees. The light feeling brings me lavender, while the high frequency sound in the music causes rapid blue flicker. In the whole video, bees occupy every position and yellow and orange colors fill the whole picture.


Jellyfish have been around for millions of years, even before dinosaurs lived on the Earth. Pulsing along on our ocean currents, these jelly-like creatures can be found in waters both cold and warm, deep and shallow and along coastlines, too. Some jellyfish are clear, but others are vibrant colors of pink, yellow, blue and purple. They can be bioluminescent, too, which means they produce their own light!

Jellyfish digest their food, which consists of fish, shrimp, crabs and tiny plants, very quickly. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be able to float, being weighed down by the large, undigested grub in their body.

The jellyfish itself provides a tasty meal for other ocean creatures, particularly sea turtles, who like to guzzle them up regularly. In some cultures around the world, people eat jellyfish, too. In China, they are considered a delicacy, and are also used in Chinese medicine. –National Geographic

Week 3(Feb 8– Feb 14)

Jellyfish are graceful, free and soft. I can’t imagine how to express them, how to convey them. So I tried to draw some illustrations to find out…

Pollution, too, may be fueling the jelly frenzy. Jellyfish succeed in all sorts of fouled conditions, including “dead zones,” where rivers have pumped fertilizer runoff and other materials into the ocean. The fertilizer fuels phytoplankton blooms; after the phytoplankton die, bacteria decompose them, hogging oxygen; the oxygen-depleted water then kills or forces out other marine creatures. The number of coastal dead zones has doubled every decade since the 1960s; there are now roughly 500. (Oil can kill jellyfish, but no one knows how jellyfish populations in the Gulf of Mexico will fare in the long run after the BP oil spill. –Abigail Tucker, SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE, AUGUST 2010

This video gave me some ideas.

· What is used to show the softness of jellyfish?
· How to reveal the freedom of jellyfish?
· Such graceful animals have undergone hundreds of millions of years of reproduction and become strong.

Plan A
Maybe I’ll use video, a combination of photos, videos and illustrations.
My hands are like the soft umbrellas of jellyfish, and I use illustrations to draw their free and flowing tentacles.

Plan B
Video jellyfish.
Photograph my hand imitating jellyfish in water on green cloth.
Add my jellyfish to a jellyfish video and float with them in the water


This week’s lecture made me think a lot and got a lot of shocking figures. I felt sad and sorry for the part about Lost. Meanwhile, my thoughts also connected with the nature in last semester. Animals are also a part of this planet, and they also enjoy the same right to exist on this planet as human beings. Today’s society may no longer need to survive in the natural environment, but millions of creatures are homeless simply because of human needs. Lost Lost Lost Lost… In the future, people will lose more than just nature and insignificant animals.

First Tutorial

Miranda gave me a lot of inspiration and suggestions. After the first tutorial, I became more clear about my theme and production method.


Designing animals is really fun!! I was really excited, but the glass bottle did make me a little confused ~ it was a challenge for me! Do it!!

Week 4(Feb 15– Feb 21)

It’s been an exciting week, with peers thinking and fun! Everyone’s animals are friendly and even have no natural enemies. It’s so cute!

My animal

The animal I designed is also a jellyfish. They live near subtropical oceans, such as the Mariana Trench. Hence the name trench jellyfish. They are a group of amphibious mammals that resemble jellyfish. It can change the oil pollution in the ocean, it has a lot of mucus on its body, and this mucus may be toxic to some fish, but this mucus can purify the oil, break it down into fresh water, and mix it with the ocean.

In the sea

They are born in the rocky walls of the Mariana Trench (nearly 1,000 meters deep) and live in groups, but these groups are leaderless and friendly and peaceful. They like to go with the flow and be at ease. Their bodies are transparent, and they sometimes fluoresce, but whether or not they fluoresce depends entirely on their mood.This friendly trench jellyfish feeds mainly on silver shrimp, small fish and seaweed and has few natural predators, except octopuses, whose stomach juices can produce venom.

On the land

When they are about 10 to 15 years old, they start to swim upstream between October and December. The drop in water pressure causes a chemical change in the venom on their skin, forming a hard shell, like a shell. The main task on land is to mate, in the same way that most mammals do. Males die about a month after mating, and females live on land for about a month during pregnancy, nocturnal, and feeding on insects, shells, and small crabs. Until the time to give birth will return to the trench near, after giving birth to the mother died. The baby jellyfish continue to form colonies in the waters where their parents once lived…


I took some pictures of my hands imitating jellyfish, and I wanted them to show the stretch and freedom of jellyfish as much as possible.

This process makes my hands feel very relaxed, like doing hand gymnastics. Loosen and tight make the blood flow in my hands change differently. I enjoy this kind of exercise very much.

Later, I added some tentacles to my hand according to the program A discussed in tutorial, but it was not easy, the visual effect was not very prominent, and it was difficult for the audience to think of jellyfish, which was very boring.

So I tried to adjust the color, hoping to find a different answer…..

Here are some of the state experiments I did.

Week 5(Feb 22– Feb 28)

Although I did not attend the workshop this week, I am happy that I finally returned to Aberystwyth after a gap of nearly a year. It also gives ideas for group work, although it is not the most perfect

My idea ·Trace

  • The preparatory work

Choose your own animal.(It can be something you design or something you like.)

Research your chosen animal, learn about it, and practice its behavior.

Your behavior can be at any time of the animal, at birth, during mating, when attacked, while sleeping, etc. Or you can show them all.

Prepare some colors, which can be acrylic paint, gouache, liquid foundation, lipstick, etc.

Prepare a room covered with white paper before the workshop begins.

  • Workshop

Before entering the room, dab your favorite color on your feet, body and any body parts you might touch, such as your lip prints while eating. (Now that you’re the animal, pay attention to the number of feet you have.)

After entering the room you can begin your animal time, leaving your tracks, footprints, signs of your past visit and so on.

The workshop can play some natural sounds, animal calls, we are together with them.

Record the process with a camera.


I was deeply immersed in black and white and speckles, and it was fascinating and interesting. The spots may be regular, uniform in size and color, as in the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. It can also be irregular, but it gives the same visual effect, like leopard print.

I’m also trying to take advantage of this wave point and add this element to my videos. Black and white can also be vaguely seen my hand, flexible movement, like the deep light in the sea, there are free jellyfish, they are also colorful.

Week 6(Mar 1– Mar 7)

Second Tutorial

I’m very proud that my work can go on, it’s going well. After the second tutorial, Miranda confirmed all my previous schemes!! They give a very strong visual effect. Of course, this is not the end, I have to continue to work, improve, try to merge the three programs, restructuring. I’m looking forward to what’s next. It’s really exciting…


Finger Gloves — Rebecca Horn

Rebeca’s finger gloves give people a sense of awkwardness. Her excessively long fingers hinder her movement. I think she is using her body to interpret the incongruity of exaggerated things. This is really interesting, it looks like she is picking something up, but in fact she may be touching it. Due to the uncoordinated fingers, the visual perception of the viewer is very strange.

<My Teacher Octopus>

This is a documentary that Miranda recommended to me, which once again showed me the freedom and wonder of the sea, and also showed me a very different relationship between people and wild animals.

The director Forster used the documentary to record a curious octopus he found and the interesting interaction between him and it. I was surprised that Forster won the trust of the octopus, the wonderful relationship between them, the soul connection across the species. They keep each other company, rain or shine, until the end of the octopus’s life.

At the same time, I was also shocked by the forest under the sea, the tall and thick seaweed, and the colorful coral, which also made me think of our theme of last semester and my work. Compared with the plants growing freely under the sea, the plants on the land are particularly pathetic. Both animals and plants have their own way of life and survival rules, which should not be interfered too much by human. Just like the octopus teacher, although she was bitten off a leg by a shark, Foster, who was recording with the camera at the side, did not intervene. This may be the way that Foster respects her. 🐙

experimentationA journey in search of sound

Collect some sounds for my video, come to the beach, the sound of the waves, the sound of the wind, the cry of the seagulls…

Week 7(Mar 8– Mar 14)

This week’s workshop is really wonderful! Everyone introduced an artist with a certain personality, I really like the illustrator introduced by Nidhi, his work are really cute, the painting style is clean and the content is a bit ironic and funny.

The Serpentine Exhibition introduced by Miranda was also quite amazing and amazed by their unusual equipment, their fir-tree view of the world and their works really gave me a different audio-visual experience!!

My research

  • Yellena James

Yellena James is an American illustrator. Her works are very personal, colorful, strong and visually striking. What attracts me most about her works is the themes she chooses for her paintings. Most of her inspiration comes from nature, and the subjects she chooses for her paintings are all related to nature, such as coral reefs and jellyfish.



I tried to make my videos longer, and I also tried to combine some of the previous experiments.

Week 8(Mar 15– Apr 11)


Not too much thought, just keep going, just keep going, just keep going…

The experimental process

  • Workshop

This week is the last workshop. I am very happy to participate in the window activity with my friends. Everyone is very involved in their roles and actively plays their animals.Following Nidhi and Richard, we feel the animals in captivity. We feel like animals that have lost their freedom. We are alone in the ‘cage’ waiting for the day of freedom and being watched by people….

Very interesting!! Thank you Nidhi and Richard!! Very different experience!!❤️

In the workshop, we not only exercised our bodies and immersed ourselves in the role of animals, but also record our feelings in the way of painting.

artist research

Bruce Nauman (born December 6, 1941) is an American artist. His practice spans a broad range of media including sculpture, photography, neon, video, drawing, printmaking, and performance. 

Many of his videos make use of old televisions with bezels, stacked together to give a strong visual impact. For example, Good Boy Bad Boy, Nauman draws on the different levels of reading experienced by the viewer, who is presented with a series of contradictory accusations. Although the narrative of basic grammar is straightforward, the actors’ direct eye contact with the camera (and the audience) and the emotional intensity they constantly deliver imply aggression and aggression rather than educational. As with most of Nauman’s work, attraction and repulsion distract and confuse the audience.

  • Bruce Nauman (neon)

He loves to use sound, film, video and neon in his groundbreaking work. His neon works give people a sense of visual shock. I don’t know why every time I see his neon work, I don’t find the colors dazzling. The colors of these contrasting neon signs are retro, but his work has a futuristic fashion feel.

Keith Sonnier

Keith Sonnier’s neon art series Ba-O-Ba used colored neon lights paired with glass and aluminum plates to recreate the titular experience: with ‘ba-o-ba’ coming from Haitian-French slang terminology for bathing oneself in light or colour. Despite appearing as a whole, the series is intended to be seen as independent neon art sculptures — bathing the art viewer in colored light as they make their way around and through the works.”Ba-o-Ba” began in 1969 and is a visual and physical appearance of the work.

Collect neon paintings

The experimental process

  • neon

By learning some neon and neon color, I tried to add this element to my work, to add this retro futuristic feeling to my freelance work. I want to use this way to interpret the diversity of freedom, freedom can have its own style, just like Bruce Nauman’s works, let the sense of retro and future intersect, collision, contradiction and interesting!!

  • TV

I hope the playback device can be an old TV or an art center of the eye to give the viewer a sense of physical restraint and limitation. This visual effect is in contrast to my theme, highlighting the freedom that we don’t have when we look at my work, but the jellyfish does. It’s on the TV, and its freedom and happiness are not mine…

event management team

It is a great honor to join the Event Management Team. But it is a pity that the words can not be clearly seen in the final designed programme. I am sorry about that issue!!!!!!

However, the whole process was very enjoyable. The posters and banners made by Anna had a very spring feeling. We tried to meet the title of the Spring Show and some conditions such as animals, captivity and cages. Here are some of the posters that I made even though they didn’t work, and the final programme.



Week 9–10(Apr 12– Apr 25)

After a period of vacation, I constantly adjusted my works and my team’s programme.😄 I really want to go back to the studio and meet everyone, and this maybe is the last time I report in the studio, but I’m sorry… Well, I’ve done my work. I made a presentation to explain my work to everyone. It is a pity that I was unable to borrow the TV with the frame in time.

Final work

The final video work is divided into two slots, each of which has 2 minutes. One is the monotonous color of black, white and blue, and the other is the colorful neon effect. I like both of them very much, which conveys the freedom I want to express. There is a kind of psychedelic feeling in the visual effect, just like freedom, which is elusive and seems to have nothing.

It is a pity that I failed to add the elements of the old TV. I missed it, which shortened the time of my work and failed to present the effect of the frame within the frame.

The Spring show

It’s my great honor to join the Spring Show. This is my last exhibition during my undergraduate study. I cherish this opportunity very much and hope that my work can be successful and even popular with some people. I hardly left during the exhibition, I don’t want to miss anyone’s work, they are really charming!

My regret

This is my last year of undergraduate study. Although I joined Creative Art in the second year, I really love this major. I have started to enjoy it more and more from my previous timidity. But the time is really too fast, and because of the novel coronavirus, I have not been in the studio class, and meet everyone, which makes me feel very sorry! My last work also failed to achieve the effect I wanted most because of some reasons… I hope I can continue to finish it in the future study!!


The two-year study in Aberystwyth will make me unforgettable in my life! I wish I could pour out my feelings in my Notebook… Leaving home to come here, I began to be very nervous and cautious, because of the language problems caused a lot of trouble, I feel very sorry to everyone. But every time you will bring a smiling face, patient talk with me. I got help from Anna when I joined Creative Art, you are so active and friendly!! In last year’s Media module, Sally also answered a lot of questions for me, and helped me plant and take care of an acorn, etc… I really learned a lot here. Just like I said at the beginning, I only knew how to use Photoshop and some software to make pictures. At that time, in my mind, this is art… How ridiculous this idea seems to me now! I remember when Miranda first met me, she said, “Maybe you should go to Computer Science.” hhhhhh… Creative Art is my home!

Thanks to Miranda for her guidance and teaching! Thank you for your patience to me and every time we meet! You really bring me a lot of positivity, positivity, good… Impact. Thank you! Wish you all the best in the future!

Semester 1

Week one (Sep 28–Oct 04)

  • I didn’t get back to Aber in time to attend the class with you, but I met with you through the online course and participated in it. Actually it was hard, but it was fun, and it was a very different experience.
  • Introduce:

This term our theme is nature

  1. Own project
  2. Research
  3. Online notebook
  4. Exhibition
  • Assignment 1

Week 9 project presentation (40%)

Deadline : Nov 23 5:00pm

  • Assignment 2

1.practice project 1–Powerpoint presentation

2.research project 1–1000 words review

3.notebook 1

Deadline : Jan 07 5:00pm

  • Winter Show : Dec 16

Week two (Oct 05– Oct 11)

Summary :

  • This week workshop Miranda showed us some video works of several artists.
  • Although I can’t hear the sound, just looking at it with my eyes makes people marvel at the beauty of nature and artists’ understanding of nature.
  • What impressed me most

This work makes me feel that people are like grass, leaves and reeds, falling and swaying with the wind, blend in with nature and feel nature. Perhaps the wind, hills, valleys are very ordinary, inadvertently found is a masterpiece of nature. To inspire people to explore and feel nature,

  • Go outside and enjoy nature

In the middle of the class Miranda asks us to go outside and get close, feel nature, touch, smell, see

  • This activity inspired me

I also went outside to feel, touch, and smell, but I found that there were no forests around me, only a few trees and some weeds,More vehicles and tall buildings, trees and shrubs are planted along the road, just to decorate the road.

About Me

Hi, I’m Anna Yang from 3rd year of creative art. I’ve always been interested in making videos, and last year I tried stop-motion animation, and maybe I’ll continue this project this year. Recently I have fallen in love with illustration, and I am trying to make a branding and some posters in the form of illustration.

A poster I created, money or maze makes people think, many people queue up to enter this psychedelic city wall, the great temptation and beauty of the twists and turns so that they lost their orientation and even their self in it…

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My Idea

  • This is the street in front of my house and my collection of Chinese car license plates and electric bicycle license plates.I gathered them together and edited them into a video.
  • This video made me reflect on the nature of China. In Aberystwyth, we can see many trees and various kinds of plants, which protect the biodiversity. I want to draw a contrast in this way.
  • Way of contrast–“Than”

Compare what?

What can I do?

We have lost a lot of nature

we have lost a lot of ancient plants and animals

we have lost a lot of diverse life in the Amazon jungle

we have lost a lot of green trees in Aberystwyth

  • These are some of the pictures I took last year in Aberystwyth. They were all interesting plants to me.

Ilex cornuta & Pin tree

A forest in the Art School

Tutorial 1 (week 2)

Tutorial Miranda gave me some Suggestions, adding some natural elements into the busy city, such as weeds


Artist : Michael Landy

Perhaps I will join weeds in my work, in a film, in a photograph. In the form of illustrations, in the form of photographs.

Week 3 (Oct 12– Oct 18)

In this week’s workshop, we collected high-quality acorns outdoors for planting. However, because I could not participate in the workshop, so two lovely friends helped me plant my acorns. Thank you very much for their careful selection and care.

I was not able to participate in planting acorns on site, but I imagined the scene of participating in this interesting workshop!

My cartoons

Through the previous presentation, I began to think about nature, natural beauty, natural cycle, natural creativity…

I hope to combine the circulation of nature and creative production of works, combine the human created by nature with other created by nature, and express the awe and worship of nature.

Reference :

The photos are from the artist TheFarWoods & Alicja Brodowicz

Both artists compare nature with parts of the human body. All things created by nature are in common.

The veins of our bodies share the veins of nature.

week 4 (Oct 19–Oct 25)

Hair & Water & Nature

The veins of our bodies share the veins of nature.

Following the artist’s technique of contrast, I also wanted to contrast my hair with nature.

Maybe this game is a little childish, but I hope we can remember nature in this way and find the childlike innocence of the first child. I hope everyone has some hair, a glass bowl and finally we will provide the paint. Keep a record of the creative process on your phone or camera.

Fill the glass bowl and some water, then go outside in the forest, the grass, collect your hair into the water, with the natural wind and the flow of the air deformation, maybe its shape can inspire you, think it is how you want to, will dilute the paint in the water slowly spread out…

The water changes color, the hair builds up, the beautiful things start to get dirty and disgusting, Artificial pigments are mixed with hair in the water.

Week 5 (Oct 26–Nov 1)

In my city, with its busy streets and congested highways, it is difficult to associate nature with the word… But perhaps it can be recreated to remind people of the natural environment.

  • Natural sound
  • Natural color

The sounds and colors are wonderful, but they are gradually disappearing. The sounds of natural running water are almost hard to find in my city. The songs of birds are gradually becoming less and less.

Gradually they were replaced by the cars of the city,the buildings of the city, the roads of the city, the people of the city…

  • City
  • I want to take modern cities as the background and only do a group of small animations. The construction of cities pollutes the environment and affects the ecosystem and the growth of plants. I’m going to shoot some videos and put illustrators in videos.
  • The plants in the video are imprisoned in urban buildings under construction, like cages, like prisons… They try to break free, but they can’t.
  • Prison?? / Cage??

I will keep updating my movie <Trapped City>… Use the cage above to add illustrations and some videos.

  • Inspired by the German science fiction short film <Devour>, which explores the conflict between civilization and nature.

The movie tells the story of plants swallowing up human civilization, bit by bit, the human civilization gradually collapsed and disappeared, trapped in layers of plants. On the other hand, in today’s world, human civilization wraps plants in layers and occupies the places where they live, even imprisoning them in crowded and small places.

  • Cotton

The cotton that escaped the cage, grew wildly…

Week 6 (Nov 2–Nov 8)

In the second tutorial, I determined the project of Winter Show.

After discussion, the winter Show takes GIF as the project display. The GIFs basically tell about the many plants at risk in the human world.

Week 7(Nov 9–Nov 15)

  • Presentation about artist(research for group project)

Susanna Bauer

Susanna Bauer born in Germany, she learned knitting skills as a child, so she became obsessed with creating miniature crafts. “An artist who isn’t passionate about nature isn’t really an artist,” she says. “Nature gives me a constant stream of inspiration that makes me better at creating.”

Susanna Bauer’s dead leaf crochet art has a delicate balance between fragility and strength, and leaves become beautiful works of art. “It wasn’t so much that I found them as that they found me,” Bauer said.

Is also the use of dead leaves, to show different beauty. Both our group work and Bauer use nature to create art. We hope to show the color of nature, and Bauer is to show the power of nature.

I can’t imagine how she could thread a needle into a dead leaf, so thin and brittle, or even sew it together. The artist is the great, of course, the most amazing or nature’s flexibility.

This is her web page about her work and her studio.
  • Reference

Week 8 (Nov 16–Nov 22)

  • Final Workshop

Team project: Make natural paint, such as pepper, cumin, salt, soil, etc. Add liquid things to stir eggs or water. Paint the leaves and print them on white paper.

I chose the leaves of buttonwood trees. What I collected were the dry leaves that had fallen off. Now there are no fresh tender leaves. At first, I was worried about whether they would break too brittle.

  • Personal project (HOMELESS WEEDS)

Homeless weeds live helpless in the human world.

Sometimes they hide in construction sites.

Sometimes they live under human feet.

Very hard to grow, but still can not reach the traffic.

Finally, I present my film, hoping to resonate with you. Weeds are alive, though small, they still try to survive and do their bit for the earth. Therefore, I hope that when you see them, please don’t tread on them, leaving some respect for their short life.

Week 9 (Nov 23–Nov 29)

This week we made a presentation, I showed my work, it is a little too complex, I will continue to modify this week, and add 4 more GIF images, to make my work more rich.

  • I will continue to make illustrations around the small plants in the city and place them all over the city.

After tutorial, I got more clear about how my video should be made and how it will be shown in the Winter Show.

  • I’ve re-edited four sets of GIFs that I’ve already done!

I made separate videos of them, and each video had a little name.

  • After some collection, I drew four more GIFs.
  • Make a video out of the GIF.
  • I finished 4 more GIFs.

Week 10 — 11 (Nov 30–Dec 12)

In class, after some suggestions from my peers and Miranda, I changed the duration of all the films to one minute and removed the heartbeat sound.

Due to the exhibition time and other reasons, I only chose 6 videos to participate in this Winter Show.

Winter Show Summary

First of all, I am honored to participate in this Winter Show, it is really great that I did not miss it! :):):)

The whole work expresses my ideas through the video made by GIF drawing, and makes GIF in the form of illustration, hoping to show the phenomenon that weeds are persecuted and forbidden to grow on the road in the rapidly developing city, and appeal to people to respect those weeds which are also important to the environment. It also satirizes the city’s neglect of nature to some extent, hoping to attract people’s attention.

I think I have tried to use illustration and video clip to complete it, which has indeed achieved my expected effect. I can complete the work with the combination of the courses of the Media module in this semester, which makes me very excited! However, I think it still needs to be improved in many aspects, such as the GIF time in each video should be kept the same, the GIF should be made more detailed, the illustration should be more exquisite, the GIF should be more rich with more frames, and so on. But for the whole semester, this project fits the theme of nature and satirize the city’s neglect of nature to a certain extent. 

The Winter Show came to a successful end. Six of my videos were selected to be played in the exhibition. I think it was a success and also got some comments from viewers.

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