Alumni Ethan Pennell and Zoe Clarke return to present to MA students
Plymouth College of Art alumni, Ethan Pennell and Zoe Clarke, came to speak to our current MA students recently to discuss their projects and future work.
Ethan Pennell graduated from the college with an MA in Creative Practices for Sustainability.
Ethan says,“The course was a life-changing experience, enabling me to develop my practice in a variety of ways. Although primarily a painter and illustrator, my tutors encouraged me to explore other mediums, leading to a rich, experimental two years of study that incorporated conceptual, 3D and sound art.”
Ethan was given the opportunity to present papers about his practice at the Crest Symposium and our Making Futures Conference in 2013, as well as being awarded the 2014 Plymouth College of Art Sustainability Prize.
Ethan’s work draws upon environmental issues, folklore, new materialism, storytelling and the Western Esoteric Tradition.
“It focuses on the spirit of place and the need to find another way of perceiving the relationship between the human and the nonhuman in the face of the current ecological crisis, one that honours the interconnection between all things.”
Ethan is working on a number of art projects, including writing and illustrating a children’s book on ecological destruction and the importance of trees. Currently Ethan is also preparing a proposal for a PhD in Performance Art.
Zoe Clarke is part of a community of artists at Maker Heights (Rame School of Arts) – on the Rame Peninsula in Cornwall – where she has had an art studio for ten years.
After obtaining a Masters in Entrepreneurship in Creative Practice here last year, she concentrated on her fine art practice and honed her print based skills, using alternative portraiture as her theme to develop her body of work for her Masters.
Since completing the course Zoe has continued to explore portraiture through a series of etchings using alternative surfaces and found materials.
She is in discussions with the curator of the Sterts Centre –based in Cornwall – to have an exhibition of her portraits later on this year.
She is also organising an art exhibition with the curator of Horta Library gallery on the island of Faial, as part of a photography project she shot last year in the Azores.
Zoe is now in her fourth year of running highly successful Creative Painting Short Courses here at the college.