The University of Leeds fine art degree exhibition ‘Sitting with it’ is set to open this week
Sixty-two students created pieces for Sitting with itthe diploma exhibition marking the final chapter of their studies at the School of Fine Arts, Art History and Cultural Studies which opens on June 10.
The exhibit, co-curated by a team of students, asks people to take stock of their life decisions and consider our work and home environments in the wake of a baffling few years.
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“I wanted to create a piece that would make the audience feel belittled by technology and feel almost indoctrinated, brainwashed – questioning themselves and why they do what they do,” she said.
“It’s going to be a piece that really makes the audience feel like they don’t know if they’re understood on a human level, or if they’re just artificial intelligence pretending to know, pretending to come in in her head.”
Although she harbored a fascination with technology from an early age, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has drastically influenced Knight’s practice.
“I’m actually a painter at heart, but I think studying during a time of COVID was a huge factor as I was working from home on screens all the time,” said former Signature finalist Knight. Art Prize.
“It started with my digitally digitized paintings, then it evolved into animation, then creating AI figures, then interacting with those figures.”
Although COVID has posed challenges to Knight’s studies, she is happy with how her time at the University of Leeds has gone.
“Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise – if this piece works well, it could be like, ‘You know what? That sums up what college felt like….just working from a screen.’
Sitting with it will be open to the public every day at the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from June 10 to 25.