1984 – Film

A very longwinded version of the book, it didn’t pick up until an hour into the film.
I feel like it fully represents the surveillance culture they’re so used to living under and the omnipresent eyes nothings a surprise to them. However, for me, I found the film quite irritating, long-winded and boring especially the tannoy announcing all the time, left me very agitated and wanting to turn it off. The set design and idea is fantastic with the screens, posters and propagandas. It sets the scene of the book and gets across the post-world war description from the book.
The film was slow but also felt very fast-paced with the clips oddly pieced together left me bored and confused.
I took away a few notes of inspiration and quotes, but it has left me feeling very uninspired but I definitely will visit the book to get a clear and concise review as I this will play a part of my end of year dissertation.

Leeds Light Night 2020 – My Experience

Every year I go Leeds Light Night without fail, seeing Leeds in a whole new light (pardon the pun) is gorgeous! My favourite light night was 2018s, 100 Years Of The Women’s Vote. The Queens hotel had an amazing show, it had fire, it had dragons and it was projected all on to 40,000 cubic feet of Portland Stone! Stunning!

However, this year Light Night couldn’t proceed due to the pandemic as light night brings a lot of footfall into the city centre. This year was described as an “amazing light art activity on offer in Leeds during autumn / winter 2020, kicking off with ‘Laser Light City’ 22 to 24 October.”
So to reduce footfall into the city they had lasers project into the sky which is a brilliant idea. At first I loved this idea and I waited until it started on the 22nd and I saw… nothing. I thought maybe it’s still a little light outside. A hour went by and I was in absolute darkness now, I still saw nothing! I was devastated!
I couldn’t see anything apart from an odd light on a cloud for the days it was on.
The Light Team said the best way to view the lights is in the Leeds City Centre which surely goes against the whole point of the footfall in Leeds to reduce the COVID-19 spread?

I don’t know, I was very disappointed with this years set up of light night. They should of just had a year off and come back next year (hopefully) bigger and better!

Vs Reality

The Vincent Van Gogh Immersive Experience – St Mary’s Church, Castlegate, York

Described as A “360 degree journey into the Universe of a Genius.”

The Vincent Van Gogh experience is nothing like I’ve experienced before, sitting in St Mary’s Church in York with the stories and the work of Van Gogh being projected around the walls, roof and floor of the church is absolutely breathtaking and mesmerising.

I am unsure now due to COVID-19 if the Virtual Reality Experience is available, but when I went I managed to have a go and as strange as this sounds I feel like I have met Van Gogh. Go ahead call me strange!

The VR experience shows you around the town Van Gogh grew up around Arles and Provence. Telling you the story of his life and the story’s behind the paintings, setting the scene I really felt like I was there! It’s an unforgettable experience and I highly recommend.

I have attached videos and photos to this blog post but they really don’t do the experience justice. If you do go make sure to wear your mask and keep your distance!

Tickets are £13.00 but absolutely worth it, the experience is on until February 2021, so lots of time to experience this. You can book tickets here:

“Have you ever dreamt of stepping into a painting? Take an awe-inspiring journey into the world of Van Gogh, one of the greatest artistic geniuses of the 19th century, exploring his life, his work – and his secrets – as never before through cutting-edge 360 degree digital projections, and a uniquely atmospheric light and sound show. A UK premiere – nobody leaves unmoved.”

My Work

Locke and Key – Netflix Series Inspiration

As entering another world with plot twists, secrets and lots of keys. The Netflix Original Locke and Key series, inspired by the comics series by Joe Hill is an absolute must watch!

Spoiler Alerts Ahead

Each key in the series had a magical power. The Echo Key could bring back people from the dead, the Matchstick key could set things alight, the Anywhere Key could take you anywhere you wanted to go and so on. However, one Key that stood out to me the most was the Head Key. A key that would open a keyhole in the back of your neck and you could enter your own mind. This got me thinking of what my mind would look like what sections there would be throughout it.

Coming back to university we were given a task of identity and what perfect time it was to put my inspiration to use. In the film, the insides of their minds were gigantic rooms with Kinseys being a mall and Bodes being an arcade.

I created an artwork and complimentary video called “On Entry.” Inspired by the series and the artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez within the comic.

On Entry is a one minute video complimented with a digital art piece of what makes up my brain and my identity.

The video is focused on all the different parts of the brain such as the frontal lobe which focuses on emotions and creativity; The Parietal Lobe which is connected to senses and language and finally the Temporal Lobe which is responsible for memory and emotions.

The video is all handmade of different materials I think best represent my mind within a box covered in Fragile tape. I originally wanted to create an immersive space but at the moment we are all feeling boxed in and wanting to get out, similar to overthinking during the lockdown. The Fragile tape represents the play of the fragility and agility of the brain itself.

Each part is decorated and tied to be in front back and middle part of the brain which shows the lobes and their meanings.

The video is shot on an endoscope which has the feeling of going inside myself and looking within, which I have done during lockdown with lots of self-reflection ready for my final year at university. The back of the brain represents my fears and the things I try to push to the back of my mind, the fear of being watched, illness and disease, not many people know this about me but I have a fear of reflections which is quite ironic from someone described as vain!

The toy cars depict my thoughts rushing around my mind 110mph not knowing what they might crash into. The side of the walls has jumbled letters which spell out Conspiracy as everyone knows I love a Conspiracy theory and my memories of Jasper. Also inside I have building blocks which show the building I do on myself and having a thick skin. I have a photo of my boyfriend in there too as I have lots of memories about him also. The pencils on the top show my creativity and my love for art itself, as well as some previous Censorship work in there too.

The music played within the work is muffled as in you’re in my brain and hearing it from the outside which conveys the immersive feel I wanted to create, it’s all a bit random and chaotic which I think signifies my mind and also has a nod back to my previous lockdown artwork 3:06 am.

On Entry by JxckHxrperArt
Artwork By Gabriel Rodriguez
On Entry Video by JxckHxrperArt
About Me

About Me

Studying Art and Design for the past seven years has opened new doors to help me discover new ways and strategies to produce the best results in my work. 

I try to use all that we have around us, as well as the power of pop culture in today’s society, to produce work with a twist. Celebrity lifestyles, persona, pop culture, news, music, and current affairs all inspire me.

I like to add a mixed media aspect into this, whether it’s by the use of videography/photography, fine art, or graphics. Previous work has included visual artwork that has been enhanced by sound to create an immersive environment. My most recent work involves using small scale and miniatures to construct a smaller scale immersive experience through someone else’s

If you have any questions regarding my work, commissions or collaborations, please contact me.