Graduate Show 2019: Jane Englefield: Graphic Design

The drive that underpins my work is my interest in connecting things that initially seem unlinked, in order to uncover new information.

I am interested in tracing the most recent phenomena of the present day to echoes of the ancient past; applying existing methodology to investigate entirely new subject matter; and as a general rule of thumb, looking outside rather than inside for visual stimuli. In an increasingly digital climate, too often, we lose sight of the value in tangibility when viewing our world, and this is something I try to acknowledge and learn from when beginning new projects.  

I intend for my work to always have a purpose; to my mind, although both are of pivotal importance, a visual outcome is generally secondary to a conceptual exploration. As a result, my projects tend to ask more questions than they answer, and I consider the development of my practice to be in constant flux, always prepared to adapt and evolve. It is this creative malleability that I have found the most challenging, but also the most exciting aspect of studying for my degree.  

Scroll of work

Can you tell us about your final year project?

My final year project is entitled Pareidolic Maps. Pareidolia is the tendency to interpret a vague stimulus as something known to the observer. Composed of a ‘macro’ scroll of images and a contrasting ‘micro’ explanation book to accompany it, Pareidolic Maps is the investigation and comparison of handmade, small-scale historical artefacts with computer generated, present-day Google Earth aerial imagery. 

I extract aerial imagery using the Google technology, and visually compare these images with an artefact that originates from the location of where the artefact was made. The investigation intends to provide an alternative way of comparing the past and the present alongside each other, stressing the importance of forming connections between things in order to better understand our world. 

Unfurled book

How have you found your time at Brighton?

I feel lucky that Brighton encourages continuous personal exploration in order to understand your individual identity as a practitioner, as this can be a complex and often overwhelming area to attempt to unravel. As I leave university, certainly, I consider mine to be a work in progress, and am excited to see how me and all of my course mates evolve.

What are your plans after graduating?

After graduation, I hope to go on to further study, as I feel I have only just begun to scratch the surface of the possibilities that practicing creatively hold.  

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