By Zelga Miller, MFA Year 1, Wimbledon College of Arts
The title of the first room and indeed the resounding question my mind as I left the Modigliani show at Tate Modern today, am I, are we ‘open to change’?
After much hype this retrospective did not disappoint. The breadth of this great artists’ work opens with a glorious self portrait, painted in 1915, in which Modigliani presents himself as the tragic clown Pierrot. A well known character at the time open to interpretation and perhaps illuminating the artist as a changing, within a period of intense personal transformation. Is this not where we as post-graduate students find ourselves most hours of most days? Indeed is this not an imperative within our own personal journey. I think so, and as our knowledgeable course leader Edwina Fitzpatrick noted last week one is often “lost” throughout periods of study, transition and our search as artists for self-actualisation.