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The Hidden Truths about Sport: Olympic Medal

Collection: Gray's School of Art Design Collection
Object Type: Medal
Artist/Maker: Docherty, Cal
Date: 2018
Awards: RGU Visual Communications Purchase Award


How Design Is Used to Influence Behaviour in the Future

By questioning the ugly and difficult truths of our everyday lives, my studio practice explores how design distorts human perceptions and how we can make better decisions in society. I use sport as a specific topic, but influenced by political and social issues, I aim to challenge perceptions of our everyday lives and question the authenticity of our choices and activities. My project items, demonstrate and comment on the fall of authentic experiences within sport. It predicts what may become of our lives if we make the wrong decisions. These are warnings, but with the hope that it can change the perceptions of the audience to make better and informed decisions for a better world.

Art and Design is a strong tool for expressing personal emotions and views. I believe in reinventing traditions and perceptions. If we don’t challenge that, then nothing will change. We are all individuals and I believe that expressing individualistic values creatively can be a positive and progressive force that gives opportunities to re-shape our current world

Gold perspex medal with black ribbon in black velvet display case

Object Number: ABDRG2018.524.2