Stretched canvas and then stitched the pieces to it.
Then “primed the canvas”
This year has been really fantastic and I’ve been able to develop my practice to a more confident point. As well as creating over 100 blog posts that have made me more comfortable to show and talk about the work I produce.
In the first term it was difficult to get the ball rolling on the Inside/ Outside brief while also trying to get used to a new place and moving away from home. The workshops in the first term were a fantastic way of helping to settle in and begin thinking about what I might create. My first thoughts were to follow a more abstract line or enquiry that explored the layering of ideas and paintings and thought about Inside/ outside in a more 2D way. As the term progressed and I was exploring the works of other artists such as Hepworth and Kandinsky I started to get braver and tried out a few new mediums. It was during this exploration period that I began the continuous painting that has really pushed my thinking and is something I would like to come back to in the future.
During the third term though I had a massive shift in ideas, which I think had been because of an increase in confidence through the field module. I then began working very quickly, with ideas and thoughts moving and developing towards the work I finally produced. First there was the body, which I later decided wouldn’t be enough for me to feel satisfied with showing it. It was after a long discussion with my work that I stumbled on the ball of light and the work of Jessica Drenk which has massively influenced the pieces I have shown (mirror and hat stand).
The field module was incredibly important to my personal development as I now feel more comfortable within the university as well as comfortable with the thought of collaboration pieces. I was lucky to have a positive experience with both groups the first producing a video showing the city we live in, and the second an installation that explored a sensory experience of Llandaff cathedral.
After carving the bottom of the stand I realised that I needed to do something to the top so that it is interesting across the whole piece. I didn’t really have any ideas so I took a few days to think it over, it was eventually suggested that I use birds some how. I first thought about carving and painting birds sitting on the branches or about to fly from the tree but this might be better shown with a clay or wooden bird sculptures that sit on the branches. So I carved and painted on a flock of birds flying away from the tree that I carved and painted on the bottom section.
Finally I decided that the best way to utilise the mirror was to go with the doorway idea; I thought about the phrase “the grass is always greener on the other side” and how my doorway onto a beautiful sunset might be a more preferable place to be for some. The peacock was added after the masking tape had been taken off, revealing sections of the mirror as a symbol of elegance, looking back at the audience, inviting them to join it. I believe that it is very important to include and be thinking about those who will look at the work and so using a mirror means that I can literally include them into the piece, hopefully meaning that they will bring their own experiences to how the understand the work.
This is the hat stand that I started working on. I began to stain the wood a dark brown, sanding it down in places to make it look like bark.
Once it was dark enough I tested the birch tree drawing that I will calve into the stand.
After this I copied it onto tracing paper that I wrapped around the stand and then began calving into the tree:
The carving wraps around the bottom of the stand, but it is a little unclear so I think I need to find a way of defining the difference between the carved tree and the stand.
Seeing the work of Jessica Drenk has really inspired my hat stand piece; Drenk uses everyday objects and turns them into something very beautiful. I don’t think that my ideas have quite evolved enough yet to produce something like her work but I can see my work moving in a direction that will incorporate man- made objects and giving them a refreshing new appearance similar to Drenk.