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.
Now that I have the mirror I am not sure of what I want to do with it; what I really want to show with it. The central idea is that the audience and piece work together so that they can literally see themselves within the work. I also have not worked on the smooth surface of the mirror frequently and so not sure of its potential as a material to paint on.
So I covered the mirror in a thin sheet of acetate and started painting, like with the continuous piece this was a sort of warm up, but it may have changed my thinking. Possible going back to the face mask idea that shows a more metaphorical view of the human either in a physical sense (trying to see the “soul” and emotions) or by opening up the imagination.
Testing the mirror:
creating a doorway:
Representing an emotion onto the audience’s own body:
With this possibility is it better to show extreme emotions (here I chose sadness and emotional pain) because people respond better to these extremes. and when they are shown on ourselves we might become able to better empathies.
This also gives the availability to included sayings such as having butterflies in the stomach wen nervous.
I think that Joy and happiness is very difficult to show because what causes the feeling is extremely unique to every individual.