Whilst looking into my theme of mental health and the ‘self’ I was playing around with the editing of a drawing of mine for a graphic piece. The editor had a mosaic button. I started to change the level of mosaic on the piece and move it fascinating. It made the image move and created a 3D effect. I decided to play around with screen recording the work because it formed a really interesting effect on the work. I liked the way it changed the contours and lines of the work. Alternating the mosaic level actually changed the shape of the image which I found very interesting because it has developed thoughts of how this project could develop. I feel I could start to look into different body shapes and start to combine them together. This idea is a little vague but I will begin to develop ideas, experiment with an image editor and see how the work develops.
Screen Recording Mosaic
Tactile Bosch is a Cardiff based group who have exhibited around the world. They are a very Labyrinth group who strive to challenge their audience. They work is about enjoying and experiencing the room by taking it in fully. This can be quite a challenge for some people especially those who may not be exposed to conceptual art a lot of the time. As a Fine artist I can allow myself to fully experience the work by relaxing and just taking in the work. Tactile Bosch came to talk to us about how we as young artists could get involved in the group. They have taken us the opportunity to potentially exhibit our work in their upcoming exhibition in Cardiff or to simply help with the setup as an experience or curation in the real world.
Citizen 3 was an exhibition in 2012 based in Cardiff on 23 June – 15 July. The annual projects look into painting, drawing and printing but, this specific year was exclusively devoted to painting. Painting has continued to evolve through a dramatic and unceasing system and the method of working still inspires and fascinate artists today. The painting in this exhibition contains more conceptual approaches and perspectives than traditional or traditional contemporary painting. This could even be on a single canvas. There are many artists in this exhibition from Wales, the Uk and internationals. I thought this exhibition was inspiring because it challenges the traditions of painting and makes the audiences question how paint can be used in art.
For my summer project piece, I cannot find anything in my environment which truly inspired me to start my third year of university. I started to think back to my final project of my second year where I looked into dancers’ bodies. I am fascinated about the human body and the self because mental and physical health is such an important factor of life. Having control or being content with your mental and physical health is so important because is the glue which holds our lives together. Being content and happy with ones self, one is able to present themselves to world and socialise creating relationships and love in order to live their life to the fullest. I wanted to look at factors which couldn’t hinder or prevent us from living this life. This could include trauma, family life etc. Body image is advertised everywhere, in magazines, newspaper, the internet, tv programs; it is even in the conversations of ten year olds these days. It is frightening that body image is becoming such a factor in young peoples minds and preventing them from living their best life.
I started to look at the work of Jenny Saville who looks into body image. In her work, she mostly uses her own body. The works are distorted painting of her naked body. I found her work fascinated because she is challenging this idea of the ‘perfect’ body type. I am going to look into the ‘perfect’ body type within the last 100 years and how it has changed throughout the years.
Jenny Saville, Prop, 1993
In 1976, Henry Moore donated work to the Art Gallery of Ontario which started the existence of The Sculpture Centre. Since then, the collection of work has totaled to around 900 sculptures, drawings and over pieces of art.
When walking around the gallery I was not expecting to stumble into his work but it a lovely surprise. The sculpture centre is full of his works. As you enter, your eyes automatically journey around the room taking in the sculptures. Each piece of work is raised on a platform so they are at eye level for the audience. The positioning of the art is so important. The eye level positioning of the work empathising the size of the work. If it was on ground level, the work would look smaller so by having it at eye level the audience can almost compare themselves to the size of the work.
Throughout his career, Moore was inspired by two things: the mother and child and the Chacmool. The mother and child is the idea of combining Christina imagery with the humanity of African art. The mother and child is a concept explored a few artists and professors. Hebert M. Cole is once of the professors who explored the concept during his doctoral dissertation.
I am so glad to have stumbled across his work whilst in Canada and was able to experience it in real life. I have attended exhibitions with his work before but, never have I had the opportunity to experience over one hundred pieces of his in the same exhibition.
For the final exhibition I wanted to go back the the brief sketches from the charity shop object in the Site Venue project because I was fascinated by the shapes and the movement created through the materials. Throughout this project I looked into the ‘self’ and how we can maintain the state of calm. I myself do not dance but I feel through dance, you can express a lot of emotion because of the movements and the passion the individual puts into it. I find dancing feels an individual freedom to let go and express themselves. Not everyone can relax as they feel pressured, watched or intimidated but as you start to enjoy the movements, these worries lower or disappear. I wanted to use charcoal in my work because I enjoy using it and it creates a lot of depth and intensity to my work. I believe the charcoal compliments my themes and is the best material to use because of the power it forms.
I started by creating quick sketches using ink to form free-flowing pieces to help restart my drawing. I haven’t drawn properly in a while with other projects requiring different forms of creating so this process helped to retrain my mind and hand. I enjoyed these drawings because with only a few marks they held a lot of motion. I moved on to forming quick charcoal sketches to start off the development towards my exhibition pieces.
I attended a life drawing class at home where I was given the chance to create a range of studies of positions. The poses were very short so I needed to move quickly to form the shape and contours of the figure. I was not able to give each a large anoint for shading in the given time. I also attended a dance class where I was able to sit and draw quick sketch of the dancers. This experience meant I needed to work quickly and was only able to produce very basic drawings. I used charcoal for this exercise because I can cover a larger amount of surface quickly than I could with pencil. The charcoal always gives more texture and I feel is my expressive than pencil, as well as being able to form a more 3D shape than pencil would create. I would like to attend another class in the future as well as more life drawing classes to build up my portfolio of figurative drawings.
The life drawing and dance dance have helped me create my final pieces and I will be using the classes again in the future.
I asked my housemate to pose for me to capture her movements. I sued this along with the images from the life drawing and create my final pieces. I enjoyed drawing these pieces because they were challenging when it came to getting the shape as the bodies are distorted. I used a lot of compressed charcoal in the work to form a very deep intensity to my work. I find this brings the image out and helps to form the 3D shape to the work. I will be continuing this through the summer and maybe into third year.
For my exhibition I wanted to use my favourite medium, charcoal, because I love the texture and deep it creates. Alison Lambert, born 1957, studded Fine Art at Coventry School of Art is an established British artist. Lambert is a charcoal artist who produces expressive portraits. The works are of a very large scale using multiple pieces of paper place together like a jigsaw. She uses a lot of charcoal especially compressed charcoal to create great depth and darkness to her work. I am inspired by the way she uses to charcoal and is not afraid of using too much in her work. The way Lambert joins the scraps of paper together is interesting because it is al most as though she is building the face or figure through the paper. The jigsaw effect works with the charcoal to create more texture to the work and gives life to the portrait. By this, the combination of the two materials gives a sense of experience and memory to the piece. It is fascinating how Lambert uses this to her advantage to emphasise the meaning of her work. I have chosen Lambert as an artist to use because her work is very similar to my style of working and I have learnt a lot by the way she uses the charcoal and how it interacts with the paper. Her work is relevant to mine because of the materials she uses and the topics she chooses.
Jenny Saville is another artist relevant to my project because of the topics she works with. Most of her work is portraiture and figurative. She mostly uses her own body in her work which is interesting because most artists do not. This way of working is more personal and she is either body-shaming or body-praises her own figure rather than others. “Flesh is the most beautiful thing to paint” she states because of the contours and textures in flesh. Some of her work depicts the lines and markings made on the body before a person has liposuction. This work comments on the cuttings and traumas the body goes through when people change their body through cosmetics and prosthetics. The idea that social media, celebrities and modern day fashion styles has a massive influence on own body image and has a huge impact on peoples cognitive and mental health when it comes to our body. It is able to manipulate us into how we perceive ourselves.