A post documenting a new or existing skill that you developed during the Material Practice Consolidation Project:
Developing my Skills
– A post documenting the final outcome that you have created independently after completing the Material Practice Consolidation Project:
History in Her Eyes – Charcoal drawing
Is there fear in her eyes?
– A post documenting research you have made into a possible Fine Art related career:
– A post that documents your helping with the Degree Show build:
Third year Exhibition build
– A post that documents how you chose to exhibit your own work for Summative Assessment:
A post that contextualizes the work you made during the Material Practice Consolidation Project with an artist who is related to this work:
– A post that contextualizes the final outcome that you have created independently after completing the Material Practice Consolidation Project:
– A post about a Level 5 students’ work that you found relevant to your own work, which you saw during the Site Venue Finale:
It really was a Discomfort Zone!
– A post about a contemporary artist that you saw in a gallery / museum that is related in some way to your own work:
Women in Focus – National Museum of Wales
– A post about a Level 6 students’ Degree Show exhibition that is related to your own work (This can be the critical piece that you write for Jonathan Clarkson’s Critical Writing Project):
The Fleshy Body – Review of Luke Roberts’ exhibition.
Alison Lambert is a charcoal artist I have used throughout my Foundation year. I admire her work because she uses the charcoal so intensely to form extremely powerful ‘in your face’ artworks. The torn paper adds to the atmosphere Lambert is creating by giving it the feeling of deconstruction and reconstruction. This could be interpreted into the deconstruction of the face and how life experience and the challenges we face can cause this. Lambert uses a lot of compressed charcoal to create great amounts of tone and depth to the work. The charcoal mixed with the ripped paper forms texture and a grittiness to her artwork. The use of white pastel and compressed charcoal forms tones and highlight to create a 3D life-like piece.
After a lot of decision making I decided to change my final independent piece because I wasn’t entirely happy with the eye painting I produced. It didn’t show my skills and I thought wasn’t as powerful as I thought it could be.
I haven’t been able to produce many charcoal drawings this year as part of my projects because I have been exploring different methods of art. So I went back to my roots and produced a charcoal artwork. I wanted to keep the theme similar to the collage work so I found an great image of an older woman who had many wrinkles and a lot of emotions in her eyes. I was fascinated by this image because it reminded me of the experiences and challenges many women have gone through throughout history and what some are still faces.
I find this kind of art is more expressive and shows my feelings on the subject more because I am able to make powerful emotional marks. I made the drawing so it wasn’t the full face to highlight the features and to focus the meaning on the emotion in the face and not the woman herself. I attempted to captured fear and a sense of the journey women have been through over the years.
My work is going to be very simple to mount and exhibit because it is collages and a painting. The work will be mounted on the the wall simply so that it stands out is the focus. I will have two collages from the consolidation project and a painting on a piece of wood. I have a corner space so I want the two collages side by side because they are the strongest connection out of the three pieces of work and compliment each other the most. They will be hung against the wall and fastened to it by small metal plugs to keep them flat and smooth. The connecting wall is half the size of a standard wall so I will have my painting of the eye on it because although they work does relate, it is not directly connected and therefore I want to use the corner as a slight divide between the works.The walls will be white so the paintings stand out because the whiteness highlights the artwork. The top of each pieces of art will be level but the bottoms and widths won’t be the same because they are all different sizes. I think the different sizes will give the display movement and diversity. I want the tops of the artwork to be levels so it is square and neat.
However, when it came to the installation of the work. The layout and artworks I decided to use changed. I decided to only use the larger collage because it was the most detailed and the better one out of the two. I wasn’t entirely happy with the eye painting so I get home a produced a charcoal drawing. I was so much happy with the charcoal drawing because it is more my style. When I hung the drawing and the collage on the wall I felt there was a gap between the pieces so I tried out the painting in the middle. I think it work really well and brought all the work together.
Andrew Salgado is an artist I discovered when browsing the Internet for painters relevant to my idea and concept. I was lucky enough to visit his three day exhibition in London on June 2nd. The exhibition was small in terms of the amount of work but most of the paintings were large scale and very powerful. Salgado explains how he’s work challenges the “deconstruction and reconstruction of identity” as well as the conventions of painting itself. Salgado uses bright colours to challenge these conventions and as an act of the progression of painting from traditional methods into more contemporary styles. I think this makes the artists work ethnically, racial and sexually diverse because the colours and markings he has made give a sense of peace and love. Salgado has used both men and women in his work although the exhibition is called ‘nature boy’ which may give the assumption of an all male show. His work reminded me of the struggles of female equality and how our identity has been suppressed and ignored by men in history. The work is very noble and peaceful which could be related to my project of female equality because it is also monumental and a mark of triumph.
I decided to visited the exhibition in person because I feel looking at work in books and on the Internet doesn’t allow me to truly experience the it but, standing in front of it does help me to respond better and develop my own personal feelings towards the art. This is how I enjoy working – allowing the audience to respond to my work and develop an understanding in there own way. I focused on his painting of eyes (these weren’t present at the exhibition) because they showed a lot of emotion. I was inspired by Salgado’s work because he uses very expressive brush strokes which promotes the emotion Salgado is trying to capture. Throughout his work, Salgado uses colour to tone and highlight the features of the face and eyes. Rather than uses blacks, he has used blues, greens and reds to tone and some white along with yellows and pinks to highlight and sculpt the face. This keeps the painting warm and welcoming which is an aim of the artist according to his explanations.
Luke Roberts has responded to the idea of human life and how the human conditions is seen through both the physical experience and the emotions of a person. Roberts used oil paint to create texture and form a realistic depiction of the human skin. You are unable to identify each painting because they are all close up of the skin which creates abstract expressive work. This has also enabled Luke to form the emotion to the work and able the audience to see the representation of this physical life experience he is attempting to create in his own way. The paintings are mounting on the wall in a way which draws the audiences eyes across all of the artworks rather than just focusing on one piece. They compliment each other.
I am fascinated by Lukes work because he has used different thickness layers of the paint to form texture and materialisation. I find the pieces appealing and aesthetically pleasing because they show some emotion and are as though they contain a story or history. Roberts uses tone to produce a mixed mood and highlight that internal emotion associated with every person. Our emotions and life experience are what make us unique and shape our personality and character. Roberts is uses this to convey his own understanding and interpretation of this theory. I found this fascinating because as well as giving his response, Luke has allowed space for the audience to interpret the work in their own way. I believe this is a key factor in Fine Art because is challenges a concept or theory in a more expressive creative way.
The final stage of the sand casting was the most exciting because it involved heating up the aluminium to 600 degrees. The molten metal is pouring quickly into the mould after skimming the impurities off the top. The mould is then left over night to cool and harden. If you don’t let the metal cool probably and remove it from the the mould too quickly, it will break and the shape will change. This happens because to outside hardens quickly but the inner part of the mould is forming crystals which are very brittle until solid.
After the mould has solidified over night, we needed to bash the model out of the sand. I found it hard to get all of the sand out using a metal brush and a chisel but we were able to use a sand blaster. This is a machine which fires pressured grit at the work to remove sand which is embedded into the metal. However, I decided not to use it because it gives the metal a mate grey texture which I didn’t want. My tutor recommended I wash the sculpture to soak the sand out. My work did resemble an ants nest but not as much as I wanted. But it did remind me of a very complex maze with different paths similar to those women took to get the vote including hunger strikes, protests, hanging their bras in public and more extremely, jumping in front of horses.