Responding to the Response

After a week of creating work from another’s image, we exchanged works and were tasked to response to this. Having worked with Io’s image I really started to build a strong idea I want to develop and explore. Although I have brought together some great ideas for this, I need to work with my original image.

I felt Io took my image in a very different direction to what I was originally thinking about. She interpreted the work as the universe and explosions. I thought the piece was very peaceful and calm with the colours and tones of the piece. The purples, blues and blacks along with the figurative shapes create the mystery in the work and the running ink helps to bring the whole piece together.

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Once why I received Io’s response back, I was quite worried because it was very different to my style of work and I wasn’t too sure how to go forward. The 1 hour response task proved pretty difficult because I had NO IDEA what to do!! It took a while, but 45 minutes in and I GOT AN IDEA!! I started to combine the waves and tides I had created in my response piece with the colours of my original image and began to see black holes and the universe. I started to understand where Io was going. It reminded me of the universe in our minds – our thoughts, emotions, experiences – and how it forms our personality.

I have decided I will be painting with idea onto a canvas as it will enable me to blend the colours more easily and be create a vibrant piece. Im hoping this will be an interesting artwork as well as developing my ideas further.


The Sea of Emotion

Having studied a fellow student’s chosen image (summer project) I was tasked to respond to it in a personally way. It was not meant to be a copied but my interpretation of it. After studied it for a while the obvious fish scene became less straightforward to me and the ideology of people watching and today society started to develop.

I wanted to keep to my strengths for this project and used charcoal however, it instead of drawing on paper I thought canvas would give a hazed, broken affect without added any other materials (paper, cardboard etc.). I was fascinated by the idea that we visited aquariums and zoos to watch wildlife go about their daily lives. What would happen if it was the other way around? Wildlife came to museums and containers to watch us. Would that be a thing? I guess we do watch people, at least I do!

I took the background of the chosen image and created an expressive response using the charcoal for my piece. At first I wasn’t really sure what I was trying to create but when I looked for the piece coming together from a distance I began to see parts of a face. I didn’t intend to create this, a happy accident, but I think it gives my work the intention I was looking for. I wanted to form the idea of how how emotions and personalities are a sea in our minds and that then can change depending on our mood and experiences. The slight presence of the human eye presents the experiences we see in life and society.

I wish to continue this ideology and research it more experimentation and contextualisation  and reading of articles and current issues.

Practice based Research

Research doesn’t have to just be looking at books, the internet or visiting exhibitions. When studying art you are surrounded by other developing artists who have the potential to help you with fresh ideas and pathways for your work.


Our tutors took advantage of this idea and asked us to swap images and respond to it. This could be anything. iIt didn’t have to be a copy, but an interpretation, the first thing that comes to mind when you look at the work. ¬†Getting the opportunity to respond to everyone’s image in the group meant they supplied you with a range of different interpretations and possible journeys to take your work on. I found that looking at other students’ work helped me to develop mine own ideas for my original image as well as helping my fellow classmates with their work. For example, one of the students used an old family photo, which I interpreted as being slightly spooky and sinister. I found it to be like this due to the ageing of the photography, as well as the facial expression of each member of the image. This made me think about the loneliness and the longing for connection of my chosen image. Andrea’s family photo showed the connections so many of us have then our families. I noticed mine was almost the opposite of this, the isolation that some of us live with.

Now we all had 15 different interpretations of our images. The next task was to pair up and swap photos. I was given a photo of fish [above]. I couldn’t quite tell if it was in a big aquarium or the ocean. At first the image didn’t do much do me as there was no obvious concept which came to mind. It was just an caption of colourful fish swimming in a big background. However, as I worked with it the piece became more and more interesting. I started to question the concept of the image, how we watch the fish swim. Its fascinating to compare them to humans. So many of us people-watch in coffee shops, retail stores, even when walking down the street. In the future could humans be placed into a tank and watched by others as they go on with their daily lives? It would be an interesting experiment and a more obvious type of people-watching.

This experiment has given me the opportunity to develop my ideas and allow my imagination to venture on different pathways to help stem my creativity.

Raven echo

Ryan Gander was an artist on our summer reading work who talked about typing three random words into Google to find inspiration for art. I was fascinated by this idea so I tried it. At first the images weren’t doing anything for me so I decided to continue trying different words to see what I could come to with.


pain tree echo

The work below was created by an unknown artist. Although this is not a recommended way of contextualising my art, I feel looking at less-famous artists to an interesting way to work because helps me to look any the way a massive range of people work. Only looking at famous artists can narrow your perception of art because those who are not as well recognised may not ‘please’ the audience and therefore are casted aside. This is where the question of ‘What is art?’ comes into play, but, this is a discussion for another time. I was fascinated by this piece of work because I could almost feel the emotion and loneliness captured in the ink. I have interpreted this piece as a sea view as you can almost see the horizon where the sky and the sea meet which gives a very calming sense. The purple tones along with the monochrome adds to this feeling. The white integrated with the purple adds to the tone and starts to form shapes within the piece. It adds as a moon reflection on the sea and the black marks convey a dead tree hanging. I feel this could be interpreted as a person, someone who is struggling with mental illness. This is just my interpretation but, thats what is great about fine art, it could be anything. The artist didn’t leave a description so they may have just painting what was in front of them using purples and monochrome. This project will allow me to see how others interpret this work.