ADZ5999 Constellation 5: Critique

The lecture that I found I understood the most was the first lecture linked to Sustainability. I had never had any interest in the environment until I had a little understand into what sustainability was all about. After looking into Sustainability and watching a few keynote lectures explaining what the causes were and what we could do to help it really sparked an interest in me.

What I have learnt from this constellation is a lot of knowledge on what sustainability is, how it works and what we can do to impact it positively. Before starting the critical material culture brief I only had a basic knowledge on global warming and how the effects of our actions can damage the environment so greatly. I have learnt a lot from watching Lecture videos of people like Stuart Walker and Leyla Acaroglu who speak passionatly about sustainability and know we can improve it. I never really understood how important it is to give back to the earth when we take a lot of it for granted. A lot of damage caused by the human race can be fixed but not all of it will be. The ozone layer is something that will slowly heal and will go back to normal but destroyed habitats and pollution leading to extinction for some animals can not be. A lot of the pollution caused by us was never intentional and sometimes we forget that leaving a light on for an hour is effecting the environment and driving to the shops when it’s raining outside is effecting the environment when there was a pollution free way to do it.

This constellation has made me think about what I do everyday that might contribute to harming the environment and what I might be able to do to prevent it. It’s made me think twice about turning on my lights in the day and just opening up the curtains to let in as much sunlight instead or even just air drying clothes instead of using a tumble dryer all the time. Going back to Sustainability I am looking at ways I can link this in with my subject work. I think that creating a piece linked to the effects of global warming could be a very powerful piece. One of the main focuses when learning about sustainability was a lot about the double effect of recycling. When people see a recycling symbol on the side of a bottle or any kind of packaging they automatically think oh recyclable. Like buying that bottle was one of the important steps in actually recycling it. But what people forget to do is to recycle the bottle after they finish using it so instead it goes straight back to landfill. What needs to be done realistically is to just pay £3-£4 for an empty durable bottle and fill that up continueslu with water. But people see £3-£4 for an empty bottle or 70p for a filled thin plastic bottle. This seems like the easier lazyier way which is the way people usually favour. But almost every bin that you see outside in the city centres and he little towns are double sided bins for recycling and general waste. Doing this is now going to make it easier for people to recycle and people will be more inclined to do so. Since moving to Cardiff for uni I’ve noticed how much recycling is done here compared to when I’m at home. Wen I’m at home I have a general waste bin and a recycling bin that’s it. In Cardiff your given a food waste bin which I found really handy because it helps me keep track of how much food I’m wasting. Once you start to understand what can be recycled and what can’t its very easy to separate daily.



Formative Assessment -November

Artist Statement


A post that documents the work and responses made in the ideas lab

Ideas Lab

A post that documents the original artwork you chose and your initial ideas in response to it

Makiko Kudo

A post that documents the original artwork you chose and your initial material response

Colour and Shape

A post that begins to clarify the thinking and process that is directing the development of your own original artwork(s) at this stage

Thoughts so far

Mixed Media Collage

A post of your own choosing

Beginning to look at Process Art


A post that demonstrates the most influential concepts you have gained from the Key Concept Lecture series, with a brief description of how this has influenced your practice

The Function of a Studio

A post that demonstrates a key contextual reference you found through your research into your initial chosen artwork, with a brief description of how this has influenced your studio practice

Mixed Media Collage

A post that indicates a key contextual reference you have found through your research and visit to galleries

Saatchi Gallery, October 2017

A post that indicates your contextual research and thinking about the function of ‘studios’

Andre Stitt and his studio

A contextual post of your choosing

Andy Warhol and Identity

The Function of a Studio

To me a studio has always been seen as a place to work and also to display work. In my eyes the studio had to always be a neat, tidy place which is very hard to maintain when your me as I’m very good at creating a mess and not wanting to tidy it up.

From the Key Concept Lecture I have learnt about the two types of studios and how both are a private place for an artist to be free to create and be able to create a relationship with their work.

I have always found it quite difficult to work in a studio surrounded by other people, I do not have the best attention span and at times can be easily distracted when working. I want to find a way to change this as learning about the studio and how an artist can really thrive working in their own has made me think of the posibilies and the direction my own work could go in if I were able to concerntrate more.

I think what will help me do this is by turning off my phone and keeping myself off any type of social media. If I am able to block out the Outside work and just concerntrate on keeping focused on my work I feel this will benefit my work more. I can do this by going to the library more instead of using my iPad to do research as I will not be subjected to getting distracted by noticifations. Another way of doing this is listening to music on cassette in my studio space as then the music will be a background noise and I won’t be able to change the song and then keep skipping.

I also need to get out my head that a studio has to be tidy all the time. Working in an absolute mess doesn’t always work for me but if I keep my area organised and do a clean out then I this can help me enjoy my studio space more.

Beginning to look at Process Art

Process Art is a creative art movement that took place mainly in the US and Europe in the mid 60’s. The focus around this art movement is entirely on how an artwork is created and how each part of the process of creating can be defined as an actual art and not the finished final piece. An artist that I think springs to mind when thinking of this is Jackson Pollock. I find his work using dripping paint relates quite well to this art movement.

How does Process Art link to my ideas surrounding Photography?

This year I want to use photography as an influential part of my work. I was kindly gifted a film camera (Canon A-1) from my grandad a few years ago and since then have been using it to capture landscapes and portraits instead of using digital. What I really enjoy about analog/film photography is being able to be a part of the process by developing the film  myself. I find that this way of photography links well with Process Art as the process of developing film is what creates the outcome wether it’s gone right or wrong. A lot of photographs that have been developed too dark or too light still have very interesting effects.

How does Process Art link to my ideas surrounding Art Journaling?

Another part of my work this year will also be including art journaling. An art journal is a book kept by an artist as a visual/verbal record of their thoughts and ideas. Art journaling has always been a very important part of my life as for me I find it quite a therapeutic way to get rid of any built up emotions. When ever I’m feeling stressed or anxious or even angry Art was always my way of being able to get rid of any thoughts or feelings that could effect my mood. Over the past year I have found I have drifted a lot from art journaling which was my first inspiration of wanting to create. This year I want to use art journaling to my advantage to inspire me to create more artwork.

Mixed Media Collage

Since my first initial response to the Makiko Kudo piece ‘Floating Island’ I have had a variety of new ideas. I have been experimenting with collage and paints focusing mainly on the colours and the layered effects this can do. I have been using a variety of different materials to create this and different techniques by using a book called ‘Surface Treatment Workshop’ (Shown Below)


This book has given me inspired me to use different material to create different effects when using paints. When creating my collage pieces I have been using techniques which include using cling film, stamping, newspaper, textured paints and also bubble wrap to help create layered effects in my work. I have really enjoyed using this book to inspire me to use a new way of creating.

Below are a few example of what I have created using these techniques. What I have enjoyed the most from doing this is creating the layered effects to give the collages a more three-dimensions feel.

Developing on from this I think that using text in the collage pieces will also give a very interesting effect.

Colour and Shape

After looking at ‘Floating Island’ closely I have began to experiment with colour and shape. What I find interesting about the way in which Makiko Kudo works is the mixture of different tone colours he uses to create the leaves and greenery in his work. There are no harsh lines separating leaf from leaf but you are able to clearly see this and this is because of his use of colour. This is something I definatly want to be able to create in my own work.

My response to Kudo’s work has mainly focused on the colours he has used in the ‘Floating Island’ painting. I have mainly focused on using greens, yellows, oranges and blues. What I have tried to do in my own pieces is to create layering effects using different types of paint like watercolour and acrylics to create a more built up effect and then using white acrylic paint and water I have created concerntrate rings of paint that are then blurred and murged into the rest of the painting. I think that this creates a very interesting layered effect.

With my art work recently I have mainly been focusing my thoughts around the process of how I am creating. When creating layered mixed media pieces I think that the process of what your using to create your piece can sometimes be the most important. This is something I want to continue focusing on throughout the year as I find the process of making to be quite important to me when I work.

Artist Statement

Looking at Makiko Kudo’s artwork has made me think about what different medias I could use to create. After looking at his piece ‘Floating Island’ I have thought very hard about using photography to stimulate the begin process of this years journey. What I really enjoy about photography (analog in particular) is being able to be apart of the process of making the image. I find analog photography to be very personal as you are capturing an image and then when the film runs out you are then able to go into a dark room and develop it yourself. Sometimes things go wrong and images do not develop the way you think they will but I also find the effects of ‘things going wrong’ to be just as interesting to look at. This year I would like to focus my thoughts around the art movement Process Art and use photography and art journaling to influence my work.