Images from the ‘Crap Stop’ installation we created. For artists with ‘artist block’
Above is an installation piece created during the first few weeks of site venue. This piece was named the ‘Crap Stop’. The idea behind this piece is that when you are experiencing ‘artist block’ which is something most artists have experienced you come and take a seat at the crap stop. What you do is you reach into the whole and have a ruffle around and pull an object out. After taking something from the box you must out something of your own back. The idea behind this is that no matter what you pull from the box you should focus your energy on the object and this can help you spark ideas from what you’ve been stuck on. By putting something back into the box you are contributing to potentially help another artist in need of inspiration. I really liked the idea behind this as through that strat of this year I’ve had moments where I’ve been really stuck on what to do and I really enjoyed the concept behind this idea.
Image taken from the gallery of my final piece.
For the second part of Site Venue week, we had decided to separate our given gallery space into three different events as we all wanted to be able to link our experience to our subject work. There is a group based for parents and toddlers in an interactive form and Sashi is also hosting her own exhibition called ‘The Discomfort Zone’. The group I am in is an exhibition called ‘Siopaganda’. In this group we wanted to create our own individual pieces as this would link better to subject.
For my piece I wanted to create an small piece that would be sat in the middle. I wanted to initially make it look like a pile of rubbish from far away but when you came closer it would become something more. What I wanted people to think about when viewing this piece was what do they do to contribute towards recycling? Is it just what everyone household do? Separating general waste, recycling and food waste?
Creating this has also made me think of how I am going to present my work for my final outcome? How could I move on from this and develop this? My first initial thought were to use things like the sense to get a reaction from people instead of the work just being something that someone can see. What if the audience can smell the litter and debri?
Since my first initial response to ‘Floating Island’ I’ve thought a lot about my surroundings and how I can intereperate nature into my ideas in subject. A way I did this was by visiting a few of my favourite places that I felt really showed the beauty of nature. Two of my favourite places that I visited were Roath Park where I captured images of swans on the lake. I also visited a beach near my home in Plymouth called Jennycliff where I captured images of the waves crashing against the rocks and also the rocky cliffs. When sitting at Jennycliff I couldn’t help but notice the amount of litter left by people who had been there for picnics and also rubbish that had been washed up onto the beach by the waves. Seeing this really made me realise that a lot of people do not think about the effects they have on the environment when not picking up there rubbish after themselves. This has lead me to looking more into ways we pollute the sea and how it is affecting the animals living in this environment.
The more I moved along the beach I noticed a lot more debris washed up against the rocks. I began to collect a few of the things that I saw washed up like pieces of warn rope to take home. Using the rope and a few things from my garden that were going to be thrown away, I began to lay out my items to start drawing. I used white acrylic paint and different blue inks to create this piece. Over all I am quite pleased with how this has come out. I used pieces of crinkled brown paper and tissue paper on parts of this as i thought it would give an interesting effect underneath the acrylic and the inks. I really like the textured pieces this collages painting the most as I feel they are the most interesting to look at and give this piece a more layered effect.
One of my ideas following this was to create a PVA fish that I would be able to print with ink. I wanted to try out this technique as I thought using PVA would allow me to use different materials to be able to create a more diverse amount of textures when printing. The kinds of materials I have used were things like rice, string, straws etc as I thought these kinds of materials would leave very interesting marks when printing. I’m very happy with how this has turned out as the textures left in the hardened PVA printed very well in the printing press. One of the things I like the most is that the textures leave a very interesting pattern and give the illusion of scales of the side of the body. I found this exercise to be quite helpful with my studies and I think I could develop this more by using more of the litter and debris that gets washed up onto the side of the beaches.
Makiko Kudo – Floating Island
After looking at how we are effecting the environment in a negative force it made me think about what we will be doing to it in the long run. What if nothing changes? What will happen if littering and pollution is just becoming worse and we don’t do anything to try and stop it?
Whilst experimenting with different materials I accidentally burnt through a piece of synthetic fabric and this made me think. It made me think that the heat gun was all the pollution in the world and the synthetic materials was nature. As soon as the heat gun hits the synthetic materials they began to melt and warp and slowly begin disintergrate. The synthetic materials left a really cool texture that reminded me of bubbling sea foam and I then started to think about how I could use different textiles to create textures
Since then I’ve made a few little samples using different textile techniques like weaving, feltmaking, Nuno felting, Shibori and also Screen printing. Doing these little experimental pieces has really interested me into the kinds of textures you can create. This for me has sparked the idea of creating a final piece or pieces that are stable enough for you to touch. When seeing art I find the most interesting parts of most pieces to be the textures incoperated in the pieces. When looking at oil paintings the brush marks and strokes I find really give the painting the effect of movement and I really like this. In particular I really enjoyed doing the felt pieces. One of the pieces is a flat piece using different colours of normal felt and the other felt piece is more of a felt pocket with also includes little parts of sheeps wool. I really enjoyed creating the felt pocket the most as I found this very cool to make. I think this could be quite an interesting way to create a more three dimensional textured piece.
My first take on printing for subject was a bit of a fail. I created a Lino cut of a Koi fish and wanted to create a print that I could use two colours. I designed my Lino print and did my first print with a pale yellow. I then when back to cutting away more parts of the Lino to be able to use another colour on top and printed with this, this time using a bright orange colour. When doing this I found it to be very difficult to line the Lino print up to the printed piece on the card. Then when putting the Lino through the printing press the Lino slide and made the print of the orange not line up to the yellow print as there was not enough room the second time for the Lino block to pass under causing this to slide around a little bit. You can see this in the prints below. Even though this did not go to plan I still like the effect of the pale colour against the brighter orange colour. I think this looks really effective.
(Masks that hat have inspired my cardboard mask above.)
Stage 1 – Creating a design
Above is a rough drawing of an expressive mask idea. I want to make the face of the mask expressive as I really like how these kinds of masks look. For this mask I am wanting to layer pieces of cardboard so that I will be able to use PVA and tissue to go over the top and make the mask more durable before painting it with bright colours.
Stage 2 – Creating a template
The first photo above was a rough template just to plan put the size and how I would build the layers of the face. The last two photos are the template used for the mask which I did make a little bit bigger so there was enough room for layering and then the last photo are the layered pieces of cardboard that will be stuck to the mask.
Stage 3 – Glueing the mask together
Now that I’ve glued the layered pieces of cardboard together I am able to start using tissue and news paper to build up areas of the mask.
Stage 4 – Starting to PVA the pieces together
Using tissue will hopefully let me build up a thicker layer which will harden to a more durable material.
Stage 5 – Using bright colours to paint
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.
Through out the past five weeks of life drawing with Pip and Natasha I think I have slowly but surely been able to capture the figure in many different ways. After the first few hours of the sessions I think that in my drawings I have retrieved the information and some times even proportion well. At the start of these sessions I didn’t really understand what retrieving the information meant. But after focusing in I think what is meant by this is to document the main shapes of the body. For example, the main curves in the body, the shapes in which the limbs and torso are creating and also making sure the point of balance can be seen in each drawing. One of the things I’ve really enjoyed about these life drawing sessions is looking ta the way the shadows can help with showing the point of balance. When using shading to show parts of the body and ground that are shadowed I think this helps to give the view of the drawing an idea of which wash the light is hitting the model which can also so which way the model is leaning and where the pressure maybe be.
Another interesting part of the life drawing was taking time to hold the pose and feel what the model was feeling. Where the pressures were on parts of the body from holding anposition for so long. I found holding the positions that Pip were holding very difficult as you had to find ways to spread the weight of your body instead of putting all the pressure onto one hand or leg. Thinking about how Pip held herself in the life drawing poses also helped me when drawing from her as I was thinking about how she was spreading her weight and how she was holding herself.
This idea of thinking also helped me with the Ceramic side of the life drawing as I had to find ways to spread the weight of the Ceramic figure with out it falling over. I had to look at Pip and the way she was holding herself to try and figure of ways I could use the clay to creat a three dimensional replica of Pip.
one part of this that I did find difficult was trying to find a way to create a skin texture on the clay. In the end I went for using the texture on my thumb but even then I think I could have found better ways to create the skin texture.
Over all I think that these life drawing sessions have really helped me look at the human body in different ways. Also taking time to become the model also made me think differently on how I can show the point of balance.