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.

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.

Andre Stitt and his studio

Images above of Jackson Pollock in his Studio.

For one of our tutorials instead of meeting in uni I was able to go to Andre Stitt’s studio and see what environment he liked to surround himself in. The studio space that Stitt works in was a very spacious garage conversion that he had spend time creating. There was an area where you could cook, clean and eat, and room for painting and a small staircase which lead up to another floor big enough to house a storage for artwork a desk for working and a sofa. Seeing Stitt’s studio space for me was very eye opening as I feel as if a studio space is a very personal space for an artist to go to and feel inspired to work with no distraction.

Looking at Stitt’s studio space reminded me of images I had seen of Jackson Pollock working in his studio. It also made me think of my own space at uni and how neglected it looked in comparison. What I have taken from this experience is to try and find a way that I can work in my own studio space more often with out being distracted. Often when I am in a space working closely near other artists my mind wonders to what they are creating and often leaves me just sat thinking. I am hoping that maybe spending more time in the studio will help me to train myself into not being easily distracted and to improve my concentration on my own task.

Andy Warhol and Identity


Above is a piece of work by Artist Andy Warhol called ‘Marilyn Diptych’. I saw this piece quite recently when visiting Tate Modern and was instantly drawn to the contrast between bright and monotone colours. What I find very interesting about this silk screen painting is Warhol’s choice of colours. In this piece the colours to the left are very vibrant, they are very eye catching and grab your attention right away especially with the white Gallery wall as the background.

What I drew me into this piece by Warhol was the face’s of Marylin Monroe. This piece made me think about what was discusses in the ideas lab about the concept of identity.

Would you know who it was if her face was taken away? What would be left of her if you were to take away her face? How would the viewer see her?

What brought me back to the ideas lab and the the subject of identity was the fact that people will know straight away who this painting is by just by seeing Marylins face; and if you were to take that away would you be able to recognise the painting?

What would I really be doing if I were to take away her face? Who would she be?

Saatchi Gallery, October 2017

This month I was able to go to London and visit the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea. The Saatchi is one of my favourite galleries as I find the work shown there is very eccentric from many other galleries. The show on at the moment had a wide variety of different styles including textile, mixed media and abstract pieces. Below are a few pieces that I really enjoyed seeing at this Gallery visit and in particular were a few pieces by an artist called Makiko Kudo.

The three paintings that were exhibited by this artist all used a different range of colours. What I really enjoyed about his work were there are no harsh lines sererating tree from tree or and object from an object. Kudo has used different tones of colour to create a quite obvious barrier in quite an abstract but obvious way.

Another artist who’s work was very different from Kudo’s interested me which was the work by Philip Colbert which included a variety of paintings staring a lobster dressed in fried egg pyjamas. What I found interesting about Colberts work was that in his pieces he plays to our fears and hopes by highlighting the fact that social media is a very influential part of our lives. He incorporates emojis and social media logos into his work in quite an outspoken way and made me think of how his work reminded me of the cyborg constellation Lecture I had last year.

Work by Makiko Kudo above