Left to Right:
‘Reading’ (Saturday 9th January 1932)
‘Bust of a Woman’ (1931, Boisgeloup)
‘The Sculptor’ (Monday 7th December 1931)
Plaster Sculptures in Studio at Boisgeloup (1899-1984)
‘Village in the Rain. Rainbow’ (Friday 6th May 1932, Boisgeloup)
When visiting London recently, I was very fortunate to be gifted tickets to see the Picasso exhabition which was being shown at Tate Modern. One of the reasons I was excited to see this exhabition was because was because I really enjoy Picasso’s abstract style and create use of colour.
This exhabition called ‘Love Fame Tragedy’ exploded a lot of the pieces that Picasso created in 1932, which was a big year for him. Critics began to openly discuss wether they thought Picasso was an artist of the past rather then an artist of the future. This then pushed Picasso into being more ambitious with his work.
Left: ‘Girl before a Mirror’ (Monday 14th March 1932, Paris)
Right: ‘Nude in front of a Mirror’ (Sunday 26th June 1932, Boisgeloup)
Above are two painting in the exhabition that were my favourite. What I really enjoy about these pieces by Picasso is his use of line and shape. I like that the shapes are defined by thick black lines as I think this excentuates the shape of the subject. It also really like that the curve’s of the black lines capture the movement of the brush strokes. Within the shapes created in these pieces of work I really enjoy the bright colours incoperated in Picasso’s work. I find the colours to contrast well with each other to create very eye catching pieces of work. His continuous abstract theme I find is also very athletically pleasing as you are able to see what the subject is.
What am I taking away from this for my own work:
– incoperste bright colours.
– experiment with shapes to create abstract pieces.
– define shapes with harsh edges.
-experiment with the scale of my work, try something bigger instead of creating small pieces.
Below are photographs I have taken in Roath Park and also at a local beach in my home town called Jennycliff Beach. These photos I think really help to capture the beauty of nature. What I really love about the photos I had taken in Roath Park is the sense of movement in the photographs. What was happening at the time was a little girl was feeding the swans in the lake and because of the food this grabbed a lot of the birds attention. In the photo you are able to see the birds swooping into the shot which leaves a blur of where their wings are flapping. I really like the effect that this has left.
The other photos from my beach trip to Jennycliff also capture movement but in a different way. Where the ocean is crashing against the rock in some of the photographs o think this leave a very beautiful and delicate effect.
Above is a still life I created using different textured paper, ink and acrylic paint. I went to a few of my local beaches at home which included Jennycliff beach and also Wembury beach. Whilst walking along the beaches I found quite a few objects that had been washed up by the sea. This included large rope, rust hooks,and old umbrella and also an old rust shovel. I collected these items and took them home to creat a still life. In my still life I wanted to capture the rusty tones and also the rusted texture so I used different inks and also layered different textured paper before starting this piece.
Overall I’m really pleased with how this has turned out. I usually go for a more abstract look if I’m every painting something with ink or acrylic but when doing this I think I was able to capture the shape of the objects well. What I really like the most about this piece is how the textured paper looks underneath the inks. I think this give some it a very textured look and also makes it seem less flat.
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?
Coming back to working with clay has really inspired me with my subject project after being stuck for so long on what I could possibly do. Exploring these different techniques and working with people from other course and also artists has really opened my eyes to the possibility of things that I can achieve through using clay. I haven’t thought of using clay in a very long time in my work but after completeing this first field project I want to explore clay more in a more mixed media way. Ways I have been thinking of doing this is by creating a piece where I can use lots of different materials to create different textures. After doing this field project I know that for my final piece I want to create little parts of textures in clay to incorporate into my piece.
During this Field project with James I have really enjoyed learning about the different magical objects which different cultures have. After completing the project I have decided to bring me look into masks to a close. I am going to use what I have learnt about masks to help me finalise a few ideas I have for my final piece for this project. The constructing part of this field project I think is what will help me most for my subject work as I want to create a mixed media piece as my final outcome and I think that the way I build and construct this will be a very important aspect.
Surfrider Foundation is an orgaisation who are dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world ocean. What really drew me to looking into this organisation were the two images above. These images are posters that try to educate people on one of the may reasons why littering and polluting the ocean is not good.
I really like that they’ve used the quote ‘what goes in the ocean goes in you’ as I think people often forget that even though the ocean is huge, animals still get caught on litter and also eat it. If animals eat plastic and other debri that gets dumped into the ocean it is not a material that can be digested. This mean when we’re catching fish to eat what’s in the fish will essentially go into you. This Foundation is such a good organisation to donate to as they are really trying to help make the ocean not only a better place for the animals to live in but also helping to make our lives more sustainable.
After looking through their page it makes me think what if everyone picked up at least 3 or 4 pieces of litter they see in the day and throw it in a bin. Would this then make the planet more cleaner or will it make people think before they threw something on the ground.