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.

Thoughts so far

My thoughts on this brief so far are starting to become more positive. Over the past two weeks I have found this brief quite difficult to work from but I feel like the reason I have found it hard to create is because the artwork I had chosen hasn’t inspired me enough to feel driven to create. The artwork I had chosen initially was a piece by Andy Warhol I had seen in Tate Modern. (Shown below)


What had draw me to this piece at the start was the contrast between the bright and the dark colours. I really liked the thought of using both bright colour and black and white in the way Warhol has to create but I have been finding it very difficult to find inspiration from this piece and use that inspiration to create.

After going back though my collection of photos from the galleries I have visited the piece that I am now wanting to focus on is a piece I saw in the Saatchi by Makiko Kudo. I already have a few ideas that include using photography as a main part of my process to create and am hoping that using my skill in photography to capture landscapes and portraits will inspire me to create work that is exciting for me for this brief.

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