A Key Moment for Me This Year

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Two Pieces Above by Dieter Roth

A Key Moment this year for me was finding the work of Dieter Roth, a Swiss artist who is well know for his artist books. (Shown Above)

Throughout the start of this first year I really struggled with what I wanted to work towards for my final pieces and also what theme to go around for Outside/Inside. When I had realised I wanted to base my work around my thoughts and feelings finding the work of Dieter Roth really inspired me to create the pieces that I did. What I really enjoy about his artist books is that it is a visual diary. He uses words, diagrams and colour to create these pieces and I think is pieces are simple but quite beautiful. All of the colours together create a very welcoming look and the colours that bleed through the pages leave quite an interesting effect. Another aspect of these pieces that I really love is that each page is dated. This relates a lot more to my first final piece then my second as on the back of each card of my first final piece is the date I had completed it and also they are displayed in order of date like Roth’s work. I have used a similar technique to Roth’s pieces above by applying colour over my writing. Doing this on my own pieces has partly masked the writing which I think speaks very loudly to the point I’m trying to make about no one really knowing how anyone is thinking or feeling. You think you know but you never will know. This leaves quite an effective look I feel and gives the piece a layered look.

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Kirsty Whitlock

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An Artist that has inspired my second final piece is the work of textiles artist Kirsty Whitlock. What really drew me in with Whitlock’s work was the piece above. What I really like about this piece is that she uses paper as one of her chosen medias. I really love that each piece is connected using thread either by machine stitchin or hand stitching and this is something I would like to do for one of my final pieces. Another aspect of Whitlock’s work that I really like is that she uses objects like news papers, train tickets, car tax disks.etc which we see daily to create her works of art be distorting them with textiles

What I would really like to do for my second final piece is to create a patch work blanket like piece that is made us of different pieces of paper that has been layered with writing and paint. Using Whitlock’s technique will help me to bind all of my pieces together and helps to create one big final piece of the little singular pieces I am planning to make.

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