Using colour to represent emotion

For my Outside/Inside project I am using colour as one of my main focus points. What I have been doing with this is playing around with the idea of using colour to represent the emotion and mood behind the text. When writing my thoughts down on my chosen medium (usually cartridge paper) the text flows into each other and overlaps making it quite tricky to read. The use of colour will give the viewer of the piece an understanding of the emotion behind the text with out actually being able to read the text itself.

I was first inspired to use colour after completing the ‘Light is Colour’ field Collaborative lab with David and James. Using screen printing and experimenting with the different colours really inspired me to use colour to represent emotions. For example, with brighter colours like yellows and oranges will represent brighter and happier moods where as dark blues and blacks will represent duller and darker moods. Reds and greens on the other hand will represent moments of anger of destress.

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The first card on the left in the image above represents a bright mood behind the text but also moments of anger. On this ATC I have wrote down my thoughts surrounding my first day back at work when I went home over Easter. The yellow and bright orange colours around the sides are symbolising the happier comments I have written down about being home with family and friends and also returning to work after three months. The red patch in the middle represents a period of time during the day where I was angered or irritated.

The second card to the right in the image above represents a day where I had very mixed emotions. Most of the day is shown to be happy and bright as I have used yellows and reds when writing about the amazing life my grandfather had that passed recently but the greens represent the day as being partly upsetting a destressing knowing that he is no longer with us.

The white used in both cards and in most of the other cards I have made represent a barrier between the text/colours and the viewer of the cards. When I feel upset about something or feel as if I look fragile I put up a barrier to block out other people so that no one knows how I am feeling. I think the white represents this quite well as you are unable to see through it very well and it also gives the card a more layered effect.

Gerhard Richter

An artist that has inspired my first final piece for Outside/Inside is the work of Gerhard Richter. Whilst in London I visited the Tate Modern and was able to see a few of Richter’s paintings. Richter has created these abstract pieces by layering paint and then wiping over his canvas with a squeegee. Doing this drags the layers of paint and you are able to see the colours that were layered underneath. What I really enjoy about his paintings are the mixes of colours he uses.

Above are a collect of oil painting by Richter called ‘The Cage Paintings’. These paintings have many different textures as there are lines from where a squeegee has been dragged and paused on the paints surface, brush strokes and also areas where the oil paint has dried and created a rippled effect. There are also areas where the paint looks delicate and fluid. This collection of paintings are named after a musician called John Cage as Richter listened to Cage’s music whilst creating these pieces and wanted to name them after the composer. Richter has also been interested in Cage’s ideas around ambient sound and silence as well as his use of chance in musical composition.

I really like the idea of listening to music and creating a collection of work. Listening to the music and creating movements of sound in paint or pen or any material. I think this could be a really good idea for when I create my final outcomes. I can listen to the music and use colour to reflect the emotions I feel listening to the song/songs and how it makes me feel. I think the way that Richter works is something that I could possibly do for my first final piece which relates to Artist Trading Cards as it is relating to my thoughts and feelings.

Update:

When creating my first final piece I listened to a playlist of music I created which reminds me of when I was a young child and also being around my mum. Whilst being at uni I have found it quite hard being far from family and friends for months on end as I had only been away from home for a week or two before hand. For my first final piece I was inspired Richter and him listening to music and creating movement. For my work I have used music to express emotion when creating my Trading Cards. Below is a list of music I listened to each day I created one of my ATC’S. Each song I have a personal connection with as they are songs that make me feel a lot of different emotions both happy and sad.

 

Duran Duran – Ordinary World

Cher – Believe

Candi Staton – Young Heart Run Free

Eric Carmen – Hungry Eyes

Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life

Bryan Adams – Heaven

Luther Vandross – Never Too Much

Duran Duran – Girls on Film

Duran Duran – Hungry Like the Wolf

Natalie Imbruglia – Torn

Robbie Williams – Millenium

East 17 – Stay Another Day

Savage Garden – Truly Madly Deeply

Deep Blue Something – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Robbie Williams – Angels

Fatboy Slim – Praise You

R. Kelly – The Worldest Greatest

Mario – Let Me Love You

Blur – Parklife

The Ronettes – Be My Baby

Athlete – Wires

Harry Belafonte – Jump In The Line

Seal – Kiss from a Rose

Travis – Why Does It Always Rain on Me?

Duran Duran – Rio

Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way

Sum 41 – In Too Deep

R.E.M – Losing My Religion

TLC -Waterfalls

Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight

Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes

Enya – Orinoco Flow

Bill Withers – Everybody’s Talkin’

The Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil

Bryan Adams – I’m Ready

Randy Newman – You’ve Got a Friend in Me

Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive

Bruce Channel – Hey Baby

Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time

Cher – The Shoop Shoop Song

Cher – It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World

Blondie – The Tide Is High

The Monkees – Daydream Believer

Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger

Oasis – Stop Crying Your Heart Out

Robbie Williams – Rock DJ

Fleetwood Mac – Albatross

First Final Idea

For my first final piece I have begun to create a collection of small pieces. I wanted to continue my development on the Artist Trading Cards I had began to make towards the start of the year and create a collection of cards that can be displayed together in my final showcase.

The theme of these cards will be based around my thoughts and feelings. I plan to make one card everyday for one hundred and fifty days which will display my thoughts and how I felt on that day. This idea has come from Outside/ Inside as I wanted to be able to display everything that I think and feel for everyone to see but not really be able to see. Each card will be covered in writing but only few parts will be able to be read. The writing will be over lapped and jumbled together which I really like the idea of as I will be able to write my thoughts honestly without being anyone truly knowing what I’m writing about.

The theme of what I am talking about will be shown by what colours are on the card. I want to be able to reflect the mood and emotion of how I feel at the time of creating the card so I will be reflecting this through the use of colour. This will also help make each card unique as each day on the cards will be a mixture of bright and fluorescent colours for positive moods and happy emotions where as the dark and grey toned colours will reflect a more darker mood or unhappy emotion.

I also want to be able to layer the colours of paint on top of each other and between the writing to give a less flat effect.

 

 

Screen Printing

A technique that I have recently learnt that I’m very excited to use for Outside/Inside is Screen Printing. This week I have spent a few hours in the Screen Printing studio taking part in a field project called Light is Colour. During this time I have learnt quite a bit about making and cleaning off your own silk screens and also how to screen print. During my A-Levels I learnt a little bit about screen printing in Textiles but I used Silk screens pre made with designs and not my own. I am very excited to be able to work in facilities where I am able to create my own Silk screen and will be taking full advantage of this.

As I am working on quite a small scale for Outside/Inside; my designs I am hoping will be able to include layering with screen printing. In my Pinterest board (linked below) I have saved a variety of screen prints made by other artists who use screen printing with a layering technique. I really like the way this looks and the clash of colours on some pieces makes the prints look very effective. My screen prints I think may be on playing card size or may be even in match stick box fold out books.

Artist Trading Cards

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For my Outside/Inside project I wanted to look at how I can present small scale pieces in some sort of collection or little fold out book. Whilst looking up how to do this I came across a group of people who made these small collage pieces the size of playing cards called Artist Trading Cards or ATC’s. What really intrigued me about these small pieces where that each artist made a card based around the theme that they were given as a group, signed and dates the back and then traded the card with another artist. I really like the idea of this and also the outcomes that they all came out with were very beautiful to look at. Each card they made were different but a like at the same time weather they used earthy colours or bright luminous colours each one had its own character.

Above is a collection of a few ATC’s I have created after looking into this idea. What I did was buy a pack of playing cards from Tesco to work on top of and collaged old photos from my childhood on top. I then started to paint and use different techniques that I would normally use when Art Journaling to create patterns and layered effects on top of the cards.

Two books that really helped me with this were 1000 Journal Pages and 1000 Artist Trading Cards by Patricia Bolton who is Editor-in-chief of Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Quilting Arts Magazine. I came across the 1000 Journal Pages book which was in the Art Library at Cardiff Met Llandaff campus and found it quite inspiring to look at the work of other artists who have a passion for Art Journaling. This then lead to me reading through the 1000 ATC’s book which includes ways of creating ATC’s and also a selection of cards by other artists.

I really enjoyed working on a small scale like this as I was able to make quite a few cards (just over 30) but also be able to make each card detailed and interesting to look at. After creating these ATC’s I think I will continue to create these and present them as a collection. I could also develop this by creating my own boxes for them to sit in and maybe also look at creating my own themes for each box of cards whether it’s themed by month, emotion, event .etc.