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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking back on all four field projects I feel as if I have learnt something from each one. The field project that I found I took the most knowledge from was the Light is Colour were. During this I started off by learning more above primary colours and which colours paired together. I found that this helped me with the rest of the project as I was able to identify which colours that would work well together for the screen printing process.
Screen Printing was also another technique I learnt quite a bit about. I learnt the basics of Screen Printing in A-Level when I did Textiles but within this week I had learnt how to create my own Silk screens using the equipment they had in the printing room and also about washing off screen printing and cleaning the paint off the screens.
For my Outside/Inside project I want to interperate Screen Printing with my final pieces as I think this could leave a very interest effect on top of the overlaying writing I have been doing and also will make the pieces more vibrant as I will be using a lot of colour.
Field Collaborative Lab Week 1
Silhouetted Still Lives
Field Collaborative Lab Week 2
Light is Colour
Field Collaborative Lab Week 3
Field Collaborative Lab Week 4
Panormic Pinhole Camera
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.
Above is a collection of images I have taken on some of the experimental pieces I have been doing for my Outside/Inside project. I have been basing this project around thoughts and have been documenting my thoughts on pieces of cartaliage paper. The reason I have thought to do this for my Outside/Inside project is because I was thinking of taking things that are Inside and displaying them on the outside. I thought that using my thoughts and also my feelings would be quite a good idea as your own personal thoughts are only shown when you either I say them or write them down. I thought that by displaying my thoughts would be quite a different take on the Outside/Inside theme.
Whilest experimenting with this I over lapped my writing to see what kind of effect it would have and I really liked the outcome of this. Doing this has given the text a layered and textured effect that I think looks very interesting. Whilst I was doing this I found that writing down everything I was thinking and feeling to be quite therapeutic and I felt as if I had unloaded everything I was feeling out onto my sheet of paper and it was quite a cleansing feeling. This idea could link to my past research on art therapy.