part 2 reflection
Interrogating the real
Initially when given the project brief I was very confused as to what the task actually was and what realism actually depicted.
Does realism actually mean realistic or is it down to the artist to decide if it is realism?
When going thought the PowerPoint of the history it was clear that the realism movement has changes significantly over time from being super detailed like Parmigianino’s Madonna with the long neck and Caravaggio’s supper at Emmaus to a more impressionist style like Monet’s Olympia, depicting the controversial nude lady of the night.
When initially thinking of what realism art is the paintings such as “supper at Emmaus” and “Madonna’s long neck” come to mind simply because of the style of paining. The way that the figures look so human like I think is what makes me think they are the most relatable to realism painting.
However, when moving on the realism and photography it was clearer to me that the realism movement was a very lose connotation for what a painting can be. For example, the painting Blue Dancers by Degas was original a photograph therefore relating to the realistic aspect of realism but the paining itself is more leaning towards the impressionist movement, therefore without knowing that it was originally a photograph I don’t think that anyone would know that it was in the realism category of painting, or in fact I wouldn’t.
What I don’t understand is how can the painting by Marcel Duchamp “nude descending stair case” be in the same general category (realism) as the hyperplastic paining by Marilyn Minter? Minter’s painting of lips is clearly a very realistic painting if not so too realistic, stretching the details to the next level. However, the painting by Duchamp is not realistic at all and putting the pictures next to each other you wouldn’t be able to come up with any similarities. is the painting my Duchamp only categorised as a realistic painting because it was originally a sequence of photographs?
For me the depicted painting of Nude descending stair case is more humanist and abstract that realistic.
Later in the day when given the task of manipulating printed off photographs and drawing them I chose to do a set of collages with the mixture of faces and urban scenes. I think that the dramatic differences in human features and architectural features are a very harmonious when put together. When then completing the observational drawings of the previously created collages I chose to do three drawings per collage, each drawing using a different material and method. I opted to go for very detailed realistic drawing using different gradients of pencils for the first drawing seeing as it fits in with the project theme, the second I chose to do a continuous line drawing using a black fine liner the end look of this I really like because it is very fluid on the page but still detailed enough to see the perfections and imperfections in the face. The last drawling was a line drawing experimenting with colour by using contrasting oil pastels, this gives the page a bit more depth and I like the way to colours merge together to make a new tone in areas.
Not too sure why we had to do this task or how it linked to the brief but assuming it has something to do with the relationship between realism paintings and the use of photography.
monday 19th November
Felt excited for today on the prospect of this new project.
The lecture this morning was intriguing and found it interesting to see how there was a lot of photography involved within the realism movement of painting. The concept of cropping your image to make it more direct and relevant is definitely something that I am going to take away and use in my own work, for example when photographing the figure making sure that I only capture the element of the body that I wish to depict i.e. not including the face if not necessary. Another section of this lecture that really inspired me was the use of film stills as a form of found image, the artist Judith Eisler creates her art by watching films and pauses them when she finds the perfect image. I think this would be really helpful in my development within my project when capturing images of the light, I plan on using this technique when watching the film “A good Year” because this film has lots of good cinematography in relation to playing around with the light. I plan on getting images that are less known to the public such as the small less significant movements in the film i.e. when Max realises that he actually loves the house in France. The last significant thing that I took away from that lecture was the work of Frank Selby, I loved the piece of art that they showed us in the lecture – “Double Clash”. The depiction of movement from a variety of people’s view-points I think is genius, I would love the explore this method in my own way and would love to see if It would adapt to the theme of light rather than movement. For example, how different people view the light on one individual.
The pictures that I gathered for today I think are really helpful in relation to the theme that I am going to carry out. What I didn’t realise until putting them all together is that they all explore the theme of light, they either have a strong shadow to them (most of my black and white portraits) or for the rest a light centre point that almost overpowers the rest of the image.
I want to explore the use of light on the body and how light can make the body look deformed, I think I will start off my making quick sketches of light in spaces before adding the body so that I can see the way in which it changes an image. I will then progress on to painting these images and then will develop from there. I think there is a lot of room to progress with this theme and I don’t think that I will encounter any blocks/dead ends, I also think that I will have lots of end products rather than just one.
At the movement, I am feeling really excited with this project and have a lot of ideas that I wish to convey in my sketchbook.
So far today I have created initial sketches of my figure photography and have played around with the use of oil pastels in photos (this worked will but I don’t think I will develop it any more), I think the best image I have so far is the one of my aunt in a meadow simply because the use of light is so abundant. I plan to spend the rest of my evening creating more sketches and finding more images of my own that relate to light (if I cannot find anymore images that are mine then I will use some found images).
Had a really lovely and productive day today, feeling that I am really settling well into this project. The majority of my ideas at the moment art still based around the human figure, I spent the morning developing my ideas around the human figure and trying to capture the light on the figures when drawing them. I am starting off my development with simple quick pencil sketches of the figure, the main intention of this is to try and capture the essence of the image but more importantly the way that the light effects the image as a whole in the way that we interpret it. When creating the initial sketch in my sketchbook of a photo that I took I think that I did a good job of depicting the structural elements of the figure, but feel that I didn’t quite capture the use of light that was in the photo. The image itself I think has a lot of good tonal lines in it that create a sense of stress on the body, this I don’t think is a bad thing but then looking at the drawing compared to the photo I think that the photograph suggests connotation of vulnerability and pureness whereas when viewing the drawing I think that it gives off connotations of trauma and darkness – I think this is due to the way in which I have used the tonal lines to depict the shadows on the body.
My next set of sketches where based on photocopies of a life model book that Leon had, even though the photocopies where not the best quality I think that it has created a much better image, due to the fact that the photocopier has really picked up on the light on the body and has bleached out the parts of the body where the light was shining on it. It has also created this grainy effect on the page which I like as it gives the image a more textual feeling.
I think of the best decisions of my day was to then draw these photocopied images but only draw what I could see therefore in some of the drawings half of limbs are missing and the image almost looks uncomplete. However, the concept of light deforming the body is really evident here which I am really happy about.
I think that my use of quick and short pencil stokes was really effective here, think that it gives the image a sense of movement on the page.
I should defiantly carry on this style of drawing and then develop it to going into paint, could experiment with pencil and watercolour or biro and watercolour and see if the bio spreads – could look interesting.
In the afternoon, we get into groups and discussed sections of “ways of seeing” by John Berger, I found this task really helpful or my development and understanding of the book. When reading it by myself I thought that I understood it but wasn’t sure if my view points were accurate. In my group, we discussed the section where Berger quotes an art historian saying “each woman speaks to us of the human conditions with equal importance”we as a group found this interesting because it is stating that Hals would have had a bitterness towards these people that he was commissioned to paintdue to the fact that the he was very poor and these people were enormously wealthy therefore my point is that he would have had to push these feelings aside and would have had to paint them in a non-bias way to keep the sitters happy. I also suggested that the relationship between the sitter and the artist is possibly on of the most important things when portraying the emotions behind the piece for the audience.For example, if the artist had a loving and close relationship with the sitter then their artistic techniques would reflect this, therefore we as the viewer would have an overall positive and loving feeling towards the piece of art. Whereas if the artist and sitter had a bad relationship then the art piece would be ever so more clinicalas artist would still produce an impressive piece of art filled with signature techniques,however the feeling and emotions behind the piece would be flat and again that would be reflected in the way that he viewer views it as well. This I think is what has happened to Hals painting of the wealthy ladies and gentleman.
We carried on verbally annotating the rest of the book with the whole class, I found it very interesting to hear different people’s viewpoints of the sections of the book because it then in turn opened up my awareness to different connotation of the textsand arguments that could be made for certain textual passages.
Thursday 22nd November
Spent the day further developing my life drawing figures, think the outcome was really good and am happy with my development so far. I developed my sketches even further by adding watercolour washed to the shaded areas on the figure, I think this emphasised the light deformation size of my theme but don’t think the it could go any further. My most successful outcome so far, I think is the figure composed of tiny dots to mimic the effect of the photocopier. I got inspiration for this from the artist Scott Short who we covered in Tuesdays lecture, this figure really emphasises and highlights the key theme of my project in the way that half of the body has been erased therefore leaving the majority of the body’s composition to our own imagination.
When speaking to Hannah before lunch she suggested that I should step away from depicting the whole figure and that I should focus on individual parts of the body instead (cropping the figure). I think that this is a really good idea as I think I can integrate my personal project of body dysmorphia seamlessly with homing in on one particular area.
This project is going to be very personal to me, as I suffer from body dysmorphia, I think that it’s a risky but good move to do a theme that I very personal as it will allow me to really bring out the emotions in my pieces of work.
I am going to focus the tummy area of different people and present them in an abstract way, for example I have started to experiment with a piece of work that depicts a stomach area of someone who has bad excess skin and stretch marks, I am them creating the piece using the same method of small black dots to give the effect that it has been photocopied. It is taking a long time and was getting quite frustrated with it today but think that it will look really interesting when it is done so just need to keep going at it.
I also plan on doing one in the style of Alison Lambert her style is very dark and morbid therefore think that it will fit the theme well – representing the inner torment of having the condition and constant battle with your sanity.
The relationship between body dysmorphia and light deforming the body I think has a perfect harmony because is it as if the light in my pieces of art is erasing the parts of the body that they don’t want any more, like they are too difficult to look at so we try to forget about them all together.
Monday 26th November
Spent the day further developing my cropped drawing of a woman’s stomach using the dotted technique to represent the style of the photocopier.
What I have realised from this outcome is that I want to work on a more abstract scale, for example I have thought about the possibilities of working with optical illations to highlight the inner struggle of what someone with BDD is going through. I have also though about adding in the more scientific side of the disease, when looking up the symptoms of BDD (in research) I found out that an imbalance of chemicals in the brain can to BDD, therefore I will use this as inspiration for a piece of abstract work. I have thought about looking up what a brain would look like If it were to have a chemical imbalance and incorporate the patterns into my work.
So far am still enjoying this project and think that I need to just keep on developing my ideas but outside of my book.
I think that I should work to a bigger scale and experiment with different textures on which to paint on.
Tuesday 27th November
Finally finished my dot drawing of the cropped stomach area, really happy with the outcome and glad that I then chose to photocopy the final piece to get even more texture and grain to the piece. Only think that I should have done was to take pictures of my progress so that I could then show the journey in my book. Will be sure to do this of every other long piece of work that I do from now on.
I then thought about how I should show BDD in another from and started developing these little water colour sketches that depict a series of cropped figures of overweight women, even though these are very simple I like the way that they seem smooth on the page, this however does not fit in with the theme of the mental struggle of BDD, therefore I need to roughen them up.
I went about doing this my overlapping an overweight figure on top of a skinny figure to represent what the person with BDD would be seeing. However, this I think was too literal and think I need to conceptualise it a bit more, for example make my work more abstract and focus on the inner feelings rather than the figure itself.
This will link in nicely with the second stage of the project that we are staring next week “the reality of painting”.
Concepts that I have briefly brainstormed today are painting on mirrors to highlight the visual representation of reflecting what one wishes to see.
Using textures such as puff binder on canvas to create a 3-dimensional look and also represent the inner turmoil of their mind set.
Have also considered using bleach on link to create light and dark tones.
Wednesday 28th November
I went into archway today to add to my sketchbook. I am finding it hard at the moment to get idea that are in my head into physical outcomes, it’s not the fact that I don’t know what to do with the ideas I think it is more that I think it have too many ideas and I am just feeling really quite overwhelmed with the possesses.
Everything I am doing right now I really don’t like.
Think I just need to have a tutorial with Hannah tomorrow and talk things through with her.
Had a really productive day today, I produced 5 finished pieces of art which unordinary I really like. WhatI loved about today was the pace that we were working at, because there was a time limit I couldn’t spend too much time deliberating over what it is I am actually doing.Due to thins I think that I actually produced better work because it was free flowing and straight from my mind.
The 2 techniques that I really like are the scraping technique and the more medium to paint one, I think these two methods produced the best outcomes.
I think leading on to Monday I am going to try and work to a larger scale, I want to do this to represent the overwhelming emotions and feeling that you get with BDD, therefore when looking at the piece of art you too should feel overwhelmed. I also want to start working on mirrors, this is to highlight the deformed image that people with BDD see when they look at themselves. If I were to paint on mirrors – most properly using the thin paint method it would make the viewer view themselves differently because the majority of the image will either be blurred of covered up, therefore they will only see snippets of themselves – just like a cropped image of their figure.
Monday 3th December
Today was spent further developing my abstract representations of the emotions that a person suffering with BDD would go through.
I started off the day experimenting with tin foil as a reflective surface, I created my first piece of art using only 2 colours; black and blue strait out of the tube. I used a pallet knife to place the paint on the surface, this initial piece of art for me looks like it is full of emotion and anger, there are a lot of gagged edges and the direction of the paint changes a lot, looking at this piece of art you immediately get the sense of anger and pain. The one thing that I realised with this piece is that black paint out of the tube creates a very flat tone on the surface, I looks as if it sits on top of the surface rather than sinking in, but when mixing the black in with blue and green tones it makes it have a larger depth and makes it a lot more interesting to looks at. I think that I will work back into this painting and cover the surface in tones of black (the whole canvas will not be black but larger areas).
The second piece that I produced today was again on tin foil but I experimented with the use of more medium to paint ratio, therefore the end result looks like a collection of layered brush stokes, I got inspiration from the artist Erin Lawlor in the way that she allows the brush stokes to be fluid on the page. I like this piece because it exposes the background a bit more, however I think that i need to vary my colour pallet and mix my paints a bit more rather than using the paint strait out of the tube as the paint looks a little flat in areas.
I then experimented with different textures of the tin foil and painted on screwed up tin foil, I found it interesting how the paint took to this surface, the paint it’s self-turned into a bit of a mess and all blended into one, therefore I don’t think it was the outcome. Also, the fact that you were unable to see yourself in the foil at all meant that the concept didn’t work. However, the concept of painting on reflective surfaces that aren’t flat is one that I wish to take further. I think that I should look into getting mirrored card and another flexible material and turn it into a 3D structure to paint on to. Equally the person looking into the mirror and seeing themselves deformed could be the painting instead of me physically painting onto the mirrored surface.
I then moved on to experimenting with colour pallets on oil paper. I created both a blue and red colour scheme sample, what both of the painting had in common is the use of bold dark colours. I think that I did best with these 2 paintings was the blending of the colours on the paper, the use of the blending I think gives the painting more depth and doesn’t make the paint look as if it is just sitting on the surface. I think that I need to do next with these is the develop them even further by making them into even smaller samples by breaking up each individual part. For example, for the red toned one I will create a piece that doesn’t have any white showing and let the yellow shade be the lightest shade on the paper, I think I then need to experiment with the use of blending colours in order to create truly dark tones. Therefore, creating a piece that is only based on dark areas of tone.
Monday 3rd December
The final piece that I produced today was a very minimalistic study I chose the place the paint to the side of the surface instead of the middle so that you are able to see a clearer view of yourself in the foil. I also creased the foil up a bit so that the view of one’s self will be quite deformed. What I realised with the foil is that it is not the best surface to see yourself in, you are only able to see a blurred image when you are really close to the foil.
To develop the idea of the reflective surface in relation for seeing one’s self I am going to take pictures and videos of people looking into the foil and see the deformed versions of themselves. I will then use these pictures and the basis for another painting depicted the deformed person in the reflective surface.
I will do this over and over again, initially using foil but also using a verity of reflective surfaces as well.
Thursday 4th December
Start of the day one of the three pieces to my final piece went missing, really annoying. Had to make a new on but on the up side I think the new one was better than the original, it had more of a figurative curve to it when I shaped it rather than an angular geometric folding like the original.
Then had my crit, when the rest of the group talked about my piece they thought the piece had something to do with hospitals or surgical rooms. This was because of the red paint which they thought gave off connotations of blood and disturbing things. They also said that the piece looks quite violent but that it clearly had a purpose to it. One thing that I was really happy about was that everyone picked up on the fact that you could see yourself in paintings and that they interacted with the piece.
One thing that interested me that one person pointed out that they thought the way in which I painted was very figurative compared to the folding of the reflective material, they said that the contrast between the painting and folding really stood out to them and that the way in which I painted made them think that the piece was about the figure. I was especially happy with this comment as they picked up on something that I thought would go unnoticed.
When explaining the meaning behind the piece everyone seemed to understand the concept completely. The only question that someone posed to mw when understanding the meaning was why did I not put the mirrors in one straight line on the wall? I explained that it was to do with the concept of cropping, the viewer is only meant to focus on one aspect of their body at one time also the overall visual effect of theme being spread out links to the idea of deformed and stretched out figures.
Idea that were then explored where creating a 360 mirror where you are fully submerged into the painting, links were made to the Yayoi Kusama infinity rooms. I came up with an idea from this where I could create an abstract piece of art exploring the inner emptions of people suffering with BDD and place it in a room. However, that room’s walls would be completely covered with deforming mirrors therefore you would become the piece of art rather than the painting that is in the room. An almost trickery to make the viewer have to look at themselves in a 360 way and be overwhelmed with confusion and curiosity.
Tuesday 4th December
After yesterday’s development of colour pallets, I have settled on the burnt red/yellow tonal paintings. The reason for this being that I think they both look dramatic and inviting, therefore giving the viewer a sense that this painting has a strong back story and that they are welcome to explore the possibilities of what those back stories are. The red for me also acts as a warning sign, the warning that BDD is not to be passed over and that if left unattended then it could lead to worse problems like anorexia, depression and many more psychological problems.
Initially what I experimented with today was the use of mixing my paints to create a deeper colour tone to put on to my surface. I created 3 cropped paintings that took inspiration from the original larger tonal painting that I did yesterday (shown above). What I wanted to show in these smaller paintings is the differences between contrasting tones. In one of the cropped paintings I only used dark tones and let the burnt yellow be the lightest shade on the paper. Contrasting to this I then created another piece that had a lot of exposed oil paper – this was to highlight how the light was captured and the bleaching out of the light.
In the afternoon, I purchased some reflective card and used the same tones and methods that I used previously on the card. I think that It was a good idea to leave the majority of the reflective card free so that the viewer is able to properly view themselves when viewing the painting that is on the card. I then folded and moved the card about to create a 3D shape that would then sit on the wall.
The main idea behind this is that when viewing my painting, you have to get up close in order to see the different tones and shades in the abstract painting style. In order to get a closer view of the painting the viewer is forced to then look at the image of themselves and they become part of the painting. However, the image that they see of themselves will be deformed (due to the folding that I have done to the card), the viewer will hopefully then play around with the image and see at how many angels their body looks deformed.
I have placed this trio of paintings at the average height of someone’s face, someone’s tummy area and someone’s bottom and thigh area. I have purposely done this because I think that these are the 3 main body areas that most people get self-conscience about or want to change about themselves. I know for me my stomach is the main place that I have an issue with.
When taking pictures of people viewing my paintings it was clear that their body figures were deformed. I also found that there was either two responses that people had to the deformation of their body. They one either tried to deform their body even further and see how far they could stretch the effect, or people tried to make the deformation go away and search for areas in the reflective surface that did not make their bodies look deformed.
I found this really interesting because it shows us how different people brains work, and how self-conscience we are of our appearance, their fact that some people couldn’t even handle their bodies looking out of place in a piece of art tell us that we as a collective care about our body image so much, even to the point that it become a health risk.
painting of the edge of the world.
Painting as a decoy / Painting on the edge of the world
the idea for this section is running of the end of my previous project – still drawing around the human from but delving deeper and adding a sportier tone to it. When talking to Emma in my last one to one we spoke about involving my sporting life into my art. therefore I am focusing on the strains the body is under when you get to a high level of sport.
I started off by anatomically drawing the body and parts of it that I have personally injured.
When looking at ligaments and muscles in detail they look like strands of rope in twinned with one another.
When zooming in on individual sections and relating them to pieces of rope that photographed I realised they look nearly identical
The relationship between putting strain on the body and putting strain on a rope Is one that I like. The brutality of a piece of rope could link to the hardship of what we put our bodies through.
However, they both break if you stain them enough.
Look into slow motion videos of breaking ropes, straining ropes and photographing them.
Tug of war! Both are being strained!!
Monday 7th January
Started the day off with a lecture that looked at artists who explore the method of painting in different ways. The concept of mixing painting and sculpture is one that I really like and want to explore more with my art in this section, really want to make my art more interactive e.g. making my art into a subversive experience – creating an environment where you have to go inside to view the art. the artist Ida Applebroog really stood out to me in the lecture, I was really intrigued in the way that she presented her art work. the use of creating a structure that you have to go inside to view the art is a concept that I really like. This coupled with the use of light I think makes it look very inviting.
I didn’t really understand the relationship between painting and performance and when looking at the artists there was no art that jumped out to me.
When we moved on to the one day project of painting in a corner I chose to create a piece made out of red string wrapped around nails, the overall intention for this piece was to create an ongoing illusion of blood vessel like structures. I think that the final piece looked good but the overall idea of my theme needs to be developed further.
Tuesday 8th January
The one day project today was exploring the use of projection. I really loved this project, think I am going to really home in on projection and really try to use it lots in my work.
The second had slides that I used were amazing, they all had a slight romantic sense about them, but that could just be because they were second hand and vintage.
Think they looked really good when I overlapped them and put the orange filter on top. Best overlap was the old man standing with his back to the camera with the old couple walking in the woods – need to use this somehow.
I liked it when I scratched, almost looked like think layers of dried paint, didn’t look good layered though but could be good with colour filters.
I like it when I put paint in the slide, need to explore the use of smudging over the image.
The drawing of the geometric red lines (blood vessels) that I did on the acetate I think looked good (copied what I did for the painting in the corner project) – by itself was interesting and partly intriguing but when overlapped on some of the images it looked really good. Looked okay when I overlapped it on the anatomical drawing I did of the human back, the idea that it looks like ligaments on top of the skin. This this is a good idea and might be on to something, good start but needed to be a bit deeper.
Want to go into projecting on different objects e.g. the human body or white sheets.
Projecting the body onto another body - the idea of isolating and then repositioning it on another form.
Thursday 10th January
Started the day off with a group activity where we made a contextualised parasol, the theme behind the art was to make the parasol relate to the undressing of a woman. We achieved this by attaching a shirt to the wall and then connected the parasol to the shirt by attaching the sleeve to the handle of the parasol. The inside of the parasol was covered with streams of different coloured string and erotic pages out of a magazine relating to the undressing of women.
Not too sure how I feel about working in a group like this again, I think that the group was too big as most of the people in it where just standing around. For next time, I think the group needs to be smaller so that everyone is involved.
Going on to my own project – I like what I produced for the painting with no paint piece but as a whole composition I don’t think it fully worked. Think there was too many elements that didn’t quite tie together. However, really liked the rope that I made from hand knitting. The second piece I did – suspended red knitted rope was a lot more successful.
This has then given me inspiration for a finalised idea/instillation piece:
Materials I am going to use = red string hand knitted, rope knotted and white neon/shear material sheets with read embroidered into them mimicking a soft tissue look.
Idea of the white material is to break up the red so that it makes it a little more inviting and less danger looking.
Rope will be weighted down to highlight the strain on the muscles / tension on the muscles when undergoing high level sport.
The whole thing will be suspended from the ceiling in a rectangle pattern, the viewer should feel in owe when initially viewing it.
The idea of the different textures is to make the piece interactive, I want people when viewing it to be curious and for them to interact with the piece – e.g. tough it or if possible walk through it.
Monday 14th January
Installed the red yarn rope instillation in the morning. I connected it to the ceiling with staples, I tried it first with tape but It looked messy and unprofessional. It needed a clean sleep cut line look – therefore the use of the staples was a good choice.
The end product was 21 rope like structures suspended from the ceiling, each one measuring between 60cm and 110cm.
Really happy with the overall appearance of the instillation, think it have the perfect combination of delicate details and an overall appearance of being strong and overwhelming.
In the afternoon, I then experimented with the use of the cheese cloth and projecting on to it. The material of the cloth reminded me of old people’s skin and the way that it wrinkles. The way that it takes form also reminds me of a freeing life from as well. The initial projections I think worked really well, especially the slide of the landscape.
I then though of ways of developing it further in terms of relating it to the human body and got Olly to stand in from of the cloth, he had a black jumper on so the projection was really prominent. The overall finished picture I think is really interesting and like nothing I’ve ever seen before, it reminds me of the Caper David Friedrich painting “wonder about the sea of fog” but I have just done a modern-day interoperation of it.
I then when on to use the cheese cloth as the piece of art itself and decided to burn it.
The form that it then made was really interesting and reminded me of a previous piece of work that I had done earlier in the project when I was exploring the use of light in deforming what we view. Reminds me of how the light bleaches out a photo.
Tuesday 15th January
Spent both the whole of Monday evening and Tuesday morning perfecting and editing my portfolio for Newcastle.
Donald Judd – specific objects
Thursday 17th January
Spent the day working on my Slade and Edinburgh. Going to set these up a bit differently, still want to have to minimalist feel that my Newcastle one has but think I need to have more than image on one slide. Because the size limit is lower, also think that I need to get rid of a few of my drawing images for the next ones.
Essential reading – Don’t be afraid by Katharina Grosse
When discussing the text in a group the one area that really stood out was the section relating to women in art. “And although today approximately 70 percent of all art students are women, most of them disappear because they're not supported by the male-dominated society. And it's really hard to get ahead, especially in Germany. It's a bit different in England and America, where the feminist discussion took firmer root and has exerted more influence through the early development of various different successful role models. But when these aren't there for women, it becomes especially difficult to cultivate independent thinking within institutionalized power structures.”
When discussing this particular part of the text we posed the question of is there any inequality in the art world today between men and women. when answering this we came up with the opinion that in our generation the play field is very even and that there are equal changes for both women and men when it comes to succeeding as an artist. However, we did also discuss that if a man were to sell one of their paintings for 6 million that it would not really be seen as a big achievement, whereas if it were a woman who were to sell her painting for 6 million then it would be recognised as a big achievement. Whether or not this is a cultural thing or a historical thing and our opinion of women not being able to achieve great things in business/careers is deep routed in our psyche. Or the fact that we still don’t see enough women in the art world that are achieving highly is a argument that I have not got into.
We then posed the question of why women aren’t seen at the top of the art world, and I posed the idea that succeeding in the art world is all about the connections you have coupled with a good amount of talent. I then suggested that men are able to be ruthless and are able to make all the connections as they need throughout their life wherever it may take them. Whereas most (not all but most) women at some point will want a family therefore they may not be able to make as many connections as they would want to have as they may bring limitations to their life plan of having a family.
However, this is not say that women can’t have a successful career and a family – that’s what nannies are for and child care services. It many just be a subconscious decision that women have to not to jeopardise their future of having a family.
I also think that there are a lot more women seen in the high level of the art world at the moment, I don’t know if that’s because women are being taken more seriously or is society is thinking that there as be an equality between women and men despite their talent. This then leads on to the argument of positive discrimination of women in the work place and the art world. However, this being a strong argument I personally don’t think is true.
In my personal opinion, I think that woman of our generation has equality with men in the art world but it is evident that there is still a sup conscience underlay that society think that women shouldn’t be achieving such high achievements that ae equal to a man’s achievements.
Monday 21st January
Worked on the finishing touches of my Slade online portfolio this morning, mainly making sure that all the pictures were the same size and flowed accordingly. And in the afternoon, I then submitted the application.
Therefore, I only have to submit one more online portfolio to Edinburgh, however I need to make sure that I have applied to the correct course tomorrow, I got really confused as to if I need to apply for entry into year one or entry into year two.
After tomorrow I then need to start making my physical portfolio for CSM. I think I am going to print all my work and I am not going to show any of the actual products, this is because I only have a few pieces that I can actually show physically and if I were to show mixture of photos and really art works it wouldn’t flow.
Also had an idea earlier that I might be quite unique if I were to show my work as a handmade book, however it doesn’t really link in with any of my work. However, might look original and stand out. Think it might be a good idea to think about innovative ways of presenting my portfolio.
Tuesday 24th January
Had my crit today, for the first five minutes I let the people in my group talk about my piece without any of my input. The ideas that they came up with were that they thought that the string being longer on the inside meant something.
The key think that they kept-on repeating is that they felt the instillation was very organic and held a very natural form. The reason for it being so organic was due to the fact that the ropes were all different lengths.
One idea that Natasha came up with that the thought the piece had a very exotic feel to it and that she thought the theme of the instillation may have revolved around plants and flowers.
However even though the key theme of their comments was that the piece was organic they then picked up on the fact that there was a hint of industrialisation to it, this is due to the fact that I have suspended them in a square like structure from the ceiling therefore giving the piece some structure and uniformity.
Another thing that was picked up on is the interactional side of my piece. The conclusion was that the piece look inviting and interactional but also feels too much like a solid from due to the fact that I suspended them in a square shape. They said that if I were to have layered it out Ina line then it would feel more interactional due to the fact you would be able to walk in and out of it.
When we then moved on to the interview questions I think that I handled them well, however my downfall is most defiantly knowing artist names! Really need to read up and start to remembering artists names otherwise will be a bit rubbish in the interview if I don’t know the artist names that influence me.
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