Part 3 evaluation
I think that overall, I am satisfied with my exploration of this project, the original aim for my project was to explore the perceptions of perfection which I went about doing in the form of patterns. The start of my project really reflected the aims I set myself in the PPP as I was using the people around me to gain an overall consensus of what perfection is in terms of pattern making. However, I found that the development with pattern making was not going any further because I was lacking inspiration and was not invested with the concept, so I moved on to focusing on my personal views of the perfection and focused on landscapes. The reason for choosing landscapes was that the pattern that turned out the be the most “perfect” in people’s initial opinions was a photograph of a ploughed field with the symmetrical lines from the combine harvester. My view of a perfect landscape however is a mountain range due to the fact it is where I find the most piece and joy, after researching theories and artists that use the mountains in their work the link between my perception of perfection and the sublime occurred. This is the stage in which I came away from my original plan for my project and moved it on towards the concept of the sublime and the uncanny. I think that the dramatic change from patterns to the sublime was a very good move although it may not flow seamlessly I believe that it has allowed me to broaden not only my research but my body of work too. By using mainly my own photography in this project it has allowed me to have a much stronger connection with concept of sublime, a missive breakthrough for me was the realisation of what I wanted the sublime to mean within my art and how I wanted people to feel when they viewed it. After doing lots of research into Kant and Burke I thought that the sublime had to be a sense of inferiority and shock but as I created more of my work I realised that this didn’t make for athletically pleasing art, and I wasn’t getting the message across. This led me to making the decision that I wanted to evoke a feeling of uneasiness and to create a sense that the sublime is about to occur. What I don’t want is for my work to mimic the old masters and the sublime to be the centre point of the work. My intentions are highlighted in my most recent works where I am exploring the relationship between the sea and the land. The progression from the mountains to the sea and land was a decision I made after posing the question “can a naturally sublime landscape be recreated using modern technology”. Where the sea meets that land is a sublime landscape for me because it is unpredictable and powerful therefore evoking the sense of the unknown. At this stage of my project I feel that I am at my most invested and creative therefore if I were to complete this project again I would have invested more time in to researching the concepts of perfection not the generalised version of it.