Here are photographs to document my work up in its exhibition space. I think the space is just right for my subject work as there are a lot of paintings all different sizes and shapes and the sculpture is a life size piece, taking up the full length of the board. I have nailed the paintings in at a slight angle to show that the message is not portraying a perfect life, like a homeless persons. The arrangement of the paintings has worked out well I think and the amount of paintings I created was just right.
The sculpture looks out of place in my opinion, I’m not sure about it. I added cardboard on the floor around the sculpture to make it look more natural. The two subject pieces tie together well as they are both made out of cardboard, linking them both together in a suitable way.
The field final piece is very small on a very large wall which in a way overpowers it in my opinion. The white wall brings out the colours in the fabric which does the piece justice.
Theres quite a diversity in the 3 pieces which is why I’m glad I had the 2 walls to divide subject and field.
It looks professional and how I imagined it. I also loved setting the exhibition up as it was a great atmosphere in the studio, people helped each other and we all wanted to get everyones work up to the best standard.
The second final piece was inspired by Maxwell Rushton’s piece, Left Out. He created a sculpture to see publics reactions, if people would try to help the sculpture or just walk past like people do to the homeless.
I decided I was going to make a sculpture based on a homeless person using cardboard. The cardboard is reference to the homeless using cardboard to sit/ lie on. The ‘person’ is made from plastic bags which are filled with newspaper. I draped cardboard on top to blend the sculpture into the cardboard the sculpture is lying on. This is implying that the homeless person is part of the cardboard, like they are invisible. The studio floors are a light brown colour so I’m hoping the cardboard blends into the floor even more.
My first final piece was inspired by Ed Ruscha and his series Metro Mattresses, 2015.
I decided to paint on cardboard as lots of the homeless use it to sleep on. After I spoke to the homeless woman in Cardiff, I came away with more knowledge of how she felt, unwanted was one of the words that she mentioned a few times.
I decided to look at unwanted, abandoned furniture to show symbolise the homeless. I wanted to specifically look at household furniture because it fits more with being ‘unwanted’ in the home with family. The furniture I found was on days of snow, sun and rain. I think this emphasises the typical days of weather a homeless person has to endure. I especially wanted household furniture to further imply that they don’t have a home or family.
I have 4 larger paintings, with larger furniture painted on the the larger pieces of cardboard and 3 smaller paintings of smaller furniture painted on smaller pieces of cardboard.
Below are some photographs to show the making of my sculpture.
I started with plastic bags and filled them with newspaper. Then, I wrapped them in brown paper and stuck them to a large piece of cardboard.
I made the torso out of a piece of cardboard. The head is made of a balloon as I am going to use PVA and pop the balloon when it dries to make a hood.
I PVA’d the sculpture to make it hard.
This is the final piece complete. I am pleased with how it has turned out and think it looks like a person is lying down. The ‘person’ has blended into the cardboard like I wanted it to but still looks like a person.
I hope people will understand that I am trying to highlight homelessness in the piece and understand that it is to show the person is blending like they are invisible. It will be interesting to see how people respond to this piece because it will be in an exhibition. I wonder if people would respond differently if the sculpture was out on the street?
I visited the Artes Mundi 7 exhibition a few times in Cardiff Museum and found each of the artworks interesting. John Akomfrah’s work was really intriguing, as I watched the video he created about migration I felt on edge, like something was about to make me jump. Akomfrah explores migration from 8 mass migrations which has happened during the past 400 years. The piece of work is in the form of a video displayed on 2 big screens. The video was quite confusing at first as I didn’t know what it was trying to expose to the viewer. Once I understood the video was about migration, I felt like I understood refugees in a whole different way.
I really like how Akomfrah captures social problems like migration in such a captivating way. I take great inspiration from this as I especially like to show problems that are present today in this world. This was a useful artist to find as I am trying to highlight the social problems of homelessness in a way that makes the viewer think about the homeless in a different, more sensitive way.