Today I created a stencil out of paper by griding up a pattern and cutting it out with a knife and cutting mat. I chose irregular circle shapes as this connects to my subject work, looking at the forms of a body and relationships between a mother and daughter. This will be used to cut out shapes from images while collaging.
In the afternoon, I learnt about Max Ernst and his new technique, frottage. I then had a go at frontage myself, using paper, a soft pencil and an oil pastel. I went around the studios finding textures to rub over. The stencil I cut out earlier today worked well to rub over and create a repetitive shape.
The task was to create an image using the rubbings. I had random shapes that didn’t really fit into anything. I found a lot of crosses in the rubbings, so this become the theme of the piece of work.
I think next time I use this technique I will try to find more relatable textures. I would also like to go back and rework this piece of artwork, maybe add more colour or more of a background.