Summary of Cut and Paste

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My daily collages

Cut and Paste has allowed me to explore and develop new and old techniques using collage. Throughout the five weeks, I have created a daily collage everyday, used frottage in my work, did a postal collaboration with a fanzine, made a large fanzine that links with my subject work, created a narrative collage and experimented with using paint in collage.

At first, the thought of creating a daily collage everyday and making all of this other work was daunting. However, I have found the daily collages fun to make and have enjoyed the process. I feel as the weeks have gone on, my collage skills have developed hugely and I can see an improvement from day one.

The narrative collage is my least favourite piece of artwork I created. The idea behind it was to play around with scale and have tiny people and ordinary objects, but the objects would be twice as big as the human. I feel like the idea looked better in my head, however, the idea has a lot of room to progress and develop.

The project has sparked some ideas to take into my subject work, I am thinking of creating an embroidered blanket but incorporating collage throughout. I’m not sure where I will start with this as it is just an idea. This idea developed through creating the fanzine that links to my subject work, also the daily collages influenced this idea as it was creating lots of ideas everyday from using different material.

I have found working collaboratively quite stressful as my partner was very bad at communicating and I received my postal fanzine very late. Working independently was great as I could get a lot of work done in the lessons and I prefer working on my own with projects like this. Creating the daily collages became an evening task at home which became quite therapeutic, this is something I would like to continue when the project ends as I find it’s a nice break from subject work, however, it still provoked ideas when looking over them again a week later.

I learnt about a lot of artists throughout this project. Artists such as Max Ernst and his use of frottage, Martha Rosler and her narrative collage, Robert Rauschenberg and the collage combines, full of random objects and thick with paint, and Ray Johnson who set up NYC of Correspondence which was a network of artists that posted their artwork all over the world. Some artists I had never heard of such as Jennifer Taylor who created an installation collage and Joan Miro who dropped objects and then created a collage from where they landed.

I feel like the artist who has influenced me the most while creating these collages is Robert Rauschenberg as I like to use paint in my work and feel like I add a lot of random things into my collages. I feel like Rauschenberg is an artist I would like to take into subject to influence ideas there, such as the embroidered blanket idea, talked about early. Another artist is Hannah Höch, she is known as a feminist artist. Throughout her work the idea of challenging  the view of the idealized female body seems present. I am exploring the idea of feminism in my subject work and also in my constellation essay.  Höch’s work is made using newspapers and magazine’s, which is how I create my collages.

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Cut and Paste week 4: Tuesday & Thursday

The last 2 days were used to complete all of the work. I used these days to complete my narrative collage. I made the collage longer and added more images to it. I didn’t like how bare the collage looked as the background was just white. I didn’t know if the collage was going anywhere as it didn’t look how I planned. I decided that I was going to add photographs of city shapes however it didn’t look good. I then decided to just paint the background a sky blue as everything looked very busy.

This could definitely be improved, I like the concept behind it (small people surrounded with huge, surreal objects), however I think the outcome doesn’t capture this and I just don’t think it looks like it tells a story of anything. 25139246_10204185932564130_628971688_o

I also completed my daily collages. I have created one everyday and a few extra. Here is the finished collection, so far.

I am pleased with how they look after the 5 weeks and would like to make this an ongoing piece of work.

If I were to improve the collages, I would try to add more than just paper, such as cotton or cardboard, and try to use more mediums like paint and pen in the collages.

Cut and Paste Week 3 Thursday

Collaborative Collage 

We were given a partner in the class and had to go through magazines to find images for them to collage. This was very random and fast. Me and my partner then swapped images and had to make a collage. The images I received didn’t really go together but I used every image that was given to me to create this very random collage.

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My collage

I was then paired with another person and we swapped our collages. I received this collage and then had to paint a collage in response.

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Partner’s collage

My painted collage. screen-shot-2017-11-30-at-21-19-35.png

The rule was that we wasn’t allowed to make a copy of the collage and just had to go for it, without planning. I decided to incorporate the main things I see when looking at the collage, a lot of greenery, a white house, butterflies, a car and an orange. As I said, this was very quick and was not planned, this is shown by my poorly painted car. I later added the paper for texture as there are images of  paint in the collage that look thick.

I don’t like the final painted collage but for a quick painting I suppose it isn’t bad. I would change the composition and colour if I were to do this again, or maybe even choose one image to focus on and paint.

I enjoyed the freedom of this task and also thought the swapping images and collages was a good way to be put on the spot and be creative as you don’t know what you’re going to get.

Cut and Paste week 3: Thursday

Robert Raushenberg 

In today’s lesson we watched a documentary on Robert Rauschenberg’s life and artworks. It was very interesting, the documentary showed that Raushenburg collaged anything together in artworks called ‘combines’. An example of this is Paint Cans, 1954.

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Robert Rauschenberg, Paint Cans, 1954

As you can see in the image, Rauschenberg collaged anything together. This collage features old paint cans and paint on top. It is interesting to see a collage that isn’t just paper on paper.

More of Rauschenberg’s combines below.

Louisa Chambers

Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 11.01.23Louisa Chambers creates artwork that focuses on how a folded shape can be transfigured from a 3 dimensional structure into a flat 2 dimensional painting. Each form is squashed, folded, opened, twisted and then recorded from observation.

The outcomes look like a collage as there are lots of colours and shapes.

Dexter Dalwood

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Dexter Dagwood’s work depict ‘imagined and constructed interiors or landscapes’. They are usually devoid figures that act as memorials or descriptions of historical people, places or moments.

“They range in subject from major political events like The Death of David Kelly 2008 or The Birth of the UN 2003, to imagined places that are marked by some traumatic history or event, or which have simply become lodged in our collective cultural unconscious; these include Sharon Tate’s House 1998, Neverland 1999, Greenham Common 2008 and Camp David 1999.”

Dalwood’s paintings start out as small collages made from cutting magazine pages and art history.

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-st-ives/exhibition/dexter-dalwood-and-tate-collection

Jonas Wood

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Jonas Wood creates collages painted on the side of buildings, this painting is called Still Life with Two Owls (MOCA) and was created in 2016. It is still an ongoing piece of work and is at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. I’m drawn to the scale and the colours in this artwork. I would love to be involved in creating a building artwork sometime.

Cut and Paste week 3 Tuesday

Postal fanzine collab outcomes

Today was the day we showed our postal fanzines for the first time. My partner had added collage onto of my collage. It was exciting to see this for the first time.

Below is the postal fanzine.

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This afternoon we continued with our work and finished up things already started. I took this as an opportunity to complete my subject fanzine. My subject work is based on the body and how women artists have changed this, and it is also looking at maternal bonds. I have tried to incorporate most skills learnt throughout the project into the fanzine. I have used magazine cutouts to add the standard collage to the fanzine, I also used frottage. I rubbed the pattern of some pots my gran bought me as I wanted to add the important women in my life and the pots off my gran are so simple but so special. I cut out 4 oblong shaped rubbings to symbolise my gran, mother, sister and me. It also symbolises my 4 aunties who are strong women and an inspiration to me. I added paint as paint is the material I love working with and wanted to add some mark making like I have done in my subject.

 

I feel overall this could have been better and I struggled to incorporate my subject work into a book. I would have created work a lot differently looking back.

 

Cut and Paste week 2: Thursday

Narrative Collage

Today I created my narrative collage as I learnt about narrative artists and got inspired by their work. I especially liked Max Ernst’s narrative collages as they fit together very well and look like a printed image.

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Example of Max Ernst’s collage

I struggled to think of a subject I could base my narrative collage on. I began to look in magazines and newspapers and was interested at the scale of the images. On one page there would be a tiny woman printed but on the opposite there would be a huge coffee cup, this gave me an idea of creating a surreal world where normal, everyday objects we use are double the size of the humans.

It wasn’t hard to create the narrative as the magazines are perfect to get different sized images.

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I think I could improve the work by getting more creative and adding things to the background, or maybe creating a high street where the shops are tiny but the people are huge. I think this idea has a lot of potential and it would be good to revisit again when the cut and paste project is over.

Cut and Paste week 2 Thursday

Narrative

Today we learnt about narrative used in collage. A few artists who were mentioned are Max Ernst, Martha Rosler and Shinro Ohtake.

Max Ernst

Max Ernst created narratives using collaged images, I think this could be interesting to use in my narrative collages as it actually looks like its printed.

 

Max Ernst narrative collages

Martha Rosler

Martha Rosler creates a series of collaged scenes which suggests a narrative.

These collages are from the series, House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home (c.1967- 72). I especially like the collage Cleaning the Drapes as I think the images gel together very well. The collage series was created during the Vietnam war and so the collages are of Vietnamese citizens and images of affluent Americans from the pages of House Beautiful.

Shinro Ohtake

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