Influential Key Concepts: Object

In the Key Concept lecture, Object, I looked at perception and how we never perceive the whole object. We never perceive the same object as anyone else. One example was Le Grenouillère, by Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1869 and La Grenouillère, by Claude Monet, 1869. They painted the same view on the same day, however, the paintings are different.

La Grenouillère by Claude Monet, 1869 (left) and La Grenouillère by Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1869 (right).

Monet’s version is more reserved, a quieter painting. Renoir’s version of this scene is more social and chatty like.The river banks are also different. They were sat together painting the same scene, however, they have slightly different paintings.

This is interesting to me and I find it fascinating to see how I see something different when looking at an object to how someone else sees the object. I have been swapping my chosen artwork with friends to give their initial response and working off that, like the ideas lab. This is something I have been doing to help my studio practice and increase my ideas.


Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum, Measures of Distance, 1988

Screen Shot 2017-11-06 at 17.47.26.pngMeasures of Distance is a video work comprising several layered elements. The video consists of letters written by Hatoum’s mother in Beirut, which she sent to Hatoum who was living in London. The letters appear on the screen in Arabic text and moves over the image as they are read aloud in English by Hatoum. The text shows the intimacy between mother and daughter. The mother talks about her feelings, her sexuality and how her husband was angry that Hatoum had taken an intimate photograph of her mothers naked body. The background image is of Hatoum’s mother in the shower. Hatoum took the photograph when she visited her parents in Lebanon.

The work suggests a strong intimacy between Hatoum and her mother, suggesting ‘a creative and transformative relationship through the breaking of taboos around the maternal body’ (The Tate, .

I chose this artwork as it explores the maternal bond between a mother and daughter and allows us to have an insight into their close relationship. I’m exploring different ways to connect with the original artwork I chose, this connects to the ‘maternal associations’ the artwork has.


Jenny Saville

Jenny Saville’s artworks, ‘Passage’, 2004 and ‘Matrix’, 1999, are artworks I have found while researching about my chosen artwork.

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Passage, 2004
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Matrix, 1999

These artworks are very honest and brutal depictions of a transitioning transgender person. This is something I am exploring with my chosen artwork by Maria Bartuszová as her sculpture suggests both male and female body parts.

The artwork challenges the norm of traditional, beautiful bodies that are often found in artworks. Saville plays with our connection of how a nude body should look that belongs to a female/ male. She creates artwork that may repulse others, but may be deemed as beautiful to some.

Jenny Saville’s paintings are very thought-provoking and highlights what transgender bodies look like. I feel transgender people are fighting to survive in a world which is ignorant in many ways and will always be bigoted and ignorant in some manner. By pushing it in people’s faces brings attention to the matter, something I admire with Saville’s work and will take inspiration from.

Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois was a French-American artist. She explored a variety of themes over the course of her long career including domesticity and the family, sexuality and the body, as well as death and the subconscious. I recently visited her work in MoMA, NYC.

Maria Bartuszová, Untitled, 1973. “The work carries both maternal and erotic associations… an example of the way in which the artist created abstract shapes which suggest rather than represent the body”

I find Bourgeois’ work similar to the artwork I have chosen as Bourgeois explores maternal associations and the female/ male body. Artworks such as ‘Maternal Man’, 2008, shown below are especially interesting and similar to the Bartuszová’s description of her work, Untitled, 1973.

The painting below, ‘Untitled’, 1965, reminds me of the original artwork I chose as the repetition of the breasts are similar to the sculpture by Bartuszová. Screen Shot 2017-10-24 at 19.31.59

The artworks shown below, ‘Nos. 11-14 from the installations À l’lnfini (To Infinity), 2008. The artworks are full of flowing marks, babies in amniotic sacs, female figures and embracing couples. For me, this work has strong similarities to the meaning behind Bartuszová’s sculpture.

Bourgeois is an important artist to me as she creates work through mediums I work with, I also think her work relates to modern life and it is interesting to see how she deals with sexuality and the human body through art.

Tutorial Studio Visit

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Combover Jo, the robot Paul created and shows in exhibitions

I visited my tutors studio near Chapter to get an insight of how Paul Granjon works and what type of work he creates.

When I walked into his studio I immediately got the impression that Paul works with electrics as I spotted the wires around the place and on tables creating small mechanisms. There were also lots of speakers which suggested sound is important. Boxes with labels were stacked on shelves and dotted around the place.

While at the studio, Paul went into detail about how he started creating robots and what he did to get his work noticed. We discussed upcoming exhibitions and works from past exhibitions. It was important to talk about career paths after university and interesting to talk about how Paul makes his money as a lecturer and from working in the studio.

I definitely still want to be a secondary school teacher when I leave university, however, I’ve learnt a lot from this insight into a studio working environment and earning from creating artwork for commisions.

Key Concept: Participation

Throughout the lesson, we learnt about some artists who use participation as part of their artwork.


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Andy Warhol, Do It Yourself- Flowers, 1962

Andy Warhol, Do It Yourself- Flowers, suggests that it is inviting people to finish off the piece of artwork.

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Yoko Ono, Cut Piece, 1965

Yoko Ono, Cut Piece, 1965 invited people to cut parts of her dress off, she instructed the public which created the artwork.

Lygia Clark created a series of sculptures called Bichos, 1965, and invited the public to come and change the shape of the sculpture.

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Marina Abramovic, The Artist is Present, 2010

Marina Abramovic sat and gazed at public who came and sat in the chair opposite. She had rules of not being able to talk or touch the person opposite.

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Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, The City of Forking Paths, 2014

The City of Forking Paths, 2014, instructs the person who is participating to listen and follow the instructions with earphones and watch the video to see the city through a video and in real life. It  allows the person involved to see the city through different eyes swell as their own.

London Visit (October 4th)

I choose an artwork for the brief over the next year, myself and a few friends decided to go to London.  We visited: The Saatchi Gallery, Tate Modern, The White Cube and The National Gallery.

A few pieces interested me but I have 3 in mind that I will explore and research to find out if they are suitable for the brief.

One artwork I was drawn to was Josh Faught’s, Untitled (I), from BE BOLD For What You Stand For, BE CAREFUL For What You Fall For, 2013. The colours and the scale really brought me in, also the items that had been sewn into the tapestry where very random. At the time I did not know the meaning. The work is aimed at the ‘queer community’. I enjoy making work to make other people aware of subjects, so this could be a possible artwork. 

Josh Faught, Untitled (I), from BE BOLD For What You Stand For, BE CAREFUL For What You Fall For


I’m also interested in Maria Bartuszová’s piece, ‘Untitled’, 1973. The artwork is made from plaster and carries both with maternal and erotic associations. The work suggests a body rather than represent one. The human body has always been a fascination to me and I feel this piece could simulate my work throughout year 2.

Maria Bartuszová, Untitled, 1973

At Tate Modern I saw a voice and sculpture/ installation piece by Otobong Nkanga. The installation reflects on contemporary anxieties and suggests how people gather in a crowd. The ropes suggest the networks in today’s society. The concrete balls can also weigh up to 600 kg, so it also implies the impossibility of moving forward alone. The idea behind the work was what appealed to me, I think it is an intriguing way to display a crowd and the anxiety that comes with it for some people. IMG_2027

Now I have to narrow my decisions down to one artwork.