Short Writing Course (3/4)

The first task on day three was something called, ‘Six Degrees of Separation’.

We were given 2 images, a starting image and an end image and hd to find atleast 4 connections between the 2 images that linked them together.


The first image I found difficult to connect to the artwork. I came up with  picture 1 > squares > darkness > moonlight > picture 2.

The second artwork I found easier to describe. I came up with picture 1 > trees > nature > nature V manmade > plastic > picture 2.

The third image had to be connected with my own artwork. Picture 1 > portrait > paint > life drawing > my own artwork.

The fourth artwork had to be connected to myself. Picture 1 > house > family > warmth > me.

Task 2

The second task was to describe an artwork I had seen in the last 12 months.

I chose to describe Bedwyr Williams, Tyrau Mawr (Big Towers), 2016 from the Artes Mundi exhibition. I found the basic descriptions fairly easy to write down but going in to depth was hard.

The next task was to draw the artwork from memory. Again, I was able to draw the basic things I saw when looking at this artwork but when it came to the details, I could hardly remember anything.

This was the artwork. It is a video installation showing what Wales would look like as a city like New York and how William’s thinks we wouldn’t be able to cope. screen-shot-2017-01-12-at-17-48-54

In the afternoon, we had to look at the artwork and talk about what we had missed.

This task showed me how much I hadn’t drawn/ wrote down, I was surprised by this when I looked back to the image of the artwork.

Short Writing Course (4/4)

Unfortunately, I could not attend the last session of the short writing course due to illness.


Short Writing Course (2/ 4)

Today for the short writing course, we had to meet at Cardiff Museum to describe two pieces of work in the gallery. We had to spend half an hour on each.

I chose to write about Francis Bacon’s, Henrietta Moraes, 1966. My first initial thoughts about this piece of work was that it is quite abstract. The life model is painted quite differently to life drawings by artists such as Lucien Freud. To me, the colours and shapes Bacon has painted of Moraes looks like a piece of bacon. The bed is really distorted too, with bright colours.

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Francis Bacon, Henrietta Moraes, 1966

I found it hard to describe for 30 minutes, I found after 15 minutes I could not write much more but carried on trying to scramble anything to describe the painting.

The second painting I chose to write about was René Magritte, The Empty Mask, 1928. Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 09.42.02

I chose this painting as there is a lot to describe. I found it much easier to describe this painting than the first. It’s like it is telling a story, each segment of the gold frame might relate to each other, the message isn’t clear and it is very surrealist.

I didn’t mind this task and found being in the museum inspiring and thought provoking. The describing got much easier and I found being able to write down the description got less complicated over the hour.

In the afternoon, the task was to describe an object or a landscape but it could not be an artwork or an image. I decided to describe my shoes. I found this task much easier than describing the artwork as I think it was much more literal. The object is mine so I see my shoes basically everyday, I could describe the shoes in a much more simple way and put the words down on the paper a lot quicker than when describing the artwork. 18493172_10203352532289644_1704890030_o

Are you interested in this object in the same way as you were interested in the artwork this morning? No. I wasn’t more interested in my shoes than the artwork, which is why I found it interesting that I found describing the object a lot more straightforward than the artworks.

George Shaw

I am looking at George Shaw because I especially like the way he paints. I am looking at the painting, Scenes from the Passion: Late, 2002. This painting shows derelict garages that look very run down. I am drawn to the darkness and how he has captured the worn out garage doors in such a picture like way. I take inspiration from the way he has made the painting look very dark and abandoned, something I want to come across in my paintings of abandoned furniture. Screen Shot 2017-06-04 at 16.59.17.png

Frank Stella

Frank Stella is an abstract painter born in 1936. I am interested in his work which has inspired me to create a paper sculpture using screen prints for my individual piece for field.

The piece I am looking at is Shoubeegi (1978). It is part of the ‘Indian Bird’ series which Stella began when he stayed in Ahmedabad, he named the pieces of work after the birds found on the subcontinent.

The medium used in this piece of work are enamel, metal and glitter. Screen Shot 2017-03-18 at 20.23.49

I like the bright colours and curvy shapes and the way the work spills into the viewers space and grabs attention. The messiness of the work is what attracted me to the piece as it is cluttered yet controlled which I find interesting, it also reminds me of my own work. For my individual field piece I am going to attempt to create something like this, I will screen print the shapes and then add detail using acrylic paint. The grid in the background of Shoubeegi is a metal grid, something I might also use to assemble my work.

Field: Pin Hole Camera Artist Research

Nancy Breslin

Nancy Breslin is an artist who lives in Washington DC who specialises in photographs taken using pinhole and plastic cameras. I am looking at her pinhole series, Squaremeals: A Pinhole Diary of Eating Out. Below is a video where Breslin talks about the project.

The pinhole images are very clear and exposed perfectly. I especially like how objects are very clear but the people in the images are blurred and like ghosts as they have moved whilst the photo was being exposed. I think the whole idea of taking a pinhole image whilst eating out in different countries is an interesting way of documenting that memory.

The different exposure times create different images, the image on the left was exposed for 2 minutes. The person is very blurry. The image in the top right corner was exposed for 20 seconds. The facial features can be more recognised. The photo in the bottom right corner was exposed for 2 seconds. The face is barely blurred.

This kind of work is what I would like to achieve through using the pin hole camera as it is very crisp and documents the moment through time as the longer it is exposed the more distorted the image is.

Illuminated: Artist research

Mike Nelson

The artist I have decided to look at is Mike Nelson and his installation, ‘The Coral Reef’, 2000. The installation is made up of 15 rooms, lights, columns, chairs, mirrors, printed papers and other materials. The Coral Reef is a very large architectural installation which consists of 15 rooms with connecting corridors. The audience are left alone to walk around the installation with no directed path, visitors can spend as much time as they would like in the installation, however, there is only room for a limited amount of people at one time.

The title of the work, ‘The Coral Reef’, is a reference to large natural structures that are found under the sea. Nelson has connected the work to basic structures of beliefs- whether religious, political, social or economic- that individuals hold in a way that is mostly subconscious.

The way Nelson allows the viewers to explore the installation alone is something I find intriguing as there is no explanation to hear when viewing the different rooms, letting them think of possibilities for why certain objects are used.

Above are a few rooms in the installation, for example, a cab office. Each room is set up in a scene which allows viewers to imagine what is going on.  While talking about the work, Nelson has said, “the feeling of confusion and disorientation that viewers experience in the network of rooms is an analogy for the fact that belief, while giving individuals an illusion of freedom, is in fact deeply restrictive”. I think the concept of having a confusion but also a feeling of freedom within the work piece is very interesting as I would imagine it is like being in a maze.

I chose to look at Nelson’s, Coral Reef, as the work is very similar to a part of a triptych my group are looking at creating as we want to set up a scene using objects that will hopefully show the viewer what is going on, with an element of confusion.

Light is Colour Artist Research

Ambiguous Structure No.92, 1969, Jean- Pierre Yvaral

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Ambiguous Structure No.92, 1969, was made using acrylic paint on a square board. It is an abstract painting made up of geometrical shapes using blues, greys, red and orange tones. Yvaral arranges these colours in a way which creates a three dimensional effect, like an optical illusion.

The three dimensional effect makes the flat painting look like it protrudes out to make a sculpture. The painting seems to come from the centre due to the lighter colour. This is an important piece of work to look at during ‘Light is Colour’ as it is inspiring to create screen prints that look like an illusion and create paper sculptures that are intriguing and complex like the painting shown above.