Formal Assessment

Personal Statement 

I have been influenced by Maria Bartuszová’s, Untitled, 1973. My work explores the nude body, both male and female, sexualities and relationships. I have been looking at maternal bonds between mother and daughter as Bartuszová’s piece has maternal associations. The artwork suggests both male and female body parts. The mash-up of both male and female body parts influenced the idea that the work is relating to transgender people. I have begun researching this idea and have created artwork that looks at male and female body parts. I enjoy making artwork that exposes subjects that aren’t common, and that makes people think. I have been attending life drawing sessions to use as reference for my artwork. I usually work with acrylic paint and canvas, however, I have been using bed sheets to paint on, as I feel they have erotic associations, like Bartuszová’s artwork. The bed sheets also have associations with maternal bonds, like the artwork by Maria Bartuszová. While exploring this piece of work, I am hoping to create some screen prints to widen my skills and materials. My project, in my opinion, has only just scratched the surface of ideas and artworks, which makes me excited to continue with it throughout the year.

Documentation

  1. Responses made in the Idea’s Lab
  2. Original artwork and my initial thoughts/ ideas  Initial Thoughts About Chosen Artwork
  3. Original artwork and my initial material responses Responding To Chosen Artwork
  4. Development of my own original artworks Development
  5. Post of my own choosing: Changing My Mind

Contextualisation

  1. The most influential concepts I have gained from the Key Concept Lectures Influential Key Concepts: Object
  2. A key contextual referance found through research into my initial artwork Jenny Saville
  3. A key contextual referance you have found through research and visiting galleries Louise Bourgeois
  4. Contextual referance found through thinking about the function of ‘studios’ Studio
  5. A contextual post of my own Mona Hatoum
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Personal Statement

I have been influenced by Maria Bartuszová’s, Untitled, 1973. My work explores the nude body, both male and female, sexualities and relationships. I have been looking at maternal bonds between mother and daughter as Bartuszová’s piece has maternal associations. The artwork suggests both male and female body parts. The mash-up of both male and female body parts influenced the idea that the work is relating to transgender people. I have begun researching this idea and have created artwork that looks at male and female body parts. I enjoy making artwork that exposes subjects that aren’t common, and that makes people think. I have been attending life drawing sessions to use as reference for my artwork. I usually work with acrylic paint and canvas, however, I have been using bed sheets to paint on, as I feel they have erotic associations, like Bartuszová’s artwork. The bed sheets also have associations with maternal bonds, like the artwork by Maria Bartuszová. While exploring this piece of work, I am hoping to create some screen prints to widen my skills and materials. My project, in my opinion, has only just scratched the surface of ideas and artworks, which makes me excited to continue with it throughout the year.

Development

As I explore and experiment more with the artwork, it is leading me to think about transgender/ non- binary people and how they feel about expressing their gender.

I have been creating a lot of work that experiments with both male and female bodies. I have also been attending the life drawing sessions to use as reference to human bodies.

I am using bed sheets to create work to step away from the paper. I chose bed sheets as I think they can be linked with sex, which comes from the ‘erotic’ associations within the artwork. I also think bed sheets can be maternal, as a bed is what I think of a ‘safe place’ for a vulnerable child with its mother.

I’ve been using the colours pink and red to show the female and blue to show male, these are the typical colours associated with gender.

Ive also switched the colours around to show that men can feel feminine and women can feel masculine. Hopefully, the message is easy to understand.

 

Life Drawing

I attended the life drawing lecture to get more reference to the human body. There was a mix up between the models and 2 models ended up modelling. There was a male and female. This was beneficial to me as the piece of work I have chosen suggests both male and female associations. I stayed for the full 3 hours and had certain amounts of time to draw each pose, for example 10 seconds, 2 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes and 20 minutes. I prefer the shorter timed poses as I like fast paced work. Below are some of the drawings.

 

Next time, I think I will try more techniques such as not taking my pencil off the paper and I will take more mediums in to use as I was bored of black and white by the end of it.

Responding To Chosen Artwork

My chosen artwork by Maria Bartuszová, Untitled, 1973, has very prominent shapes which suggest male and female body parts.

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Maria Bartuszová, Untitled, 1973

As part of my first responses to the artwork, I have been paying close attention to the shapes found.

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My Studio

While creating the shapes inspired by the artwork, I found ‘a nest’ forming. The 3 breast like shapes are huddled together like eggs, the circle platform is like a nest, ‘protecting’ them. This also linked to the maternal associations that Bartuszová has said are within the piece.

The work also provoked body parts and figure like shapes, of both genders. As both male and female body parts are present, it makes me think about transgender people or non binary people, something I am hoping to address through artwork.

Initial Thoughts About Chosen Artwork

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My initial thoughts of the artwork was a body. Male and female, or both. I also thought the shapes were grouped together like people stand in crowds.

The description of this artwork was that it had both erotic and maternal associations. The artwork ‘suggests the body but does not represent the body’. I think this is interesting as I read the artwork straight away as representing a body. It has also made me think of how this piece of artwork has maternal associations. I see a nest, the breasts represent eggs, and the platform the sculptures are on is the nest, protecting the ‘eggs’. This also brought the idea of a maternal bond of a mother and child and feeling safe.

Changing My Mind

I originally chose Josh Faught’s, Untitled (I), from BE BOLD For What You Stand For, BE CAREFUL For What You Fall For, 2013. I saw this piece of work in the Saatchi gallery and was instantly drawn to the scale of the piece, the objects attached to the work and the colours. This piece of artwork was made to highlight the queer community. IMG_2001

I found it difficult to make artwork and know where to start. I then had a group tutorial and was asked to explain why I chose this artwork. I struggled and came away feeling like I did not connect with this piece of work. I realised I chose the work because the colours, scale and materials was something I enjoyed, I couldn’t make work from the internal aspects of the work and that is important to me.

I then chose Maria Bartuszová’s, Untitled, 1973. It interested me as it only focused on suggested body parts, both male and female. It also carries both ‘maternal and erotic associations’. It suggests the body but does not represent the body. This artwork instantly made me create artwork and makes me excited to create work which was a much better start.

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Maria Bartuszová, Untitled, 1973