Field Final Piece Re-do

When I created my previous field final piece, I felt it was too similar to Frank Stella’s piece, Shoubeegi.

I wanted to put my own touch on the piece. I decided to use fabric and the same metal grid used for the first final piece. I was going to use black and white to completely strip the colour from the piece.

I decided against this because the black and white wouldn’t stand out enough. I have contact to a Ugandan artist who sent me African fabric from stalls and material he had printed at university. I didn’t have a use for this material and so decided to use it on my field final piece. The materials are very beautiful and colourful and use the technique of batique and print. I plaited and twisted the material and tied it to the grid. The fabric was much better to work with than the paper because the material flowed with the design and doesn’t look just stuck on.

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I have decided to call the piece, Twezuule. This is the Ugandan word for expressing yourself in an artistic way. The word fits with my piece as the fabric is twisted and plaited around, the word sounds like ‘twisted’ too, kind of. I’m also expressing myself through using the material from my friend, I struggled in the last piece as I made a piece very symmetrical to Stella’s work.

 

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Frank Stella- Field

Frank Stella is an abstract painter. 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 as I work in a rather messy way.

Shoubeegi allows light to pass through and create shadows with the different shapes on top of the grid. This influenced my final piece because light is the subject for Field.

Colour is Light- Field

The field project that influenced my field final piece was Colour is Light. In this project, I was taught about colour theories and how to create a paper sculpture using silk screen prints. I love printing and how quickly I can create artwork using the technique.

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My final piece

This was my first final piece. I think the prints look good on the metal grid and the bits of paper weaved around the grid makes my own stamp on the work. However, I do think it looks very similar to Frank Stella’s, Shoubeegi.

I decided to create the work again using African fabric from an artist I know in Uganda. I imitate the swirls, bright colour and controlled messiness in Shoubeegi but have put my own touch by using material instead of paper and plaiting, twisting and tying the fabric on the grid. The printed part of this workshop has carried on in this piece as I have used printed fabric from Africa. 18927344_10203438344234889_208022325_o

Individual Field Final Piece

My individual field piece was inspired by Frank Stella’s work. I really enjoyed the Light is Colour workshop as the process of screen printing was really fun and I found this workshop gave me the best results in my final pieces. I also found it interesting to explore the properties of paper and create sculptures, something I’ve not thought to do with paper.

I was intrigued by Frank Stella’s work, Shoubeegi (1978), as I liked the controlled messiness. The bright colours and shapes that spill into the viewers space when looking at the piece is something that made me want to create something similar to this. Screen Shot 2017-03-18 at 20.23.49

Screen Print

To begin, I cut out shapes and exposed them on a silk screen for 2 minutes.

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I printed a couple of colours but will also use acrylic paint to add more colours and patterns on the shapes.

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The prints came out ok, however, some areas of the shapes did not print. ‘Shoubeegi’ has lots of swirly shapes and a lot of soft rounded edges, I wanted to keep these kind of shapes in my piece. ‘Shoubeegi’ is made from enamel, metal and glitter, but I will create the majority of the piece using paper. I am going to use a metal mesh to glue and weave the paper shapes onto.

I planned out an idea of how I was going to arrange the shapes, I’m not sure if I will go with this type of plan but I think it will look something like this.17521802_10203124747035155_391084294_o

The Final Piece

To create the final piece, I used a hot glue gun to stick the shapes down to the metal mesh. I wanted to use the metal mesh to create the work as not only does it feature in Shoubeegi, it works with the shapes and allows light to pass through in a great way.

I added acrylic paint to layer paint up and create many different bright colours. The smaller details were also painted on.

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I think the overall piece is similar to Shoubeegi, maybe too similar. However, I have added my own input and changed the direction of shapes. I wanted to do something else with the piece and so decided to weave paper into the metal. The paper is weaved and in places mimics the swirls of the shapes.

Overall I am pleased with the final outcome as it doesn’t look like a complete mess and has a structural finish.  The colours clash, but also compliment each other in an unusual way. I like the added areas of weaving because it brings another way using paper into the work. I think the piece handles light well too, the mesh is open and allows light to pass through, the shapes catch light as there are so many and create interesting shadows.

If I was to improve, I would definitely try to make the piece more of my own instead of constantly looking at Stella’s work for inspiration. I would also like to work bigger and attempt to make a structure made completely out of paper.

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

For this field project we have to make pin hole camera in groups. I decided to make a camera out of a mini Pringles tub. As the inside is silver, like a tin, I had to paint it black. I used acrylic paint to do this.
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I painted the lid black as it was clear, however, I didn’t think this was going to block out the light enough so I added cardboard onto of the black lid. I know that cardboard is thought to be too thin and light can be absorbed through it but I painted the lid black and cardboard black and stuck them together.

Once the paint had dried, I used a pin and pushed a hole through the lid to create a tiny hole that would expose the image onto the photographic exposure paper.

I exposed the image for 30 seconds and developed the paper, however, nothing happened and we were just left with white photograph paper. We tried to expose the image outside and inside but nothing worked. I think the cardboard and clear lid painted black was still too thin and let in too much light.

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The photograph paper in developer solution, and the rest of the solutions such as fixer are shown in the background.

This pin hole camera did not work but if I was to do this workshop again I would use a plastic tube or a tin of beans for example. I think this would block out light and hopefully expose an image. I have not enjoyed this project as I am impatient, the process didn’t excite me and in the end the camera did not work which was disappointing.

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I think I used the wrong photographic paper. The results are interesting though as it has turned pink and has a marble effect.

We then had to use an app called Aurasma and Augment to make an augmented reality image using our pin hole images. I did not have a final augmented reality video clip as there is nothing on my pinhole images to augment.