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.
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.
Throughout the lesson, we learnt about some artists who use participation as part of their artwork.
Andy Warhol, Do It Yourself- Flowers, suggests that it is inviting people to finish off the piece of artwork.
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.
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.
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.
My chosen artwork by Maria Bartuszová, Untitled, 1973, has very prominent shapes which suggest male and female body parts.
As part of my first responses to the artwork, I have been paying close attention to the shapes found.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An object is something that resists my will. An object is something that is beyond my complete control. An object offers relief from the turmoil of desire.
An object is unknowable
Perception is always partial. We never perceive the whole object. We never perceive the same object as anyone else.
For example, La Grenouillere, by Pierre Auguste Renoir (left), 1869 and La Grenouillere, by Claude Monet (right) 1869, was painting on exactly the same day together. Renoir’s version of this scene is more social and more chatty like. Monet’s version is more reserved, a quieter painting. They have both painting different versions, they have also painted different river banks.
I am an object (in a world of objects)
What is the difference between subject and object? They are reversible. Therefore I only come to a knowledge of myself through a knowledge of objects.
Is a painting an image or an object?
Piet Mandrian, Composition with Red and Blue, 1929. The paint goes beyond the flat face of the canvas, onto the stretch bar of the canvas. This could be perceived as an object.