Here are stills from my videos I made for sculpture…
Thinking about it I probably could have made the video a lot more better and took more time to think about what I was trying to capture! I also think I could have use other materials to confine the box I.e chains, rope, padlocks, etc just to add to the feeling of confinement. Although I still feel i managed to express my concept and message well
Sculpture video part 3…
In this video is shows the end result after the damage is done. All that’s left is a pile of ash, nothing worth fixing, relating back to my earlier post
Here is my final outcome from my sculpture project. I made a series of 3 videos, from the start, middle and end of my confined box burning. I wanted to show how hiding or confining something away (such as a mental illness, a bad memory, etc) will only make it worse and in the end will only damage you more. The fire symbolises the damage caused by confining this part of you away.
Although advances have been made in the understanding and treatment of Mental illness the stigma around it still persists. I wanted this piece to show that it shouldn’t be something that people hide or are ashamed of… Most people experience a form of mental illness at some point of their life and I think people should take the time to understand what mental illness is rather than judging a book by it’s cover.
With my sculpture project I’ve decided to look further at the idea of something being confined away I.e memories etc. So I took photos of my “confined” box in various hidden place around my house as though someone was trying to hide something dark away (metal illness?) from anyone else. From here I hope to make my video…
Drawing & Painting:
Above are images of my solutions from drawing and painting. I wanted to look at the action and process of painting rather than the actual finished outcome. I tried to capture the force and motion of my hands, brushes and pallet knifes. I also incorporated liquid acrylic. The drip effect conveyed movement in a free and natural way which I think worked well.
I’m really pleased with how my solutions turned out and feel they captured my theme well. If I could change anything I’d work on a larger scale as I’d like to capture the movement of the whole body rather than parts. My artist research really helped influence my work, looking at action painting from the likes of Jackson Pollock, Sam Francis, Joan Mitchell, etc. I’ve really enjoyed looking at this type of painting and I hope to explore it further. I feel like I resolved all my ideas and my development and solutions reflect this.
I decided to redo my develop and final piece in sculpture as I didn’t like what I created in my 4 week rotation, I felt like it didn’t capture my theme well and was far to literal. So I decided to explore my theme of madness and the thought process in an other way
I began looking at the idea of keep sake boxes (above are some images of my friends and my own). People keep memories, etc In order to look back on them, so I thought I’d look at the idea of confining a memory or a part of themselves away. Something that might affect a person in a certain way that they can’t look back on it so they hide it - like a mental illness etc.
As I used video at the beginning of sculpture, I’ve decided to explore it again with this project…
Drawing and Painting:
During my time in drawing and painting I’ve looked a lot at Action Painting. Looking particularly at how a finished painting being only a “physical manifestation” (kind of residue) of actual work of art , which was the act or process of the painting. I think this really suits my theme of movement, the emphasis is shifted from the object to the struggle itself.
An artist closely link to this form of art was Jackson Pollock
was an influential painter and a chief pioneer in the abstract impressionist movement. I’ve actually looked at his work in my two week rotation in Drawing and Painting and it was his famous drip painting that inspired me to look at the idea of movement, etc.
During his early years, Pollock left High School early to study under the guidance of the painter, Thomas Hart Benton at the Art Students League in New York - also along side his brother Charles Pollock. Although Benton’s rural American subject matter didn’t really interest Pollock, his unique and rhythmic style of painting was something that greatly inspired him and can even be seen in his own work.
Pollock was best known for his unique style of ‘drip painting’ something he was first introduced to in 1936 my the Mexican muralist David Alforo Siqueiros. This paint pouring technique is prominent in some of his ealy 1940 work such as “Male and Female” and “Composition with Pouring I”.
He chose to synthetic resin-based paint called alkyd enamels which he applied with harden brushes, sticks and even basting syringes, using the full force of his body to paint. Its the drip/pouring technique that thought to be the origin of “Action Painting” - immediate means of creating art. Pollock painting defys the conventions of painting on a upright surface, adding new dimensions by being able to view and apply paint to his canvas from all directions.
From Pollock’s work I was able to look at other artists such as Sam Francis, Norman Bluhm, Michael Goldberg, etc. All of whom have a very similar style of painting relating well to my theme of movement
Drawing and Painting:
Continued study of natural movement of paint