- art and action
- art education
- art history
- identity and portraiture
- landscape and environment
- meaning and intention
- moving image
- real time
- remix and appropriation
- short film
- stop motion
- studio visit
- systems and chance
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My response to the identity and portraiture project takes the form of a book.
I toyed with many ideas in my sketchbook, using mixed media to explore the subject.
Amidst my struggle I suddenly came to the realisation that what I thought were sketches and notes were actually finished pieces. It has led me to reflect on my previous work.
The artists’, Mia Christopher and Bobby Baker both display sketchbooks and diary drawings as a response to their identity.
The images in my book are quite diverse but all respond to how I feel about myself and seek to discover how I have become the person I am right now.
I have worked onto copies of my adoption papers with quite immediate drawings and alternative text.
The book is not yet finished as there is still much to discover about myself. It is an ongoing journey.
If I was to display the work in a gallery I would probably scan individual pages and wall mount, perhaps in some form of chronological order.
I also constructed a small collection of specimen pots in response to some of my drawings. These contain fragments/specimens of my identity.
A link to some of the images contained in my identity book.
Here are my three paintings based on the theme of identity. For these pieces I wanted to show emotions/memories that people hide from people. I did this by painting one eye with good emotions/memories and the other bad. I also wanted to extend my idea so I painted the Whole face half good, half bad. I didn’t want to put much detail in the face to keep the eyes as the main focus point.
My self portrait was created in about 2 days, using oil pastels and chalks, I was able to represent the haze of being tired, stressed or otherwise deblitated. The title of the Piece is “excessive stress control” It is a look at how my mind overcomes tasks, lacking dedication in many areas of life I feel as though this piece, despite its blaring and loud color pallette as a body of work that has shown my ability to look past my natural borders of expression and focus all primal feelings into a large piece of work. something I could not do previous to this piece. I have enjoyed using this format as a way to express something that would ususally go unsaid. during the time of creation I was homeless, this meant the amount of time I had to spend on this piece were almost limitless, infact somewhat preferable than wandering the streets. I can see this piece leading onto a series of larger-scale pieces in a similar style, maybe not the same medium but similar style to capture this imaginative introspective into my own mind.
The video piece I presented, titled “I know how my story ends” again is an inside look at my previous struggles throughout university. It spins a tale of coping and suffering, addition and subtraction. For much of my young adulthood I have relied heavily on social activities like drinking and taking drugs to give me a personality or convince others I am worth knowing or spending time with. this unfortunately has not helped me grow as a person where real life situations such as working or education are concerned. This piece exists as a turning point as each element in the video represents the process of giving and taking away. for example, The chair spinning represents a lack of clarity in my life, never stopping but never actually doing anything, instead being tormented by thought of what I should do or should have been doing. The video of me smoking, being progressively sped up represents how I deal with a great many emotions instead of confronting them I would rather participate in an activity that damages my mental and physical person. The drinking element is a nod to the last 2 years of my life, battling with addiction and depression ultimately led me down the road to a career and some premise or aim in my life. my vast knowledge of alcohol culture led me to get a job in a pub- effictively meeting hundreds of new people and helping me achieve freedom from my addictions. I have always liked the use of video to tell a story or express an idea, I hope my video is able to relate to the viewer by perhaps fueling some imagination as to the subject or idea of the film. I believe that all of the elements used in the video can be interpreted differently and that for me, is the most important use of this video. not to tell my own story but to give a platform to tell your own story.
For this assignment I wanted to go back to using photography but in a way which I would not have perhaps done a year ago.
Starting with 6×6 cm negatives which are easier to work with and hold more detail, I began to explore the effects which could be achieved by combining 2 (and sometimes 3) negatives in different ways and then scanning them.
I felt that the most effective results were when the negatives were just not quite registered so that the face looks normal at first sight but them when you look more closely you see that its not.
I have printed out onto OHP slides which then reference back to the original negatives, but in a new way. I also wanted to achieve a thinness and transparency in the final result as identify isn’t as robust, opaque or set as we sometimes imagine.
In a gallery I envisage the slides printed to A3 and displayed on thin LED illuminated panels but the cost was too great for this assignment but one example has shown that this would be an effective way of displaying.
My work on this assignment has echoes of the work of Lazlo Moholy Nagy, a Hungarian photographer working particularly between the wars within the Bauhaus movement. A modern artist exploring materials and ideas in a similar way is John Stezaker who combines found photographs and other materials.
For the second part of the identity theme, I chose to use logo to demonstrate identity in a design orientated focus. The inspiration for the outcome came about when I considered a logo’s purpose in conveying a meaning, concept and/or motive when labelled to something; where a logo encapsulates the identity of a company for example. With this in mind, I simply altered the usual use of logo and attached it to identifying and depicting several aspects or traits of myself.
The challenge here was to find six relatable, but independent areas of myself to create into suitable designs that can be associated with the aforementioned areas. The areas I decided to exemplify were: Idea generation, social interaction, historical influence, shortsightedness, art style and as a result of doing this project, thought process of creating these logos. Different in their own way in subject yet linked through aesthetic properties and intention.
This is an initial sketch used for scanning. The majority started with a drawn concept while a few were made straight on the PC.
These are the finished works on A2 paper, accompanied with short descriptions detailing their relevant aspects attached to them.