Autumn Assessment 2015, Studio

Statement

In this project I re-created a piece of descriptive text in to a painting that could either illustrate or replace the original text. The text focus’ on a ‘copper giant’[1] with ‘immense form,’[2] and ‘overwhelming intensity.’[3] I wanted to reciprocate these quotes as visuals and feelings through colour, form and texture. Along side my own interpretations of the text and initial ideas I had imagined, artist influences became prominent in my process.

Looking at art in the the 20th Century led me to combine two important art focus’ of that time- The extensive use of gold paint, and the Cubism movement. Gold was a sign of sacred power and importance, which links directly to the theme I intend to portray. One of the key influences on my work has been Yves Klein’s gold paintings, Klein uses gold to “impregnate the painting and give it eternal life.”[4]

Influences from the Cubism movement allowed me to re-think ideas of how to present a large scale figure without painting on a huge scale. Similar to Pablo Picasso cubism style, I have split the the canvas into sections revealing only parts of the figure instead of a whole image- which I intend to be more intriguing for the viewer. The alternate sections are painted gold to put emphasis on the choice of colour and its qualities. Through this combination I hope to reveal the idea and presence of a ‘giant copper being.’[5]

In order to create a better sense of life and movement into my painting, I used gold painted string to separate the sections and add textural detail to the form of the figure- this material is suitable because of its flexibility to create straight and bent lines. The combinations of sections of gold paint with contrasting imagery of a copper body, lined with twists of gold string outlining detail merge together to be viewed as a whole.


[1] Fantasy artwork descriptive text “Copper Man.”

[2](Ibid)

[3] (Ibid)

[4]  http://mediation.centrepompidou.fr/education/ressources/ENS-Klein-EN/ENS-Klein-EN.htm#or  (accessed 30/11/15)

[5] Fantasy artwork descriptive text “Copper Man.”

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Artist Influences, Studio

ella-pitr-nuart-festival-norway-largest-mural-in-the-world-07.jpgElla and Pitr- Lillith and Olaf

French street artist’s who paint enormous art murals on roofs of buildings and large patches of ground. This is one if their biggest murals, a 21,000-square-meter painting of a sleeping woman. I looked at this artist’s work in relation to the descriptive fantasy writing piece I was given to turn into a painting. The writing described a ‘large copper man,’ which could be presented on a similarly large scale like these murals to convey the sheer size.

Autumn Assessment 2015, Studio

Process and development

After reading my peers Fantasy descriptive writing, I began drawing out initial sketches and ideas. I then started exploring different media to paint with. For my mock paintings I used makeup to paint with, hoping for an interesting texture created to portray skin. From this test I realised makeup as a media doesn’t allow much depth to be created. Because I had not used gold paint before, I was unsure wether it would compliment the colour of the skin. From these tests, I noticed that the two colours are surprisingly very different and somehow need to overlapped or combined to unify the surface.

Artist Influences, Studio

162373717Pablo Picasso- Girl with a Mandolin 1910

This painting influences me to try alternative techniques of perspective. Picasso wanted to emphasize the two-dimensionality of the canvas, he split objects into geometric forms, breaking the subject down into squares, rectangles, and other geometric shapes. This technique allows various parts of the figures form to be portrayed that would usually not be seen from one point of view. Picasso used a dulled and muted colour palette to unify the surfaces.

Artist Influences, Studio

images                                                                                      Giacomo Balla- Street Light 1909.

This futurism painting is one of my favourites because of how powerful and eccentric it is visually. The combination of the mark making and colours portray the light as something amazing. Through this painting technique Giacomo Balla has conveyed his idea that man-made light is more powerful than natural light. Although I do not have futurist views I throughly enjoy this painting and the vibrancy of the painting style. In my painting I want to be able to create a similar feeling power.

Autumn Assessment 2015, Studio

Fantasy artwork descriptive writing

After swapping texts with another peer, our task was to create a painting from the information described in the text. I was given a piece called ‘Copper.’FullSizeRenderTo begin the process of turning this text into a painting, I have focused on the most prominent parts of the information and found 3 artists who have created work that I consider relates to how I will interpret the text.

  • Giacambo Balla- Street light 1909- the relation of painting technique used to create the manmade object as powerful and amazing.
  • Ella and Pitr- French artist murals of large scale body’s on roofs of buildings and walls. Relates to the main topic, a ‘copper giant.’
  • Hannah Hock- Collages of bodies using rearranged images- a technique I could use as inspiration for painting on an average size canvas while keeping the illusion of a large body present.
Autumn Assessment 2015, Studio

My Artist Manifesto

IMG_3890My Artist Manifesto- ‘The REAL Artist Manifesto,’ sums up in a blunt but humourous way what I think makes an Artist a cheat. Choice of typography style came from research and a mixture between pre-modern and modern styles. I combined them to create a strange contrast of my own. I used Influences from Paula Schek’s typography, which allowed the text to carry spirit and meaning.