Sunday, 23 October 2011

Experimental Weaves

Weaving together images from magazines, larger strips and so sections are less distinguishable.

I tried another with tighter sections so that the figure is more distinguable.

Using my own image: tighter weave, with 2 images at slightly different angles so that weave is slightly distorted.

Continuing Eun-Sil Han's method of layering the head and cutting the jaw open, gives a element of comedic hilarity.

Influenced by Stezaker's 'Underworld', I used collage to give an impression of the subject's personality. I used flowing yellow material to show her happy disposition and a butterfly to show her youthfulness.

Influenced by Draxler, I laid strips of paper down, I like the stretched effect. I also like the subject's expression of shock as if she can feel being stretched.

Artist Research

Dave McDermott- Devil Music, 2010
Much like weaving McDermott layers old photos which I really like.

My interpretation. I photocopied the image and cut out circles, building up the layers. I really like this method.

Eva Eun-Sil Han- Untitled 2010
Like McDermott, the image is stuttered and layered, by using the small to larger size, it gives the end product a more dynamic finish.

My interpretation. I also cut open the mouth to evoke a more dynamic feel. This is reminiscent of Terry Gillium's monty python animations. Now I've used images from magazines to experiment with, I will use my own imagery.

Altering Perceptions

12th September
Many artists use methods of altering the subject of their work in some way to challenge their own or our perception of that subject. These processes make us reevaluate the familiar and the mundane things we don't notice normally because we see them everyday, if altered in some way take on a new identity and we see them with fresh eyes and a new appreciation.

Eduardo Paolozzi- Cast of Michael Angelo's David, 1989
Produced in response to 1987 break in of an art studio in which large casts were smashed and broken. Dissects the classic face with wedges and rope. Currently displayed in the Tate Liverpool.

Antony Gormley- Lost Boy 
is a faint silhouette of a figure and this drawing inspired Gormley to create the installation 'Blind Light'. In which there was a cloud preventing the audience from seeing, this gives a new appreciation for their senses, which many may take for granted.

David Nash
Nash alters perceptions by changing forms and using natural material and binding or burning them. He makes smaller experiments and then makes larger sculptures which can be seen at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Sue Lawty
Arranges and weaves materials in an orderly way.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude- The Gate, 2005
Wrapping changes our perception of things because it obscures an object. The Gate covered 23 miles of Central Park in New York and took 26 years to complete.

Being inspired by Christo Claude, I wrapped a small doll with pages from an old hymn book. To secure the doll, i used string like Nash would. I then deconstructed, and cut out the doll and took photos to record the process. I thought this restriction of the religious text, represented times gone by, in which a woman was stripped of her identity.

I also wanted to experiment with weaving, like Lawty. So I incorporated different materials such as wool, straws. elastic and ribbon, keeping to a colour scheme of red and pink.

I then produced a larger looser weave which incorporated brown, black, yellow and blue.

Artist Research

10th September
August Sander -Face of Our Time 
Sander produced black and white portraits in a documentarian style in Germany, during the Great Depression. However, unlike Paul Trevor's study in the 1970's there is a real feeling of desperation and poverty.

John Stezaker
Also produced portraits but with a twist. By using collage, his work became dynamic and more telling. For example, (below) Love XI 2006, the extra strip of her eyes make the subject seem to be blinking, giving a flirtatious element to this attractive woman. I really like this way of enhancing a person's personality or mannerisms by using collage.

Thomas Hirschhorn- No life is Cheap, 2001
Also uses collage to show his disgust towards the poverty and famine which is present worldwide. Using aggressive marks with a red marker, the central female figure appearing to weep blood. The repeated phrase ' 1 MAN = 1 MAN' echoes his message.

Donna K- A Walk is a Series of Steps, 2008
The circular background with the figures merged into a central dial makes the piece more dynamic, as if they could be spinning round. this could symbolise change and time. Such as the young children growing into a young adult, ready to see the world.

James Gallager- Domestic 1, 2010
Uses  vintage images and does not show the face in his collage. is showing how a woman may lose her identity as a housewife, a slave to her husband and home.

Lilliana Pereira- Old school: Anatomy 2007
This collage may be a interpretation of a woman's anatomy,depicting the female figure as divine. But the words 'superficial veins' may suggest this beauty is only skin deep.

Tara Hardy- The Warrior, 2010
shows how the modern woman has  to be a warrior and fight with her brain, supported by imagery of pens instead of bullets, the birds may represent freedom in this new independence.

Ingrid Baars- Kiki, 2009
This digital collage presents its audience with quite graphic and vivid imagery. Which in turn explores the figure's sexual charge.