Monday, 27 September 2010

Hi ho silver lining...

I have done another experiment with cotton wool and glue and am liking the result....

I glued down the cotton wool to clingfilm and peeled it off to form a net. I can see myself developing this piece on a larger scale- is linked to the stained glass window piece perhaps?

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Blackberry picking

I love blackberry picking. Went with my mum yesterday, got loads : D

Been doing some more cotton-felt making but on a slightly larger scale this time. I'm hoping to develop this further on an even larger scale and just build the dimensions up and see what comes about from it.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Fyfe Dangerfield : )

Bought Fyfe Dangerfield's album "Fly yellow moon"... bliss : )

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Third installment for the Italy series of paintings- The Belvedere Torso

The above painting is based on the tradition of drawing from The Belvedere Torso, a piece of a statue, from the 15th century onwards. Instead of painting from the original, I have used models out of magazines to paint from, the idea being that these are our guides and these are what we use to draw from and copy today - not using a pencil and paper, but instead changing our diet and fashion. These are our classical sculptures that we look up to and admire.

Overall, I have created three paintings for my Italy project. I wanted to draw upon Italy's historical richness and yet allow the pieces to have contemporary relevance.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Posh windows and conservatories, the finer things in life...

Note to self: Don't put turpentine in a plastic cup. Live and learn i guess. But, on the other hand, it could be considered as a "happy accident" and a piece of contemporary sculpture and I could do loads of them and say it's a comment on the effects of alcohol to young people that we're all melting or something like that... nah, i'll leave out the comment about it.

The above piece is an idea that popped in to my head, literally. It's of Elvis and Neptune and thought that they would go well together as they are doing similar kind of poses. I wanted to make it stand out, with complementary colours and show contrast and yet similarity with the symmetry. I've decided to include this in a small project about my experiences in Italy, which will also include the oil painting in the last post. Although I have chosen to paint these in different ways, I hope to incorperate them all with a contemporary feel about them, linking the past to the present. The next painting I wish to do for this, will be based on Beldevere's torso, but using women's torso's from magazines.

Lastly, I watched "Exit through the gift shop" - a bansky film last night and definately recommend it to anyone doing art, and anyone really. Funny times : D

As for the rest of my life, I am working more at Greggs, caaaakkkkessss : D and reading some Philip K Dick. Catching up with friends, and also saw Scott Pilgrim vs. the world which was a good film. Has a style like Kick - ass.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Oil painting ...

Above is an oil painting I have just finished of a piazza in Rome, just a walk away from the spanish steps. I decided to paint this scene, because it was such a lovely place to sit and watch the world go by.

I used to paint more @ GCSE and A level but have grown more to do sculpture as it fits more with my practice. I still love painting with oils though and think it really takes me back to the moment.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

London town...

Joana Vasconcelos' work (above)

Hell yeah! The joy of realising your post is saved in drafts and not deleted!!!

Hi there...

Today, I went to London to see some art exhibitions with some fellow friends and students.

We went to see the Surreal house @ The Barbican art gallery which I definately recommend if you like Dali and the classic surrealists. A good mix of contemporary and older stuff but all nice and mind boggling : )

It's about the house and how it plays a role in surrealism- from making a house made of skin and how the window plays a role.

Parts that stood out for me:

Louise Bourgouis' work- her lumpy piece
Rebecca Horn's "Concert for Anarchy" which was delightful and worth watching to see what happens!
The way architecture was explored from decaying buildings to Matta-Clark's "Splitting"
Black and white photography- Lee Miller's photos
Rachel Kneebone's "At the edge of dawn and darkness"- just reminded me of playdo

Well worth a visit.

Also saw Joana Vasconcelos' work which was lovely and WI like and village fayre-like some how with all that knitting. Sort of reminded me of Yinka Shonibare's work. They should do a show together...
Polly Morgan's work was just beautiful complimented by the elegant shadows.

My work...

Have been juxtaposing historical and celebrity figures with contemporary ones. Just ideas at the moment, will work on later...

Below is further experimentation with cotton wool and glue on canvas which I like and thinks works well, what do you think?...