Contextual and professional studies
An Article from the ‘MoMAlearning |The Body in Art”
This talks about how in the 1960s and 1970s the female form where being used within the western art, within this time women where claiming back their bodies within their art.
This site gives information about The Nouveau Realisme, where the artists started to look into using their bodies to preform art. This was both through photography’s and performances. One piece involved naked women painted the canvas with their bodies.
Artist That Use Body Art…..
Yves uses bodies a lot as his paintbrush. he uses the body to express his art and also to show within photos. his use with the body is very inspiring as this is a new and developed way of using the body within art.
This video is Carolee explaining why she thought of this method of making her art. She does not consider herself a body performer but her performances have a sense of intimacy.
Japan’s Gutai group
This is a group of artist founded after the war in japan. it was formed in 1954 by Jiro Yoshihara. The younger artist within this group looked in to body art.
This video talks about a range of this artist work. also how/why she made them.
Contextual And Professional Studies
For this I’m looking into an artist and their method on making art. so I’m am looking into Tian Haisu.
Tian Haisu is a young Chinese painter who makes art by land skating, she makes black and white paintings. She create massive scale art by using her inline roller blades this combines her love for ice-skating and art. that have a tub of paint that slowly spill onto the wheels. she uses the front wheel to create the smaller details of the piece. her paintings are black and white landscapes.
This is a video of the prosses of her making the art. it also shows how she uses the roller blades to make this art.it takes you through her making her paintings called blood-lane-line it is 40 feet tall by 20 feet wide, most of her works are on massive scales. as she does her paintings she will fill up the tub on her boots. This piece was present in the California Institute of arts, It was also a really liked piece within the show.
Before she makes her art she will sketch them out as a design. Then she will go in with the roller blades. These are some photos of her making her work. The next photos are of her beautiful works. her works are both simple yet stunning. Due to the fact she keep its in a traditional style of painting.
She uses her unique way of making art, to make traditional Chinese paintings. she used her whole body to create the art as she has to use her balance to se able to use the roller skates.
her art includes a range of mountains, trees, water and sometimes buildings that are within the landcape she is painting.
This is website that explains a little more about how she makes her work and what she uses for her art. This really shows how you don’t have to use normal tool to make traditional art.
References for photos…..
The post before this shows how I have planned to make a skull and head out of plaster(I have also made a mini clay skull).On Sunday night I made a mould out of tin foil and masking tape, to be able to pure the plaster in.
Making The Mould…..
This is the possess of me making the skull, At first I was only going to make one half and then I decided to do the full skull as I wanted to carry on with the idea of having the mushrooms inside the skull so I going to use this doe skull to carry out that idea.
For this I made sure that the sides would line up and be able to look like a whole skull. My plan is to make a thick plaster that I can put on with my hands to the shape will be hollow, but I don’t know if it will be strong enough.
This was a lot harder to make than I thought it would be but it did end up working and holding shape in the end so after taking off the skull I was really happy with the look of it.
Doing The Plaster…..
These are some photos of the plaster being put into the moulds, at first I really wasn’t sure if it would take the weight of the plaster but it ended up holding really well.
I made one lot of thick plaster that I used my hand to layer onto the mould, next I made a thinner plaster but not much thinner and then I used some rope netting ( ) so I would put the netting into the plaster and then add it onto the dried thicker layer. This would give it a good and strong shape.
I waited two hours to take it out as I didn’t want it to break. it came out with a really good shape. it isn’t perfect but I do think it was better than I thought it would be. the edges are very ruff but I do like this as it makes a natural decay look so I can put the mushrooms inside and you have to look around the sculpture to get to see the insides.
My next post will be me paintings and adding in the mushrooms and other things.
I wanted to try and make a little skull before making a bigger one, I am going to make it out of clay and see how well I can do it and if I want to then make it bigger out of clay. I also want to try and make a head out of clay, so I could possible make a mould out of it and then have a plaster head. Or I could get as statues head and then go to plastics and get it vacuumed and then that could be my mould for the plaster.
My Mini Skull…..
This is how it turned put I didn’t do the back of the skull as I did find it hard on a small scale but I think it would be better as a bigger skull. I do think an animal skull might work a bit better with an animal skull so I’m going to make a mould of a doe skull.
I started with a ball of clay and then used a metal tool, to then mark out the shapes then I started to remove the clay. It was a simple way of making the the skull and i do like the outcome, even though I do think it could have been better.
I do want to try a bigger scale as I believe it will be easier.
I manged to bring clay back to be able to make the mushrooms, i started by looking at some reference photos and shaped them. I am so happy with how they turned out.
Making the first one I found a hard as I needed to find a controlled and logical way of making them, once I had made the first mushroom I found my way I liked to do them. This meant that I started to make them faster and tried different styles.
I started getting a lump of clay to make the cap (the top of the mushroom). From this I would then use slip to add in the stem. Once the stem was on I would add the gills (lines under the cap). Then I would add the skirt (little bit coming off the stem.
I used a craft knife and scalpel to make form and markings.
painting the mushrooms…..
I dried the mushrooms on my radiator at my accommodation, I did end up braking one but it was very thin anyway so probably wouldn’t have worked. The ones that did work I manged to paint and I am so happy with how they look.
I painted these by starting painting them white to get a good base colour. Then I went in to the stem with a grey to give it a more natural look and some of them with brown and also black.
Then I started to paint the gills I used white and then I when in with grey and black to show the lighting would be above them. This was just to make the look even better than just having it white.
To finish the look, i went in with white on the cap and then started to add a light brown all over but not tasking care at the very edges as some apart can be white. when the lighter brown was on, I then went in with a slightly darker brown in the middle to give it a better look. As nature is not perfect I then also added random white and black marks to the cap.
This was the main basses of how I made all the mushrooms, I am so happy with them and think they look so realistic. I might be making more but not sure yet.
The Final Look…..
From the mushroom idea I have (I’m still experimenting with this) developed my idea and i want to experiment within crashing the plaster to show damaged with plants to symbolize grown within mental health. I also want to add some that have dead plants in to show a healthy mental health and a bad one. This was inspiered partly by Emil Alzamora.
my plans within this idea….
I feel like the plaster would work better as it would crack more, but I don’t really want it to completely crack so I want to experiment and see if it does and how long it will last.
For this i would also let the plants grow out of the eye sockets as well so maybe the head could actual be a skull.
next post will be making the mold/clay for the head. For both ideas.
I wanted to look into head space within drug use and metal health, as they can be linked, so I was thinking of using mushrooms to show the growth of a mental health but also people link mushrooms to drugs (e.g. magic mushrooms).
She is an artist that has made me think of a way to develop my idea and make it a lot more interesting and something I would love to experiment with.
These are some works of her that I found interesting but the one that really caught my eyes was one where she has a human head and had a plant out the top of it..
This image is what gave me the idea of how I could improve and develop my work in to something more interesting and experimental than just a simple sculptor. I still have more ideas than this one but I want to experiment with it to see how well it would work.
When first looking into heads I was thinking of going through a drug like subject but after seeing this it made me think of a better was to show my work, and have the plants roots crack the work. I have a plan for this but ill put it on another post.
so from this next I will be making a plant of how I could now do the ideas of my next experiment. I will also be adding designs and possible images of it.
One of my ideas for the head space project within sculpture is drugs and mental health. A lot (not all) people do sue drugs to help them get through depression and other mental health problems but they are not always linked.
I wanted to develop on from what we did in the beginning of this project where we made head molds for plaster and also made a box within woodwork.
Mushrooms (drugs and metal health)….
when I thought about a way to show metal health and drugs i thought of mushrooms first as not only do people connect them to drugs but it growth of mental health. mushrooms can be found on dead trees, these trees are normal hard wood (e.g. oak and beech trees). They are also found on tree stumps and fallen trees/branches.
These are some photos I took that I found inspirational.
My Links To Headspace…..
The mushroom would show how that persons mental health had died and now is growing into something more dangerous. This is through how they grown on dead things and they are normally seen as poisonous. Then they would also link to drugs and this would be involved in making your headspace better as you escape the bad thoughts.
Link Back To Before Induction…..
These are some of my ideas I want to try within this idea and see how each on them work. One of them involved the my box ideas as well.
I want to try this idea with clay and also plaster, I think they clay will work better due to being able to stick things to it better.
For this class I needed to prep 8-10 pages with different water down acrylic colours. As we where not set colour is tried to do a lot of different colours with a big range so the colour I chose where.
For this is wanted to try two different type of collaging, where one of them is more perfected than the other. So I started with an object that I could make into a perfected look, this would make it clear what it is but also weird as I prefer a messier look within collaring.
First (perfected piece)…..
This is the object that I wanted to do and see how I could make it into a collage. For the collage I’m going to be using scissors to cut out all the colours and a normal prick stick to glue them on.
I choose this as I feel it could be a simple design and also look like the object when I am done.
So I completely forgot to take photos while doing this but I did take photos of me doing my second collage . I wanted to do a more simple one to start with so I could figure out and get more confident with this way of making art.
I wanted to find better ways to convey shadowing instead of using black. So I thought I could use red for the darker orange and to show the shape of the pumpkin.
I really like this piece and I think it worked well. If i was to develop this piece I would change the black at the shading of the pumpkin on the floor to a blue, this is due to shadowing is normally a little bit more of a blue than a black. Other than this I do really like this piece, after this I wanted to try a more messy look and ripe the paper instead of having control over what shapes I put down. I also wanted to try a harder design so I used a skull and pillow to make a little still-life.
This is the set up for my still life. I really like this as it gives the effect of the skull being within grass and gives a really nice background. I think it works a lot better than having the background of my carpet, and also gives it a more complete look.
This was a lot harder than I though as I find it really hard to see when things on a page start to get busy. It took me a while to do but now I really do like it and I’m happy I challenged myself to do it. It was also was really hard to find ripped bits of paper to fit the shaped I wanted to show.
This is the finished piece of the messier collage. I really like this piece and i think it works well. I wanted to use the black for the very dark shading and also then yellow of the lesser shadowed bits.
I did end up adding some fine liner to be able to just make some more marks and details clear within the skull and the pillow. I really feel this finished the look of the piece and helped to bring it all together.