I chose the contemporary arts practice within the brief. In terms of considering this practice and the prompts I had chosen I decided it was best for me to create a paper sculpture of some kind. I have been wanting to create something 3D for a while and this project seemed like it would translate perfectly into an installation. Most of the artists I researched such as Angela Glajcar, Kendall Buster and Noriko Ambe created 3D sculptures often from paper.
After finalising my concept I needed to make some decisions on how to construct it. I originally wanted to do something fairly large, but considering we weren’t going to be exhibiting our final project I decided to make something slightly smaller that I could easily install in a space I could find. For materials I knew paper wouldn’t work with the size I wanted to create so I considered some sort of cardboard. I tried cutting some card myself and decided that it didn’t have the finished look and texture that I wanted. Instead I opted to get my project laser cut from card after seeing a laser cutting from a classmates group project and knowing that I wanted that finish. Here is the template I created to become my laser cut project:
I decided on eight pieces of various sizes, Very similar to my concept drawing, so that when lined up you could see the different layers receding past each other and overlapping. After getting the shapes laser cut the first thing I attempted was seeing how they looked standing up, I had them all cut onto a piece of card slightly bigger than an A1 size.
I then decided that the shapes were too bland and didn’t say much as a piece, I had an overwhelming feeling that they were missing something. After some thought I decided to paint them white. I was originally going to spray paint them, however I decided that a lighter coat of acrylic that wasn’t fully white would have a more organic look.
After painting I felt that they were still not conveying the ideas that I had in my head. While having a conversation on the night I had painted them with my partner I had the sudden idea to include the image that had been the most influential on me while creating these. I found some topography images to use and decided to have them drawn on my pieces.
I spent a while deciding how to convey them onto my shapes in an effective way. In the end I decided to try a transfer using charcoal to trace the lines and then rubbing them onto my card, and if it didn’t work I could always remove the charcoal. I liked the effect and continued to create patterns all over my shapes. When I was finished I knew I needed to do something in order to solidify the topography patterns in a way that wouldn’t rub off. I decided the best way was to paint them. I tried to paint in a more organic way with a differing line quality and paint thickness to convey a more organic feel.
As our final drawing we were set to create a large scale drawing. I wanted to try something different and out of my comfort zone as drawing on that scale was out of my comfort zone as well. I decided to use acrylic as I don’t have much experience with the medium and it has been something I want to explore. I also decided to attempt to create a piece that was quite free flowing and organic to match what I wanted to convey with creating my sculpture. I drew this on an A1 piece of paper.
In our next class we were set two mid tone drawings, two found material drawings and two mixed media drawings. For the mid tones I used Indian ink and gel pen on one and pen and gel pen on the other, I liked working with the mid tone paper as I found it added nice variety to the forms. The two mixed medias I created were watercolour and pen for the first and acrylic and ink for the second, this was a little out of my comfort zone as I don’t usually use acrylic and am not very familiar with it. For the found material pieces I created one on a found piece of card that had been spray painted, I used a felt tip pen for my medium. For the other I decided to try drawing my concept on my skin in charcoal. I was curious about what texture it would create and how different it would look. I also liked the idea of drawing something with the idea of something natural being on something alive. I also enlarged my drawings so that I was working with a bigger subject.
Mid Tone Pen and Gel
Found Card and Felt Pen
Mixed Media Acrylic and Ink
Mixed Media Watercolour and Pen
Found Skin and Charcoal
Mid Tone Indian Ink and Gel
We were set six drawings, Three perspectives of one, two and three point and an atmospheric of each. I struggled a little to grasp the concept of three point perspective however after drawing the one and two point I found I understood it a lot more. I drew these all on A3, ranging between pens for the perspectives and a range of pencils for the atmospheric drawings. I found that this helped me better understand how my concept worked and gave me a better idea of what I was creating.
Two Point Atmospheric
One Point Atmospheric
Three Point Atmospheric
After looking at the concepts that I had already made I did some further research. I ended up gravitating toward topography drawings and maps. For me these drawings were a perfect representation of what I had been thinking of as they showed how the land was structured and all the layers involved. I took a look at my concepts, These three in particular:
After looking at these I started thinking of how I could develop those similar ideas into a few final concepts. I was also starting to think about the practicality and how to construct these drawings. I decided I wanted to reference the topography maps as well as the layers and structure of the land in a terraced way but I didn’t want to create something that typically looked like a drawing of land layers or a structure. Looking at the layers I had drawn and the topography images I decided to draw the layers upright and separate, so that when I stood each layer up on the floor it would nearly be like looking at hills that receded into the distance or as if you were looking down at the terraces from the top. This was the concept I came up with after having that idea.
I decided that this best illustrated the thoughts I was having and decided to create this as my paper sculpture.
C&D Presentation Concepts
Above is a link to the presentation I gave of my first concepts and collected research for the project.
At this point I had looked at a lot of research images and given a lot of thinking to what the quote and image translated into visually for me. Below is one of my brainstorms I used to create some of my concepts. I started out thinking of something quite liquid, flowing and soft, however after making a few of these concepts I realized that they weren’t quite translating into what I wanted, so I started to draw concepts that more revolved around the land and the structure of the land, how it is formed and how it changes. I started looking at layers and more natural shapes that I could install at a fairly large scale on the floor for people to walk in and out of, essentially for them to interact with and have the feeling of these emotions and things.
I started my ideas by looking at different images of paper sculptures and Images that resembled the quote and image in an attempt to saturate myself with ideas and visually coherent images of my subject. I was also trying to put together how I would visually translate how I felt about the quote and image put together.
After going though the brief and having a look at the three images and quotes I made the decision to choose the pink and white terraces and the structure quote. ” To understand even a little about geology gives you special spectacles through which to see a landscape. They allow you to see back in time to worlds where rocks liquefy and seas petrify, where granite slops about like porridge, basalt bubbles like stew and layers of limestone are folded as easily as blankets. Through the spectacles of geology, terra firma becomes terra mobilis, and we are forced to reconsider our beliefs of what is solid and what is not.”
-Robert Mcfarlane, Mountains of the Mind, London, Granta Books 2003
I chose this quote and image because in my head they fitted together perfectly and I couldn’t imagine any of the other quotes and images together. I found that the quote attracted me through its poetic languages and descriptiveness. I found the image drew me into it because I found the terraces beautiful and they are something that has been lost.
Here is a link to my intro to story presentation and my transcript along with it.
Charlotte Rawson Contextual Document