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.
Overall, I found all the presentations and the summit to be a good learning experience. I enjoyed learning about the different technologies and some of the technologies that I knew about but wasn’t familiar with. I found a lot of the information very useful in terms of using it in my career in the future. I enjoyed the moot discussions the most because I got to see other people’s perspectives on topics and alter some of mine. The topic allowed me to open my mind a bit more to new topics and new points of view. I feel as though I have advanced myself in knowing about the latest technology and being mindful of other people’s viewpoints. I also felt that this helped me learn to present a bit better than I could previously and has made me become more comfortable with public speaking again.
Here is a link to my intro to story presentation and my transcript along with it.
Charlotte Rawson Contextual Document
Three Team Highlights
I have chosen to reflect on Web and Media, Multimedia and AI.
I found Web and Media to be the most impressive presentation. I found the points on how to use web and media as a way to market yourself and expand your brand to be the most eye opening. The group had multiple points that were highly valuable as to how to further yourself and your work though using web and media platforms, such as using social media accounts to post and promote your work and a website to supply information. You can also find people to work with or be contacted by people who would like commissions. Using web and media to market myself and my work will be highly valuable to me in the future as it is a great way to self promote and influence people. I find that the power of social media and web and the ability of the users to create the content for other users is a powerful tool and one that can easily be used to our advantage as creatives. Web and media is impressive because it is so large and has so many possibilities.
I found the presentation about AI to be the scariest presentation. The potential development that artificial technology has is something I find overwhelming. The technology has already advanced so quickly in such a short amount of time. I find the concept of having AI integrated into everyday life to be scary and uncomfortable. I feel as though this technology has the potential to outgrow mankind in the future. I think the team had valid points and find one of the most scary points is that AI is already being integrated into peoples lives. AI is already taking over some peoples jobs in the states and some programs also have the ability to recognize people. I find this potential frightening but also think it is a possibility that will become realistic in the near future.
Multimedia was the third presentation that I found to be a highlight. I found it interesting because it can add plenty of variety to your work. Multimedia is something I will need to incorporate into my work frequently as I progress in my career because it adds versatility and gives me the tools to create different types and kinds of work. Incorporating digital media and other types of mediums lets your work develop and expand in new ways. I found this presentation to be one of the most relevant in terms of my work and development.
75 x 80 Millimetres
This is a collection of movie tickets from the past two years. The tickets are from a range of movies I have attended and are arranged in chronological order. I find being able to see an impression of time and memory in an object a powerful thing. That feeling can bring a person to a standstill, and to have someone stand in front of these tickets who can feel a sense of the past time and memory and nostalgia is a powerful feeling.
I have been creating this collection sub consciously and then consciously for the past four or five years. When we needed to exhibit a collection it seemed perfect for me to use this collection as it means a lot to me. Above is the artist statement I attached to my work. I felt that this statement documented my work and what my collection was about well. I originally chose a space over the opposite side of the room to where I ended up exhibiting my collection. However, I ended up being really happy with the space I was given and thought my collection worked really well and had similar parallels with the collections around it. We went through the basics of hanging and put up a string line. From there I ordered my collection in chronological order and hung it in a grid formation in two lines of nine each. I made two more string lines either side of the centre line so that my lines would be straight and all an even distance from the middle. We spent a few hours hanging and ordering our collections. At the end of the hanging I was happy with my collection and the way it was exhibited. I hung tickets that I had multiple copies of from the same movie in stacks so that people could look through them if they wanted to.