Back at Bath Spa again for the final part of my 3rd year of the Fine Art degree.
A dissertation to write and a presentation & new website to construct for Professional Practice.
Had a very art based weekend,
- Friday at Frieze Art Show
- Saturday morning stewarding at Black Swan Gallery in my nearly new home town of Frome. the amazing show by Gladys Paulus is just so evocative I will continue to tell everyone about. felt costume images of her family history
- Saturday evening at the PV for Wells contemporary art show WAC entitled Rewind Its basically a review of the recent winners of the competition following the death of Kate Noble who was a leader in its inception.
Where will my own art work feature in what I am doing as the Studio practice element of the degree is now complete.
To some extent there is a relief that I can just take sometime to consolidate without having to constantly put everything out there for scrutiny
Well practically all I have done re my own work is begun to create a new white base layer on a collage I completed sometime ago. and from here?
Well that’s part of my studio space as it stands at the moment . Better late than never!, This newish piece are the my 3 right feet, reflecting both the reality of the imperfection that comes with ageing, and issues surrounding coordination, in the studio this stands above and some work I’ve been trying with different grounds with added texture and a moving figure, you will see this later.
There’s so many fun comments coming from the idea of 3 right feet, thanks Gary Corbett for the yard one! I had thought I’ve got 2 left feet why not 3 right ones!
Also thanks to Ra about compliment re moving figure on yellow! But as I said you will see that later.
I also love colour, so the white background is a bit different for me, I’m naturally drawn to colour and the experience of vibrancy in everything I do. But humour will survice for now.
After a number of months wishing to get to this exhibition I made it last week! On Maria Lassnig a Painting Survey, 1950 – 2007. This has been touring internationally for a number years.
It demonstaed how her work progressed, She started working abstractly in geometric form, and there were examples of abstract monotone work in the 1950s. Thereafter moving to colour and then the transformation into paintings focused on how she focused her own body experience . Her work has been compared to that of the surrealists. Her education was interrupted by the war and I am unclear quite what happened to her artistic and other education with the annexation of Austria. I would assume neither her abstract or figuration would fit with acceptability of the Nazi era
A description of her work from Hauser and Wirth in the gallery in which ‘she captured physical sensation as felt from within. Lassnig devoted much of her career to recording her physiological states through a direct and unflinching style, believing that truth resides in the emotions produced within the physical shell.’
A quotation from the artist displayed in the exhibition perhaps are art work itself ‘I stand as it were, nude in front of the canvas, without intention, without plans, without a model, without photography, and let things take shape. But I have a starting point which arose from the realisation that the only truly real things are my own sensations, which transpire within the house of my body; they’re psychological, the sensations of pressure when sitting and reclining, of tensions and spatial extension- such things are rather difficult to depict.
Frequently used animals perhaps a frog where one might see a human limb emerge.
Fascinating to introduce another who has no knowledge of her visceral work
As I am working through various options for series paintings /pastels my images are becoming lighter, it feels more ethereal, making suggestions rather than statements.
So although the previous ones have been about the body these pick up on lines marks on the jezzo or canvas giving a very different feel, and is very much something I have not done before. Its also interesting to me that with the previous blog about imperfection there were errors in making, here there were not really errors at all but using natural blemishes and thus a connection to skin.
Avis Newman (Tate modern search) has been a great inspiration with this with her gestural works painted on canvas that she hung on the wall during the 1980s.
I struggle with mistakes.
Not mistakes in the art but mistakes in getting the canvas corners right like I would with wrapping presents at Christmas1
With print which has almost resulted in the technicians giving up with getting me independent
Forgetting processes almost more than the art itself which I’m feeling quite positive about
So maybe my practical mistakes which always get worse and I get more worried about them sould become part of the art itself.
I have created these 6 boards out of a body drawing featuring different angles and different body views and of course I could not get the hanging straight! There are lots of holes in the pristine white wall, chipped away the plaster too in one place. O viv!
I have been looking at the wonderful drawing and sculpture of artist Kiki Smith, fascinated that she starts with medically correct perspective, viscerally she elongates and distorts the body on occasions, in Other Worlds Baltic exhibition she was placed alongside Nancy Spero’s prints which their social and political comment alongside the 60s onwards with text and figurative art based on trace rather than actual body form.
I am beginning to think my work on aging bodies is more about the internal experience of being in the body rather than external.
So perhaps distortions, mistakes, not getting it right fit well together!
Update When i returned to my studios space yesterday some kind soul had straightened the lower picture and put in level screws rectified my mistake!
An interesting quote from John Ruskin
I have found this exhibition of Louise’s work really encouraging,and evocative, prints botanical and humanity, textiles and sculpture addressing the psychological, made in the later part of her life ie 80s and 90s! and working through her life and experiences as she always did. The wording alongside the printed image above’ I’m losing my mind, my feeling, the keys’ ( yes I know that experience). I went to a seminar there yesterday which looked at Louise in her context of becoming famous in her 70s when she was known and worked with well known others decades before.The position of women artists historically, and the reality of it being an issue still. An argument for the end to a chronological approach. Reflecting quite a lot of attention on current printmaking and artists books with subversive message and meaning. Often Women artists publishing them now. Hope? or as there was discussion still an appropriate theme? A young student responded yes we still need these issues raising as we know they are still current
Whilst returning to work on body drawings I have also been following up on medicinal botanical herbs that I became interested in, by the discovery of what I thought was a voracious weed at the bottom of the garden! Described by the Guardian as one of those that have come from overseas in Public Enemy No 1 This continues to lead to further drawing and some print making, so far I have identified my plant as Petascites Fragrans or Winter Helitrope and have been sent to the site of Giant Petasites Hybridus (Butterbur) by a local botanist, the Giant is a native, so less problematic . I hope to return to do further drawings for print making on Saturday.
The last few weeks have been all about unpacking & settling into my new home in Frome Somerset and now with assistance making a studio in my new home.
Can I believe that? Yes an artist, me.
So now the carpet is removed in the attic room, thank goodness I asked for help, removing transporting a carpet down 2 floors and dragging it out of the pedestrian area to the garage.
Apart from some life drawing I’ve not been doing new work, but did experiment with a pastel sketch yesterday morning, should have thought more about paper but I wanted to work on red again.
Some discovery of artists Eleanor Adair, really evocative for me
and reading discovered Dolan and Tincknell ‘Ageing femininities Troubling representations’ O yes!