New Collage

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I started work on a collage that I had worked on 18 months ago, looking at a whole range of images that I had worked with in the past including trees, emerging and disappearing figurative images. The fact was that  I have moved on both the work I’m doing, my use of materials and processes  and of course the end results.  the image below is part way through the current re working. Ive brought together both the red haired woman and an old painting of an Indian bean tree. Currently I’m experimenting with the image by adding gold paint, a bit of Klimt influence possibly. The featured image at the top of this post shows progress to date

 

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Untitled work in progress August 2018 Collage 

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Coda

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This  Graduate exhibition has run its course, its been a learning curve both showing my own work and dealing with the complexities of setting up a rota involving 35 participants!  All in the past now.  Near the end of the show   I was energised by the sale of my second of the Yellow moves painting to someone whose experience  of the Art world is much greater than mine.   This painting Yellow Move 2 was put together very shortly before our work was sent to London. it was not thought about or considered in advance it just came! In fact it was too late to be part of the exhibition and therefore was placed in the exhibition shop. The image came about from an image made of a model moving in a life drawing session, which I took into my series yellow move . I experienced  this sale  was a real compliment.

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Sold

 

Within the exhibition itself I hung ‘2 right feet’ based on the topic of bodily imperfection, and rerefered sometimes coordination issues something that I am familiar with, and issues surrounding ageing

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and yes I will go on, certainly with more work including more Yellow moves and hopefully in time more formal as well as informal study.

I also exhibited a photographic work, ‘Letting the Light in’ experimenting with twinning images this time on the far from white wall! Both of these works introduced I felt a spookiness IMG_0036.jpg

 

 

Looking

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It’s a complex issue about how much quantity of art to look at before it becomes overwhelming, whether it’s a better use of time to spend looking at one or 2 pieces of work in detail, or to go around one or 2 exhibitions to get an overall impression, but is guess it’s how it takes you.

I’ve just spent 2 days in London part with a group from university and part of the time on my own. Usually when I’m with others I go round exhibition more speedily. This time it was reversed. Maybe it was the character of the exhibitions we visited together influenced how the viewing was done. First starting at Tate Modern artist rooms of Bruce Newman and the monumental Joseph Beys. Then the exhibition at Tate Britain All Too Human so much Lucien Freud, then also part of the London Group of the 60s Micheal Andrews gentle painting, teaching his daughter to swim, Kossoff’s the swimming pool and the huge to my suprise Paula Rego. The luminosity of paint in Rego’s work which I had not seen before drew me in to just stand and stare, perhaps I’m answering my own question.

Then Wednesday starting the day in St. Paul’s cathedral communion,  under the eye of Bill Viola’s martyrs. Looking and experiencing both physically and visually. It was apparently the feast day of St Perpetua a female martyr featured on Thought for the Day yesterday. what more could I  do than look at Viola’s visceral images and participate.

Letting the light in!

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Dissertation submitted following a really  very interesting process, of reading and researching on how the contemporary artist deals with ageing and how that influences their emerging image. i looked at a range of artists including painter Mira Schor photographer Rosy Martin  and a performance artist Suzanne Lacy. 

I sense all i have done is begun a search and process as much for myself as the requirements of a degree.

I became aware of projects addressing the subject of how ageing women areare portrayed. including the representing ageing project set up in partnership with amongst others Sheffield university.

I continue working working on my own house and art space, including taking a window space out to let the light in, metaphoric! So I include this photograph of the light coming through the new window space as my own work of art in itself.

 

Venice biennale -thinking through 

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W,hat an experience, so much seen it’s overwhelming and now to reflect and think through.

From pylidda Barlow in the British pavilion, outstretched into every corner and space with colour and structure, fragile yet strong 

 Never been to Venice before so working out directions or more often following others. The shear volume of pavilions and indeed artworks at the main sites of Gardini and Arsenale, both with all the different countries pavilion. Highlights are many, so I can only give an impression, a snapsho, gosh this whole business of camera phones means that I collect all these images , the battery runs out and there is a blank space, what is the art! 

Whether it is Ireland’s Jesse jones ‘tremble tremble ‘ an archaic witch figure requesting a transformation of history, or Russia with grey and white visions of totalitarian states, always a duality in both context and agenda.

Then the individual selected artists in the Arsenal, wonderful to find favourites like Kiki Smith with her light effemeral line, of female form questioning asking,new discoveries too, the work of Zilia Sanchez, a Cuban artist working away all her life it sounds like Phyllida Barlow suddenly rising to prominence in her late 80s. Or Damian Hirst answering his own questions about the art market with a huge monstrous structures of a fictitious treasure trove, that never was, and the finds that never could have been blazed, occasionally beautiful but undoubtedly questioning art.

And then the find of ‘Intuition’ at the museso fortunay http://fortuny.visitmuve.it/en/mostre-en/mostre-in-corso-en/intuition-exhibition/2017/04/17284/intuition-fortuny/ masterpieces hidden away against Fotunay stage sets. Cy Twombly, Picasso, Joseph beuys, the suggestions of Japanese art, names I don’t know 

Latest view and a humorous take

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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.

 

Maria Lassnig exhibition

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Maria Lassnig

 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

Imperfection

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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

https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/07/01/john-ruskin-imperfection-creativity-labor/