It is a number of months since I last posted on my blog. So much has happened during that time, I have been working on a whole new area work, print and other new possibilities are opening up. Print has been in the forefront of discovery at Sandra Porter’s print studio, being taught by Sandra and working and learning with my other supportive and creative colleagues. Such excitement and positivity. My fascination that I’ve been creating over the past weeks, static prints from speed drawings of folks clearing a river chocked with weeds. One arena of growing confidence has I am sure impacted on other work too, as I work through possibilities for 2019, including association with community gallery 44AD in Bath.
Clearing River 1 Print
Further life drawing opportunities locally of a pregnant model, have followed on from learning on a weekend course with Jake Spicer(Brighton Draw) at West Dean college and I’m looking into a further short course to further enhance my drawing skills.
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
Untitled work in progress August 2018 Collage
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.
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
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
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.
A last minute entry to this exhibition, somewhat quirky. It needed to be the size of an LP record. So I reappropriate a piece of my own work, update it, add some seasonal sparkle. A tad lazy. But would you expect otherwise? Outside the frame. So Katie whose curating looks at it as such. Now it’s received a new name, thanks to #LenFour-o at http://www.44ad.net/ 44AD; renamed Howard the Owl, remembering Howard Hodgkin!
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