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!
Much of my time devoted to the unpacking chore and making a new homehard work that is every now and again exciting. A back garden with a blank sheet, but a strawberry bed at the side.
university virtually finished for the year, one optional tutorial tomorrow.
the decision that the top floor is a studio in the making, which is what attracted me to this house and the potential of Frome for artist in the making;this has all happened later on for me.
This drawing of a differnt subject than usual bodies, came about on a lovely day spent with Irene at Timsbury on pastel workshop with Caroline Kibble. Lots of advice re paper which I shall find particularly useful. We all created very different images.
I started out with 2 identical red boards and despite attempts to create a series have come up with 2 very different pieces of work. What I do not understand at all is how differently the crimson red behaved. Disappearing to start with on the body of the 1st painting and appearing more distinct on the clothing of the 2nd. Or that’s what it feels like.For the moment this will remain a series of 2. With the possibility of a 3rd at a later stage. O well that will have to do for the present.
At the same time as I have been finishing studio work, I have been continuing to work through my plans for summer term project. The mention of Henry Moore months ago when Clare Woods ran the large scale painting workshop resulted in me looking into Henry Moore’s drawings. Some like the underground second world war drawings, and his mining drawings seem to be drawings for themselves. Others are clearly related to his sculptures but those figures in all of the drawings, all the figures have similarity. But can I look at him without experiencing sculpture? No I don’t think so now.
So whist I was in Weymouth this weekend went over to Portland.After having Googled Portland and sculpture and found Stone Carving, went and had a chat. they suggested if I was really to get to grip with Moore I needed the experience of engaging with the landscape and light on a 5 day course rather than just a weekend and give a presentation about my work!
I went to this talk at the Royal Academy on Friday, so glad as it dealt with so much that is relevant to me and what I am looking about. Focused on a painting of La Vecchia seen at an exhibition of Renaissance art by Giogione. I find this picture of the painting from the Guardian engaging as a young woman looking and pondering on the image. The discussion by panel; Lynne Segal professor of gender studies, Borgia author Sarah Dunant, Aileen Ribeiro prof from the Courtald institute and Dr Hannah Zeilig expert on cultural representation of aging. Wow a real discussion on something that is so relevant to what I am trying to do. Sarah Dunant and Aileen put in context discussed how unusual La Vecchia was, in an age of witch trials, and how sympathetically displayed more a representation with a message than a person . Shown a variety of images of older women, not a great many to choose from. Today when there are more people over 60 than under 16? Age is decline, are age and beauty diametrically opposed? The reality that time does destroy the vestiges of beauty. Men in power appear ‘beautiful’ and strong at all ages. Old age itself is feminized. Erotic images of women are never portrayed sympathetically.
This felt the beginning of a discussion, at the encouragement of the person I was sitting next to I got involved in a discussion with Lynne Segal about this, lots of agreement there but encouraging to get involved in a dialogue about my reaction and also talked to Kube a black woman whose concern about the lack of inclusion of a black women resonated
Fascinating time with other students and Clare Woods artists, the results behave meant great changes to my work but more anon as I work the results through
These wonderful very moving video installations were the definite highlight of a winter visit. All you could do was stand watch and absorb!
In many videos as ever with Viola water poured, fire and light, the essence of life, words of a Sufi poet, Buddhism, Christian mysticism all play a part and it seems to move and speak for me to the inner woman. Notably much of the technical innovation comes from Viola’s partner Kira Perov
Viola’s slowly moving figures showed paths between life and death, mothers and daughters, youngsters approaching adulthood, facing all that life brings, all stages of life are here, aging and the search for eternity among other things.
For me the man searching for immortality , woman searching for eternity were the highlight, these 2 aging naked figures scrutinized their skin for blemishes and any signs of aging, as I look at the aging process for my work, including my own, the acceptance, appreciation apparent in this video speaks as many have found deep to the soul.