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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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 

Beginning again

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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?

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/

Louise Bourgeois H & W exhibition

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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

 

Portrayals of Age and Beauty

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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