Summative Post : Contextualisation

These are the top five moments I feel have made me explore and develop my understanding of artworks and theories and in turn develop my understanding of what I want to achieve within my work.

1.Subject Brief – This moment allowed me to set challenges for myself though out the year within subject in relation to the piece of artwork(Rodin- The clouds) I chose to be the influence to the work I created this year.IMG_20140930_132614321

2. Berlinde De Bruyckere- Cripplewood– In looking back on my trip to Venice I got to analyse the artwork which inspired a lot of my work I created this year. In doing this I got to understand more about the artists intentions and the reasons why she creates the sculptures she does.
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97801411838004. Berlinde de Bruyckere at Hauser and Wirth– Going to London and getting to experience Berlinde De Bruyckere’s work with less crowds than in the Venice Beinnale. This let me discover more about the sculptures she produces from first hand experience of viewing the work and sketching it. IMG_9881

5. Deleuze on Francis Bacon – In discovering this book I got to understand the work of Francis Bacon from a philosophical point of view. This book has had a significant impact in the way in which I perceive the artists work as well as my own. 51epQxFI9gL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

Summative Post : Documentation

Artist Statement

Art encompasses a huge spectrum embracing many facets of technique, delivery and presentation, from the old masters of Rembrandt through to the more contemporary creations of Louise bourgeois and Berlinde de Bruyckere and covers a wide range of mediums from painting, print, performance and sculpture to craft, video and textiles. The one aspect that any of these creations should have in common is to provoke a reaction in the viewer. That reaction may be on a continuum that ranges from disgust and loathing through hope and anticipation to love and enjoyment, the aim being that art should awaken its audience to the reality of their own existence.

This is why I feel, as an artist it is necessary for me to find a means of expressing what it is to be human. Through developing my drawing and sculptural work I feel that everything I create should relate, not just to me emotionally, but to those who look at my work. In creating my visceral sculptures I demonstrate the fragility of the human condition within pieces of bones from what were once living animals. In using this material to create my sculpture, I am encapsulating the sensation of existing within the mortal flesh and bodies we are bound to. I feel that when I am producing a piece of artwork, I am looking at how I can re-create the mental form of “body” by making it have a physical presence within my work.

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These are the top five moments within the development of my studio practice this year. Each moment I feel challenged me and made me advance into the work I create today.

1. Bodies of Flesh– In experimenting how the body feels rather than looks when being close with someone. In giving the emotional response of the body a physical appearance I found out reasons why identity and sex isn’t relevant when expressing bodies that create unnatural movements.

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2. Bone Sculpture– This was my first real experiment with using animal bones within my work. I feel this was a key moment as it was the foundation on which I would later develop my sculptural techniques around bones.

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3. Substance Exhibition– Being able to get to show my work was a key moment because I got to see a response from an audience perceiving it. In addition it gave me the confidence to exhibit my work in the future.IMG_01632

4. Exploring Materials within Sculpture– In finding new materials to make flesh I could then create layers within my sculptures giving them a more visceral and humanistic quality.

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5. Visceral Sculpture– In learning to lose form within this sculpture I gained depth and an understanding in creating veins and tendons with string and tights heavily dipped in coloured wax and bound to the sculpture.DSC00574

Artist Statement

Art encompasses a huge spectrum embracing many facets of technique, delivery and presentation, from the old masters of Rembrandt through to the more contemporary creations of Louise bourgeois and Berlinde de Bruyckere and covers a wide range of mediums from painting, print, performance and sculpture to craft, video and textiles. The one aspect that any of these creations should have in common is to provoke a reaction in the viewer. That reaction may be on a continuum that ranges from disgust and loathing through hope and anticipation to love and enjoyment, the aim being that art should awaken its audience to the reality of their own existence.

This is why I feel, as an artist it is necessary for me to find a means of expressing what it is to be human. Through developing my drawing and sculptural work I feel that everything I create should relate, not just to me emotionally, but to those who look at my work. In creating my visceral sculptures I demonstrate the fragility of the human condition within pieces of bones from what were once living animals. In using this material to create my sculpture, I am encapsulating the sensation of existing within the mortal flesh and bodies we are bound to. I feel that when I am producing a piece of artwork, I am looking at how I can re-create the mental form of “body” by making it have a physical presence within my work.

Setting up my Work for Assessment

setup3setupDuring the last couple of days I have been setting up my work to be assessed. I wanted to explore ways of displaying my sculptures instead of putting them all on plinths. I decided to make cages out of chicken wire to hold each of my sculptures, I felt that this was appropriate as it extends the idea of being caged within the body you are bound to. In caging my beings I made them be like zoo animals, that people come up and stare at. I want the viewer to be able to relate to my sculptures within cages and feel a part of themselves within the work. With caging them I am putting them into a different position than if they were on plinths they are objectified even more when they are in the cages as if they mutated beasts. This plays on my ideas of metamorphosis from man to beast and I feel that I have effectively captured the fragility of human beings.

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Visceral Sculpture

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DSC00579In finding how wax reacted with tights and wool string I decided to create a piece in reflection to what I learned within field both bringing the freedom I got within painting performance and looking at how visual indeterminacy creates an opening for the unconscious mind to relate to our mental states. With this sculpture I bound the bones with no planning on a shape or structure I wanted to create, letting the string show as I bound them together.DSC00588 I felt as if I was trying to recreate the creature it came from without knowing what it looked like visually. In this healing process I wrapped the bones in tights and then began my layering process with the wax. In letting the wax fall more freer not trying to fix the drips the wax created I made a completely different texture from anything I have done before. Using blues and reds to illustrate the living creature that pumped oxygenated and de-oxegenated blood around its body to its muscles that it once used to be able to move. I feel that in this piece I was letting the material speak for itself and decide what was going to happen to create itself.

DSC00593When I started to use the heat gun on the sculpture not only did it blend parts of the wax on it, It ate away the creatures nylon flesh exposing the raw bone underneath with dyed string around them, representing the tendons and veins within the creature. When creating this piece I couldn’t help but feel as if I was inflicting pain on something I was trying to set free and help heal. DSC00589The ambiguity of the piece is something that I wanted as it make the audience go into it looking at the exposed body. I felt that this piece with no obvious limbs or head doesn’t judge you or look at you looking at it, it has in fact passed these stages and has suffered extreme pain as it has been ripped to pieces, opened up, experimented on, and ultimately used.

This creature has been used and is now useless it has suffered and in a way it is still suffering as it holds all the life meat does. In reading “Francis Bacon, The Logic of Sensation, by Deleuze”, I feel that this quote is fitting in what I wanted to achieve within this sculpture

“Meat is not dead flesh; it retains all the sufferings and assumes all the colours of living flesh… every man who suffers is a piece of meat.DSC00574

I feel that this sculpture is a victim, or a martyr that suffered for others. It is such a personal piece for me as even though it doesn’t represent any physical appearance to an animal or human it holds all the pain that it has felt within it, by being skinned, broken and pulled apart. This piece encapsulates the abuse that this creature went through to get to this fragile state of suffering.  DSC00587

Veins

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DSC00698When I was walking on the beach near my home one day I came across these markings in the sand which looked like someone printed them on however the unique patterns were drawn by streams of water going down into the sea. I found them really intriguing, the way in which the veins intertwined and separated as if they were veins and capillaries within a human body. I felt that these organic patterns had already been ingrained into my work as it reminded me of my drawings of morphed bodies. Seeing these reminded me of what I want to achieve within my work, reminding people of their own existence and meaning within this world making them more aware of their own self both mentally and physically, consciously and unconsciously.

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Hand made Sketchbook

After creating my bone book I decided to try and make a normal sketch book from scratch. I created it using the book binding methods I learnt within creating my first book with a bone as the spine of the book.DSC00908 DSC00910

These are just some of the sketches I have done within this book. In all of them I am trying to capture the human experience and what it is to be human. I am trying to find means to create an understanding how to capture the mental body of myself within the physicality of drawing. In doing this I feel that I was gaining more awareness of what I wanted to encapsulate within my sculptures.

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The Fighters

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DSC00603I have been trying different ways of creating flesh on to my bone sculptures and I believe from trying my larger sculpture that nylon tights gives an effective skin layer onto my wax sculptures which I can mold and create ripped flesh onto them. Within this sculpture I wanted to capture two standing, mutated beings fighting with ripped skin and blood coming from each of their bodies. both of them you can see in to the tears in the skin into the blood and muscles I created beneath the tights. Something I didn’t expect from these two sculptures is that they cannot stand up without the other to lean on. DSC00621This element yet accidental is meaningful as it represents that they both need each other even though they are fighting and hurting each other they both need each other for support and to stand. I feel that these sculptures needing each other is representing an unstable relationship, both of them hurting each other and fighting but they both need each other and one can’t survive with out the other.

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Louise Bourgeois- Cells

The subject of pain is the business I am in. To give meaning and shape to
frustration and suffering … The Cells represent different types of pain: the
physical, the emotional and psychological, and the mental and intellectual. When
does the emotional become physical? When does the physical become emotional:
It’s a circle going around and around. Pain can begin at any point and turn in any
direction.
(Quoted in The Secret of the Cells, p.81.)

The cells of Louise Bourgeois is something I am exploring within my dissertation, of how they capture the mental condition of the artist. I feel that her cell pieces hold so much power of in-caging you even though you are not allowed into the cells you can imagine your mental state being trapped within these cells with artist’s anxieties and fears encapsulated in each cell.

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Exploring different materials with Bone Sculpture

DSC00516While I was making my larger sculpture https://danielleeadair.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/trying-larger-sculpture/ I discovered how nylon tights and wool react with melted wax. This reaction had an impact on the way I was going to approach my next sculpture. With this sculpture I used the wool and nylon tights when binding the bones together, after this I poured layers of coloured wax over the structure and using a heat gun. I burnt the nylon tights and melted the wax into the material in doing this. This exposed the wool binding the bones together giving it a sense of exposure into the burnt flesh of the mutated animal created. DSC00594

In using different colours like purple and blues in this sculpture gives the skin a bruised quality of the internal bleeding underneath the skin. I am pleased on how visceral this sculpture turned out, as using these materials helped me increase the visible vulnerability of the being giving. I feel in the use of these materials I have made it more bodily and raw as you can now see inside to the brittle being and dissect it visually.

DSC00521In creating this sculpture I felt that in deforming it I was capturing an animal which has been abused and ripped apart by others. This piece is a personal part of me as the skin has been torn in place exposing the veins and creating a mental body of the animal. It is a very unstable sculpture as it doesn’t stand up in the way I intention it, it always seemed to fall every time I positioned it, the sculpture chose its own position. The mutated animal fell into its own position as it was too weak to do what I told it to. This weakness and vulnerability is bound within this piece as I wanted to capture its body position as unnatural and in the way in which the organs, bones and insides seems to have been exposed by some violent act. DSC00599I want you to question how this being got like this, did it get abused by others or did it destroy and hurt itself mentally or physically. I want you to look at it and feel your own existence within it. You are fragile, mortal and easily impacted by your environment and relationships, this small and brittle creature is a representation of the deterioration of the mental and physical bodies we are encapsulated in

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