During the Field module the most interesting part in my opinion was the ‘Shadow play’ project. I was drawn to this project in particular because I enjoyed creating the clay sculpture at the end based on the shadows. When the Field module came to an end I decided that my individual piece would be inspired by what I learnt in the ‘Shadow play’ project.
The main aim for the project was to play around with lights and projectors to cast interesting shadows. The next step was to generate some sketches from the shadows and construct a maquette from cut cardboard. The final part of the project was to sculpt a small clay sculpture.
Initially I planned to make a figurative sculpture in which i could shine light onto to project a shadow. However I wanted the shadow to reveal something different to what the sculpture was physically.
My final idea was to construct a sculpture using cardboard cut outs of figures falling-relating it to my Inside/Outside theme. From what I learnt during the Field project I applied it to my final piece and I was very pleased with the outcome. Once the piece was finished I experimented with different types of lights and projectors to achieve different shadows. I found that the LED light worked best.
When experimenting with different materials I started to use cement and concrete. My intention was to make a series of concrete blocks which vary in size. I planned to use these blocks in my final piece, however I found that casting concrete blocks wouldn’t work because they would be too heavy for the work.
I then started using blocks of polystyrene which I covered with cement to make the blocks appear as if they were cast in concrete or made of cement.
After doing this the outcome didn’t turn out as I had expected, the blocks started to crack and fall apart. I came t the conclusion that either the cement was mixed incorrectly or that it was layed on to thin.
I thin repeated the process with thicker layers of cement. This also failed because large chunks would break off and the blocks became out with rounded edged.
I tried mixing the cement differently and found that it worked better if the cement had more water mixed with it. I also found that to prevent the blocks from cracking, the cement had to be applied in an even layer. I used smaller pieces of polystyrene to see which would turn out the best. These pieces were made with wetter cement which resulted in a smooth finish.
When making artwork things commonly don’t go to plan. I believe this is part of the learning process and although the work might not come out as I expect it to, I may like the outcome that was achieved accidentally.
During the start of the year I took part in the Indoor Suns material project. This project was all about using technology to create artwork. The main aim for the project was to explore different ways of using technology within artwork to create one big installation at the end of the project.
I began by making a programmable LED light circuit which included: wire cutting, soldering and programming.
The next step was to film two natural and two man made light sources using my smartphone camera. This footage then was taking into the editing suite where I experimented with different effects to make make one short video.
Finally, as a group we created a small installation in the dark space which each of our edited videos would be projected onto.
The most enjoyable part of this for me was the video editing because I liked playing around with the different effects to convey different emotions in the video. Therefore I decided to take this further and use this technique within my work.
My Second final piece for the subject module is a short video piece which depicts soft orb of light placed in untouched landscapes. I have used video effects such as the mirror effect to distort the footage. This distortion conveys a dreamlike environment which relates to my project of dreams.
When filming the footage I used a DSLR to achieve the best quality. I used a variety of shots to create a sense of movement and drifting through the environment similar to how you would in a dream.
I edited the footage using premiere pro where the video effects, transitions and colour grades were added. Here is some screenshots of the editing timeline and some of the effects I used.
During the start of the year I took part in the Concretopia material project which was very interesting. The main aim of this project was to look at the built environment around us.
During the project I was introduced to the term ‘Brutalist architecture’-which was a style of architecture that included ruggedly designed brickwork and exposed concrete. Here is some of the brutalist architecture I looked at.
I began by taking unique photographs of architecture around the city which would later be made into screen prints and small sculptures. while paying close attention to angles, depth, levels and marks. When taking these photographs the focus was to think about the term ‘Phsychogeography’-which is the study of what is going on in sight, and how it affects you.
In regards to my final piece, rather than using the screen printing process as a skill to make the piece I decided to evolve the idea behind the project to influence my work. I thought the idea of Phsychogeography would be interesting to look at based on how we create environments within dreams.
My final piece is a sculpture of a dreamlike environment which was inspired by the brutalist architecture approach. I have included exposed concrete blocks which are places amongst the landscape-this I thought would depict a dreamlike environment where the landscape is surreal and unusual. I wanted to explore how this surreal landscape would be created within a dream based on memories of architecture from reality.
My further research on dreams has led me too look at how we create the environments around us while in the ‘dream world’. After looking at surrealist artists such as Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte I found that their work aims to depict the kind of places we would see within our dreams. The juxtaposition between the landscapes and objects really plays on the surreal feeling of the works. Therefore I wanted to take my idea of creating small cities or utopias and apply some of the surreal aspects that these artists have used.
I knew I wanted to use the urban environment within my work so I came up with the idea of designing popular cities based on their nicknames. For example, New York is commonly known as ‘The Big Apple’, Chicago-‘The windy city’, etc…
Based on this idea I generated a series of small maquettes each inspired by the nickname of a city. I uses mostly paper, cardboard and found objects to construct each one. I felt making these 3D pieces would produce new and interesting ideas in which I could develop further into my final pieces. Here are some of the outcomes from the work I produced.
After making these small maquettes, I found that these surreal looking cities were a good depiction of what I imagined a ‘dreamworld’ to be like. I tried to include surreal aspects such as the large apple placed in the centre or the falling over landscapes to play on the idea of a dreamlike environment.
When beginning to make my two final pieces for the subject module I thought that it would be most beneficial for me to go on one of the London trips that the fine art department had to offer. I wanted to get some inspiration from some of the works of art in the Tate Modern and Tate Britain. I decided to have a good look around and photograph some of the works that I felt could influence my two final pieces in some way.
This piece by Louise Nevelson depicts a assemblage of wooden boxes with found objects placed inside each of them. The most interesting thing about this piece is that it is all painted matte black. According to the description Nevelson suggests that ‘the desparate elements are unified by being painted black, a coulour which will make any material look more distinguished’.
Based on this idea I have began to experiment with painting my sculptures all black or all one colour to make them look more distinguished.