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 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.
Following on from some basic sketches here i have drawn up a more detailed design of city that to me represents the fear of falling in a dream. For this i have thought about things bring on the fear of falling such as falling buildings, high mountains/cliffs, shear drops and even the design of the city looks as if someone is falling. I have included surreal aspects in the drawing to play on the idea of dream vs reality and the question of could this place be real or not, similar to a dream.
This week I started my third material project which was titled Concretopia. This seemed extremely interesting to explore and I wanted to find out more about architecture.
Some of the artwork i first looked at were some Spomeniks in Yugoslavia. These were second world war memorials which look like alien art. They also fall into the category of brutalist architecture which is a movement in architecture that uses ruggedly designed brickwork and concrete. In my opinion this is not pleasant to look at however the way the shapes and textures are used in architecture is very interesting.
I Phone Architecture Photography
The task was to take a walk through Cardiff city centre and take photos of interesting buildings that caught my eye. The idea behind this task was to use the term Psychogeography, which means to study what is going on around you while drifting around an urban environment. Therefore i wanted to quickly walk through the city taking photos of buildings that bring back a memory or effect me in some way. I also focused my attention to look at corners, angles and unusual shapes.
Here are a selection of the photos i took that day.