Health Vs Vanity 

Alongside creating my prints I have still been working with my tights sculpture making it bigger and hopefully better! I want to create a sculpture that’s as large as my purse strings can handle. It has overtaken my space in my studio in uni and is growing out from under my desk like some sort of octopus monster.

I have been using watercolour to add pinks and blues to my sculpture making it look more alive with the colours that live under our skin.

I wanted the colours to represent our organs and veins and the tights to represent our skin. I have been playing about with the idea of Health Vs Vanity and how much humans would care about what we put inside our bodies if it didn’t show on the outside. The tights are acting as a skin that is failing to hide what is on the inside.

I also want to encourage my audience to touch my sculpture. Art can be tactile and interactive and I want human bodies to interact with my human-like sculpture. I plan on putting hard superficial objects such as beads, makeup and even a selfie stick hidden in the fluff in the tights. I want people to touch this sculpture expecting it to be very soft but to be surprised by what’s hidden underneath. This will relate to my Vanity Vs Health idea whereby what is underneath is not cared about if it is not seen (Sometimes).

I am going to carry on making my sculpture as large as I can and think about ways I can display this to make it as enticing to touch as possible. I am open to your suggestions.

Lithography

I have been sticking in at the print studio the past few weeks and it’s been great! I moved on to lithography from screen printing and I feel like this was the right move more me. I love the depth of colour from the acrylic ink and it is a lot more hands on than screen printing which I enjoy because I feel more in control of my work. The preparing is still a very laborious process but once you get printing you can create lots of work very quickly. I used drawings from my sketchbook and transferred them onto lithography plates and then printed the images onto paper.

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The drawings I used are related to my sculpture project and are inspired by Hans Bellmers drawings. He too enjoys creating both sculpture and prints and I’ve really enjoyed experimenting and connecting the two pathways together.

A Trip to Paris

So I was a very spoiled girl this Valentine’s Day and was whisked away to the city of love and most of all the capital of art. There were incredibly mastered buildings everywhere, not just the iconic landmarks such as the Notre Dame, Arc de Triomph, and the Eiffel Tower. Every time I stopped to really look I was in awe of the blocks of flats, the shops, the restaurants which too had a spectacular authentic quality not even intended for tourists to gawk at. There was beauty around every corner and for an art student, I was in my element. My poor boyfriend was dragged around art galleries and artist quarters but surprisingly enjoyed it himself.

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Everyone told me, “You have to go to the Louvre!” and I wasn’t disappointed. Not even the ridiculously long queue stopped us from entering this famous museum of art. The modern pyramid is placed in the middle of old beautifully crafted buildings contrasting in a very interesting way.

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Seeing the Mona Lisa was incredible. We have all seen pictures of Leonardo Da Vincis iconic painting but seeing it in person was nothing short of incredible. A piece so successful that people come from around the world to view its wonder from behind a glass case and fence. I also enjoyed seeing the Michelangelo sculpture ‘Dying Slave’ and the ‘Aphrodite of Melos’, just being in the same building as artwork created by artists who were at the top of their fields was so thrilling for my creative mind.

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There is so much art and inspiration in Paris you could choose any street in the city and find some kind of self expression.I enjoyed finding artwork in places where we weren’t even looking for it. On our first day while walking to Notre Dame we unknowingly stumbled into an outdoor museum. This was the Musee De Sculpture De Plein Air and was my first experience of artwork in the city.Having a strong interest in sculpture myself I absolutely loved looking at the marble and stone work situated along the river Seine.

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We also came across an art and design exhibition at Paris City Hall showcasing the work of 70 contemporary artists and designers based in the Paris and Berlin. There was a great variety of works ranging from contemporary furniture to light installations and a selection of unique fashion pieces. After seeing all the old buildings and art history museums it was great to see some contemporary work.

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My Gran who is a big art fanatic told me I had to go and see the artists quarter in Montmartre and I’m glad she did. There was a little square surrounded by authentic shops and restaurants and in the middle there were lots of artists actively drawing caricatures for tourists and selling their landmark paintings. It was great to see an art culture constantly so alive. In the same area there was also a chocolate shop and inside there were sculptures of Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and Aphrodite of Melos made entirely out of chocolate. Art and chocolate mixed together was just heaven for me!

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Living in Dundee all my life, although the city’s culture is on the up and is now the first Unesco City of Design in Europe, not everyone is very excited about art. It was so refreshing to be in a city with art around every corner and so much passion and enthusiasm to create and express yourself. This city is full of inspiration and I am very glad and lucky I had the chance to visit here while i am still studying fine art. I would advise everyone if they can to visit this amazing city they will not be disappointed.

Visions of void

Yesterday I visited Florian and Michael Quistreberts exhibition, Visions of Void, at Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA). The space was very dark so you could appreciate the abstract video and light work. The brothers main components of their work are colour and structure. I really admired the thick painting style adopted by the “Brothers of the Shadow” and the small lights that were embedded in the paintings helped you to see the thickness of the paint and the shapes that it created. The small lights and the use of chrome paint connected their light work to their paintings. The walls were painted metallic silver to reflect the light that was projected onto them. Some of the light works were very hypnotic to look at and made the dark room spin, like looking into a kaleidoscope. I really liked the light display in the corner of the room and the space was used well with this piece. The shapes used in this light displays are very geometric and are often mystical symbols which represent the brothers quest for spirituality. I did feel like the rooms were very empty compared to previous exhibitions that I have seen in this space and I wanted to see more work from them. Overall i feel it was a very interesting exhibition with good work but I would’ve loved to see more of it.

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Screen printing workshop

This week I have been learning how to screen print. The preparation is very long and there is a lot of waiting around for screens to dry but once you get into the printing it’s great. You can create lots of prints in a short period of time and it’s very easy to do. I printed off images onto acetate of a drawing I created and exposed it into my screen. I chose a red colour to screen print first and then overlapped these images once dried with a blue colour. When I put the red directly on top of the blue it created a purple image.

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Photoshopping My Photographs

After creating some sketches related to my tights sculpture i decided to put them into photoshop and play about with the colours. This was really fun to do an I am excited to do more of this when i get into my photography pieces.

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Changing the colour, brightness, exposure and even inverting the image creates such an interesting effect which in my opinion is far more powerful than the original photographs i have taken with my iPhone. The possibilities of photoshop are endless and I am having great fun learning new tricks and creating interesting pieces.

Artists Talk at the DCA

Yesterday 2nd and 3rd year DJCAD art and media students were invited to the DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts) to hear a talk from Florian and Michael Quistrebert prior to their exhibition “Visions of Void” opening this Friday. These brothers are very interested in light work and we were shown their videos and painting that incorporate light. I took some pictures of the paintings from the presentation (sorry about the bad quality).

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What I love about these paintings is the detail. The line work is very interesting and they even use chrome in some of their paintings to reflect light and highlight the thickness of the paint. Its great to see practicing artists being successful in their field and being told how they make and fund their work. I can’t wait to see their exhibition and I feel very inspired by this talk.

Inspiration – Loris Cecchini

Cecchini is an Italian artist who works in a variety of media including photography, film, sculpture, drawing and installation. I came across this  artist when looking for sculptures that included tights. Although Cecchini does not use tights in his work his exploration of “concealment” is very relevant to my project.

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The objects look like they have been coated with some sort of sheet. I would like to make the same effect with tights. The coating effect acts like a filter to smooth out the finish hiding detail and blemishes. You can see what the objects are but withholds information. The idea of concealment excited me and is very relevant to the work I am doing. Concealer is a cosmetic stick used to cover blemishes and make our skin look more like how we want it to. To conceal an object is to keep it being observed fully. I want to combine these two definitions to use concealment in a more superficial context.