Final Piece Part 2

So here is it, months of tights stuffing and allergy attacks have finally lead me here. To my life-sized, Tight-zilla, intestine monster.

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How I displayed my sculpture actually came from the action of hanging it. I may have had an idea in my head of how i wanted it to look but the end result was different, and actually better than i had imagined. I like how the sculpture stands in the stature of a person, after all, the sculpture itself does have human-like qualities with its shapes and texture.

The addition of fishnet tights subtly suggest gender and erotica in a disgusting, sexless way. I consciously arranged the tights to give the suggestion of boobs. I also arranged a leg of tights that stood erect due to having a selfie-stick inside it to act as a penis. My audience can therefore apply their own thoughts of gender to this piece.

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Breasts

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Penis

The main idea behind this sculpture is the theory of inside vs outside, vanity vs health. Tights are used as filters for our legs and act as our skin in the piece. The stuffing acts as our insides, the fat and intestines and everything that we don’t see. My main question is, would we care about what we put inside our bodies if it didn’t show on the outside? I have forced the viewer to see whats underneath. I feel like it was important for the sculpture to be life sized to again suggest human-qualities, in an alien way.

My sculpture is the same size as me!

My sculpture is the same size as me!

I am lucky that i was able to display my sculpture in an open space that many students walk past. I want this piece to be tactile and inviting for its audience. I have seen many students being drawn to my sculpture and really wanting to feel it which I encourage. I have made signs that are displayed beside my work to show that the touching of my sculpture is allowed.

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Please touch sign

I have secretly filled my tights with hard objects such as stones, pens and a selfie-stick to give my audience a shock when they feel this sculpture. This again relates to the idea that we may not know whats going on inside our bodies as often, it doesn’t show on the outside.

Hidden stones in my tights

Hidden stones in my tights

Hidden selfie-stick

Hidden selfie-stick

So that is it. With the deadline on Monday I am finally finished with second year. It would be great to carry on this project throughout my next two years at university. Who knows, i could one day be able to make a tights sculpture the size of a house. Here’s hoping!

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Final Piece Part 1

Deadline day is looming and everyone is super busy displaying their work. I have been working with my tights sculpture all morning (pictures to follow) and displaying my prints and photographs. I am very happy with how my prints turned out and the creepy, human-like effect they create.

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I enjoyed working in the print studio making these screen prints and then working on them in photoshop using my own drawings and manual prints.

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These are two of the images I photographed when burying my tights. Again, there is something mysterious and human abut these images but also something alien. I feel like the images work well and compliment my screen prints.

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Here is my finished display, minus my sculpture that is hanging out in the corridor. My folder contains prints that i have created throughout this semester.  I feel like i have really developed this semester at uni and have learnt new skills in the print department. I will follow up with a post of my finished sculpture very soon.

Laying my Tights to Rest

As if things couldn’t get any stranger on the tights front, today I buried my tights. As I have been captivated by the human condition this semester and my tights are very reminiscent of the human body, I wanted to give them a human experience. I gave my tights the pleasure of being buried in a grave.

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Laying my tights to rest was fun but disturbing. Working with my sculpture I have realised it has living qualities. It grows, it changes shape, it lives, it dies. Maybe I have become quite attached to my sculpture, but i was almost saddened as I covered the tights with that last bit of soil. So much so that I reversed the action. I pulled parts of the tights back up from the ground in a true Freddy Krueger fashion. This might show my denial of my tights death, or perhaps my tights are not human at all but some sort of invincible alien, i wouldn’t be surprised.

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I then decided to take more pictures of my buried tights at night to give a more creepy and disturbing atmosphere. Graveyards are showed in the media as scary places and death is often seen as a disturbing act even though it is as natural as breathing. My sculpture provokes feelings of disgust with its unfamiliar yet human-like qualities and I aim to make my photographs the same. The photographs are like my prints, its not obvious what they are but the audience can feel the disturbed emotions and know there is something human about the works.

  

I am going to photoshop the most powerful images to make them stronger and more aesthetically pleasing. I will display the photographs alongside my prints and my sculpture for my final assessment.

Making a collagraph

I just can’t seem to get out of the print studio, there are so many methods to printing that I love! Moving on from screen printing (which I am in the middle of photoshopping and will post on here soon) I have been busy making a collagraph using a pair of tights. I wanted to get the texture and folds of the tights and this seemed the best way to do it.

I glued a pair of tights to a piece of cardboard and cut them so it was only one layer of tights.

I then varnished the tights to make sure they were stuck down and so the ink can be more easily applied.

I decided to use black ink as out of all the prints I have been making I feel my monotone black prints have been the most powerful. I made sure the ink was in all the crevices of the tights to get as much texture out of them as I could.

I then used a press and printed the tights and I am very happy with how they turned out, particularly the later prints that have less ink on them.

I plan on scanning these prints and using the texture to add to my screen prints in Photoshop. I enjoy playing about with texture on a flat surface giving it a 3D effect. I have been quite surprised with how much I could do with my medium of tights and it has been a fun experience! Don’t just stick to the norm, be unconventional! Use items not necessarily related to art because art is everywhere!

We Must Suffer for our Art

A work-from-home day stuffing tights was in dire need after a busy start of week screen printing photographs of my tights and drawings from my sketchbook. Here are some in progress.

But in the name of suffering I am somewhat sacrificing my health for my project. I have quite bad allergies with dust and wool so stuffing tights with the insides of pillows and duvets that have been sitting up in my families attics for years was not the wisest choice. But we must all suffer for our art! I am just glad I am working from home where I can sneeze in peace. The fact that my project is making me unwell actually relates to my sculpture itself. I have been concentrating on health vs. vanity and how many of us wouldn’t care about what we put inside us if it didn’t show on the outside. The tights represent our skin that hides (or in this case fails to hide) what’s on the inside (the unhealthy looking stuffing). My insides may be suffering but at least my sculpture will look good!

Painting with tights 

After weeks of going between my tights sculpture and my prints I needed a break, and whats a better way of gaining some new inspiration than painting your tights. My work is heavily inspired by the human body so painting with my own body seemed (sort of) logical to me.

I threw on my best ‘Risky Business’ tribute outfit and started to paint my black tights a flesh tone colour.

I was very interested in the texture of the prints I could create. I wasn’t planning on creating a perfected final piece but rather an array of development work experimenting with tights and my body.

I started off my prints my kneeling onto the black sugar paper. I feel I may have had to much paint on the tights as I would’ve liked the texture to come through more than it did but it was all in the name of experimentation.

I then decided to paint my butt to see the type of print I could achieve. I have used fishnet tights in my sculpture to add gender and promiscuity so using my rear end to print seemed to give the same effect.

I also painted fishnet tights and printed them with my hand giving a hand print on top of the butt print. I like the effect fishnet tights have when printed and I found the contrast between the two types of tights aesthetically pleasing.

I had great fun creating these prints and I believe I needed it. It was a chance to muck about and get away from the rigidity of lectures and crits and deadlines. I am still working on making my sculpture as large as possible and begging my family and friends for their spare pillows. I will be back in the print studio at the start of next week screen printing and hopefully will create new prints of a larger scale. There’s only a few weeks left of 2nd year so it’s time to knuckle down and really get into producing the work and I am excited to see how it will all look when it’s finished!

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.

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.