The follow up meeting with my mentor was on 13.4.12. My intentions behind the body of work discussed were to push boundaries, experiment and create new directions.
In Paper 2 I looked at the artists Louise Bourgeois and Marlene Dumas:
Influence of Louise Bourgeois – materials: stitching, hair, fur, beeswax, 3-D objects, human bumps
Influence of Marlene Dumas – layering of paint, layering of paper
Elements in my work:
-Circles – Mandalas – scratching to next layer.
-Collages – layer photos of paintings over paintings and “fabrics”
-Object (bucket) – Jungian – collective unconscious – hidden – murky – corporeal – references to the body. Louise Bourgeois: “murkiest waters of the psyche”
-“fabrics” – Me: “creating a ground that is fertile”.
“There are two types of layers: superficial, which fulfill viewers within the first few minutes… or others that reward viewers for sitting, looking and watching – to get into the painting… Is it important that the viewers get that or is it important that you get that?... How do you accomplish more (complex) layers? Salvador Dali … Photoshop … you could create a Window through a window (transparent layers on canvas)...”
Decorative mark making:
“One feel's a sense of legitimacy by repeating the act of cliché”
RL: “colours are becoming too decorative … too obstructive … tone the palette down. “Skin” fabrics more successful … pink skin tone … it can layer back to more human skin … slight colour variations … focus on the viscosity of colour.”
RL: “turning a human being into a wash-bucket is a beautiful thing”
RL: “ Your work is dark, psychological, emotional not pretty and pristine… you may have trouble showcasing these… art should be a vehicle to look at things that are not visually appetising… the privilege of being an artist is being an outcast”
RL: “What if you did a human bucket… and a cat bucket… different shaped buckets… different sized buckets… building your own bucket”
RL: “By using a plastic bucket you are using an industrial form… it has been created for a function. If it’s not about that function…construct your own bucket… maybe your bucket has a bump… you could construct a tray at the bottom to contain water… think of them as vessels carrying the substance which you are trying to talk about”.
RL: “in this land of exploration, you are learning a lot… if you find something make sure you don’t lose it.”
Artist to look up:
Possible mentor for next semester:
Raymond Prucher at AUD
Finish big pool
Head with hair – in shallow pool
Film – read ‘Jung a Feminist Revision’ by Susan Rowland – layer images
Next semester – installation with different elements of the work
For our next meeting
complete pool with hair/fur, stitching, mod roc seams
layered photos – take further
4 vessels – don’t have to big
RL: “Let them [vessels] breathe as individual objects.” “It still allows you to cut and stitch but do so quietly.” “ [Human skin fabric] use pink or white stitching that we can barely see and it will be very evocative”.
RL on relating the buckets to the videos: “what do the four videos look like as the four buckets?” “the buckets don’t have to be used – they can just supply the structure”. “What kind of vessels would four archetypes be?”. “You need to understand your own femininity and what it is.”
Premier – film layers. Filling bucket with water and creating a layer(s).
Veiled woman series – veils = layers. Feminine – openings – portals.
Tufts of hair punched through the canvas rather than glued on.
Window through window (transparent layers on canvas) - like Salvador Dali Madonna 1985
|my layered "bucket"|
|Veiling the "Veiled Woman"|
|Salvador Dali "Madonna" 1958|
|My mentor pointed out that my markings, tears and scratches should be more "natural" and obsessive like Sea's (my cat)|