Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Narrative of Layers

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”.

My mentor Roberto Lopardo on:

“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”

My work:
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"
scratch mandala

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)

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