First Day of Foundation
The first day of my foundation course was really inspiring. It was great to meet a group of people who are so different, from all around the world, yet all share the same interest, in art and design.
In a group of 6 we were asked to find the strangest thing in common we all shared. Which we soon discovered was harder than we had initially thought. Only managing to find out our 'strangest' similarity was that we can all swim. Although this could be seen as unsuccesful, it soon helped us to learn more about one another, and 'break the ice'.
"DO STUFF AND THINGS HAPPEN"
IDEA FACTORY RESEARCH TASK
We started of by exploring the three words (concrete, Ai Weiwei and amplify) by creating spider diagrams to map out our thoughts and feelings towards the words. I found that this really helped my thought process, after I wrote down certain words it helped to create ideas, It also helped to try and link the three words together in various ways.
Working in a group helped us to learn from eachother and find out things that we didn't know before. For example I learnt that cement cannot set if it is in a constant state of movement. We all agreed that this was an interesting concept and we could use it to create an idea for an installation.
We came up with the idea of by using a giant speaker (using the word amplify) playing music with a heavy base we could pour cement ontop of the speaker, due to the vibration of the music the cement will be in a constant state of movement, meaning it would not set. This idea was also inspired by Ai Weiwei's way of working, he often uses repitition in his work (Sunflower seeds) which can be linked with the repitition of the music base and the vibrations. You can find a sketch of this idea in my research page.
We initially found that the word 'Amplify' was quite challenging to work with, I think this was due to our lack of knowledge about the word, We overcame this by looking at the word in various ways, for example, "enlarge upon or add detail to (a story or statement)"
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Pick two words from each column which are at odds with eachother.
I have created spider diagrams for the two, which you can see in my reflection page. After I had created these it helped me to create a few ideas linking the two words together. For example marriage can be seen as two people becoming unified, this gave me the idea of having a wedding in space, and designing a space wedding dress.
With the words breath and Draw the first thing that entered my mind was the image of a drawing on a condensated window, after researching this further I found an artists who creates art from drawing on condensed windows, Jim Osbourne.
These two studies I created with the inspiration of Giuseppe Penone's drawings. I decided to create an image which isn't of breath itself but made using breath. I made the first piece using ink on paper and blew through a straw to sprad the ink from the one point. I was inspired by Penones 'Breath' sculpture in the way that the drawing starts at a point in which could be seen as a mouth and expands from that point. The second was also using the same technique but I used instant coffee and water. I found that the coffee moved more easily on the paper as the ink has a thicker consistency.
The outcome reminded me of a tree in winter (ink) and in autumn (coffee). It also reminded me of the inside of a lung and the alveoli's. (see picture below)
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Project: 'Human Being , Being Human'
*What is a human being
*What is it like being human
The aim of this project is to communicate as much as you can about human beings and being human. Through art we were to portray what it is like to be a human being. At the end of the week of research, developing our ideas and making, we will be visited by an 'alien' who will be trying to understand the human life from our artwork.
Initiall i thought this was going to be very tricky as Aliens are most likely not able to understand our language and the way we communicate, for example they will not be familiar with symbols, such as an arrow, which we use on a daily basis.
In preperation for the week we were asking to bring in a handheld tool, after a lot of thought I decided to bring in a fork. I chose a fork due to it being one the first man made inventions, dating back to 2400-1900 BC from Ancient Egypt.
(Look in research for picture from my visit to the Bristish Museum)
We Here I have drawn a picture of the fork and annotated it with things about it, for example how it was made, what it is used for, etc.
We then we're told to change the object in various ways for example changing its function or appearance, this helped to see the object in a different form and create different uses for the fork.
Here were my ideas:
In the second half of the day we were put into different groups. In our groups we were to create a tribe and something which represented our tribe, for example a totenpole or symbol.
We were given the words; PERPETUATE, PRESERVE, PROCLAIM, HONOUR, OBEY, COMMEMORATE, VENERATE, IMMORTALISE, ELEVATE, RITUALISE, SACRED.
We were to create morals, rituals and beliefs for our tribes. One group for example were half worm half human who lives underground. They had a tradition that if anyone did something wrong they would be punished by making them go up to the earth to steal something from the humans.
Another group focus was primarily materialistic and only cared about money and luxary items, in their tribe if someone were to die instead of a traditional funeral to show respect and grieve, they used the body to auction off to the highest bidder to use for building other materialistic objects.
Our group came up with the idea of a tribe who focus primarily on creating a better future, not just focusing on improving tomorrow or our life time but benefiting life the the rest of humanity to come.
We named ourselves the 'Logotherapy', we came to this decision due to one of our group members who had learnt about Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy which is based on the premise that the human person is motivated by a “will to meaning,” an inner pull to find a meaning in life.
Here is a picture of our totenpole, some areas would be made from mirrors and clear glass. The mirrors would represent reflection and the clear glass would represent looking into a better future. The hands and feet stand for our tribe working together with our bare hands and feet to create a better environment.
Our tribe also is againt technology and feel as though that is where society started to fall, so to regain or create wholeness again for a better way of living we must destroy all technology.
I enjoyed making the totenpole and thought by physically making it, it helped us to develop it and see potential flaws in the design. Although I wish we could have had longer to make it so we could use glass and other materials such as clay for the hands and feet.
Another group were 'Half worm/ half human who lived underground and have very good night vision. They had a vitual which meant that if someone was bad they would be forced up to the surface and to steal an item for humans. They also ate a lot of potatoes.
Another gorup had no laws or currency and lived in a world in which nothing was illegal, this reminded me of the film 'The Purge' in which a country had 24 hours in which all crime would be ignored and nothing was illegal.
I thought it was very interesting going round and listening to different groups and the variety of idea, I learnt a lot from listening to idea which were developed from different cultures. It also helped me to broaden my imagination.
Here is an imagine of our cresent or 'symbol':
MAGIC / BELIEF / RITUAL
* Spirits/Icons and Shrines
"Magic is transformative practice designed to influence the course of future events"
TASK ONE: With one of our 5 bought in items either create; Bestow good / Influence future event / Connect with famous icon. (See artists in research)
My 5 OBJECTS:
* Newspaper * Broken Earphones * Wine bottle * Drawing Pin * Marker Pen
I used a newspaper for the first task. I worked with the idea of 'Icons' and the idea that a lot of people have obsessions over celebrities and almost worship them in a almost similar way in which a christian would worship God.
I had the idea of taking picture of influential characters, e.g. Ghandi and drawing over the face to a modern day popular 'icon' who a lot of people can been seen to obsess over.
I decided to use Kanye West, due to his large character and vast amount of 'followers' and 'worshipers'. I also thought this would give the piece a comical value, almost mimicking his followers.
Although I was please with my idea, the newspaper I had found and bought in to use did not have any 'influential' characters or people of high authority. I did find that drawing over free hand worked and created the effect of doodling on newspapers, in which is a habit a lot of people have, including myself.
In the second half of the day we were to pick from another list of categories and use our objects to portray the idea.
I chose 'To warn off'
After experimenting and messing around with all of my other 4 ogbject I came up with the idea of using the wine bottle, I wanted to 'warn' people off the bottle, not the item itself but the wine instead, with the idea that alcohol is harmful. I played with the idea that electricity (earphones) dont mix with water (or wine). I ripped the outer protective rubber on the earphone to expose the wires underneath and placed is inside the bottle (as you can see pictures below).
Without any physical warning signs a person would subconsciously be warned off due to the dangerous connection between the wires and wine.
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Visiting the Anji Smith, Tetsumi Kudo and Michael Bauer's exhibitions before the painting week commenced really helped my mind to expand on the idea of an 'Altered Space'.
Tetsumi Kudo's exbition which wasn't suggested to visit but was near to the Anji Smiths exhibition, was definitly worth a visit. The floor of the Gallery was made from fake grass. This is something in which you would not expect to see in an enclosed, inside space. Therefore the space was altered. I then began to think WHY has the artist done this, what is the artist wanted the audience to think/feel? Personally i feel that the grass made me forget that I was in an art gallery. Art galleries are usually places which are quite clean and simply. Kudo's altered the gallery place by using grass to help the audience see the art in a different situation and place.
After creating a spider diagram of my thoughts on what an 'Altered Space' is and researching the artist Matthias Weischer and his work 'Interior', I came up with the idea of create a familiar space in which we may visit or come across on a daily basic, changing certain elements of this space to create an unfamiliar enrivonment. I also like the idea 'Nature Vs The man made'. For example we don't realise how powerful nature is and how strong physically it is, I saw a plant growing from the concrete on my walk back from uni and it sprung apon me that nature has its own way living and survivg, even in the most up-build, concrete cities.
(Here is the spider diagram of my thoughts on 'Altered Space')
I then went onto creating ideas, collaging together found images from magazines, newspapers and old photos i found. I found it quite challenging to find 'familiar' spaces from these resources. I over came this by finding a universal familar space, for example a door entrance.
Here I took the space from the Tetsumi Kudo exhibition and collaged other found images to create a completely different space altogher. I wanted it to seem as thought the space was now outside instead of inside a gallery.
Also here i took a familiar scene from where I am living now (London) and overlapped it with a picture which used to be familiar when I visited Paris. They are both similar images of a row of houses and cars, but at the same time they are only familiar to only those who live there or who have visited.
Here is the image that i decided to work further on. I found the picture in a mgazine of a 'familiar space' a door frame. Everyone comes across doors throughout the day, although this particular door may not be familiar the concept of a door entrance is familiar to most people. I altered this space by collaging an image of a sunny scene behind the door frame, this gave the illusion of a different world through the door, similar to the idea of Narnia. The certain in the original image was a grey colour, I wanted to give this more colour to bring it to life and almost have it as the centre point of the image. I also way inspired by Matthias Weischer's piece in which he has used a bold red curtain. I then collaged ontop a pair of stairs and a plant. The plant dipicts the ideas that i had of the Man made Vs Nature, and the stairs also alter the space making the audience wander if the stair way leads anywhere significant. I also collaged branches at the top of the image, I then painted berries onto the branches to make it look like holly, this again alters the image to make it a contrast between winter and summer, creating a sense of uncertainty in the piece.
I first scanned the image and printed it onto cardboard using an image printing material. I found that cardboard wasn't the right material for it as the image overall looked quite dull. I decided to print it again on wood, in which i could then paint over again.
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Project: 'Re- Edit'
Today we were introduced to the editing software Adbode premiere which is one of the most powerful editing programs available, empowering you to control the moving image. I found it initially quite overwhelming but after a day of our tutor explaining most of the key features I began to pick it up surprisingly fast. I am fairly familiar with Imovie which I believe helped me pick up on some of the editing features.
I started off by searching for found imagery on a website called 'Prelinger archives', these were mainly old fashioned videos, for example I used a video made up from old TV commercials. Then by importing them into the Premiere Pro software I was able to mess around and learn more about the different effects and editing techniques.
I have always been interested in video editing and movie making, after today my interest has developed, as I was able to learn more advanced ways of editing.
Here is an example of me using the deceleration and acceleration of the sound in the clips to help one clip merge nicely with the other to avoid a sudden and sharp change with I thought would have been to harsh for this part in the video. Also by fading out Obamas speech in this part of the piece allows it to seem as though it is still carrying on and gives it more of a 'story telling' like feel.
Here I used to 'unlink' tool on the software to get rid of the audio in the clips, this was to create a tension when watching them and almost highlights them, this is due to taking away one sense of hearing it allows the audience to focus of what is left, the visuals. This was key for this part of the piece due to the images being significant facial expressions and nothing else.
Here I used the process of overlapping images and changing their scale and position on the scene to allow two clips to be played at the same time. I did this to overlap Baldwins speech with Obamas to echo the words 'The American Dream', this bought power to the piece to help give more power the the sudden and dramatic ending.
Today we watched everyones finished videos. We were given a good length of time to watch the video at least twice one with sound and one time without. We discussed each piece without knowing the initial context, for as long as we thought necessary, bearing in mind we had 22 videos to watch.
I thought this was a very interesting and helpful way of reflecting on everyones individual ideas within their videos before we know 'the artists' thought behind what we watched. I also found it very helpful when it came to everyone discussing what they thought was going on and the ideas behind my video.
It allowed me to make notes on things that i might not have picked up on, for example, one person made a comment about the women dancing looking like chickens, which was relevant because the over voice of Lenny and George, they speak about having chicken and pigs, etc, on their farm. Which allowed a nice contrast between the superficial side of the American Dream, with the simplistic dreams of the working class (Lenny and George).
Here are images of notes I made on other people videos and the notes I made from peoples reactions to mine.
Looking back at the project, it has taught me many things about the significance of effects within films purposefully created by the editors to give their audience a certain feeling. For example by taking away the sound from a clip can alter it massively, giving it a different meaning or outlook for the audience. By overlapping a serious clip with humour music or sounds can also take away its meaning and give the audience emotions such as confusion or even guilt.
The context and research was a key part in the progression of the video i created, It really helped me with a starting point and ideas to express the context in a way which will effect the audience and teach them about the American Dream through emotions as well as imagery and sound.
Besides learning how to use the software Premier Pro and how certain techniques within editing can effect and audience emotionally, I have learnt more about America in the 1920's, The American Dream, etc. I have also learnt about many other topics, such as the 'One Child' policy in China and so on. I found it amazing how i was able to learnt so much through only watching 2 minute videos.
Next time I would like to work with my own sources instead of found imagery and try to use them to see if i can create these effects purely with my own skills, instead of using found footage which already may have background noise and video effects present.
The Exploded field
We started the lesson with a lecture about artists who take the approach of changing a physical elements of an object within the world, to explore the idea that the process of doing this, can be the content itself. This is different to many other sculptural work in which the artist beings with the content and creates the sculpture with it in mind. With the items we bought in, we were set the task of creating a sculpture from this approach. With a balloon I decided to use the process of 'Wrapping', using bubble wrap to cover the entire surface of the blown up balloon. After i wrapped the balloon I secured the bubble wrap with a pieces of string, which I let dangle below.
I learnt that choosing the location and how to display your sculpture is important. For example having a sculpture on a plinth can change it's importance dramatically compared to having it just simply sat on the floor. This also effects the way the audience reacts and interacts with the sculpture. Duchamp was keen on the idea that 'A plinth is the idea of separating a thing from the world'. I decided to attach my balloon to the wall to make it look as though it is floating. If I were to develop on this idea I would have put a frame on the wall around the balloon to make it stand out and it is a sense of importance.
By wrapping the balloon in bubble wrap it automatically creates the idea of protection for the balloon, due to our understanding of the primary use of bubble wrap.
I then went on to use a plate and a badminton set. I started off by deciding I wanted to use the process of 'removal'. Using scissors I removed the badminton strings, leaving only the frame and handle. By doing this I have made the racket useless for its primary task (to hit a shuttlecock). Following this I decided to use the process of 'Destruction and Reconstruction' in which Tom Friedman used in his sculpture,Untitled,1995, in which he cut pencils at 45 degree angles and glued them in a continuous loop.
Using a rock I smashed the plate outside. I also learnt by doing this that by using a rock instead of a hammer I am again changing the content of the sculpture. When you find out how something is done It can change the way you view the item. For example, if I was shown a beautiful image of a flower but was then told it was painted with the blood of a dead body, my reaction and emotions towards the painting would instantly change and I would be feel disgust towards it instead of admiration.
By using a rock to smash the plate it gives the process almost a sinister element.
I then went back to the badminton racket and decided i wanted to incooperate the shuttlecock into the piece. I wanted it to look as though it is being hit by the racket even though the string are no longer there and the rackets function has been removed. I initially thought of the idea of using a clear piece of acrylic inside to hole to glue the shuttlecock onto, but then didn't want any pictures to have the reflection of the plastic, as I wanted it to be as 'invisible' as possible. I then came up with the idea of using fishing wire to hold the shuttlecock in place. After speaking to a technicians in the wood workshop they drew a picture of how I would have to use the string to get the best result:
I then decided to display the objects together on the wall in such a way that the objects connect and 'play' together. I did this by gluing the pieces of the plate to the wall to look as through the shuttle cock is smashing through the plate.
Here is the end result:
Today we were put into groups of 4-5 people and we're given two images of artists who can we matched together through their method os sculpture.
Our artists were John Chamberlain with his piece 'Tambourinefrappe' which was made from painted chrome-plated steel and Phyllida Barlow's installation which is Untitled, made from cement, polystyrene, wire-netting, plaster and paper bags. We found the connections between the two were the methods of; Construction, compression, distortion and crushing. The similar materials were scrap metal and found scrap materials.
We used the process of construction to start with to create delicately crafted objects from found scrap pieces of metal from the metal workshop. We then used the method of destruction to destroy the objects (Video of destruction can be found in moving image page). Following this we used the destroyed pieces to reconstruct and form a new sculpture, by carefully arranging the scrap pieces of destroyed objects.
The top images are the carefully constructed pieces and the bottom images are the outcome of destroying them followed but he imaged of rearranging the destroyed pieces.
In the second half of the day we were given Richard Serra's 'Verb List Complication' 'Actions to relate to oneself'. The task was to use three of more of the words from to list with any material to create sculptures. Here are some of the end results:
Using the process of 'Drip'
Following from the idea of 'Mapping' as of process of creating a sculpture, I used my acrylic sheet of accidental marks, to use as a source material in marking a larger piece which also displays the marks I recorded from the different surfaces. I decided on using the process of 'removing' with the material plywood. Plywood was significant for this process because of its many layers, I wanted to reveal these layers within my mark making to create a more interesting design. After talking to the technicians they recommended me using a hand held router which can cut into the wood and can be adjusted to drill to whatever depth I wanted. Using this tool I was able to use the acrylic as an outline for the marks, therefore creating similar yet in some placed accidental marks, fitting in with the overall theme of my piece.
Others thoughts from the crit:
"Would be interesting if the different pieces were displayed in the sequence they were created in"
"It reminds me of growth and disease"
"Putting it on the wall adds an element of importance to the piece, but it could be interesting to look at it from a birds eye view"
"By spending time recording the marks from the floor, gives them a purpose and importance, making them almost seem valuable"
"I like how you've explored the process of removing the marks and the process of adding the marks"
Artists to reference and research:
- Abigail Reynolds
- Mia Ramsey
What did you learn about your ability to manipulate everyday things?
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy yet effective it is to create a sculpture primarily from changing elements from an object or various objects. I also found that making two objects work together in different ways was also an effective way of working. Overall I learn that anything can become a sculpture even without a content or certain theme.
Did you find your experiments enjoyable/ challenging? Why?
With my initial thought that sculpture was not my strongest area, I was again, pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed using the found objects in any way imaginable to create a piece which could then be given a context. I did however find the process of finding a content or meaning behind some of the pieces which I created, I tried to overcome this problem by speaking to people around me about what they thought about my piece, this helped to widen my thoughts and explore possible ideas.
Independent week project: Place (Research primer)
Project context: This project asks you to consider environment. You will analyse and respond to ideas about place and space. The project culminates in the installation of a site-specific work as part of an exhibition in The Street in the CSM building.
During the independent study week we are asked to choose a remembered place that we know well but haven't visited in a while. From memory we are asked to draw and write about this place as well as drawing a map of the place. Finally we were asked to then go and visit the place and document aspects of it through drawing and writing in our sketchbook focusing on sight, smell, touch and noise.
I chose an old stone archway, situated in the grounds of my old school. Which is a key aspect of the school due to the history and age of the arch, it even inspired the schools logo, 'beyond the Arch'.
At first I found it quite challenging to draw a map of the school ground around the archway, but I managed to accumulate a rough plan of the different buildings. Although I was unable to remember small details about my remembered place I was quite confident with my knowledge of the location of each building.
When it came to drawing the archway itself, again, i found it challenging to remember aspects of the arch, such as the details of the stones and even the shape of it as a whole. I also stuggled to remember some of the details in the background beyond the archway, in these circumstances i left the space blank, or even let my imagination fill it in.
After visiting my remembered place
Today I visited my remembered place for the first time in a year. The contrast between my last memory of the archway and today was vast. The last time I was at the archway, the school was full of my friends, teachers, parents, etc, all celebrating the end of our time at the school. This celebratory time full of happiness and noise contrasted with the silence of today (due to it being half term). Seeing the school and archway with no students changed the location to me dramatically. Giving me the idea that the students made the archway the important iconic feature of the school that it is today. This gave me the idea that a memory is not necessarily significant or important to a person due to the place itself, but the people who the memory is shared with.
The absence of the students gave the school an empty and ghostly feel which changed my opinion on the place. I also felt that my memory of the Archway was different to the real thing, in the way that, I remembered the arch in its best times, in the best weather and surrounded by my friends. Being back today on a cold autumn day with no student almost shatters my good memories of the place as I saw it in its true element.
Following on from our lecture about artists who have considered the environment, place and space within their art and how it can effect a place or how the place can efect the piece itself, I decided to research the artist Liza Lou and her concept of taking the man-made, cold, structural, protection system and transforming it into something beautiful and almost seductive.
The idea of the man-made and beauty bought me to the idea of Nature V's the Man-made and how man made object are seen are so powerful and destructive but there are so many instances where nature overpowers man made objects, such as a tree branch growing through a concrete slab.
After drawing a mind map on everything which sprung to mind when considering nature and the man-made, I wanted to explore further the idea of the limitations of human beings when coming face to face with the power of nature, and how society tries to fabricate aspects of nature to fit in with the structure of society.
04/11/15 Field Trip- Fourth Column, Trafalgar Square
When visiting the fourth column in Trafalgar Square I was able to view Hans Haacke's sculpture in person, after having researched him and his work as well as others opinions on the sculpture, including its political element. As Mathew Weaver describes it as 'The most overly political sculpture on Trafalgar square's fourth plinth".
Here are some of my own thoughts as well as ideas from our group discussion about the sculpture:
Walking back from uni I came across this:
...A tree's roots breaking through the pavement and disrupting the line on the road, this line is meant to be giving a command, almost a 'line of authority' and a tree's roots simply disrupting this gives the idea that nature is stronger and more powerful than man. After seeings this tree i started to spot many more examples of where nature has been stronger than the man made, such as weeds growing in the cracks of the pavement.
This got me thinking about how powerful nature actually is and how we underestimate its power, it could be argued that this is due to the developing technology and power of humans.
Here is a spider diagram of my thoughts about the man made and nature:
After exploring my thoughts i decided on using the idea of something such as weeds, (which are usually seen my humans as an 'unwanted' plant) being more powerful than the manmade. As we are using 'The Street' in CSM I thought this would be a perfect place to mimik the growth of these unwanted plants through the floor and even the walls of 'The Street'. Creating a sense of displacement and chaos in a place of education which is seen as structured.
I started to think about the different types of plants I would use and liked the idea of using Ivy, it can be seen as a weed but it can also be seen as beautiful and treasurable. I also chose Ivy due to it being easily available and quite commonly found on walls.
As well as portraying the idea of nature overruling and destroying the 'manmade structures' within society, I also wanted to portray the concept of society trying to hide the freedom of nature by trying to restrict it and control it. I thought a good way of doing this would be to change a state of the Ivy. I first thought about changing the texture of the leaves but soon decided that this would be too time consuming, especially with such a short time frame. I then thought about changing the colour of the Ivy, to a more artificial colour.
05/11/15 Risk Assessment within creating art
After having a Risk Assessment it helped me to create a more realistic approach towards creating and presenting my work, especially in an exhibited show, in which my work will be in the public eye and has a higher potential to be hazardous.
With the new knowledge and information about how and when to asses the risk of my artwork, I was able to access the danger in my current idea for the project.
As i am thinking about using Ivy as a part of the installation, I spoke to Niall Campbell the head of the Health and safety at CSM, who advised me to research the different types of Ivy and to recognize the difference between the poisonous and non poisonous ivy. I could also do this by going to a local garden center and getting advise from them. He also told me to consider the audience and take into consideration a member of the public who has a guide dog, and how the guide dog might interact with the plant and potentially become ill from it.
I then had to think about the risks of taking Ivy from a public place, as it could potentially be seen as stealing if i take it from a private house or area. I first thought of taking it from Highgate Cemetery, but then thought of the potential consequences, such as the local authority accusing me of stealing which could give 'art students' a bad reputation, especially following from the student fees riots which took place in London yesterday.
Finally I had to consider the healthy and safety when it comes to spray painting to leaves, I was advised to use the 'spray booths' within CSM, and to wear a mask to avoid inhaling the hazardous fumes.
I started thinking about what colour spray paint I would want to use to cover the Ivy, I originally thought of the colour black due to it being bold and would make the ivy stand out and become an obnoxious piece which looks almost deathly, growing through the walls and floor. I also started to consider the colour white, due to it being quite a clinical colour, I found a spare white spray can and experimented on a small piece of ivy and put in on the wall.
I found that the Ivy didn't stand out against a white wall, first of all I thought this was quite effective because the audience would see that something wasn't right but only until up close they would be able to see what the material actually was. I also found that the white spray paint didn't completely submerge the green colour of the leaves, leaving it still looking quite dark.
After visiting the csm shop, I came across a bronze colour spray paint, which I thought would look as though the Ivy itself was man made, I thought this would be effective as it would potentially question whether the leaves were made from metal.
Today I used one piece of Ivy to spray as an experiment to see what would happen to it over the next fews hours/days. The spray paint successfully sprayed onto the wavy surface of the leaves.
I then had to work out how i would attach the sprayed Ivy to the wall. I had to consider a number of factors for this, including; safety of the material, cost efficiency of the material, ease of use, aesthetics and if it would mark / ruin the flooring resulting in me having to pay for it to be cleaned or replaced.
To explore the different possibilities of fixings I created a spider diagram in my sketch up, this helped lot as I was able to narrow down the possible options by comparing the positive and negative aspects of the materials.
I then went on to experiment with most efficient material, first of all I used glue gun to attach it to the wall, the results showed that it was successful in holding the Ivy onto the wall and the glue was able to peel off afterwards. However, It was very time consuming and overall quite messy, as well as the glue sticks being fairly expensive, considering how many I would have to use.
I then tried using a wall stapler, this turned out to be very successful indeed, it was easy to use, cost efficient as the staples and gun are supplied, the stapled are able to be pulled out afterwards and it doesn't effect the overall aesthetics of the piece.
After a few hours I noticed that some of the spray paint had started to peel off in a few places. Although I didn't want this to happen and it wasn't intended, I feel like it adds an interesting effect to the piece and reinforces the idea of the 'natural' being covered up by man and it fighting back and being successful, in the same way in which a tree root can grow through a pavement.
12/11/15 Exhibition Day
Today was the installation of our 'Place' projects which were being exhibited in 'The Street' of CSM. The construction of the piece went pretty much as i'd planned, although there were a few things which limited my piece. Such as, the ladder not being as tall as I thought, resulting in my piece not ascending as far up the wall as i'd liked (7.5 ft). I learned from this to consider such factors (height of ladder) before the exhibition day. Another problem was the lack of ivy I had collected, which also limited the size of the project. Although I had measured out the Ivy in the classroom and started to attach some to the wall to roughly work out how much Ivy i would need, I underestimated the size of the street wall, which resulted in the overall piece to look smaller than I had imagined and hoped. Despite these problems I still believe the overall piece portrayed the message I had wished for.
"I think the white background gives the piece more structure"
"It looks as though it is still growing and makes me want to put faith in the idea that it is still living, even thought we know that it is impossible."
"I think that the scale is a delicate balance. If it was the whole wall it would look impressive but you would view it from afar and not appreciate the fine details, such as the green of the ivy coming through the bronze."
"The bronze color that has been chosen works well, If it was more gold I think it would look too garish and the message of the piece might have been lost."
"It makes me think of the inside a lung with all of the bronchi"
"The piece seems very poetic to me, I straight away think of so many literary references, such as, Mandalay."
"The copper of the leaves lends an idea to age and nostalgia, almost seem antique"
"I can imagine it been taken from some sort of Copper universe."
"It is messy but elegant"
"You have taken something which is organic and applied a sheen which has taken it to another world, I almost view it as some sort of mysterious waterfall."
-Reflection on others comments:
Although my initial meaning behind the Bronze Ivy was not directly discussed, I found it very interesting and helpful to hear others thoughts and interpretations on the piece without any knowledge of the context.
I really appreciated the observation about the scale of the piece, due to me being unsure on whether it was effective enough. The idea that the scale of the finished piece gave the audience the feeling that it was still growing and alive was significant. I was pleased with this idea, as I wanted the ivy to look as though it was growing through the floors and walls of the building, disrupting a structured place, adding an element of chaos.
Reflecting on the pace in which I worked, I feel as thought I worked at a reasonable pace as i had plenty of time left over. This also makes me feel as thought I could have spent longer on the installation, taking my time instead of rushing to get it finished on time. It also makes me realise that it would have been possible to increase the scale of the piece.
The removal of the piece was not quite as i'd hoped, after experimenting in the classroom wall, the ivy only left minute holes from the staples (which was expected), without leaving any mark. In the street on the day of the exhibition, as well as small holes the ivy also left greenish marks on the wall which i did not expect.