Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Artist Inspiration- Richard Long

 Richard Long is an English artist who works with photography, land art, installations, sculptures and film. His work is guided by a great respect for nature and by the formal structure of basic shapes. He usually works in the landscape, but sometimes he uses natural materials in the gallery (as we can see in some of the images below).
Long never makes signifigant alterations to landscapes he passes through. Instead, he marks the ground or andjusts natural features of a place. The meaning of his work lies in the visibility of his actions rather than in the representation of a particular landscape. Although Long's work has a different meaning and goal to what I'm working on currently, I find his work truly inspirational and exciting. I live in an area full of laneways and fields, all of which have been marked and altered by people at one stage or another. Before now, I have never considered these marks and trails to be a form of art!



Monday, 10 December 2012

Mark Making With Found Objects

I recently investigated the idea of mark making from found objects in nature. I worked with twigs, branches and bark to create the pieces below. My first attempt wasn't successful, as I worked on quite a small sheet of paper which restricted me from being expressive and energetic with my movements whilst painting.


I was happier with my second attempt, which was on a much larger scale (6 A1 sheets stuck together). By rubbing bark onto the paper with paint, it's pattern was transferred onto the painting giving it a wonderful grainy effect.

Although it was fun and interesting to try using found objects to create a painting, I definitely prefer using the found objects themselves as pieces of art. I think this is more relevant to the direction my project has taken, and allows me to delve into the fascinating art form of land art.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Artist Inspiration- Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy is an extraordinary, innovative British artist who creates land art. He uses a seemingly endless array of materials including snow, ice, leaves, bark, clay, stone, twigs, feathers and petals.He is undeterred by the weather and deliberately works in the spot where he finds his materials, no matter how inconvenient it may be. He wants his art to be sensitive and alert to changes in material, season and weather.
I find his work to be very useful for what I'm working on at the moment. I've been using found objects from nature in my work, so to see all the creations Goldsworthy has made using the same idea is very inspiring and helpful!



Wednesday, 28 November 2012

A Work Update

This is just a look at what I've been up to over the past couple of days.  

As usual I've been taking a lot of photographs! The first set were all taken in my garden and outside my house on a very frosty morning. I absolutely love how my camera picked up so much detail of the frost and dew. The second set of photos were all taken in St. Stephens Green Park at the weekend. The beautiful array of flowers and the reflections in the water picked up some lovely vivid colours which I was very pleased with.

I've been enjoying working with found objects lately. The first photo is of different layers of bark that I pulled off a large branch. I thought the patterns on the bark were extremely interesting and quite beautiful. I've also been working with leaves by cutting away all of the leaf area until only the skeleton is left. I then laminated the remains and the result was what you see above! I had wanted the sheet to be completely see through but unfortunately I had to place tracing paper in the laminate as well in case the plastic melted.
I find these leaf remains very interesting to work with, but sadly the leaves are becoming scarcer and scarcer as we get deeper in to winter. I hope to experiment more with these before the leaves outside shrivel up and dissapear!

I attended a photogram workshop this week, which my leaf skeletons proved ideal for. I enjoyed getting an insight into this area of photography, and I'm quite happy with my results.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Ceramics Workshop

This week I attended the ceramics workshop. Unfortunately we didn't get time to make anything, but Ciaran gave us an insight into the type of work that the ceramics students do, and showed us some beautiful work too! The most useful thing I got from the workshop was the inspiration to try out indian ink for the first time. It was very helpful to be shown all the different lines you can create with different brushes and pens, as well as the different marks they make depending on the material you use them on. 
For this piece, I used ink on tracing paper using a large flat brush.

This was done using the shavings from a branch I picked up on the street.

I made this piece using a feather dipped in ink. 

The last piece is a mixture of lines created using a flat brush and dipping pen on tissue paper.

Working With Paper

When I was doing the 3D workshop last week, Elaine showed me a simple yet very effective way of creating beautiful lines on paper. I got a hold of some tracing paper, which I then wrapped around various sized cylinder shapes and then scrunched the paper downwards as hard as I could! The results varied depending on the size of the cylinder and how hard I pressed down on the paper.

 I was very pleased with the results overall. Some of the lines I created led me to snap these pictures of moving water, as I saw some similarities between them and the ripples in the water.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Artist Inspiration- Nikki Rosato

 I did some research on Kathy Prendergast last week, as I found her work with maps to be quite useful and informative for my project. I thought that there were very obvious similarities between the lines on the maps and the lines that I'd been studying in nature and on the human body. However, I've just come across Nikki Rosato's work, and I have to say I find it even more impressive and inspirational!
Rosato also works with line maps (amongst other things) as you can see below.



 Rosato cuts out tiny strips of map and uses them to create pieces like the ones above. They are delicately interwoven like veins and the lines are "fascinatingly similar to lines that cover the surface of the human body", as the artist himself puts it.

Rosato also has delicate water colour paintings like the ones above which I was very taken by. The lines he creates here remind me an awful lot of the patterns I found when I took close up photographs of leaves. They've also got a look of mosaic about them, which is definitely something I could investigate further at some stage!
Rosato shows his versatility again with his collection of portraits done using prints of his thumb. I'm eager to try out something similar after seeing this work, as I think the lines from my fingerprint could make for an unsual and less obvious approach to painting.

The last piece of work from the artist that I looked at was this sculpture of the heart and its valves. It is made using pipes, hoses, chicken wire, paint and paper. I think it's a very effective piece and it has led me to consider using objects of a larger scale in my work.