Natural materials

Natural materials

Some things I gathered from the Botanics, like puddle water, moss and mushrooms. Left corner displays the date and what is in the bags. This isn’t how I would want to display them it’s really just an experiment to see if the scent stayed- it didn’t! I’ll have to investigate how to generate smells or at least maintain it. I got some test tubes, petrie dishes and a few jars from my mum. I hope they will be able to keep the smell inside. I’ve added some puddle water to one of the jars with mud so I’ll check that on Monday. Below is a test tube with a twig in it, I could keep water( from a puddle, snow or ice) in it too. The jars can be used for anything, they’re quite big. I went back to the Botanics on Tuesday to collect more organic materials, I was all organised with my petrie dishes labelled and colour coded . My plan was to get my map and make a line where I walk and when I pick up either a stone, leaf or soil I would mark it accordingly on the map. It was windy, freezing and even started snowing! I did try and gather as much as I could, soil was impossible as is was all frozen. I did manage to get everything apart from the soil so it wasn’t a wasted trip (3rd image). Last image is just items collected whilst walking around, I’ve done a couple of line drawings of them. Tomorrow I’m going back to the Botanics to do some blindfolded work, I want to try making a paste from natural materials and apply it like paint. I’ll take traditional materials too so I’m not restricted. I’m enjoying this project so much more than the last one…

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Site and Sight

17-fluxus5-450joseph_beuys_installation_stamp After our visit to Newcastle and seeing the Fluxus work in the Baltic, I’ve decided the idea of collecting and displaying objects is where I’d like to take this project. Well it’s one idea. I’ve started collecting stuff from the Botanics already, just things that have fallen on the ground like berries, leaves and i took some puddle water too. My feet were soaking and muddy but its all part of the fun! Although one of the leaves had thorns on it that I didn’t notice.

I have also been looking at Mark Dion who collects things in groups and displays them. I really like his work aesthetically and conceptually. He re-creates museums in a sense, categorising found objects. Many of the pieces that he presents are natural, like mud or wood.

I really enjoyed the blindfold task we had the other day, I don’t think I’ve had that much fun at college in ages! So I would like to repeat that at the Botanics, take someone with me to describe everything. I was thinking of getting something like a roll of lining paper and just sit the whole day working on it. I’ll try using the materials around, like mud but I’d like to use a paintbrush to have more control seeing as I wont be able to look at the marks I will be making. For the materials to act like paint I’ll have to mix in some water, which wont be too difficult to find in this weather. That’s my ideas so far but it’s early days…


Philosophical Aesthetics Notes.

Aesthetics – 18th cent. was first used in philosophical terminology, and became one of the fundamental branches of philosophy.How it looks, how it connects with the idea.

Art -Express yourself and ideas, connect with something and someone, brings new thoughts, provokes reaction or feelings, addressing new subjects, respond to current issues, bring people together.

To know what beauty is, you have to know what ugly is.

Imitation – Copy, another version.

Sublime – Perfection, beauty, pleasure, nothing else compares to its greatness, inspires, leaves you in awe. Representing the unrepresentable.

Imitation – Offers no new knowledge or insight to the truth.

Plato is against art, Aristotle is for.

Judgement- Good taste/ Bad taste… Who sets the standards? Learn it or is personal?

Restricted Final outcome

Restriction Final work

Restriction Final work

Deciding on the 20 pieces that I am going to present was quite difficult. I wanted to pick the most successful work, not just the attractive pieces that I enjoyed working on. I decided to pick the pieces that weren’t the most successful in terms of meeting the brief, work that I couldn’t finish in the allocated time, annoyed me or that made me feel frustrated are the ones I am going to present.

New Brief

Aim –    Produce a series of 2D works in response to the word restriction.

Brief –  Create 20 A5 works, all within a limited time and with restricted materials. Times allocated for each piece must vary between 2 seconds and two hours. The time should be decided before starting. The same materials must be used for every piece but in various ways.

Summary of programme-   Week 1 – Write and follow brief. Start initial ideas and research.

Week 2 – Develop one idea and begin producing work.

Week 3 – Complete final work.

Time allocated – 3 Weeks.

I have decided on my material restrictions after some experimenting; Charcoal (it runs out, smudges and can snap), masking tape (it is sticky on one side, rips and is only one colour) and thread (it can break, when stitched it is fixed in that place and it relies on other materials to stay on the paper).

I’ve only done 5 drawings so far and I’m already having to think about how to put them together. I think I’ll enjoy working on this brief more than the last one, no more eggs!

Some examples of wet media…

Robert Rauschenberg uses screen printing as well as paint, couple of examples below.

Andy Warhol also uses screenprints…

Tracey Emin uses more monoprints in her work like the image below. She also uses fabric in her work and often uses thread as a drawing material.

Luc Tuymans creates a soft eerie look with washes and watercolours.

LRC experiments

With the pages I ripped out the book I started experimenting in the LRC. First I just scattered the pages between two bookshelf’s, I would like to try a larger area and have them continuing up the window, like below but better. Another experiment I’d like to try out is filling a shelf or the whole bookshelf with empty books, no pages in it. This might work quite well with my projection? Anyway I tried it with one book. Also tried having the pages coming out of the books on the shelf, kind of looks like a books exploded a bit! So far I like the idea with the book without the pages along with the projection. It’s like removing or denying knowledge. Ruining something that people use as a get away, some people(Laura lol) might be a bit upset I’m ripping the books up, sorry! I am kind of glad of the reaction though lol