Listening to advice from my tutor I strengthened my theme by paring down my choice of objects. I know this as an art tutor myself: the biggest challenge for art students is in the process of refinement. How well are they able to select. It takes some courage and boldness I think to be prepared to get rid of stuff!
By using the theme of Minerals & Fragments, I have chosen my crystal collection, the copper bottle and the fish leather. I took endless photos of these. Playing with light, combinations, composition and scale.
I see photography as a useful tool to look at and explore objects. It’s fast so great for those early days when you want to capture everything.
I made many visual responses. I found painting, drawing and photographing the objects helped me to understand what it was that interested me the most. I like the space around the objects, looking at how they lay next to each other. I spent much time arranging and rearranging them to see what worked.
I also spent time finding words to describe the drawings, so as to help me consider what qualities I wanted to translate.
Many words emerging were: spaced, suggested, watery, fluid, pattern, repeat, edges, scratched, fragment, rose, line, undefined, trails, investigative.
After a lot of consideration I have chosen that I would rather work in depth at my pace although that means I’ll forego tutor support for the last bit as I plan to continue on with ATV through the summer and apply for the Oct/Nov formal assessment.
Looking back over my previous work, I considered using Iced Landscape and revisiting the first brief because I remember enjoying it and found drawing from the objects there was more scope. However after talking with my tutor, I was also excited by the prospect of creating a more self initiated brief.
I spent most of March still working back into the yarn exercises whilst mulling over my focus for assignment 5.
I had two different ideas emerging.
1) a collection of objects – not sure how they related but I put them up on my pin board:
- a plastic bag from the V&A museum in bronze and black – originally I saved it thinking I might want to use it for alternative yarn making but I liked the islamic style design on it too.
- a fish leather – one of my original chosen objects from the iced landscape project that I would like to explore further in terms of texture, pattern, colour and concept
- a little sample of a velvet fabric with a bird on. I am interested in the texture and colour of the piece.
- A book on Rodin and a book on Islamic Art
- I found all pieces fascinating, hence having them pinned up, but not sure they would pull together and I assume the objects/collection needs to have some thread to connect them.
2) I have a load of crystals, Some of which I inherited, and some I bought.
I have become really fascinated by them for their range in colour and the potential to make a capsule collection inspired by them. I also thought the Islamic art and bashed metal bottle remind me of some the smocking work I began to investigate in assignment 2.
I emailed my tutor for advice on which option might be a stronger start.
I knew I needed to refine the selection and began the process by drawing my chosen items. The more I engaged with them and photographed them, the more I was able to get more of a sense of how some may go together.