Rachel Whiteread

Rachel Whiteread works in a variety of scales from small to monumental. The process of her work is huge I can’t even begin to imagine how to cast a whole house! Mummifying the sense of silence in a room. Rachel preserves everyday items by casting them in something solid like concrete. I am most inspired by Rachel’s thought processes and developments. I like how she starts thinking about how to cast a light switch and that leads her into casting a whole house making her the wall and therefore transforming the perspective. Rachel starts by casting a spoon or a shelf of books and it ends up with a different form or shape, she changes the forms of everyday items (like a mattress). In a youtube video she talks about how she used to miss home when staying in uni houses and that feeling got her looking at domestic objects and studying the relationship people have with them. I enjoy the minimalist feel in her work. I still think her work feels cold and maybe masculine but it is a complete contrast to mine so that inspires me.

Eduardo Paolozzi

I enjoy that you can walk around London and come across his work, that everyone has access to it. Before researching Eduardo Paolozzi I was already familiar with some of his work from coming across it accidentally in London.

Aesthetically (initially) I was not drawn to his work as it is very mechanical and industrial. After looking and researching his work in detail I learnt to admire it as it is precisely this; his relationship in-between man and technology that makes him unique.

I also enjoy the fact that he doesn’t compromise in his artistic vision; this is something that I am still finding hard to stay true to – not to be influenced by other peoples opinions on what I should create or make.

I also enjoy the huge scale that he worked in. Humongous sculptures in bronce like the one outside St Pancras library of Isaac Newton. He makes Isaac Newton look like half man and half robot ( a modern God of science).

Collette Paterson

Collette’s work is interconnected, without edges. A sense of placelessness has a tension between sameness and difference, it is functioning in different levels, it is multi-dimensional, it is dynamic.

Collette’s body of work is a mixture of wearable art and jewellery. She is inspired by other world cultures; this has had an impact in her art.

I enjoy how she mixes wool and latex, plastic and cotton. Her work is led by the brief she is following or the materials she is using very (similar to my work in that sense).

Collette explores a range of tradicional materials as well as non-textiles techniques, she pushes methods of construction as far as the materials would allow. She uses origami, knotting to needle punch and laser-cutting/etching. Ummm I have always wondered how I could mix wool and latex… I didn’t think to needle punch the wool🤔

Antoni Gaudí

How could I not include Gaudí in my list of inspirations when thinking of casting surfaces or internal spaces! To me he covers everything I need to learn.

He composed his works with juxtapositions of geometric masses of bricks and stone, bright ceramic tiles and floral or reptilian metal work.

He borrowed Art Nouveau styles but presented them in a form beyond recognition. He was a modernista architect. He had a high degree of integrity and retained a good relationship with his surroundings whether urban or natural.

He learnt from the beauty of nature, making it his purpose to develop organic architecture of the natural world in manmade structures.

His work depicts Art, science and nature. I can not define him by one thing.

I love everything about Gaudí work, the look, the process the inspiration, the detail, his intellect, his ability to problem solve, his dedication, his vision, the organic shapes in his buildings, his colour palettes, his works are breathtaking I can only be inspired by his imagination and ability.

Susan Benarcik

Immediately I am drawn by Susan’s evident concern for the environment and her surface Designs.

Her compositions seem to be highly tactile and evocative evidencing a fondness and respect for honest and simple materials. Part printer and part sculptor, Bernarcik takes elemental forms of the natural world into her studio and gently transforms them by stacking, stringing, layering, knotting, and weaving them into dimensional sculptures for public and private spaces.

She crosses disciplines. I find her work engaging, it explores new possibilities for sustainability through an artistic medium. It invites quiet contemplation. I like that she employs natural materials. I also can relate to the fact that she uses book pages and finds words and sentences that she likes or finds inspiring adding it to her work for people to find a meaning to trees, vines and insects. I think what I really enjoy about Susan Bernarcik’s work is that it is serene and calm and she brings the outdoors in.

References

Susan Benarcik Design- about/facebook. Works of Antoni Gaudí biography.com/artist/Antoni-Gaudí. Textileartist.org/collette-Paterson-oca-textiles-tutor. tate.org/whats-on/tate-Britain/exhibition/rachel-whiteread. Youtube.com/watch?v=Susanwhiteread. saatchiart.com/account/artworks/84313. inliquid.org/artistbernacik-botanicals. artnet.com/artists/sir-Eduardo-Paolozzi/