I decided the best way for me to reflect on my samples and my work in part 3 was to spread It out, review my samples and compare their attributes. It is difficult to say what my favourite samples are as I think they all work well together as a body of work.
Part three has been all about exploring different materials that I would of otherwise had overlooked. When I started researching concrete I didn’t quite understand the thought process and carefully planning behind it. After doing samples 22, 39, 40 and 41 I fell in love with this media. Like Rachel Whiteread I wanted to record “quiet” and see if I could mummify nature and replicate it’s imprints, almost like messages from God. I find nature to be so spiritual. Another strong influence in my work was Susan Bernacik work I loved how she used natural resources like branches and leaves employing the materials around her. Most of all I enjoyed how she took words and phrases from books and pages and used them with her work to evoque and allow the viewer to find a meaning in her work or in nature. I started to adopt this method and I think this added value to my work.
I titled my work ‘messages from the unseen’ this title was a response to several other phrases and quotes that I stumbled with through my sampling.
Like wild flowers;
You must allow yourself
To grow in all places
You never would.
This quote became a metaphor to my work in part three as I felt I was growing in places I never expected to.
These samples in reality are like relics found in an excavation yard. They are not at all refined and the one above is tiny but I enjoy not only the sentiment but the rustic look. I have grown to like concrete and the contrast of nature. This lead me to the word ‘Cartesian‘ fascinated by the word I started researching it and realised that it was very apt for the work I have produced.
In the dictionary Cartesian has different meanings.
- Of, or pertaining to, Descartes, his mathematical methods, or his philosophy especially with regards to his emphasis on logical and it’s mechanistic interpretation of physical nature.
- Cartesian way of thinking; self, part of a thought experiment, is an individual’s mind, separates from the body and the outside world, thinking about himself and his existence.
- Cartesian anxiety, a hope that studying the world will give us unchangeable knowledge of ourselves and the world.
In the sample above I like the contrast of delicate and robust. I enjoy the feeling of roots coming out of concrete. The only worry for me is that these samples can crumble and deteriorate but at the same time I find this fascinating as that is also part of the beauty (like nature) these marks and messages serve a purpose and then they disappear or evolve.
The sample above was beautiful in my opinion. I liked the contrast of life and it’s fragility and the contrast of hard/strong but also frágil. This sample is transitioning as the plant is withering but in a different way I find it interesting. Working with natural found materials has made me look at things differently. I my, simply making the most of a bad bunch of samples or are these samples truly beautiful? I can’t answer that question but for me they are successful as I have pushed boundaries and entered a lagoon that I am not entirely comfortable in (that is the point isn’t?)
the sample above is another of my favourites as I have never thought of working with moss. I wonder how long I can keep it alive. I am guessing that if I keep applying a bit of moisture it would be alright. More messages of the unseen.
The image above is one of my favourites because I learnt how to make my own moulds with latex and then use them with plaster. I also enjoy the simplicity of it. It’s mark making at it’s best. “The leaves from the tree brings a message from another world”-Rumi.
The Mold for the sample above led me to the surface print bellow. I enjoy the two tones of colour and the markings depicting messages of nature.
the sample above I like because it was a response to Eduardo Padozzy’s research. I managed to record geometric lines using folded card as a mould. For me this was less organic and more technical and abstract totally man maid.
Above: I like this sample because I made broken look beautiful and strong look invisible. I enjoy how I recorded the lace on the concrete. Again this sample is transforming as the flower dries out.
Above: more messages from nature, these almost depict how flowers and insects are trapped in amber -more fossilised trappings this time in resin. I enjoy the folds of the resin creating texture and shadows. These were a complete surprised to me.
Above: I researched the works of Dusting yelling and I experimented layering my images and flowers to get a more interesting composition . The colours of the flowers started off being very intense but as the resin dried the colours faded but I like the results as it gives a feeling of transparency and the eyes in my illustration have become even more striking. I titled this sample ‘Ophelia’ I look forward to experimenting with this medium further and perfecting it as there is a few chips and marks in this sample. Resin is a material that I was always curious about so the opportunity to explore it and become more familiar with it was a blessing.
below: is my latex fabric made by casting lego and my decanter. I like these samples because they where a response to my research into Collette’s Paterson’s latex jewellery and scarfs. I got an insight on how to make a rubbery material but has also left me wondering about exploring and experimenting with puncturing wool into the latex. I can also do like Collette did and cut them and re-join them creating different patterns to make jewellery or even handbags.
This work is more my style so I don’t feel like I have gone to far out of my comfort zone, like I have done with other samples. It is no secret that I love colour and anything shiny. I think it is ok to do what you love as long as you have explored other options.
bellow: is my brain, it really looks like one. I enjoy the fact that the plaster has recorded every little wrinkle and line. Like the word above ‘Cartesian’ in my work there is a spirit (my leaves, flowers, moss and concrete work) it makes sense as so many people see God in nature. body (my latex work) being a fabric that can be used on the body. And finally mind (work below).
References: Britannica.com/topic/Cartesian. Rene Descartes. Definition,net/definition/CARTESIAN. Dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/English/Cartesian. Textilesartist.org/Collette-Paterson.oca.textiles-tutor