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

People thought

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.
  • I see Cartesian as mind, spirit/soul and matter. The essence of mind is self conscious thinking; the essence of matter is extension in three dimension, God is a third, infinite substance, whose essence is necessary existence.
  • God is omnipotent and his will is entirely free, humans intellect, by contrast, is infinite. Humans can be certain only of what God reveals, and of the fact that they and God exist.
  • So with that said Cartesian for me means that nature/God does not work with straight lines, nothing is accidental when it comes to nature. Human kind does artificial. There are little messages that nature/God reveals to us and it is this that I tried to study and replicate in my work.This lead me to researching Gaudí who used natural forms and who took inspiration from nature.
  • 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