PART SIX / PREPARING FOR ASSESSMENT
FINAL WORK FOR PORTFOLIO
The selection of work below is my portfolio choice showing the outcomes of my studies, a growing development of ideas and skill levels. There was other work I could have included, particularly from Assignment 2 which was more experimental but unresolved. The images I chose are more cohesive as a group as I was exploring particular themes or motifs, cityscape and the figure, and to an extent they are the result of research of artists and ideas I have visited throughout the course. I have been influenced by numerous artists, most already mentioned in the blog and at times I have tried to shut myself off from outside influences and styles. I will show preliminary work to support the final images and show something of the process. I can’t say I have arrived at finding my own voice yet, still exploring a lot but enjoying the journey.
NOTES ON IMAGES ABOVE
Images 1-3 were the outcomes of exploring the cityscape theme from Assignment 4.
I was trying to capture a moment or mood using a fairly limited colour palette.
Images 4 & 5 were based on a painting by Nicolas de Staël. I worked in different
media but in particular with chalk pastels I enjoyed the vivid colour effects that
could be achieved. The work, however, was becoming too stylised and lacking in
depth. I probably won’t be pursuing this much further.
Image 6 developed from observing graffiti and richly textured surfaces of walls and decaying buildings which is part of the fabric of urban life. Taking photos of these surfaces with people crossing my path, the two at times seem to merge into one image. Artists Mashiul Chowhurry and David Brewster were an influence with this work.
Image 7 developed from observing some of the work of Jennifer Pochinski and
Cecily Brown. Working from an image of Pochinski’s, I was interested in how far I
could use abstraction without losing the figurative element altogether.
Image 8 as described in Assignment 5 of the blog, this image was derived from a
photo after exploring the theme and composition.
Image 9 inspired by Munch’s The Scream, but in no way a representation or copy of it.
Image 10 derived from an image by artist Ken Kewley and from sketching in Jerusalem. I like the ambiguity of this and that it’s not quite resolved.
Image 11 this image evolved from sketchbook drawings and colour sketches from crowd scenes at Camden market, London. I wanted to emphasise a feeling of isolation though still being part of a crowd or social group.
PREP. STUDIES FOR IMAGES 1-3
PREP. STUDIES FOR IMAGES 4-5
PREP. STUDIES FOR IMAGE 6
PREP. STUDIES FOR IMAGE 7
PREP. STUDIES FOR IMAGE 8
PREP. STUDIES FOR IMAGE 9
PREP. STUDIES FOR IMAGE 10
PREP. STUDIES FOR IMAGE 11
My experience of the course has been positive and worthwhile in terms of personal development and skills while also being quite a stretch, at times to fulfil all the criteria required. At times I felt like packing up but am glad I continued as the discipline of having objective goals with deadlines was helpful in pushing me out of my comfort zones and helped me structure my work time. The textural research has broadened my knowledge and context of my own work. I have followed through with ideas and produced some work I couldn’t have imagined pursuing at the start of the course, this, with tutor support.
Looking back over the course work, it’s informative to see some of the works or artists of different periods I have focused on that I have empathy with and that has influenced the way I enjoy working, which, broadly speaking, is a more gestural, semi abstract approach. I still get frustrated when my skill ability with paint or mixed media doesn’t match my intent and I don’t spend as much time on the practical work as I would like.
In terms of where I see myself fitting in with the flow of contemporary practise,
I referenced in Assignment 5, a lecture I heard on-line by Jordan Wolfson, titled ‘Where Are We and How Did We Get There’. He spoke about the two main approaches to art making, one, the experimental, the artist who is uncertain of the road, who explores along the way through his chosen media and second, the conceptual approach to making, how the artist arrives at ideas, the creative process mainly going on in the mind. I tend to fit in more happily with the first approach and hope to continue exploring and experimenting.