Tutorial with Jonathan 05/06/18

Tutorials
  • Secret Lives of Colour, book
  • Theodore Adorno- colour/white
  • reconciling the conceptual and the making process, balancing
  • Tim Pickup, papier mache work (Drag project ref)
  • Email Jonathan about video game and he will forward it on to MA Illustration
  • papier mache bones?
  • Could the drag crossover into the video game? Could I make characters for the game out of papier mache?
  • build my desk!!
  • work out how I will balance work, making, and research paper over the summer
  • 3D print branch, bones, bottle, brick, rope? Where?
  • final outcome + outcome of the show
  • Science- human and the mind, how the human mind works regarding disgust- BCC programme on it, check BOB, research disgust
  • research materials and perceptions
  • galleries and hospitals- why white?
  • does black enhance/dull some colours?
  • grey for Adobe programmes- why?
  • white primed canvasses, Pre-Raphelite, better for showing up bright colours

Feedback for My Midpoint Review Video

Assessment, Tutorials

My Feedback

  • The part of playing with light and how it changes your objects looks interesting, you could try to experiment combining the art of light with your current idea. Unfortunately, I can’t recommend anything (at the moment tho) for reading or researching, but Tate Modern is displaying now some exhibitions about women if art and I think there should be something useful for you and your idea. Well done!
  • Archaeological- look at archaeologists and what has previously been found
  • Objects are supposed to be dead- bringing the objects back to life, what is my take on bringing them back to life
  • Links between bones and racial/equality themes, how does it link and why? Bones are always white no matter what your race, developing this link
  • Game- talk to people who make games, as I have no knowledge of it
  •  1 ARE OBJECTS SPECIFIC, SELECTED PURPOSEFULLY TO YOUR PRACTICE?
    2 WHAT IS THE RELATION BETWEEN THE FOUND OBJECTS AND THE SYMBOLISM IN REPRESENTING YOUR THEORY IN QUESTION; CLASSISM, RACISM AND SEXISM?
    3 IS THE LOCATION OF THE THAMES SPECIFICALLY SELECTED, OR IS THERE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE MORE LOCATIONS IN FOUND OBJECTS?
    4 IN YOUR WORK, YOU RE-APPROPRIATE CHANGING THE STATES OF THE ORIGINAL THROUGH DIFFERENT PURPOSES, IS THIS TO CHANGE PERCEPTION AND IDENTITY. OF ONE OBJECT, BUT PRESENTING IT IN NEW LIGHTS TO QUESTION THE VIEWER’S INTERPRETATION?
    5 IN CASTING OBJECTS IN VARIED METHODS, WHITE IS USED COLOUR. IN RELATION TO RACISM, IS THIS SYMBOLIC FOR THE ARYAN RACE- WHICH THE NAZIS FOUND AS THE SUPREME THE “STRONG” RACE. IS WHITE USED TO THEREFORE REPRESENT THESE ISSUES AS YOU DISCUSS COLOUR TO EVOKE AND REFLECT THESE MATTERS?
    6 WHAT IS THE END GOAL OF THE PROJECT, IN RELATION TO WHAT ARE YOU AIMING TO ACHIEVE OVERALL, INTENTIONS?
    7 YOU CONDUCTED A SURVEY, IN DOING SO HOW WILL THIS HELP SUPPORT AND GUIDE YOUR PRACTICE E.G. THE PURPOSE?
    8 YOU GO FROM FOUND OBJECTS TO WRITTEN ILLUSTRATIONS, IS THE MATERIALITY OF YOUR WORK SIGNIFICANT AND CONTEXT?
    9 CLEANING HISTORY AWAY- BLEACHING AND CLEANSING PROCESS OF THE FOUND OBJECTS.
  • Kat I love the way you are focusing on objects
  • Kat – A contrasting range of themes, includes the tangible object and the sociological dimension. I am looking forward to seeing how these threads might perhaps be woven together in subsequent projects.
  • When you coated all of it in white it reminded me of this work:
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  • You showed an interesting path of regenerating found objects, the vacuum pieces catched my attention for sure, I think the bone-light videos are captivating. I would like to get more insight what your reasoning behind these works are. I found that bit by bit in your really personal blog-texts. Respect! There from I do understand your intent behind the video game concept. In a way it feels many things are parallel to each other. I wonder if you could integrate for instance the vacuum pieces and the bone-light imageries into the game and so on?
  • As having a conversation with Kat before, i like the enthusiasm and curiosity she has to try on new materials, and techniques. The vacuum you made create a dialogue of the materials you used to create your artwork with the objects you picked from riverside.
  • I just see your new macro photos of the found objects, very captivate! How do you feel and found the structure, textures you found through the macro view? What kind of materials presentation can you try on developing through these macro textures?
  • I also think that the way how the artworks are presented in future, the context it is present (open or closed space), all these will definitely affect your future installation.
  • Keep up the vibes Kat and I love your work!
  • It would be interesting how you can further explore the theme of time and light, sunrise & sunset – maybe research into heritage sites like Stonehedge, Hypogeum, Ggantija.
  • Kat – I’m really impressed with the range of technical skills you have developed so far, and your early experimentation with the vacuum forming in particular. I’m pleased to see that I’m not the only one who manages to break things. My mum told me the other day about SLIders, and people who’s electromagnetic energies cause technology around them to become disturbed. She reckons she is one, and although I’m not sure I believe it, it might be fun to do a project around. I’m not really sure what your project is about, or how some of the work you have been doing links with your ideas around feminism, so this might be something to consider honing in on. So far, your experiments seem cool, but a bit random. I’m not really familiar with what you do, so that is just my understanding from watching your video.
  • Kat I like the way you tries to change the form of the item you picked in the river and also the idea with micro-lens and the light moving. It just like making the object alive again. And I’m just thinking maybe can also make use of those items picked in river to reproduce a new work(?)
  • From looking at her blog she does reference Rachael Whiteread- which you can see the reference with the casts
  • your video was interesting giving footage of actual making – appreciated
  • the bones are the most interesting – video pieces are mesmerising
  • For me I reference surreal terrains and scapes
  • I wanted to hear more about the Game. Try Unity.
  • it takes it out of context- away from the subject- to a more abstract was great also seeing the videos- producing works fantastic processes
  • Your vacuum packed work reminded me of something another one of my students have been working with recently. Shes collecting rubbish, similar to yourself, and then coating them in a block of resin. The effect is really amazing, she’s jam-packed the container with as much colour, textured rubbish and the resin makes it a permanent piece of work. Frozen in time almost. Just be careful where you use the resin, its toxic and the fumes are bad.
  • Kat how you find the items and manage to restore them and select the items is both brave and truly captivating it was a pleasure meeting you at the low Residency and actually seeing these items ! Some date back hundreds of years . I like how you showed us the process and different ways of using such items. Good job and really interesting to see the direction you will take with this
  • Thought you might be interested in that http://sonialevy.net/hvalreki.html
  • I forgot to mention! The bacteria could be something you could look into??

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Thank you for all your feedback everyone!
Kat xx

Visit to Rafael Klein’s Studio

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We visited the artist Rafael Klein’s studio space on the 6th February, to see how and where he makes his work. He discussed various public projects that he has been commissioned on- for example the maple leaves outside the Nag’s Head in Peckham, and his artistic practice, and juggling the various aspects working as an artist. His process involves filling entire sketchbooks, before selecting drawings to work into and take further- although some pieces starts as digital drawings done on his Ipad. He also takes commissions on videos made of his Ipad sketches- some are time-lapses and others are animations. We got to see his collection of artist books, all designed by him, and this was part of his practice he seemed most excited to talk about- it has rekindled my own interest in artist books, and I think I might put one together at the end of my river project to showcase all of the work I have made as part of it. As well as rekindling my interest in artist books I realised that I miss drawing, so that is something I want to try and do more of- I plan on attending the life drawing sessions held at uni on Mondays, and I want to do more observational drawings whilst I’m out too, as a way of generating ideas and waking up my creativity on the days when I am struggling with my mental health.

I have included photos of some of his work, in his garden, and his studio space above.

1 to 1 Tutorial 16/01/18

Tutorials

River Project:

  • moving away from vacuum forming as I feel I can get better casts in other materials due to the restrictions of vacuum forming, now moving towards metal, resin, plaster and ceramics
  • “The Detectorists” TV show
  • Mudlarking- how it has transitioned from a way for the very lowest of society to scavenge for survival, to a middle class pastime involving expensive permits and equipment
  • “Secret Lives of Colour” by Kassia ST Clair – reserve in library and read it
  • “Re-imagining Scott: Objects and Journeys” by Paul Coldwell – borrow from library and read
  • 3D scanning and printing- could work with some of my found objects
  • “Shop of Possibilities”

Perfect Victim:

  • focus on narrative, use simple, still illustrations and focus on the branches of the story and how player decisions affect the narrative
  • do interviews with woc, trans women, non binary people (who previously identified as femme/women)
  • use interviews as a base to write scenes in the game
  • Put call out for illustrator and games designer when ready

First Tutorial with Jonathan

Tutorials

Some brief notes from my first tutorial with Jonathan

  • exploring white, the symbolism, what it means in art, how it can change perceptions
  • my two main projects (the video game and the river project) run in parallel with each other- the first being predominantly research based at this point in time, the latter being predominantly about research through making, colour, and the properties of different materials. They are separate but I am dividing my time between them fairly equally, so that I stay interested in both projects
  • to take my river project forwards- borrow a camera and macro lens from the CLS and photograph the bones- these photographs will be work in themselves, but I can then draw them and/or make prints based on them. Also I need to continue using the vacuum form machine when it is fixed
  • Jonathan needs to put me in contact with an online student on the course called Charlotte, who is looking at psychology of colour and mental health
  • Type up notes on the Rachel Whiteread exhibition with photos