After receiving the feedback from my tutor on assignment 4, we scheduled a Skype call to discuss open questions and possible approaches for my personal project. It lasted around 40 min. It was greatly beneficial to see my tutor and he showed me even some ideas and techniques.
My emotional attraction is going at this moment towards:
– Figurative drawing, portraits. It was surely the strongest part in my drawing approach.
Also I think about ‘Outdoor’ as I liked to draw on location – feeling the atmosphere of the location – and at the beginning of part 4 I was rather looking at the figure in open space. But I didn’t realise it at that time.
Q: Can I connect both subjects? But how in a meaningful way?
I liked to work with powder materials, preparing textured and coloured surface where the drawing sits on or is embedded in.
Ideas on material for powder drawing – to experiment:
- Using gum arabic for powder drawing, e.g. graphite and scalpel for making powder, drawing, scraping, reactivating with water etc.
- Using bee wax in white spirit to fix powder
Ideas on concept – to reflect and to experiment:
- Urban reflections
- Public spaces
- Faces & environment
Ideas and approaches – to research and experiment
For disguise/distortion => drawing -> covering partly with tissue -> drawing etc.
for atmosphere => partly drawn background and drawing translucent on top (like a acetate photograph)
First and quick research on key concept: disguise and distortion
Merriam Webster dictionary: ‘a lack of proportionality in an image resulting from defects in the optical system’
Synonyms: deformation, misshaping, squinching
Related words: defacement, deformity, malformation
Available from: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distortion [accessed 20 Oct 2015]
Merriam Webster dictionary: ‘to change the customary dress or appearance of, to furnish with a false appearance or an assumed identity, to obscure the existence or true state or character of‘
Synonyms: conceal, camouflage, costume
Related words: persona, mask, makeup
Available from: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disguise [accessed 20 Oct 2015]
Initial ideas on artists for research: Cindy Sherman, Marlene Dumas, Rachel Lumsden; Disguise: African art (masks): Sandra Perry, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Sam Vernon, Paul Anthony Smith; Distortion: Expressionism and Cubism, Francis Bacon, Jim Shaw, Frank Auerbach, Fritz Scholder, Max Gubler
- McClusky, P; Massaquoi, E.D. (2015) ‘Disguise -Masks and global african art‘ Yale University Press
- Exhibition ‘Disguise -Masks and global african art’. Available from: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/disguise [accessed 21 Oct 2015], and
- Frank, P. (2015) ‘Global African Artists Explore The Meaning Of Disguise In The 21st Century’ Available from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/24/disguise-seattle-art-museum_n_7648248.html [accessed 21 Oct 2015]
- Greenberger, A. (2013) ‘The Art of Disguise? How Self-Portraiture Went Undercover ‘ Artspace ART 101. Available from: http://www.artspace.com/magazine/art_101/art_market/self_portraiture-51776 [accessed 21 Oct 2015]
- Jim Shaw. Exhibition in New York and ‘Distorted Faces Series‘. Available from: http://www.frieze.com/shows/review/jim-shaw/ [accessed 22 Oct 2015]