During the process of reflecting on my own work in part 1 -4, additional contextual researches, and studies on figurative ‘landscapes’ and outdoor / site landscapes I came from initial idea of urban reflection, public space to my final subject:
Sensational site experience,
and attentive awareness of time and moment
My assignment consists of two separate parts:
- Major drawings/studies of re-called site sensations (A1 and one larger) and experiencing those on my drawing support with a strong bodily and attentive awareness of the moment of drawing
=> Those drawings are build upon learned approaches for ambiguous markings, simplified ad abstract patterns, translucent and collage techniques to mirror different levels of sensational experience.
- A series of 8 small scale drawings (24x30cm) that depict my reflection process of time, moment, site and human presence.
=> Those smaller drawings are a set by itself, working in a more abstract and simplified approach to depict key essences of my journey for this assignment. I consider those a a visual depiction of brainstorming and my reflection.
Major drawings/studies of re-called site sensations
Re-called site sensations / Bodily awareness: Pastelground, gouache, charcoal, pastel, chalk on Fabriano paper (56 x 146 cm)
For the large scale drawing #5 (as for some previous studies) I did record myself and placing here a condensed version:
- Making of assignment drawing #5:
Available from: https://vimeo.com/152299984 (video, mp4, 5 min)
- Transcript of full video take (40min):
Re-called site sensations / Bodily awareness: Charcoal, pastel, pigment, paper on Fabriano soft press paper (approx. A1)
Re-called site sensations / Bodily awareness: Charcoal, pastel, pigment, tracing paper, tissue on Fabriano cold press paper (approx. A1)
Re-called site sensations / Bodily awareness: Charcoal, pastel, gouache, tracing paper on Fabriano cold press paper (approx. A1)
Re-called site sensations / Bodily awareness: Shellac, charcoal, pigment, tracing paper on Fabiano cold press paper (approx. A1)
A series of 8 small scale drawings
Drawings #1-#5 in series
Human presence and reflection on site experience: Charcoal, pastel, gouache, pigment, tissue on varuous colored ColourFix paper (each 24×30 cm)
Drawings #5-#8 in series
#1: Overlaying of site and figure – a reflection process starts – white markings resembling the white calcite markings on some pebbles
#2: Placing in the shape of a head pastel ground and continued with a constant horizontal movement / markings (flow) – repeated over and over the same place – in charcoal, white, sienna, charcoal etc. Feeling the disruption of the human presence in the flow of time.
#3: Same as #2 – only placed now incidentally spots of pastel ground first – Feeling the disruption and seeing how the disruptive areas slowly disappear.
#4: Striations on the surface – areas of pigmented – shadows of pebbles?
#5: Repeating striations on human presence
#6: Pigment eruption over time – pastel ground made spots absorb pigment and shapes are built
#7: Pigment eruption over time – white pigment builds a stone shape
#8:Loop back to my reflection – pigment / dust covering perception – striations of flow
Key elements and media that influenced my choice and my physical drawing approach:
- Site experience – Aare river in Bern, Switzerland:
Available from: https://vimeo.com/150477132
During my journey of this project I experienced my some studies key learnings that brought me a step forward:
- Drawing on site and experimenting for the first time with tissues, pigment and found particles
- Experimenting on site with a comb like tool and pigment and looking for simplification with strong visual effect
- Experiencing for the first time the different levels of sensational experience:
– Blind, touching my face and directly drawing what I sense
– Working on different primed surface structures with pastel ground (hard, rough) and gouache (soft, wet)
– Awareness of my visual perception and impact on my drawing while adding what I see in a mirror
- Studying at home with the video take from site as a noise and visual background,, re-calling sensations of touch, auditory and visual.
- Elaborating my learnings so far with
– first level markings following my auditory and tactiles sensations
– followed by added collage of transfer paper for the stone forms to feel the moment of touch on the paper
– continuation of markings following my senses with bodily and visual awareness of moment and surface.
My sources, ideas, concepts, and drawing approach
I did incorporate in my assignment drawings the following key aspects that I learned either as strong points from my previous course studies or through discernment and scrutiny:
- My bodily and visual awareness of moment while walking on site and while drawing on support/paper
- Translucent and collage techniques to support my different levels of experience
- Use of pigment (charcoal, white, black, light brown) to convey a sense of atmosphere and volatility of the moment
- Manipulating the drawing surface to support my sensational experiences
- Markings that would support ambiguity and simplicity
- Contextual research of artists that worked on site experiences, relationship of human presence and nature
- Site knowledge (history) as background information in my project
- The ideas that a drawing is not a finished work but another study on my journey
“to see every piece as a study to prevent the creation that eventually become contrived, and dead”
(O. Reed – my tutor)
Overall, I am satisfied with results. The sensations of site and my face are still very present in my mind. Question is how this does translate to the viewer of the drawings? Would it recall some sensations? Perhaps different ones, as the experiences are different, even when another person has experience of the same site I visited.
- This assignment was a tremendous learning curve for me. On the one hand quite a challenge to manage my time, to plan my work etc. On the other had the freedom to pursue my interest and to follow emotional attraction and finding a subject that I would have never thought about in the first place.
- Contextual researches and doing my own studies on specific aspects supported my in getting there.
- Especially in my project as it ended up it was important to be quite attentive to surfaces, sensations, and to experiment with new ways of drawing.
- I am glad that I did not find other artists doing exactly the same. Perhaps I am wrong or did not researched long enough. Nevertheless, I was able to find my way and at least for me new techniques of drawing.
- Collage and dé-collage got a new meaning for me. Looking back in previous parts of this course, I have to say that I did quite a step forward.
- Taking videos of the site and recording myself in the making of my drawings helps me quite well. Not to have a recording like taken pictures (actually I did not refer at all to photos during my assignment!). But to me clearer in my drawing and reflection process. (verbatim not available at the moment 🙁
– Not sure whether I would have done something differently.
– I definitely will continue with this project. I can see not even to make some more and plan an exhibition in the region in Switzerland. For that I will see to network with local artists and venues.