Friday, 26 February 2010

In response to an earlier post...

"Art, is biological. It is an evolutionary adaptation that helped us become human. Art is not, a set of objects or compositions or paintings. Art, rather, is the behavior that leads to those things. Neither is art handed down only to a select few sensitive souls. Art, is 'making special,' an act that gives us belonging and meaning. It is passed from mother to child. Its origins lie deep in the human past. It makes us human."

- excerpt from an article by Tim Steury in this month's Washington State Magazine.

Anne de vries

3 copies of the same image layered on top of each other with different sections cut out.

The artist says

"In this work I want to bring the concept how a digital photograph can be duplicated endlessly to a more physical understanding. Therefore I used 3 of the same photographic prints on top of each other in a frame. (similar to the way Layers function in Photoshop software ) It was a joy to know that the picture would still stay complete while taking parts out with a knife. While at the same time the prints got even more unique and gained more value as an art piece." (Anne de Vries 2009)

I like the idea of the artist's perception that the art gains more value as an art piece and i am sure judging on varying perception of art, the value of the art would be debated.
For me it means that one of the pieces would be valuable art, but the artist has chosen to use multiples of that art, therefore adding to the add value.

At the same time, other people may perceive it to be the case that yes three pieces have been used but they are indeed the same piece and when added together still only create one piece, therefore creating the same amount of value as a art piece but in a different way.

However i do LOVELOVE the idea that the picture is still complete although sections have been removed from it.

Discovered whilst blogging.

Made me smile.

"Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous...Since I cannot sing, I paint."
-Georgia O'Keefe


I was clearing my room out yesterday and I came across my rusting from my previous topic of interest and had noticed it had rusted further. I decided to take some further pictures of it and was surprised by the results. Some of the pictures look stunning. I LOVE the textural qualities to them.A perfect example of trusting the process. I like the way these pieces could not be recreated exactly again as it would never rust quite the same again.

After studying the work of Crawford, I decided to take this work and my experimentation with rusting and analyse it.

I liked the way the patterns created could not be recreated in the same way again.

According to Barnes (2002)
"To produce work which looks just like its neighbour confirms children in the belief that there is a right way to do art"
(Barnes, 2002, p6)

Last year i had a really experimental year with my art. Koster (2009) says that previous experience is an influence on children's art and it was on mine too. It was an activity that allowed me to explore and experiment with different ways of carrying out a process.

The fact that I experimented with different lace, amounts of water and locations, I believe supports the theory of E.P Torrance (1970)"Creativity is an ability to see a problem, form an idea to solve it and share the results" (E. P Torrence (1970) in Koster, (2009)

Barnes R (2002) Teaching art to Young Children 4 - 9. Second Edition. Routledge - Falmer. Oxon
Koster, J. B (2009) Growing artists 4th edition. Teaching the arts to Young Children. Cengage Learning. Delmar.

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Being Thrifty

My mom has been around all the local shops in the area that she works to find out what days they get deliveries so she can have all the clear packaging for my project. How good. I got home today and the first 'free' lot was on my bed. My mom is a superstar.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Mother Knows Best

When I got home with my 'ice sculpture' my mom had a go at adding to it. Ten minutes and a roll of bubble wrap later the ball had doubled in size.

Her technique? Don't cut anything at all, but push, squash and fold.
Much more efficient!

Ice ice (sellotape) baby

I began the construction of my ball today, I realised I was not going to get far on sellotape alone so I began with a base of bubble wrap as this was transparent too.

I wrapped the bubblewrap around and sellotaped it down, cutting the bits that stuck up and folding them under.

I began to encase leaves inside too, so it was as if they had got frozen in the sculpture, although I doubt I need them at this stage, whilst the ball is quite small.

After two hours, I realised this was going to take a while to construct my giant masterpiece...

Anthony Goldsworthy

Today I had a tutorial with Sarah about the direction of my art and I told her my sellotape sculpture plan. She told me to look at Anthony Goldsworthy's 'Midsummer snowballs'.

He built 13 snowballs made from snow in scotland and released them onto the streets of London. That is pretty much all of the information I could find on the piece as well as a few images. I wonder what the people who were wondering around the streets of London that summer must of been thinking?

I did not know about this piece until Sarah said but it is quite similiar to what I want to do. Is it copying/ plagarism? I think not, it is a new and unique creative experience for me and that is my concern. Can you plagarise something you didn't know existed or does it just become your take on a like minded subject?

"The snowballs weren’t about snow as such, but about the processes of time and change. These pieces marked the closest Goldsworthy could get to the city’s everyday life, a dialogue of flows between the snowballs and the city’s inhabitants, particularly the daily tidal flow of commuters, which he describes as “a river of people.” The dialogue between the two flows is similar in spirit to the dialogue he seeks when placing works in relation to a real river, a point he mentions in Time. Seeking out the heart of the city may not be that unusual a preoccupation for an artist, but framing that preoccupation within a wholly ecological context, relating it directly to questions about a city’s ecological equilibrium, is a different territory altogether, alien to the current mainstream of British artists." by Oliver Lowenstein, Online (2003)

The sellotape journey Begins

Saturday I went in search of my sellotape, I didn't know how much to buy as I didn't know how long it would last, so I only spent 5POUNDS. The shop assistant was curious as to why I was purchasing so much sellotape and when I told him the reason he said they had spare rolls in the stockroom and I could have those also. Result!!!

STOP. turnaround. Change noitcerid

Okay so I have been plodding on with the rust, the galleries, the experimental processes for quite some time now and I have began to loose enthusiasm and I really don't want my art to be going down that route. I want it to be filled with fun and passion, but at the same time I still want the freedom to experiment and try things out.

I have become highly motivated by visiting galleries and particularly finding other artists through blogger. When I stumbled across Mark Jenkins it ignited something new within me and I felt really excited about where my art could go again.

He created a range of pieces and installed them in various outside locations. I particularly liked the ones that looked like ice sculptures that were made of sellotape, and it got me thinking about the title of the exhibition Meaning is overated. But instead of meaning I was more excited about the locations of the work and different locations for art to be installed, can something's meaning be altered according to it's context? Crawford would agree so and how it can contribute to how we view something aesthetically , Exhibit a 'can of shit' into an art gallery and it's art, put a junk metal man in a field and it's sculpture.

So I planned to focus on the location as my art,How would it be perceived in familar locations as well as locations that may be unfamiliar to other people?

At this moment I am unsure how exactly I will document the findings, I am sure there will be photographs but I am unsure if this will be the final outcome or if people's responses/ perceptions will be the final piece.

I plan to construct a giant 'ice looking' ball out of sellotape and take it to various locations and juxta-pose it for effect and then analysis the composition. Other peoples opinions will also be crucial. I will choice places of interest to me and to society and there will be reasoning behind each choice.

I will record all aspects of my journey. The hang ups, problems as well as progress choices etc.



So it's been over a week since valentine's day and my rose is still alive. This made me happy so I thought I would take a photo and share.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Worth a read.

Click to enlarge :)

Found at

Mark Jenkins - Awesome, my favourite discovery in a while.

This made me laugh. smile. Think. Laugh. Look. Look. Appreciate. I thought this was great!

Mark Jenkins Meaning is Overrated

Street Artist, Carmichael Gallery. West Hollywood.

Filip Berendt

I stumbled across this man whilst managing my blog and i love his idea, i think it's quite clever.
Basically he placed an ad in the newspaper saying he wanted to make installations in people's homes and take photographs. Some people responded, he went and did the said thing and won the sittcomm (an eastern European media award) award last year.

Here are some of the installations.


On our gallery journey, we went to the IKON. We came across this video piece by Clare Rojas and Andrew Jeffrey Wright. It was my favourite piece at the gallery and definitely worth a look.

I appreciate all of the time and effort that has gone into the piece.


I love going to galleries and finding new art.
They are also ideal for children and taking them to galleries is essential.

According to Callaway and Kear (1999) indicates why they are important,
"Trips and outings can be an invaluable addition to school and classroom experiences, to inform, entertain, stimulate and excite curiosity whilst consolidating, reinforcing or challenging previous experiences" (Callaway and Kear, 1999, p207)

Callaway and Kear (1999)Art and Design in the Primary School/ David Fulton Publishers Ltd. London.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

What is art?

In keeping with the excitement of critical issues and the discussion of what is art...

"Art is an ambiguity. It tells a story.It is an expression. It is obtainable by all. It is a preference, a talking point. It is opinionated, subtle, scandalous, change, excitement, discovery.It is a justification, a reasoning.It is endless. It is all of the above." R. Aston.

"Art is a multifaceted and complex and contested phenomenon"
(Hickman,2005, p11)

What is art?

Is it...

E. Manet ; Picnic in the garden. A milestone in Realism.

Arch 22.The tallest building in the Gambia, Built to honour the president.

My own creation, third year process art.

The Parthenon on the Acropolis. Honouring the virgin goddess Athena.

Richard Serra. Molten lead.

Collabarative piece by students, exploring printing techniques.

Is there any correct answer? Or just a variety of justifiable preferences?

Feel free to add your own perceptions :)

Hickman R, (2005) Why we make art and why it is taught. Intellect books. Bristol

Take 2.

The next example i tried worked a lot better and the pattern of the lace was more evident. I left the metal, again with the tights over it, in the green house and this seems to have benefited the overall effect.

It is not as prominent as i would have desired it to be and i feel this is partly due to the fact the surface i placed it on could not have been entirely flat. I know this due to the inconsistency in the pattern and a high level of rust at one end, leading me to believe the water ran to one end.

It is still something i want to experiment with, i now need to find somewhere that i can purchase cheap, scrap metal from to test out my ideas until i find the best way to go about other pieces.

The Garden

I put this metal to rust in the garden with the tights over it and i think it was too exposed to the elements and rusted too much. It was interesting to see the outcome and fun to experiment with an unknown result. I did not have any idea what the metal would look like when i peeled back the material.I will experiment with trying to play with these factors that effect the final result.