As i started to look back and think how to get everything together, improve or rework some of the works for assignments i came to conclusion that apart from all the changes i need to make the work cohesive and somehow make it all work as one unit.
One of the works i am looking at is the part 4 “installation” – one reason is to take into account my tutors recommendations of how best to present the work as well as making better images. I am thinking of making a printed images that would work as one – triptych of front and side views.
Along side i’m continuing the research and incidentally came across an old documentary ( on BBC 4) about Barbara Hepworth sculptures. I have came across her works before and have seen some of her drawings in the gallery couple of years ago. The documentary ewoke my interest in developing drawing into a more solid 3D image – using materials i have around me. This sort of direction i used in my previous course and decided to go along with my instinct and let it work out. This goes along with the Parallel Project – found images and intuitive application.
Using Assignment 4 as inspiration, in particular the drawing of a horse by Leonardo da Vinci, i began implementing the idea using materials i had.
I feel that wire in a way replicates the line but in solid form – tactile but still quite light and can be used to recreate variety of marks/lines/curves etc.
The overall idea is to use already made drawings/paintings and “Find” images/forms that can be constructed into a solid structure.
Using wood cuts as base and variety of wire i had at hand i started to make a form inspired by the drawing of the horse and research about Barbara Hepworth sculptures. The idea here is to use the drawing but make a form that is more abstract and evolves itself.
Originally i started the sculpture that had two “legs” just as the 2d drawing. During the process i came upon a problem – it was not stable and kept collapsing or moving too much. I do like that wire creates movement in sculpture and perhaps can implement the form later by using a stronger materials and soldering iron – but i do not have it at this point.
Also i would like to mention that i am working on a small scale – i would like to imagine this works being larger, perhaps 20-30 feet tall …. again i have no means of doing this, and working on smaller scale is the only way. I do hope that it is possible to imagine how these works could look perhaps in a large field working with the landscape around it, and on a scale that would allow people to walk amongst them.
I haven’t done this before and came across a few problems but the main thing i am finding ways of overcoming them and learning so much along the way.
Materials i have at hand at the moment – newspapers, shredded paper, old cloth, plaster and wire.
Using paper and tape i started by adding more “flesh” to the wire – here i found out that as i added materials the structure started changing and/or collapsing, especially when i started to add plaster. The solution here was to attach a long wire to the ceiling and use it as a support for the structure while plaster is drying. I am adding/covering the structure slowly part by part moving upwards trying to balance the weight.
I want the sculpture to be white at the end, so some of the ideas how to achieve this – use plaster of Paris at the later stage, paint it over with white etc. Why? Because i want to use the structure and light to create shadows on the space around it. This will be done later.
Below is the sculpture number one in progress, a smaller one that it developing itself along side and a third one that is based on assignment 1 drawing ( enlarged forms of mushrooms and plants).
summary: I’m hoping to create a few sculptures that will be inspired by works created during the course but will grow out of “found” images/lines within those works , hence creating a new work of it’s own but together they and drawings will create a cohesive “organism” that will be presented as an Installation that will include Parallel project and course work as one.
Partly the idea was inspired by works of Barbara Hepworth and Antony Gormley.
B. Hepworth used nature and places she visited to create sketches that later became solid forms that fitted naturally into the environment. Her sculptures feel organic even though she used quite hard materials – stone, metal, wood. This was achieved by (in my opinion) really connecting with the space prior to making – i can see how she replicated and implied the natural curves and textures into her sculptures. I tried to use this idea in my sculptures – even though the shapes are quite abstract i have tried to use nature as inspiration for shapes and forms. I also love the idea of the viewer to be able to look through the sculpture and see the space around it as if from a window or a frame , this creates a personal experience and connection with the work and space.
Works of A. Gormley (some) on the other hand to some extend overtake the space they occupy , still very organically and as if they belong there but mostly they appear to invade it , make it their own. Saying that i find his sculptures and the scale very inspirational and would love to visit the locations to experience this power of man-made over nature. While B. Hepworth found inspiration and shapes in nature A.Gormley finds his forms by using his own body, but both indeniably combine the world and imagination to create a new form of life in solid form. At the moment i haven’t got resources and space to create something on such scale but as an idea i have superimposed the imagery onto landscape to get a feeling how my work might look on a large scale.