Assignment four – The process
Blind Drawings, (2013) [user-generated contnt online] Creat. Anastasi, Willian , 23 May, 2013 at:
I must say that this in this module EDM my greatest discoveries were : Louise Borgeois, Cy Twombly and William Anastasi and his “blind drawings”.
Artist’s statement – Assignment four
More and more abstract expressionism is bringing sometime strong out of me. The video of William Anastasi is quite an emotional one to me. It is intense, and my main thought was: For an artist, a visual artist, closing your eyes to what you are executing is ironically so “eyes opening” ! The concept of Anastasi of drawing while walking, or inside the train, or in big scale, is one of the great discoveries I have made of drawing through this journey so far. I also learned a lot from Louise Borgeois emotional drawings and the lose audacious drawings of Cy Twombly. What interests me most in these artists is the courage to dare open their wounds or urges and express themselves without concerns of negative criticism. I want to have that courage to go out of my comfort zone of drawing detailed ,beautiful and realistic drawings to express myself more freely and say it out loud how I feel in them without any concern if it rather will be understood or not. Through these artists I start finding out my passion for mark making inspired by different reasons. It could be by life events, inspirational people, feelings or simplify by just let it flow out of my mind and hands. My aim for this assignment is to explore more my ability of expressive drawing, finding the moment and ways to achieve some quality pieces. It feels very liberating and although in terms of drawing, the human figure is of great interest, I think by starting just freely explore more mark making will get to a way to interconnect both. I like the concept of mixed media, abstract drawing, collage and expressionism. This is what I want to experiment for Assignment 4, more than a finish piece, how I fell about the process.
I really like how the drawing above came out. Among all the drawing expressive and spontaneous drawing I did, focusing on the process of “flow” and being inspired by some Traditional Japanese folk songs and my Dad’s memory, this particular one has the strong marks, colours and movements I wanted to achieve. Although it is abstract, it reminded me Japanese drums and the red lines it as if the drums sticks could live a mark on where it hits. I wanted to enhance this image working with some mixed media and collage. Again, I wanted to submerge myself in the process more than the outcome.
Assignment 4 Relflection
The process was another learning journey. I still struggle with collage. I like to work with it but I find it hard to position images and make it too much or too little. I don’t know if I should overlap, cut, scribble. That is so many ways to use collage, it overwhelming me. It is a challenge for me and that’s why I wanted to include collage for Assignment four. I don’t know how the idea of including strings appeared but I had in mind the strings not glued or to close to the paper, but with some space in between as I liked the effect of line shadows reflection depending on where the light comes from. The process was pretty organic, cutting pieces of card board by hand without making them completely the same, glueing them with a certain space in between without measuring and tie up lose ends in the back. I think the organic part is also something that reminds me traditional Japan, drums, the fisher’s villages, crafted things. Tying the strings in the back and making them straight and stretched all around the frame was also very challenging. I kept doing it for days, including some images and excluding them, taking photos to review and making a final choice. I think it was a real “process” not focusing on the outcome but somehow I think the final piece is an interesting one.
From my Tutor Adam Thompso on report 3: Pointers for Assignment 4
- Consider your subject matter for the next part and integrate personal themes and interests into how your approach the exercises
- Combine and continue to explore all the methods and approaches to mark-making you have tried so far
- Reflect on this feedback on your blog with a summary of the key points
I am developing and becoming more confident in express my mark-making in various ways. It has been a very interesting journey in EDM and there are many themes that interest me, I still haven’t decided to stick with one.