Assignment 5

Review of Artists: Egon Schiele and Louise Bourgeois

 Egon Schiele, 1890- 1918 and  Louise Borgeouis 1911-2010    

The reason have chosen these two artists is because they both inspire me with how they expressed their emotions and feelings in art. How they dared to show their deep thoughts and struggles putting pain and pleasure in at the same level of expression. They  were both intense, passionate and focused in what they want to produce. They had a mixture of anger and love in their lines, sometimes smooth and with a flow, sometimes thick, irregular, heavy.   

Egon Schiele in a very short life career has created more than three thousand drawings and  although Gustav Klimt was his mentor , Egon developed his own style. His work intrigued me at first with the way he used space and his mark making was very unique with dry brush strokes and irregular spontaneous lines. The distortion of his figures merely affected the shape and beauty of the women’s body he drew.  His erotic and daring ways of drawing his models in very revealing poses and also in his various self portrait is nonetheless surprising  considering the time he lived in. He risked and openly expressed his deep feelings and emotions as well as his  psychological disturbances in shocking yet artistically beautiful ways. I like how he focused mostly in the models, in unusual positions with absence of  background .Most of their facial expressions were strong and all  sexual and erotic feel exudes in every drawing. His lines were spontaneous and the unfinished limbs or hands/feet was just another trademark of his work . It had to be finished that way like the end of a string that he used to contour the drawings. It was simply  unnecessary to add any more to it. I learn something interesting overtime I observe his work. I want to keep exploring and drawing the human figure with similar rawness and flow. 

 Louise Borgeouis who was primarily a sculptor with an avid ability working on materials such as : stone, bronze, metal, wood and embroidery .The large scale sculptor Maman – a spider considered one of the largest sculpture in the world measuring  30 feet high and  more than 30 feet wide gives the idea of  her remarkable talent and ability to work from drawings, concept and finished product . Maman started as drawing and it was a revelation to me of  how some artists generate ideas to develop into sculptures starting from some sketches/drawings. Her drawings series that encouraged me to keep exploring my mark making possibilities are : L’ infini about unmapped expanse and life cycle . I like the washes of watercolour,  the  shapes  reminds me body organs and  the predominant colour red . It is all powerful, with strings, resembling veins and bodily parts seeing from the inside. “Insomnia” are drawings of repetitive patterns, in different sizes and some containing words , or poems also with predominance of red colour. In my opinion, these drawings are  engaging to the eyes as if you are been hypnotised when looking at it.  “10am When you come to me”  is a more sentimental work. It is serene, calm and simple. It shows a lot gratitude for her 30 years assistant Jerry Gorovoy.      Don’t Abandon me” ,her collaborative work with artist Tracey Emin refers to the loss of both – unborn child of Tracey Emin and Louise loss of a child. Again, the washes of watercolour, limited palette with dominance of red and blue, body shapes, genitals and sexuality shows feeling and emotions overflowing from the paintings.  The balance between delicate lines and blotches of paint is beautiful. I am so inspired with Louise Borgeois work because her transparency in transport raw feelings, emotions and concepts making the worse that came out of her conscious and unconscious mind into her best pieces of work as an artist. 

Assignment 5 : Kintsugi Woman

My final body of work is an image in large scale of a ageing woman’s body. It measures 1.50height x 1.00width.I drew  and coloured it in watercolour, then I torn it up into pieces to  glue it together, rejoining the pieces  as in the Japanese art for ceramics called: Kintsugi- where broken pieces appeared to look better after it is rejoined  with a special technique applying golden colour paint. The difference is that I applied the technique on paper and used golden paint . Drawing was smooth and easy but when I had to tear it, my emotions came out, it hurt me in a way. The reconstruction of it was comforting and brought me a certain amount of pleasure fixing something the way I could.

Kintsugi: The art of embracing damage (2014) [user-generated content online] creat. Nerwriter, 30 May 2014 at :

(Acessed 11 May,  2019)

My initial idea was to use expressive lines, a la Schiele, maybe just shapes or a clock in golden colour to represent how precious time is. It then developed to some silhouette of women and the clock to show time running out but it didn’t quite work the way I imagined. It just didn’t fit together. In the end I decided for a simple spontaneous drawing of a female body. An ageing body but yet still very erotic and sensual. Something I have always liked in the work of Bourgeois and Schiele . I chose the blue/turquoise colour after I decided to use “Kintsugi” concept   because it seems to be a very suitable colour for ceramics.The most tradicional and beautiful pieces of Japanese ceramic I have appreciated were in the shades of blue.  I wanted the drawings to resembled a bit a ceramic piece . I tried a few positions and angles but my final piece turned out to look a bit like a sculpture and I liked it that way. The outcome of the final body of work has the right grandiosity, expression and beauty I wanted to deliver.


Even though  I was happy with the result of my Assignment 5 final piece, after a video call  with my Tutor Adam Thompson ,he  suggested that it would be really good to make a series of pieces for this final Assignment. A series using the same concept with different techniques I have explorered in this module. Considering the work above is too big to send for Formal Assessment and folding it to send via mail would probably damage the presentation , having a series of work photographed together with the main piece, would be perhaps greatly appreciated by the assessors.



kintsugi woman – collage on paper

I first started working with collage which I still think there is a lot room for improvement because collage is  new to me. I just wanted to explore how I feel about it. Following the same concept: Ageing body x Kintsugi, I chose one of my lose sketches and pasted images of the women I admire most, and they work/ worked until over the age of 90! Yayoi  Kusama is 90 years old , Iris Apfel 97years old  and Louise Bourgeois was 98years old when she died. Incredible women and artists. My collage involves not only their image but a touch of what is  the trademark from each of them. The naked female body of Louise Bourgeois, dots of Yayoi Kusama and an accessory for Iris Apfel. I torn the work into pieces again in the same way I did for the Final Assessment piece to rejoin the pieces  with cuts of golden paper. The result is not as interesting I have imagined but I got stuck in what more I could do. Collage can be very challenging as in when to stop or when to add more.


My second piece to add to the series is a piece of felt that I drew the shape of the body, cut it again and stitched with yellow/goldish threat. I add details with acrylic paint and painted over the stitches with golden paint. It is a small piece but I want to keep the consistency as in the same kind of work and concept.


Finally, I made an old woman’s body model out of paper Marche. I layered with molding plaster to give it a more sculputure alike look. The turquoise colour was done in acrylic .To deconstruct it I had to use hammer in someparts and a knife in others. Another painful process and yet I knew that a relief would come right after when I started the process of reconstruct it.


The series photographed together is to show the difference between scale and technique as well as how I applied each different technique but kept the same consistency with the subject and concept. I still like the first piece because I wanted to work in big scale and present a very spontaneous drawing but I understand that for my formal Assessment, exploring other ways to represent my initial idea would be more interesting .

Assignment 5 Reflection 

This Assignment pushed me to challenge myself in trying something different, risky, to  experiment more. Although I still prefer the first piece in big scale, I understood that for a final module Assignment I needed to show more, work harder. It was my first time doing collage and 3D pieces. Collage was the most challenging experience. Collage takes a lot planning in a way and it is time consuming. I am an impulsive person  and I like to express and feel my work in a single moment. I am trying to learn how to take a step back, start a piece and go back after a day or two  and see with fresher eyes what others possibilities are there, what can I change, improve. I am not sure I am there yet or if  it works for me but I am taking risks and experimenting different ways of doing art, it is all very valuable at this point.I want to take every opportunity to learn, to find my voice and path as I see and try new things.  3D was another new experience and I like the results. My pieces are  surely a very beginner product but I am considering the process and what I have learned so far. Exploring Drawing Media was overwhelming with the amount of information, techniques and  processes. I have again discovered artists that I would never have if wasn’t part of my researches. The only thing that worries me now is my academic levels in reading, writing and learn how to critically see and write about art. I hope I can get all the support I need at OCA as I am putting all my heart into this learning journey. I know I can see art well, I can feel and understand, I am finding some new skills I didn’t know I had such as expressive abstract drawing. The difficult part is to put it into words, present my work for the formal assessment. It makes me apreehensive .

Katia Chester Report 5







Exercise 5.1 – Planning your project

Exercise 5.1 – Planning your project

  1. Write yourself a set of aims to follow on from our initial sentence (see below)
  2. Complete the method section with detail relevant to your preferred project
  3. Add some more specific points for reflection


To bring together your learning over the course by creating a final project and body of work that combines two or more strategies to explore some course themes in more depth


  • Make initial visual enquiries about

What kind of image do I want to create?  What is the process/purpose I want to go through? How am I going to execute it? What is the concept for it?

  • Collect materials together by combining at least two of the strategies investigated in this course

I want to work on a bigger scale based on researches of Louise Borgeouis , who worked in panels, Egon Schilele who drew erotic drawings .Both drew a fair amount of women figure. I also want to use “collage” method learned in Part two and “The process” learned on part four

  • Create some studies and exploratory work investigating ( see on sketch Part five)
  • Make some drawings or series of drawing which will bring your own ideas to images


What have you learned about drawing materials and their potential within a drawing practice? Reflect on your final body of work in your learning log. ( See on Assignment five final body of work)

My investigation 

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of fixing broken objects in a way that it looks better than the original piece before the breakage. Golden


I want to incorporate the concept of Kintsugi which fascinates me in how they transform a broken object into a better piece using and old, traditional and very precise technique.  I also want to apply this similar technique in my drawing exploration using  the concept of women ageing. I want to show that women might get “broken” for many reasons as they age and it is in these flaws that a new sort of beauty and strength arise.  I am take inspiration in the way Louise Borgeois depicted women figure with her washes of watercolour and the irregular lines. I also get inspired by Egon Schiele lines and use of space and mostly his erotic women’s drawing. I think the same can be applied to an ageing woman’s body which changes with time but it also can be seeing with eroticism . I hope I can put all these aspects together and develop my own unique image where I can implement some collage work and also using large scale drawing to be more risky in this new exploration through drawing media.


Assignment 4

Assignment four – The process

Blind Drawings, (2013) [user-generated contnt online] Creat. Anastasi, Willian , 23 May, 2013 at:

The Museum of Modern Art (2019) 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.

Katia Chester Report 4 (1)






Contextual study point 10: Notations exhibition

Going through the Essay ‘The Porous Practice of Drawing’, by Meredith Malone, in my understanding, drawing overall is a important component to the practise of art . Rather the artist  focus on the material or on the ideas ;the visual and physical results needs a starting point. Sculptures, installation, site-specific work or paintings are a result of processes which sometimes is what the drawings will influence most or when the drawings were simply a jot down of a moment, and will dissolve or lose importance depending on the artists outcome , progression or improvisation through beginning to end. Donal Judd and Dan Flavin gave high values of their drawings which for them exposed the process of creation and stranded as vital counterpoints to the sterile perfection of the standardised industrial Minimalist object. There is a lot information that goes into the drawings, and  for me it is equivalent to a manual of instructions and steps in order for the artist to conclude his ideas into the piece he wants. Carl Andre on the other hand didn’t think of drawing to be as essential as Dan Flavin. He believed that in his sculptures , the process would reveals itself as he goes through it. Richard Serra was the same and he stated ” I never make sketches or drawing for sculptures. I don’t work from an a priori concept or image. Sculptors who work from drawings, depictions, illustrations are more than likely removed from the working process with material and construction”. He still used his drawing though but his approach to it differed of the one from Dan Flavin. In the same way that Barry Le va gave a lot importance to his drawings. Some of his statements about drawings prove it. ” to be alone with myself”, “to discover and clarify my thoughts”, ” visualise my thoughts” and to ” convince myself some thoughts are worth pursuing”. Drawing will play a different role for different artists from conceptual or experimental, it will act as decision making  or feeling aroused during the process by the artist. The very unconventional Willian Anastasi who developed a series of blind drawing in the subway journeys to a more systematic approach of Sol LeWitt , Three-part variations on three different kinds of Cubes, 1967.

“Visualise my thoughts” ( Notes (undated), reprinted in Accumulated Vision: Barry Le Va (Philadelphia: institute of Compotemporary Art, 2005, 89.) would be the quote that describes best what drawing means to me. Sometimes the images does not come out exactly the way I have in my mind. Sometimes the result is disappointing and I still can’t pinpoint where it went wrong and sometimes it goes above my expectations and gives me an extra push to take my ideas further as soon as I have the main starter on paper.

I liked the idea of Anastasi of blind drawing, I haven’t tried exactly as her work has been described but I usually have some great experiences on typical doodling or sketching random images while talking on the phone or listening to music. It is not a planned drawing or with any intention. It captures my unconscious movements that sometimes will triggers ideas or simply bring out my mind images and thinking process. Through this module I discovered the pleasure and purpose of simply mark making to reach another level of drawing. I am attracted to a more expressive and energetic sort of drawings rather than systematic and planned. EDM is helping me to refine some skills that I think I always had but did not consider relevant to the act of drawing. As a learner of art, my concept use to be of drawing to form a figure or object in details and aesthetic shape. I feel a lot more satisfaction in drawing now that I take it as simply my own way of expression, exploring new materials and techniques and find a way to create meaningful pieces of my own expression.




Assignment 3 – 3D tree house


Assignment 3 – “Tree house”

For this Assignment three I have decided to make an object of a drawing as I really enjoyed exercise 3.1- Constructing a drawing. It was a very simple construction of a drawing but gave me the feeling of what if I could transform some of my ideas on paper in an object? I think that Part Three gave me a bit of  knowledge of how can an idea, a sketch, being transformed into a 3D image. I learned that now Drawing and sculpture can be intertwined and many artists I have looked at in the Drawing Room- Exhibitions ( 14 September – 11 November 2012) at: like Anna Barriball, Aleana Egan and Knut Henrick are using drawing media as a start of what could or not started as a drawing and become a sculpture. Louise Borgeois and Henry Moore who I have researched about in Part one would also have many of their  ideas sketched before turn some of them into sculptures.

I have also being always fascinated by miniatures and particularly, the work of  Tatsuya Tanaka have inspired me with my initial idea for this Assignment. Although Tatsuya doesn’t mention drawing but taking photos of small objects and work purely on images,  I still consider his creative skills in developing his artwork very detailed, meticulous and consistent.


Miniature Artist ,Tatsuya Tanaka ( 2018) [user-generated content online] Creat. Tanaka Tatsuya, 13 February 2018 at :

Another inspiration for this Assignment is my favourite Animator of all times, Hayao Miyazaki. The creator of Totoro, a creature who lived inside a tree trunk, and I have the art work book of all the drawing that became the film in 1988.

My Neighbour Totoro Trailer ,( 2008) ,[user- generated content online] Creat, Chung, Kevin, 15 March 2008 at :

I join some ideas of Tatsuya Tanaka, Hayao Miyazaki and my sketches to build a project of a miniature tree trunk bedroom entitled :” My dream bedroom. I built it out of recycled cardboard boxes, toilet rolls and brown paper. I joined all the parts together with masking tape and hot glue and painted with acrylic paint. The inside of the trunk  I designed with some of my kids old toys.  A small jewellery box for a bed, napkins for the carpet, a hand made  duvet and pillows made out of  pieces of cloths I had at home, and the person and fruits made of kids play dough. I cut some tiny pieces of clothes and hang on the ladder. My masterpiece wall picture of one of my favourite artists: Egon Schiele. The inside  deco pretty much describes my aspirations: minimalistic, simple and art driven. I spent two whole weekends working on this project but I am happy with the result.







 Assignment 3 Reflection

EDM module has had a big impact on how I use to see drawing. From simple sketches to mixed media, collage, 3D, sculptures and other experimental art, I now feel that I can take my ideas further than the paper. I am learning the process of transforming and exploring ways of drawing but I have come so far to the conclusion that it is a huge universe full of possibilities. This Part 3 has also helped me to investigate more about artists who work in unusual ways, who beyond being creative and artistic, take risks to think out of the box in terms of making art. I have tried collage, different medias, 3D drawings, understanding how installations take space and place and although I still feel there is a long way to go for me to define a style and finding my way, I am glad that I even was capable of execute a work beginning to end and finished up with my 3D/sculptures piece of art. It is surely an amateur work but it also shows my learning journey, through depicting what was in my mind, what had inspired me and how I reproduced in a way that I can share with people my imagination. So far I am still keen on exploring more mixed media and expressive ways of mark making. I am looking forward to developing more knowledge and understanding of “the process” which will be in  Part four. My hang out video call with my Tutor Adam Thompson is always very helpful and motivating as I feel confident listening to his positive comments about my previous work and his suggestions on pushing my self more, take more risks and do more and more of what interests me. My time is definitely an issue as well as the lack of appropriate space in my house, but I try my best and although I know there are things I would love to give it a go ( like large scale pieces) . Adam gave me some great tips of how I can keep doing it in smaller panels and then join them together to see a big picture. I will definitely try it.

From My Tutor Adam Thompson on report 2: Points for Assignment 3

  • Continue to experiment and explore your visual thinking in different ways, using a wide range of methods and approaches learnt so far 
  • Experiment working on a larger scale and consider how are your body movement affects the type of marks you can make.
  • Build confidence with your subject matter and integrate themes of personal interests into the exercises and assignments
  • Reflect on this feedback on your blog with a summary of the key points.

As I review my pointers for this Assignment I think I have explored something really out of my comfort zone and I am very proud of it. I have never tried a 3D artpiece and this experience gave me confidence to keep doing it and to experiment other materials as well.

Katia Chester Report 3




Assignment 2 – A Collagraph

Assignment 2 – ” Happy Death”

Happy Death – Collagraph on A3 manilla envelop

Assignment 2- Reflection

In preparation for Assignment two I kept sketching, brainstorming things that interests me at the moment. I started having some ideas for this Assignment while working on my collage exercise 2.4 “ Let’s say youth is timeless”. Turning 46 which means I am getting nearer to 50’ is something that frustrates me  but at the same time brings me a great sense of freedom and self assurance. It is a love/hate situation that I am going through in this phase of my life. The exercise 2.4 where I decided to use an old watercolour painting of a full moon, made me think of the feminine, womanhood, sexuality and ageing… After the collage work I wanted to come out with something on the same subject for my Assignment. I have sketched some cocoons because to me it symbolises a reborn, renovation, freedom. A process that starts a bit uglyish, but the outcome is surprisingly beautiful. Accepting ageing and a certain beauty that comes with maturity and self confidence brings that same kind of freedom a butterfly has when it comes out of the cocoon after a certain time of “introspection”, I must say. From cocoons, it turns out that images of Lotus flower and skulls popped out of my mind. Lotus flower for its symbology of something that comes out from a dark a muddy water to become straight, beautiful and proud. The Happy skull, known in Mexican culture for the celebration  “ The day of the dead” also made me think of ageing and eventually dying not as a sad and horrible thing. Death can be celebrated and beautiful! The skull usually holds the meaning of death in a scary and sad way. Skulls are usually morbid and harsh images, except the Happy ones from Mexico. I tried to combine these three elements: Cocoon, Lotus flowers and skulls in different spaces ,sizes and ways. In the end I thought that simplifying it for a single image would be a better idea. After all it is my first ever experience in Collagraphs and I wanted to make sure to build something clear and visually expressive. It took me sometime watching videos and figuring out which would be the best way to build my printing plate. Having to plan the images on negative ( what I wanted to be white and what to be imprinted in black) was not easy. I wanted a harmonious image but with texture and some drama in terms of colours. I wanted to have my Collagraph done in a way that I could add some counterpart media at the end, to bring out some details. I printed total of 12 images which only four of them resulted in what I feel are good collagraphs for a begginer. The initial plan was the main image of a happy skull, with a lotus flower in the forehead and the background of a natural environment with a few hanging cocoons. It turns out that my lotus flower looks like more some cannabis leaves and the cocoon never really appeared but all the texture of it worked well and the best part of a Collagraph is not being able to visualise for sure if the imprint will come out exactly as planned. I chose the image for Assignment of the one imprinted in Manilla envelope because it was a very unplanned move ,and trying unusual materials is something that is becoming a direction that I might take my art in the future. 

From My tutor Adam Thompson report  1 -pointers for Assignment 2

  • Incorporate cuttings, photos, scraps, alongside drawings, experiments and notes about things that inspire or interest you, add anything at all to your sketchbooks. Overtime, this will create a personalised and unique sketchbook with significant content that you will find an incredibly useful reference in the future.
  • Review your work so far and consider what you find the most successful, compare this to my feedback and reflect on your reasoning.
  • Continue developing the experimental techniques you have tried, push ideas to the fullest, exploring a range of materials, surfaces and sizes.
  • Allocate differing times to complete a drawing, test yourself to work quickly sometimes and then spend more time but with the same intensity at others.
  • Reflect on this feedback in your learning log.
  • Focus on your processes rather than final outcomes at this stage and continue to build confidence.
  • Please inform me of how you would like your feedback for the next assignment, written or video call.

As a review of my pointers, I think I need to work more on my sketchbook. I tend to have a firm idea of what I want, I know I should explore it further, but usually I don’t change my mind hence the limited sketches of work. I am trying to be more experimental, I want to take more risk and it is true that it takes courage and confidence. The colagraph was a good way of working more in the process rather than the outcome, it helped me focus less on the results and enjoy more  building it. I underline the points that I think I have succeed this time. I will keep reminding myself on Assignment 3.

Katia Chester Report 2

Assignment 1 – Fluid media

Assignment 1 – “My guts”

The process

This Assignment was due to be done in August when I supposed to be back from holidays. Unfortunately I had made a big mistake and missed my flights all the way from Malaysia to my hometown in Brazil. I have been stressed for a month now with work and this trip but I guess everything happens for a reason. I had to postponed my trip and there was no much left to do but wait a week for the next rearranged flights . Somehow  I find that my art and studies brings me some sort of comfort and I dedicated a whole full week to finish the first part of EDM. This Part 1 has been very interesting. I have learnt completely new concepts of drawing and researched amazing artists who had very different approaches to it. From Louise Borgeois emotional drawing to Geraldine Swayne soft and full of character images, and then Franz Kline with strong, confident brush strokes to finally William Blake who had supernatural sources as inspirations and Henry Moore who brought sculpture and abstraction to a new level. It is always fascinated to understand the artists journeys, their styles developing and changing through phases in their life, what and who influenced them, the message they pass or passed through their artwork  and all their accomplishments as artists.

I have decided to work with watercolour and using A3 paper . I think it was the most suitable size because it would allow me to work quicker on wet to wet technique . I truly enjoyed Louise Borgeois work, how she drew her emotions out. I like the shapes she uses, colours, use of space and the intensity of it. I am a very emotional person and at this right time I can just feel some very strong emotions coming through my mind, body and as a relief , through my drawings. It has been so much stress lately and the only thing I can feel and think when times are like this is a big knot in my stomach. It is so clearly tight and suffocating that I can’t hardly eat! This knot is exactly as if my guts are tangled and everything is kind of stuck inside me. I start working on many sketches, they all came out very similar and eventually some of them took the shape I wanted.

The process – sketches of my feelings



Final Assignment Part one – Fluid media 


 Assignment 1 Reflection 

I fully devoted myself to this assignment. I spent days thinking, taking notes and imagining what kind of image I would like to create. I can’t deny that Louise Borgeois was on my mind all the time. The collaboration work she did with Tracey Emin called ” Don’t abandon me”  was the inspiration for this piece. I think I have absorbed this kind of fluidic media with the flow of emotions and feelings very strongly. From the first exercise I identify myself with the colours, female body shape and what goes on inside my body according to what and how I am feeling. The knot that goes around inside me and wraps my throat is exactly the feeling I have in stressful times. It all happens there, in the centre of my body, where my stomach and guts are. I wanted to exteriorise it in a very expressive way. I worked quickly in the first layer and used counterpoint dry media to add a few details after it was dried. What I can remember of my imagination is what I have studied first, Louise Borgeois and last ,Henry Moore. I wanted my image to come out in a sculpture kind of shape, having a heavy body feeling and the fluidic drawing going on inside. I am pleased with the result. It consists in what I have learnt in Part one and applying the knowledge   I have just  acquired in my art.

Katia Chester Report 1

Louise Bourgeois

Contextual study point 1- Louise Borgeois 1911-2010

Louise Josephine, French- American know by her large scale sculptor, was also a printmaker, painter and feminist. She studied  with cubist master Fernand Leger in 1938 who recommend her to study sculpture . In 1945, Bourgeois opened her first solo exhibition at Bertha Schaefer Gallery in New York. Two years later, she mounted another solo show at Norlyst Gallery in New York. She joined the American Abstract Artists Group in 1954. Her friends were Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, whose personalities interested her more than the Surrealist émigrés she met during her early years in New York.  Louise has a very personal approach in her art exploring themes like domestic life, relationships,sexuality and in later life, death, the subconscious and fear. Her childhood memories and traumas reflected in most of her work. Art was a way to channel her traumas and pains. Louise carried a lot anger and resentment through her life regarding her father. He was an abusive man and maintained a long term affair with her English Tutor ( around 10 years).Her mother resistance to react to it, leaving the situation unchanged increased Louise’s suffering. Her mother for instance held her love and admiration, for her strength, patience and intelligence. Louise seemed to have always worked ahead of her time, she expressed herself in a ways that female artist wouldn’t dare during the 70′. The video of Tracey Emin on Louise Bourgeois is very insightful and shows a lot of Louise’s style, emotional and intellectual expressiveness as well as her bold, straight forward and eccentric character. of her work were influenced by her relationships at the time and her surroundings. One of her most impressive work is the sculpture dedicate to her mother which was the result of a series of 27 drawings first done in charcoal in 1947. Louise Borgeois sculptures carried intense feelings of events that either was about something that made her life worth living or was the cause of her pains. It all can be felt in her sculptures sizes, shapes, textures and weight. She master the art of materialising emotions and feelings in her very own visuals. This article from the the guardian describes her essence and in paragraphs with her own words. Her approach to Sculpture, drawing, modern art, England, Feminism and spiders. Louise’s ability to use her emotions and intellectuality at the same time to  understand her angels and demons  is what made her work so solid and meaningful.

Some of her drawing series that I searched before choosing “L’infini” as reference for the exercise are:

Insonmnia – 1994/1995 is another series of drawing that held my interest and attention for its richness in details, patterns and lines. They are simple patterns but well arranged in perspective, shapes and sizes, causing to me the effect of dream alike visuals, it feels like what I am being hypnotised . When Louise said “ Red is a confirmation at any cost” is a strong statement as many of her drawing series the colour red is vastly used and it is what brings that emotion out of me when I observe the images. It is emotional, real and raw. 


10am when you come to me! – 2006 – Refers to the time when her long term assistant and eventually carer Jerry Gorovoy would arrive. Jerry worked with her for 30 years and knew many sides of Louise just by looking at her first in the morning. There 20 sheets of drawings series of his and hers hands showing the importance of care, helping, dependence, support, friendship, love. It is a very sensitive work, serene, simple and yet with all the emotional e personal context that was something consistent in Louise’s artwork. One of the pieces of this series is a large scale of 40 sheets combined for one large image.


Don’t  Abandon me- Collaborative work between Tracey Emin and Louise Borgeois- 2009, are sensitive, delicate and rich drawings made by Tracey Emin and coloured by Louise Borgeois. The result is a work that shows a strong chemistry between them. They were in tune with each other and shared topics related to both that they carry with them in their daily life. One of them is the loss of a child. Tracey Emin lost an unborn child and Louise lost a son. It a series of very feminine and emotional work with very genuine touch from both artists.


L’infini – Into infinity – 2008, is my favourite series of drawing of Louise. It is about life cycle. She was 97 years old when she painted them. It consists in sixteen large work on paper. The drawings are of female bodies, couple, childbirth, disembodied limbs and body parts. There are also shapes, spirals and the colours red, pink and white were used. Veins and the umbilical cord were also part of the images. It is powerful, emotional, raw and very intricate.

It is fascinated the sense of seeing the inside of a body in an artistic way. It is as if she was showing her internal cycle of life flowing away, getting to an end after a long, complicated, beautiful, restless, entangled and clear bold moments.I like the  effect on colours exploding, fading and drifting around the paper in some of the drawing.There is a liquid flow in it. Others are more bold with dry brushstrokes and unfinished parts. It feels to me like phases we have in life: some smooth, light that goes with a flow, and others are harsh, dry, sometimes unfinished. Then the tangles and turns and curves are the choices we have and make . It truly has deep meaning to me, It touched me in so many ways. I loved knowing about Louise the Borgeois work and her as a woman.