Assignment 1 – “My guts”
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.
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.