Find a room or space that you have an affinity with and make some brief notes about what draws you to it.
Use our sketchbook to think about and draw the room and your relationship to it. Don’t make finished drawings or do lot of writing- just think and draw
Make a drawing which you can site in the room in response to some of your thoughts about it. You may really enjoy seeing cut flowers in a room, for example. Perhaps you would like to draw some flowers and position the drawing on the shelf where flowers might go. You might have chosen a room where light falls beautifully against the wall paper. Perhaps you can make a drawing of those abstract forms. The room might be an office where you often feel you would rather be in the garden than typing. Perhaps you could draw a lovely Rothko-esque escape hatch.
How your own drawing relates to the research you did? What aspects of the room did you find yourself responding to ? Was it the space itself, or the story of its usage?
I look for some installations on bedroom and hardly find anything. I already had in my mind “My bed” by Tracey Emin. I love her work and how open she is about her live and how she puts it down into her artwork. She shows struggles and pains without shame and I think it is brave and noble of her as we all have so many struggles and pains in life and it take guts to openly show that to an open public. When I chose my bedroom was simply for the fact that it is the only space purely to myself in the house. I have my privacy there, it is my escape from my busy days. It is where I lay on my bed and dream about things I would love to do, places I would like to be. I start sketching just thinking about how important is to have that space but how I wish to have it the way I want… The apartment I live is old, already furnished. Old and ugly furniture and there are so many things I wanted in my bedroom to make it cozy… Through my sketches came out things like: a four posted bed, big clocks without handles ( I hate having to wake up early and always having my life depending on time). Slowly thoughts of having my bed in unusual spaces came out. A bedroom in the clouds or in the middle of a lake , a bed in the sky, a bed in the middle of the jungle… Finally it clicked! How amazing would be to have my bed on top of an old, huge tree? A cozy bed, among branches, leaves, gaps through to look at the sky, on top, where I am completely alone, in piece, no noise, no kids, no construction sites around, no ugly furnitures and walls…. More than a bedroom, the bed itself is what most attracts me to that room. Warm, cozy, private.
Find a room to make your drawing. Remember to be safe if it is a room used by others. You might be able to make a temporary drawing in a room somewhere interesting like a castle or a shop.
Choose a material you can easily use to draw a line. It might be a wool, florist’s wire, bean canes or even flour or sand. You might even use water. Does the room you’ve chosen suggest a material?
If possible, take photos of the room, sketch it or use an iPad to plan your proposed intervention in the space. Try out different ideas. Don’t worry too much about the concept behind the work- just enjoy the possibilities and try out as many different permutations as you can.
Reflection on Exercise 3.3 – Affecting the way a space is experienced
I have chosen the kitchen because it is a place that I spend a lot time weekdays preparing meal for my kids, snacks and pack lunch and having a quick breakfast. During the weekends is where I enjoy having sometime alone while kids are still in bed, having a more peaceful and relaxing breakfast. I also realise that it is where I always finish up chatting and have a great laugh when my friends come to visit me. It is a simple and humble kitchen but it is where I find comfort and warmth. I wanted the viewer to experience it the same way I do. Adding all the food, my stool and slippers was with the intention to make them feel a cozy and nurtured by that space. The kitchen is where many cultures tend to spend time and that is the feeling I want the viewer to identify with me. The look of the space is different and so is the food, but the experience is the same. I have always connected with my woman hood this way. Either is my sisters or girl friends, we always tend to hang out in the kitchen. I wanted to depict a enclosed space, to give the feeling of being away from any other room in the house and purely experiencing ” the kitchen” space. The choice of watercolour was for the exact reason that is what is mostly involved in being in the kitchen. From cleaning to cooking, water is always present there.
Position your three-dimensional drawing at eye level and make sure it is well lit.
Use your sketchbook to make some preliminary sketches of it, identifying interesting viewpoints and moving it if necessary
Select you materials (charcoal would work well) and make a drawing directly from observation.
Pin your drawing up next to the original collage drawing from Exercise 2.2 and place your three-dimensional drawing in front.
Reflection on Exercise 3.2 – Back to two dimensions
Do you feel that making a three-dimensional drawing helped you discover new qualities about your subject? I am not sure. I just felt that I transform a 2D drawing into a 3D.
Which drawing do you prefer? In this experiment I prefer the 3D drawing because of the impact it makes rather then just on paper. The subject is very simple and yet, in 3D it brings a certain beauty to the shapes.
How has this switching back and forth supported your understanding of a possible art process that encourages experimentation, investigation and development? I think it taught me a bit of the process of taking something on paper and transform it to an object, giving a different perspective to the viewer. Taught me also that drawing can be experienced in other forms and in 3D it brings a different value to it. For instance the simple shapes of a lemon and an avocado in 3D has more impact and draws more attention. Turning a drawing into a 3D shape requires planning and creativity which is all about the process of improving art.
How has your understanding of drawing as a discipline been informed by the course so far? I have completely changed my idea of how to define a “drawing”. Before this course, I might would say it is lines on paper done with pencils or pen. Now I see the process of drawing as in using different tools and materials. I see drawing as the starter of a sculpture or 3D object. Drawing in different scales and sites.
Go back to 2.2 where you made a drawing that modelled tone as precisely as you could. Take that drawing now and pin it up where you can see it at eye level.
Take a sheet of car. Cut it into thirds. Paint one third very pale grey, one third a mid-grey and the remaining third a much darker grey. You will use these to correspond to elements of your drawing so, if it is particularly pale or dark, you may want to use greys which are better match.
Observe the objects and patches of the tone in your drawing, and cut shapes from your card to correlate. Use a glue gun or PVA glue to join these shapes together to make a spatial construction. Try to keep the tones accurate within your simplified range, so that the final structural collage has some sense of directional light.
Photograph your three-dimensional drawing in black and white at close range so that it fills the frame.
Reflection on Exercise 3.1 – Construction a drawing
I think my representation in 3D of my drawing is pretty accurate. It was a very new experience to turn a 2D work in to a 3D. It feels I am taking a drawing to life. Removing the image and giving a body to it. I think my tonal range was quite simple and I kept the same in the shades of black and grey. The drawing is different from my 3D one but the shapes remained the same. I have never tried that before and I think it was a successful .exercise I am sure I could have improved it but I don’t know how as it is all new to me.