Painting

Over the last few weeks I have been working on stretching, preparing and painting on canvas to explore my MA Proposal in more detail.

I feel in a way, it is difficult subject matter, and different process to visually explore. It is a challenge, my usual way to create artwork is to be confronted by a place or someone locally and take a photograph. This is how I developed ‘Homelessness and Perception of Reality’. It was more of an organic process of being overwhelmed by the amount of homeless people on our streets.

To explore my MA proposal, I firstly wanted to look at the treatment to aboriginals and the history of Australia. The only logical way to explore this is without being overwhelmed is to start at the beginning and paint a visual journey from the first settlement to today. Then I can reflect on different moments within the history.

The first painting, ‘Man in the Sky’ or ‘Hangman’ (title not locked down) is the option faced by those who committed crimes in the UK.

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I have been influenced by Kinetic Art, looking closely at Bridget Riley’s paintings and the figures that are in the animation by  Len Lye ‘Rainbow Dance’, which is within a previous post. I feel this style works really well in moving image, and aesthetically I think it allows for images to move through time with a rhythm.

In the essay ‘Creating a way of looking’ by John Elderfield allows you to understand the different layers of Bridget Riley’s paintings. In the way her painting style changes, challenges identity and perception.

Henri Matisse, Jazz, 1947

‘Success = Prison. And the artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist must never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of a style, prisoner of a reputation, prisoner of a success, etc… Didn’t the Goncourt brothers write that Japanese artists of the great period changed their names several times during their lives. I like that: they wanted to protect their freedoms.’

T.S. Eliot, 1944

‘history is merely the chronicle of human devices which have served their turn and been scrapped, one for which the world is the property solely of the living, a property in which the dead hold no shares’

In a sense I don’t want to be a prisoner of the past, with looking at the historical events and painting these. However, to move forward I think it is important to reflect on the past, then it enables yourself to look to the future to explore potential abstract thought.

The contrast of painting, which is an old medium and running parallel with moving image will hopefully allow development to cross over and ideas will be able to be deconstructed. I would like to read the other essay’s mentioned in this essay by Bridget Riley:

  • Perception is the Medium
  • Creating a way of Looking

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