As usual I was trying my best not to over think the process, but once again I did a lot of thinking before I started making. However, once I started making I made a more conscious effort to enjoy experimenting with the media and think less about what I was actually trying to draw. Thinking about what the exercise was asking me to do I decided to ‘decipher’ the title. I learnt to do this in my first unit to make sure I knew what I was doing before I started ‘doing’.
I enjoy working quickly and the majority of the time prefer to work in a more gestural way, although recently I like to combine the quick gestural marks and observe more delicate focused marks. (this was probably most evident in my assignment 5 from drawing 1).
Even though the exercise said to work quickly and not think too much I have learnt that I need to have some sort of subject mater to focus my ideas on, so before I embarked on this exercise, I gathered some visual imagery using my polaroid camera of zoomed in parts of nature. My polaroid camera is my new favourite gadget which I take everywhere with me! I love the unpredictable outcome of the photograph, although it can also be frustrating sometimes. But I like that the pictures aren’t always perfect. Taking close up pictures of nature I thought would make an interesting subject matter and I liked that you wouldn’t be able to necessarily tell what it was or where it was from. I took some voice notes on my phone whilst walking on the beach.
I also then considered the idea of roots from trees and plants, and making a connection between family relationships (linking to Bourgeois’ work) and nature.
From talking through my ideas with family and friends on my walk at Hengistbury Head I decided to do some experiments with marbling which to me suits the criteria of fluid media. I also have never worked with this media before so I was keen to explore and widen my options and explore further avenues in experimentation.
As I was piecing the 20 sheets of paper together, I realised I had not given it much thought in how I was going to lay them out. I wanted to have a rhythm within the drawing and I remembered a drawing workshop I attended (we were drawing a performance) where one artist had drawn on one long roll of paper, which created a sense of a story and I found it an interesting visual way to record a response to something. (below are some pictures of the work from the workshop)
I felt working this way would be an interesting way to work with fluid media, developing (on reflection now) the idea of a river.
All these ideas aside, it was a starting point for me to work with and to start with the first exercise.
Reflection notes whilst working evident in my journal along with my polaroid images.
The exercise asks to return to the piece in a couple of days to reflect upon the drawings so I will be completing this and uploading my findings to my blog.