After several, generally supportive and encouraging tutorials, I feel fairly confident in my instinctive vision for some kind of ‘final piece’ to be exhibited during the summer show. I think I am going to create a landscape of the afore-mentioned objects, as an assemblage or installation of some kind. There are 3 main aims of the work:
- For me to try and ascertain if there is any rationale to these particular objects being interesting for me to build. Are there any similarities in these forms? Am I interested in the objects’ manufacture, or is it an affinity towards the individual forms/types of form that drives me to make these selections?
- To see if these objects (and the way they are displayed) have a connection to a wider audience. Is it the same connection? Are these objects significant to me, or are there wider significances embedded in these objects?
- To develop my crafting and fabrication skills, improve the overall quality of my output and achieve consistency (mastering of skills)
There are a few contextual questions I am posing while making (and while presenting) the work; questions I hope to be able to find out, understand in some part or lead to further critical thinking:
- What these objects communicate? Individually? Collectively?
- Do these objects mean the same thing to other people? To all people?
- How are objects used to communicate meaning?
- How does assemblage communicate meaning?
- (What is meaning? Is it a language? Is it a universal language?)
I currently believe that the selection of these objects are likely to be understood by me very differently than to others; my instincts tell me that the selection and creation of certain objects is defined by my own conscious and sub-consciousness, and informed by my own contexts. Thus I hypothesise that while there may be some common ground for like-for-like meanings and significances, I think there is a great deal of personal choice at work within a great number of variables, and therefore the meanings will differ person to person.
There have been a number of contexts I have discovered and recommended. Each brings its’ own influence and potential, and these must be considered in order to enrich and give purpose to my investigation:
- Felieke Van Der Leest, jewellery.
- Playing with familiar forms, deconstructing and reconstructing
- Applying the recognisable and familiar to motif and aesthetic
- Applying playful, toy like qualities to precious jewellery
25th June 2017
Objects to make:
- Cactuses (x4+)
- Big blobs (x2)
- Small blobs (x2)
- On floor
- Felt ‘tendrils’ connecting objects
- All painted blue
- Original ceramic texture important
- Monday – Hotdog, Sandwich, cast cactus #1
- Tuesday – 2x Big Blobs, cast cactus #2
- Wednesday – RUTC SHOW, cast cactus #3
- Thursday – Padlock, Screw, cast cactus #4
- Friday – Tooth, 2x Small Blobs, cast cactus #5
- Monday – AWAY
- Tuesday – Experiment with felting wool: arrangements and into plaster
- Wednesday – Felting wool into plaster
- Thursday – Firing (A.M.)
- Friday – Take out of kiln, Photoshoot with Dorota
- Monday – Last day for firing
- Tuesday – Installation
- Wednesday – Display work
- Thursday – Summer Show
What about bone? Or bone china?
These things come from my mind – what material is the right way of expressing this?