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Exhibition Observation: Bethan Grant

 

(Note: The images above show artwork by fellow student, Bethan Grant. If you would like to see more of her work, click HERE.)

     Bethan’s pieces are always intriguing. The masterful style of perfect curves within her art leads viewers down a never-ending path, showing them where to look. Her style reminds me of Pixar and Disney characters, specifically how they’re initially drawn at conception: they start out simple but are then built upon in order to get the final masterpiece. You can see that within Bethan’s final pieces – you can see the stroke marks and the layers that went into the work in order to make them what they are in the end – the techniques used are full of grace and leave the viewer in awe when looking at the final piece.

The image itself is perfect – focusing on Faunus which links back to the horned god of the forest, plains, and fields, who was from one of the Roman deities. Due to this link, and design of the top painting, it suggests that the idea behind the paintings is intertwined with animal welfare. The top painting shows Faunus with her head decapitated and placed on a display board as if she had been killed and taxidermized. The image is powerful but is somewhat diluted due to having Faunus’ body underneath her head, making her look like she is whole. If it wasn’t for the blood, it would be somewhat difficult to understand what point Bethan was trying to get across by just looking at that painting, but with the blood, it shows the story and intensifies it, although it may take a few looks at it for some people to understand.

All in all, the exhibition was perfectly executed. The paintings were hung in a way that they lead on from one to the other. The butterflies were a nice detail, having them dotted around the tree it showed bypassers that there was more to see. The sculpture of Faunus’ head was a very good touch, it demonstrated what the first painting was initially trying to suggest. However, I would have preferred to see the head painted, or maybe even felted – to give it the fur effect. It was an amazing exhibition.

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Exhibition Observation: Darcy Prentice

(Note: The artwork shown in the images above are by a fellow classmate named Darcy Prentice – if you would like to see more of her work, please click HERE.)

      Darcy demonstrated her illustration ability by designing and creating colourfully patterned leaves which she pinned to her trees as well as hung mobiles up made of said leaves. They blended in well with the environment due to the design of them but also stood out because of the colours. They contrasted and blended, which is something that is very difficult to pull off, but Darcy did it well!

The way Darcy presented her work, it would have worked in both still and windy conditions. However, the wind was definitely a benefit as it made both the pinned leaves and the mobiles move ever so slightly, similar to how a butterfly would flutter.

I am somewhat unsure of what her project is about, I didn’t get much information from the exhibition, but it seemed to follow a youthful idea – showing pieces of pop culture (one piece featuring the very common converses in which everyone under the age of thirty has worn at least once), but also pointing out some of the issues with today’s children with a leaf reading ‘rude kids’ which features a girl using her middle and index fingers to swear at the audience.

I would have liked to see more of the idea behind the work. But, even without that, it was a very strong piece that was pleasing to look at and entertaining to view.

 

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Exhibition Observation: Elise Watson

(Note: The image above is of the work by Elise Florence Watson, you can find more of her work HERE.)

Elise’s work was of three human scale, hollow figures that were then suspended between two trees. Her work is fascinating, seeing the human body in its fullest while missing all the gory details. She clearly produced this by using figures to work on, most likely using wire sculptures. The final pieces were undoubtedly made from plastics that were heated and reshaped, they held their form well, even in the spring winds that many battled on the day of the exhibition. Although it was a struggle for Elise to put the three figures up, and keep them up, her hard work paid off as they were wonderful pieces to see.

The use of plastic as the medium material, or even canvas, was a fabulous idea – making the figures somewhat transparent. It made them look sort of like bystanders in the crowd even though they were the ones on show. However, due to the plastic not being completely transparent, and being around sixty percent opaque, it gave the figures form and depth due to their shadows, which can be seen in the photograph above. It gave the piece’s presence and heightened my interested of them.

I can tell that the main goal of the project was to look at the human body and all its form but other than that, there wasn’t much more of an indication to the idea behind it. But, even without the main idea showing through, it was still a very strong piece that could stand for many things and spoke a thousand words on its own.

 

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Paris in the Park: Evaluation

     At the beginning of the project, I was focusing on perfection – or a view of the ideal world. But as I progressed, the idea began to change.

Starting the project, I was designing an ideal, imaginary city and a non-binary person to host it. However, I came up with the idea to bring my writing into my project. I began writing a short story based around a dystopian world where concentration camps had come back and were being used to get rid of LGBT+, Muslims, and People of Colour. The book focuses on a Bisexual, Mexican woman. Once I began writing it, I came up with an idea to illustrate key parts of the book. At first, I was illustrating malnourished women – focusing on the ribs and thighs. Although this image of a malnourished woman is carried through the rest of the project, I stopped focusing solely on illustrations of the book and went on to look at the identity of the people being discriminated within it – based on what is happening in the world around us.

I began working with watercolour, keeping my work black and white until I started looking into Marcus Harvey. The pieces I looked at by Harvey included Doggy and Kinky Kitchen. I began looking at these due to my love of bright colours. These pieces inspired me to look into working with more rainbows.

After experimentation with my initial set of watercolours, I started using watercolour pencils. The pencils gave me more control as well as a larger variety of colours. I began drawing from life drawing photographs, getting the human body into my head before finding an art style that is suitable to my skill set.

After painting in black and white for a while, I began to gradually add colour, whether it be to the bodies or the background. I decided to add a rainbow background to the bodies as a way to show the person’s sexual/gender identity.

After looking into complementary colours, I decided on using green and red as the most important colours along with the rainbow. I began drawing in green and adding highlights with red. I wanted to make sure the curves were bold but also natural.

Coming up to the exhibition, I decided to do six canvases that would then be accompanied by three more paintings on watercolour paper. After several trips down to the park, I picked my tree; which I then had to change due to my idea initially failing on the day of the exhibition. Instead, I found a shaded area, underneath a willow tree, and hung my work up using string by threading the painting on the string and hanging them between two trees. Although it was rushed, and the presentation was poor due to my string snapping once they were up and I had to do an emergency repair, it went fairly well. If I had more time, I would have done three more canvases instead of the three paintings on watercolour – I would have kept it consistent. I would have also found a better, more interesting and creative way to suspend or display my work.

In conclusion, this area of the course has helped me learn more about my ability. It has helped me learn that, although I enjoy working in Digital Art and Graphic Design, traditional arts such as watercolours and sketching are also an interest to me. I hope to continue to better my skills at both digital and traditional art forms as I continue working in graphic design.