Autumn Assessment

                      Artist Statement

                   ‘The Process of Purity’

During this term we have been given a range of group projects to participate and as a final art piece for the autumn term, we have been given the opportunity to explore our own ideas. During this term I have visited Sotheby’s Italian Art Sale Auction in London. There I have discovered such artists as Lucio Fontana, Enrico Castellani and Piero Manzoni. I have explored and looked at works of Zero Art Movement (which was first established by Otto Piene and Heinz Mack).

“a zone of silence and of pure possibilities for a new beginning.” Otto Piene

I was really inspired by these artists and the whole idea of post war modern minimalism art. In Sotheby’s when you look at ‘Superficie Bianca’ by Castelanni and ‘Spatial Concept’ by Fontana, you just feel its complexity, purity and intimacy. I also looked at works of Robert Brennan and his shaped canvases, as well as Molly Gochman who have done series of fabric sculptures.

This became an influence and the starting point for my current art project. I have decided to explore sculpture within the canvas, and the whole idea of using canvas and other textiles as a pure medium for artists expression. Canvas and textiles without being cut or manipulated in any other way (painted in colors) become pure and organic.

My theme for this project became purity through destruction, which is perfectly depicted by Zero Art Movement. The recent protests in February 2014 and civil war in Ukraine, which have taken thousands of lives, will eventually lead to peace, changes and prosperity of the country in future. Euromaidan and the events of winter 2014 in Kiev, really changed lives of millions of people and me.

This project becomes a reflection of changes that happened in my country. Within these three art pieces visual language illustrates the movement and the peaceful state by manipulation of fabric. The light becomes a major factor for the image that the viewer will see. Shapes and folds come to life with lights on. The work itself changes as the direction of light changes. White color not only emphasizes purity, but allows to show contrasts between white and black, life and death, war and peace. It helps to bring a piece closer to sculpture and shape, rather than the image depicted. It was also interesting in the way that piece changes through making, with having a clear idea of the outcome, it’s still unpredictable how it will look at the end.
To bring my idea to life, I faced quite few difficulties as I needed to find a medium which will make the fabric stiff as plastic but not as plaster. I have tried starch, glues on canvases and it just did not work, than I’ve made a decision to use cotton as it will be more flexible, organic, because even canvas boiled did not give the results I wanted. I found a solution in order to make fabric flexible but stiff at the end. I have used aerosol matte finish spray, and then covered the fabric in white paint to make it whiter. The fabric was stretched onto the frame as canvas would.
I would like this idea to evolve in the next few months, as I would like to make a large-scale piece. I will probably change my making process by finding even better solution to express my ideas with stretched fabric and canvases. Through this project I have learned that without trying and failing you can not create art and that the process will lead the idea, but not reversely. This project becomes one of my most influential for my practice, and becomes the first that I really like, and want to continue creating.

         Week 8 (Solo Project-Progress)

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SOLO PROJECT (WEEK 7)

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I had a rather few ideas that I wanted to explore more, which were influenced by previous weeks projects. When we have been said that we will have our own project, the first idea which came, was to explore sculpture within canvas. As it would illustrate the way canvas becomes a sole medium for an art piece. This idea developed through weeks, since my visit to Sotheby’s Italian sale. when I looked at works of Lucio Fontana and Castellani, I was overdrawn by the feeling of completeness, when you just look at the art piece and feel complete. Their works were simple, and pure, but they said much more. I was impressed and inspired by the way of how just canvas, solely canvas can say about.

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‘THE GREATEST COLLECTION OF RARE ANIMALS’ WEEK 3 PROJECT

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During the third week, after the visit to a Zoology museum and having talked with the group(Olivia, Alice, me and Jess) about our ideas and inspirations. We have decided on the installation that would bring the distinct idea of how people are using animal resources for their own benefits as luxury objects of interior and jewelry, to the extent that they become extinct.So this became the starting point of our project.

“The Greatest Collection of Rare Animals”

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This art piece was influenced by cabinets of curiosity, and artists like Polly Morgan, Mark Dion, Damien Hirst and Fiona Hall with her ‘Cash Crop’,1998. Hundreds of animal species are extinct because of human desires for uniqueness, luxury and pride.

For this art installation we have used scientific glass containers that we have borrowed from Zoology Museum. The Glass container emphasizes peoples desire to collect something that should not be kept in museums or killed for that purposes (such as Taxidermy). The glass containers are empty, to illustrate that these objects are no longer in the world.

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The idea that we undertaken from the museum, is the way that Labels are being placed, and objects being categorized by classifications. We have picked a number of animals that are extinct, and placed their scientific names on place cards, to illustrate the idea of Museum Collection, and also give an audience a feeling of a phantom animal inside the jars of the cabinet, while we are unable to view them, the labeling gives a possibility of imagination to proceed.

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The title plays a really important role, in the interpretation of the piece. We have chosen ‘The Greatest Collection of Rare Animals’ as it shows the ironical idea of exhibiting something that is no longer there. ‘The Greatest Collection’ brings the context of the way, people like to collect things that they either do not need or things that are actually not supposed to be seen in such circumstances ( as animals in formalin or taxidermy).

These multiple ideas under the contextualized piece illustrate the desire and passion of humans for collection, and giving the objects the immortality within the living world.

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Art installation focusing on the brining the idea of conscience to the viewer, that the obsession of collecting can bring alive things into a state where they just disappear. When I was doing research on Poly Morgan, I have looked at the interview she gave to BBC, and the interesting thing she said about her work, that : ‘The terror lies in life more than death. Death is a peaceful state, whereas fight for life and to stay alive is more scary.’ In  my personal opinion, it links to this installation, as the exhibition, becomes the exhibition without the objects, as they are no longer alive.

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At the beginning to work as a group, we faced some difficulties with our ideas , as it would not be possible to engage with all of them. However, we have made a decision, that working as a group, we need to find a more successful illustration to the context of the project we have been given.

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WEEK 3 PROJECT (START, IDEAS, INSPIRATION)

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In week 3, we have talked about engaging with a collection and how artist response to collections in and galleries. We have looked at works of different artist who were inspired by collections and the idea of collecting objects, and how objects become a part of human society. The artist that I have outlined was Mark Dion with works – ‘Thames Dig’, and ‘Tar and Feathers’. I have got inspired by ideas of Cabinets of Curiosity (16th-18th century) and the way people displayed objects that they have brought from traveling, and things that they thought were important.

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‘Tar and Feathers’ (1996)

During our studio day, we have visited Zoology museum of Reading University, and got an introductory tour through their expositions.

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We have been asked to produce a group art project in response of what we have seen.

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I think the objects that ordinary people collect, show something intimate and idealized.

WEEK ONE (PART 2) IDEA N1

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The circularity of the poem and thousand of ideas drove us further of the poem in to the context of recycling ideas.

Every person had an idea, which was not supported by people around them, and it would be just forgotten.
However, from all those bits and pieces you could have developed something that worth. This becomes something that lead us into making our installation.

The use of art magazines emphasizes the whole creative process, that artist is going through, to make a masterpiece. We wanted our audience to question themselves, how efficient they used their ideas and life. Why not recycle your thoughts? Furthermore the audience becomes the continuation of an art piece, as the art, it’s not just an object, but it would have an influence on the thoughts and ideas of a viewer, and becomes an infinite process.

In this installation, we used, about 200 art magazines, recycle bin, books.

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WEEK ONE (PART 1)

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Week 1

During the first week me with my art group (Olivia Quinn and Piril Torgut), we were asked to develop an artist book, from the poem we wrote walking under the autumn sunlight. The poem was divided into two parts: Inside and Outside, it’s not the literature poem, but an art poem, and it reflects our vision of autumn, and nature and how Inside and Outside is a circular movement.
Here’s what we came up with:

Outside
I see falling yellow leaves,
I know the autumn is coming,
I observe the people passing by,
I emphasize the beauty of the clouds,
I ignore the rush around me,
I think people don’t notice,
I am certain that the seasons are changing,
I dam and a hot drink,
I bet it will be comforting,
I refuse to accept the changes,
I see the world changing.

Inside
I see people talking,
I know that they are rushing,
I observe the outside surroundings,
I emphasize the tranquility within me,
I ignore the voices, I think of the pleasant weather outside,
I think of the pleasant weather outside,
I am certain that it’s inviting,
I demand to open my imagination,
I bet I would have time for myself,
I refuse to rush,
I see the sunlight peeking through the trees

Moving from the poem, I have started research of artists who worked on art books. One of my favorite pieces was an installation out of books by Tina Hill ‘Excavating Babel’.

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Excavating Babel, by Tina Hill, photograph by Martin-Everett

This work has influenced the early stages of the project, here are some sketches:

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Here we started to think of a book as an art object, in order to develop the connection between the piece and the audience. At this stage I was inspired by Jacqueline Rush Lee, who works, with books, magazines, paper, in order to produce her art. I have looked at such works as Inside Out (2001), which reflects upon our vision of a circular movement of Outside and Inside surroundings. The transformation of books and magazines gives them a completely different meaning

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Peacock,2007,Devotion Series,              Inside Out, Volumes Series,

Photo by Jacqueline Rush Lee                Photo by Paul Kodama

Furthermore, I also looked at art books of Daniel Lai, who perfectly combines sculpture within an art book. Sculptures seems to interact with books and a viewer.

40db1d6e0d0af3fac368794de0501ee2 Double consciousness, 2013

http://www.jacquelinerushlee.com

http://www.jacquelinerushlee.com/images/book-and-paper-sculpture/

http://hastingsonlinetimes.co.uk/arts-culture/visual-arts/excavating-babel

http://daniellai.artspan.com/mbr_statement.php#.VEO72ku4llI

SUMMER ART PROJECT

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For a Summer Art project I have visited the range of exhibitions, however the ‘Human Factor’ Exhibition in Hayward Gallery in London, became the main influence and the starting point for my summer project. I was astonished by the curatorial ideas, and how the space was used in order to show the complex idea behind the exhibition.

It was inspiring to see how many works concerned with socio-political problems and morality of nowadays society were situated in the gallery space. The art piece by Yinka Shonibare MBE ‘Girl Ballerina’(2007), shows his retrospective on Edgar’s Degas ‘Little Dancer Aged Fourteen’ (1880-1881), and brings in the insight to moral issues of today. His sculpture presents the copy of the famous piece beheaded and with a gun behind her back, which emphasize the contrast image to Degas sculpture.

This innocent girl is no longer that innocent as in ‘Little Dancer Aged Fourteen’,

and who stands unprotected, awaiting for the stranger kill-kiss, in contrast she is

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Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, Edgar Degas        Yinka Shonibare, 2007,’Girl Ballerina’

ready to shoot anyone who will try to assault her.

It has influenced the choice that I’ve made in favor of installation for the summer art project. It seemed that it would speak loudly on the question of life and death, and the role of politics in it.

After a few days after the visit I have found an interesting statistics on how many women are ready and actually accepting of having an abortion in the future, one in three women will have an abortion during their lifetime. Probably the Cartesian French philosopher Rene Descartes would have agreed upon this, however, it really frustrated me on how people could easily make a decision of life and death on someone’s future, and take a role of a God on themselves.

However, after some research I found even more questioning moral problem, ‘the backmarket’ of trading newborns, not so many people have heard about this. Nevertheless, it becomes a tremendous issue for the young families in China, India, Africa and Russia. Can you imagine a perfectly happy couple waiting for the first baby to come, and then imagine another couple, who just can’t have children and nothing helps. Sneaky doctors and politics found an easy way to solve the problem of the unhappy couple and earn some money for themselves. The ‘dirty scheme’ looks pretty like this; when labors come, and the birth is given to a healthy and sweet baby, the happy couple is getting informed by the doctor that their baby didn’t make it( but they are not giving the dead body to the parents), then this baby is getting sold to the unhappy couple( estimates: £4500 for a boy and £2500 for a girl). It’s interesting to see how miserable people can be in order to gain wealth, and to realize that there is no morality in nowadays society.

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With my art piece, I wanted to question the audience, ‘Can we actually decide on someone’s future?’, ‘How easily can we make a decision of life and death of a human being?’, ‘Is it morally wrong to kill the tissue that can eventually turn into a person?’

For this installation I used acrylics, lacier, customized baby doll, the rope.

Picture Used from http://www.yinkashonibarembe.com/artwork/sculpture/?image_id=36

http://www.artimage.org.uk/artists/s/yinka-shonibare/

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e7/Edgar_Degas_La_Petite_Danseuse_de_Quatorze_Ans_cast_in_1997.jpg

Hayward Gallery  http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/venues/hayward-gallery

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