This will become a part of a bigger installation for the Summer Exhibition.
I have started with some sketches to outline what I wanted to achieve. The idea continues from my previous Tornado installation -Pet- ‘F12’, but within this installation I want to recreate a tsunami within a gallery space.
The research helped me to form the general idea of how it should work from the mechanical side of it.
The idea was to use the physic laws of putting weight into the water to create waves and make the water level higher, and to mechanize it with kinetics and a motor.
Yesterday I had I though of how I want it to look for the summer exhibition and how to make it more sophisticated, and let the art work speak for itself, without any additional writing or pictures. So came with this idea, and worked in photoshop to produce a model and to see how it might look.
Cage becomes a strong symbolical object in fine art and in the world. It becomes something that prisons, captures and destroys. The meaning I thought about was that, the way that dreams and hopes are trapped and destroyed, because of wars, politics, fashion etc. The idea of paper cranes in the cage, would illustrate the suffering that children in Hiroshima faced during the explosion. So, I will work on this idea further, and will experiment with it.
Today I was creating a footage that will be projected on to the thousand of paper cranes, in order to illustrate the symbolism of this piece.
The pictures on footage are pictures of kids that have been suffering during Hiroshima and Chernobyl, as well as the contrast images of happy children. The images of happy kids will be pictures of USSR pioneers during their summer holidays in international summer camps. This links to the film that have inspired me towards the project -‘Здравствуйте Дети!!’, as USSR pioneer came together in order to safe a life of a Japanese girl. The music will be layered on to the footage, it will be one of the pioneer songs, that symbolizes happiness and peace. It will have a heavy contrast with the images, as they are shocking and horrifying. However, it will well illustrate the tension of war and suffering, and to highlight the idea that no children should ever face the war, which becomes one of the main ideas, behind the installation.
Here you will see some of snap pics from my footage. I will put up the video on blog tomorrow.
This year it’s going to be 70 years since the horrible events in Hiroshima. When the atomic bomb took 127,000 lives of people of Japan, 69%percent of buildings were destroyed and 6-7% damaged. It was the first time atomic bomb was used for war. It was a horrible incident with horrific outcomes, as survivors of Hiroshima were exposed to radiation which caused radiation disease. Radiation disease evolves over time and causes cancer, hair lose, bleeding, damages the nervous system and bones. This was the crime against humanity.
There were hundreds of children born with radiation diseases. While researching this horrible incident, I found this astonishing and touching story, but a really sad one.
Sadako Sasaki, was a girl who survived an atomic bomb, she was only two, when a bomb fell on her city. After nine years, the side effects of radiation she was exposed to revealed themselves, she was diagnosed with leukemia. The doctors said she had just a year to live.
There was a Japanese legend, that if you fold a 1000 of paper cranes your wish will come true, so her friend who was visiting her in the hospital made a first one. The girl with a hope to survive, started to fold paper cranes. However, she made only 644 before she died. Her friends have finished a 1000 paper cranes and buried with her on the day of a funeral. She was only twelve when she died. Since then paper cranes became a symbol of innocent victims of war.
This became my inspiration for my current art piece I decided to use paper cranes as a symbol of dream, hopes, purity and innocence. Origami is a different form of art, it’s really traditional and strict, however the light and shadows, this is what brings them alive.
I have had an amazing opportunity to be accepted to Christie’s Auction House for a two week placement. Christie’s and Sotheby’s become the biggest auction houses in the world, and take about 90% of auction market. Their offices situated in more than 30 countries. Christie’s host more auctions a year, than days in over 80 categories.
I was accepted to the Mod Brit Department, which was amazing as it was one of my first choices. At first I was a little nervous as this become the largest auction house in the world. However after a few days I felt as I belonged there. It was opened in 1766 by James Christie’s and you can still feel this old fashion of 1766, when you work there. Today it’s owned by Francouis Pinault.
It’s already been a week as I am working at Chritie’s as an intern. I always wanted to see how art auctions work from inside, as they set prices and make history to the Art World. It’s been my dream to work in one. It was hard for the first few days, as I did not know what to expect. Through this week I have learned a lot of things that will encourage my interest in art auctions. I was given each day a range of tasks that where in some sense challenging, I was researching in library the art works that would be included in sales, as you need to know the provenance for each work and literature where it’s mentioned. One of my favourite things so far was helping in cataloging one of the sculptures and observing how the paintings are Hilled. Also one of the best things you can get from the internship is working with the best specialists and learning from them (it is worth spending 2 hours on trai)n.
Working in such place has it’s own magnificent sides, it’s the way that you work each day in the surrounding of art history and great works of art.
The elegance of Christie’s could be felled beginning with the location – when each day you pass the RA and ST James Square, continuing the perfection of architectural beauty of the main office at King Street, and with the way that on the front door a doorman opens a door for you and greets you, and there are millions of other things that makes Christie’s the way it is.
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.
‘Tar and Feathers’ (1996)
During our studio day, we have visited Zoology museum of Reading University, and got an introductory tour through their expositions.
We have been asked to produce a group art project in response of what we have seen.
I think the objects that ordinary people collect, show something intimate and idealized.