My ‘homework’ for this halloween is to create an environmental sculpture. I was hoping to make something from driftwood and did head up the road to Newcastle, but stopped in newry due to the wind and ended up in B&Q checking out bits and bobs and getting spray paint and a mini hack saw.
The above are sculptures created by myself and the family previously as part of my grans garden. I wanted to do something different so was going to use driftwood, and maybe make a sand sculpture, but it will have to wait until I can travel safely.
I was passing by Markethill today fighting bad cross winds to get home when I decided to stop when i saw the site of the Cow sculptures I usually see as I pass. It occurred to me that i’ve never really given them more than a passing glance so I stopped and got up close and personal which received quite a few odd looks from passing drivers on the main road.
Kevin Killen is a Northern Irish artist who specialises in sculpture with a more hands on appriach mixed with his own imagination. His Markethill sculpture is known as Mother with Young and is part of a rejuvenation project for local areas and is an homage to the farming background of this market village. The cows themselves have very angular shapes within as part of their outline and this helps contrast to the more rounded atmosphere of a mother and its young. You can also see the village through the cows which helps place the significance of the cows to the village as it is a place where you can buy and sell cows. It is almost an advertisement of sorts.
While researching Pinch Pots I cam across the work of Maria Martinez was a native american artist who created creations inspired by her cultural roots and reflected traditional Pueblo pottery styles.
Her work is mainly black on black, a mix of polished and bland to create a stark contrast effect. Her aunt taught her the basic skills and her family and herself continued to practice these and helped to preserve this knowledge. She was well known for creating some of the much finer pots in her area as they could be very thin and so was approached to recreate traditional Pueblo pots after parts of some were discovered during an archaeological excavation and museums around the world wanted replicas.
It took a while for her to master the process of black on black as it was a skill that was slowly dying out and for a long time she was embarrassed by some of her work, thinking it was not as good as the original ancient pots would have looked like. With some encouragement she overcame this and recieved world wide acclaim but stayed humble regardless.
Yesterday in sculpture and ceramics we tried creating pinch pots from clay. We were asked to experiment and see what we could come up with so that our pots were more than just a pot.
I decided to research a bit into Pinch pots and found THIS website which includes a presentation from Robyn Bican that covers areas such as texture and design elements from drawing.
I’ve included a simple guide to pinch pots below courtesy of Pinterest
personally, I found it hard to work the clay as it was quite tough, it improved with the addition of water which helped stop it from drying out and cracking as I shaped the clay. However, I found it took a lot of upper body strength when shaping the clay.
I used Pinterest to look at other deigns and decided that i wanted to create a Cookie Monster Pinch Pot.
The idea was to create a pinch pot, place it on its side and create 2 arms underneath it, one holding a cookie and use to balls of clay with small circular shapes indented into them for the eyes.
I also created a skull based pinch pot and that of one of a man, with a moustache and sticking out tongue.
so my cubicle so far comes complete with a shelf, curtain, table, chair and a large piece of paper folded to form a ‘wall pocket’ for scrap material
It has within it a clip on black veil I’m working on, the top of which is a bow and which has a newspaper rose and will have depressing words embroidered through it in wool. I sort of developed it from the idea of the advert about mental health where people remove their masks as the end of the day and reveal how they really feel.
The idea with this is that it is there, trailing after the person. It is a part of them, but not all of them.
I made a fashion mood board to predict the fashion of spring/summer 2014 and it adorns one wall.
I love cross stitch so along the top of my cubicle there are some of my small samples. As well as (pictured below) some of my 3d sculpture samples.
Randomly stuck to one wall is an experiment in couch and stitching ribbon to cotton.
as well as a random monoprint and some crocheted granny squares attached by left over thread.
The Paper sculpture is based off the idea of atomic structure and when perfected will hopefully not only look like it does above but actually stay where it has been placed instead of falling down.
printing making samples also line the walls to add a splash of colour
the shelf store my wire work trials (including my investigation into fluffy wire!)
Finally I have a large pencil drawn outline of a model pose for fashion drawing with the head levels marked as a quick reference guide while working. (I stuck on a paper witch hat as Halloween is near)
I was blown away by the work of this artist with paper. There is something incredible about how you can see the paper that the sculpture was formed from and the shapes it originated from. It is like seeing something develop and flourish like a flower.
He does a lot of anatomical art which is something I find myself drawn to, not only due to my background as a health science undergraduate but because I love biology (and science in general!) there can be amazing beauty in things that people consider ugly.
In previous posts I’ve mentioned the tree of life, a symbol I associate with wicca but which can be traced through various religions etc
the image of a skeleton falling from the tree made me conjure up this image in my mind, the idea of life meeting death and the power of this as a symbol in reference to how fleeting life is and our own mortality.
This invoked in me the feeling of love lost, the idea of losing the love of your life and the ‘hole’ that this can leave within you.
his work can invoke a lot of feelings, some are macabre and grim such as the hanging cowboy which reminds me of a poem.
Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.
And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
‘Good-morning,’ and he glittered when he walked.
And he was rich – yes, richer than a king –
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.
So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.
Edwin Arlington Robinson
He also uses some religious imagery such as that of Jesus in which he has added red which is a stark contrast to the plain white.
The other image is that of a religious figure (probably Jesus) standing on skulls which is reminiscent of the Capuchin Monks Crypt
in Rome in which the beautiful images created are in contrast to the medium used, that of human bones.