Wednesday 22nd September 2010

I am already struggling for ideas. Two of my modules are led by the same two tutors who both happen to be called Dave! I have to look at artists who combine different materials and then produce my own research and develop ideas for my own work to then produce. So I went to the library which is not my favourite place as it is obviously full of books, and as you know, reading is not a passion of mine. I found a book called 1000 Lights, Volume 2 and looked through that. I found some interesting pieces which are my starting point. I then came to the conclusion that although they were great, I didn’t know what I wanted to do in my own work so decided to write a list of all the things which inspire me / interest me / directions and themes I may choose to explore, so here goes:

  • Artists: Banksy, Warhol, Jasper Johns, Lichtenstein, Alfred Gockel
  • Street Art, Stencils
  • Silhouettes
  • Lighting
  • Jewellery
  • Music / Instruments
  • Materials: Glass, Ceramics, Metals, Wood, Textiles, Wire, Precious Stones
  • Colour vs Black and White
  • Mosaics
  • Dance / Dance positions – Silhouettes
  • Geometric Shapes
  • Abstract Art / Abstraction
  • Layers / depth / Textures
  • Quotes / Sayings / Phrases

OK, so after this I have decided that for at least one of my modules: 5AA002 Integrating Practice & Materials, I have decided to use silhouettes and stencils as my main theme. I am thinking that a few of my ideas could transform (in theory only I think) into a public art piece. I really love public art work on roundabout’s / road islands, like Spitfire Island in Birmingham. Bearing in mind that the module is encouraging using more than one material in our work. This lends itself well to a large-scale public art piece particularly as my main interest is in glass. I need to do some drawings tho to illustrate my ideas but they are all in my head at this stage… I don’t know how to separate the three modules with similar elements, so at the moment I don’t know how to get started on the others.