I continued cutting up porn magazines. I wanted to see the images outside of the magazines, I thought that by removing them of their original context the bodies and genitalia would look ridiculous. I removed the heads/faces of the women whilst cutting up the images as the person within the picture had no relevance to my ideas. Just like the person within the picture wouldn’t have any relevance to the person who would buy the magazine. The dismembered bodies looked eerie on paper and I was compelled to remove the female genitalia by scratching/ripping the paper. I then cut up a variety of skin shades into rectangles with similar likeness to a plaster and then placed the rectangles over the genitalia.
I took some inspiration from pure beauty the book of all things John Baldessari and decided to collage by revealing mass produced representations of women only in circles. In some cases this made the image within the circles unrecognisable and the only revealing factor of the images was that the image was of skin colour. The revealing circles are similar to the likes of peep holes. I placed the circles so that they would reveal only select areas of the original image, I wanted to reverse the easy accessibility of the pornographic image. I then experimented with tape, ripping images from pages and re assembling them into a new combination. The lack of colour/prominent skin colour meant that for the images on the tape to be recognisable they require close inspection again reversing the easy accessibility of pornography.
The AA2A Plymouth Uni reps have begun their placement! We now have a AA2A Plymouth Univeristy facebook page! Make sure to follow us and like and share to spread the word and support us!
Cheeky bit of self promotion also, i've updated my website with new SHAMBLES exhibition pictures big thanks to Rod Gonzalez for the documentation...www.francesca-hawkesworth.com
Spent time in the Fashion and textiles room over the last two days. I have tested some different fabrics and also printed again on the silk satin which gives a great affect.
I managed to find out more about Tomoko's work last week, after our chat to the third years students, which was fascinating hopefully we can catch up again at some point.
This week, myself and Jackie Sanderson, in our capacity as AA2A student reps, met up with AA2A artist-in-residence Sadie Christian. Sadie is the third of the artists working at Wolverhampton we have met up with thus far, each one being very different in their practice.
Sadie’s background is in textiles. She completed a degree in textiles at Goldsmiths in the late 1980s and has since her time years teaching and working on art projects. She came to Wolverhampton as she has decided that now is a good time to explore in more depth her fascination in the connection between fabric, memory, drawing and image. Sadie is hoping to spend the year working mostly in print, using fabric and drawing as her inspirations.
We found Sadie busy working in the print room. We were able to sit with her and find out about her practice and look at what she had been working on to date. Most of her work so far has been explorative. She showed us her many delicate drawings inspired by various fabrics and garments in her possession, most of which have some sentimental value to her. There is a delicate beauty to her drawings and a sense of memory and history clearly ran through them. There is a repetitive nature to them, yet also a sense of difference and progression. We also saw some of the prints she has been making.
Sadie has been using the facilities at Wolverhampton to the full and exploring her theme in various ways using different drawing and printing methods, textures and colours. She seems to be an artist who loves the research and investigation phase of an art project or theme. She mentioned a few of her ideas which may be based on interesting printing techniques. However, one of the joys of being able to spend time as an artist-in-residence at an institution such as Wolverhampton is that you are given the freedom to venture in any direction that sparks your interest and spend time delving deep into a topic. There is no pre-determined path to follow. Who knows what the end result may be? It doesn’t matter if you find yourself going off on a tangent and sometimes those tangents lead to something new and exciting.
We look forward to seeing what direction Sadie goes in over the next few months.
'Time has passed, indeed it has overtaken me and gone ahead', to misquote Dickens. I can't believe we're in February already, the snowdrops are out and spring will soon be here. I've been developing my idea, the one aspect I'm having trouble with is the chemical tests on the paint. I tried the chromatography paper but it just soaked up the colour without separating it. I'm also having trouble finding a chemistry lab to help, I've e-mailed several but had no response, so if anyone out there knows a friendly chemist please put me in touch. I have got a Plan B developing for that aspect of the work though, if the worst comes to the worst. The three-part aspect of the work reminded me of Freud's three-part theory of the personality - Id, Ego and Superego. So I am expressing these through the paintings. Me and my P.A. had fun looking up the theory - did you know for example that anal types often express their inner desire to handle faeces by doing pottery? My P.A. is a potter and I'm not averse to a little clay myself so we did laugh. But some of the theory was enlightening. The first painting I've done is 'Id', and very Id it is too. The crimson red colour and the swishiness of the brush are just like a three year old having a tantrum. I found it quite cathartic to paint, I was emotionally exhausted after. I will upload a photo. So it's on to 'Ego' next, which will be yellow. I plan to be in Chester February 8 and 16 and March 2, I've discovered a spot in Fine Art Studio L1 that I like, so I'll either be in there or in the Resource Centre from about 11.30, students are more than welcome to come and chat. I have joined the student Artist Society and plan to post on their Facebook page too.
After a quiet start into the New Year which also me deliver an Artists Talk at the University, I had started to make use of some of the Skillsets in computer software that is available as well as setting myself a day a week for printing.
However things rarely go to plan and I found myself offered the opportunity to work twice a week which has thrown my time to work on my practice for a loop as I try to manage this sudden and new workload.