Sunday, March 14, 2010

Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2010

At the eleventh hour I decided that I would submit some work to the RA Summer Exhibition again this year.  With barely a fortnight between making the decision and the deadline for submissions I paid up and set to work!  My current squeeze is video tape and I wanted to use it in both my pieces.

"Wound Up" 

My first piece is a sphere constructed entirely from video tape and mounted on a vintage table mat.  I used eight reels of video to make the ball which is just over 2 miles of tape!  It's a simple piece, tactile and reflective, with a whimsical side to it.    

"Her Honesty and Her Pain"


With my second piece I wanted to combine assemblage and writing in an artist book.  I altered the book by creating one deep niche to house the writing and using acrylic paint and inks to change the appearance.  The text is written on video tape with white chinograph pencil.  The tape is affixed to the book at one end only and sits in the niche in a jumble.  To read the text the tape must be handled and untangled.  The text is my own words and reads:

"She felt her honesty and her pain. The honesty came first, crashing in unexpectedly, in the early hours of the morning, a tsunami of raw emotion. She laid very still in the vast bed, feeling utterly alone. The gentle breeze from the open window caressed her bare skin, the kiss of the outside world on an intensely private moment. The honesty weighed heavy, sank into every part of her, filling every pore, colouring her with pure truth. Her mind became crystal clear. The pain came later. It hovered menacingly for most of the day and then swooped in abruptly without warning. It crushed her, squeezing the breath from her lungs, leaving her gasping to be healed. The wounds opened easily under the pressure, fresh fierce pain forcing itself in against the flow. They had arrived now, her honesty and her pain, together as one, as surely as she had known they would."

Photos courtesy of Rob Morris.


Sunday, March 07, 2010

Life Drawing

I thought it was time I got back to some creative blogging!

I've been going to a local life drawing class for well over a year now and in that time I've tried different media such as pencil, pen, watercolour and pastels.  When I started at the class my first favoured medium was charcoal and a fortnight ago I returned to using it after a lengthy gap and fell in love with it all over again.  ;o)  In terms of technique, I don't think I've made much progress over this past year which is probably due to the fact that I rarely find time to practice between classes (much as I'd like to!) but it's always good fun and I do enjoy being in the company of the rest of the class who all have very different styles.  Here are two of the charcoal drawings from a fortnight ago:

For all these drawings I used charcoal and some white pastel and used a foam make up brush doodad to blend.  I have no idea about charcoal techniques and really should have a punt about online for some ideas of what I should be doing!  In the meantime I'll busk it and continue to have some fun with it!  ;o)  One good technique I have down pat is the application of copious amounts of charcoal to my face during the process of trying to get some of it on the paper!!  lol