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Assignment 5 – Initial thoughts

The course notes suggest to try to harness the primary force of time in a creative way.

Thinking of how this fits in with my interests, there are a few different approaches I could take:

  • Rust printing – continue work on this
  • Burning – action of heat and time
  • Decay – bury paper/canvas in the environment for a period of time

The last of these requires time for the paper/canvas to be affected by the environment, so I started work on this straight away (whilst still mulling over the other options in case they didn’t work).

I did some searching, but struggled to find other artists who did this apart from Kyla Dante. Her piece “Journey- book 3, 2011/2012” is a canvas book buried along a journey around the Lake District (Dante, n.d.) which chimes with the work I am interested in making. How she produces her work, how long it is left, etc. is unknown, so I tried a few different things.

Using a batch of paper and canvas cut to a similar size. I buried these in layers in a tub between earth, ash, metal, etc:

Tub 1:

  • Soil
  • Paper
  • Rusty metal
  • Ash
  • Canvas
  • Rusty metal
  • Gress
  • Soil
  • Canvas
  • Coffee
  • Paper
  • Dandelion heads
  • Grass
  • Canvas
  • Soil

Tub 2:

  • Soil
  • Paper
  • Ash
  • Canvas
  • Soil
  • Canvas
  • Coffee
  • Paper
  • Dandelion heads
  • Grass
  • Canvas
  • Ash
  • Soil
  • Paper
  • Mint roots
  • Soil

These were made up differently, but similar in some ways, as I would need to test unearth one tub first to see the impact to know how long to leave the second tub.

I also left some pieces in the environment:

Two canvas pieces, with maps of their location drawn on in ink. One left under a stone in a pond, the other left under a stone on a track which was usually wet.

A folded paper piece, produced on a search for a specific ash tree from a photography book with a fellow artist. This was buried in a damp place under a large boulder near where we found the elusive tree – still looking very similar to the photograph taken 20-30 years ago.

References
Dante, K. (n.d.). Books – Kyla Dante Artist. [online] Kyla Dante. Available at: http://kyladante.co.uk/portfolio_page/books/ [Accessed 8 May 2019].

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Assignment 5 – Unearthing

The pieces left in the environment were not as successful as I had hoped, with very little effect from having spent time underwater or underground.

I decided to abandon these at this stage as I didn’t have time to re-do in another way.

Fortunately, the paper and canvas buried in tubs proved to be much more successful.

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Assignment 5 – Final Images

The buried paper and cloth had great random marks on them and offered a lot of potential and I decided to present these as triptychs.

Decay for me is linked to discovery, of interesting objects/textures/etc. And wondering about the origins and previous uses/lives of objects. This ties in with my fascination with maps as a way of discovering new places or hidden evidence of old settlements/etc. So the first 3 images I decided to draw on the paper pieces were maps of the area in which they were buried.

The cloth pieces were reminiscent of a shroud, so I decided to do something different for this. At a recent life drawing session we drew a pregnant model who was going to have to give birth to a still-born baby. This was quite an emotional session and resulted in two drawing, a quick sketch and a longer drawing.

I gave the longer drawing to the model, so I only have the short sketch.

I decided to re-draw this onto the cloth pieces from three different angles (the 2 angles I didn’t draw imagined views).

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Assignment 5 – Reflection

I think the buried paper and canvas provides an interesting background to the drawings. The maps on paper with the black lines and watered down ink painted in some areas provide good contrast and the image stands out quite well. On the canvas, the effect of the ink lines is much more subtle and the work has to be examined close up – I think this process of having to make out the image and decipher it fits in well with this section in making the viewer spend time viewing a drawing. The process of burying and re-discovering the pieces covered in random interesting marks is something I may take forwards. Drawing the image on the paper/canvas first may be a more interesting way to work, although drawing on it afterwards as I did this time worked surprisingly well. I think the combination of planned and random mark making is the area of drawing I am most interested in and this has given me another option in doing this.

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