Assignment 5 – Tutor feedback

Overall

My tutor left some very positive feedback about my submission for this assignment, with my main failing being in my sketchbook work.

Assignment 5

I need to work much harder on documenting my inspiration for sculptures, working in my sketchbook to show the development of ideas which happen mostly in my head at the moment. I also need to work on sketches of how work could be developed in the future. He suggested 20 drawings of development ideas. I haven’t managed quite that many, but have added some of these to my blog.

My tutor would like to see more on my reflections of my work, but says that I am moving in the right direction, which is very encouraging.

Blog

He suggests printing out my blog as a bound copy as the inclusion of my other courses can make it hard to find the areas they need to see. I will look at this and see how my blog could be re-organised for the next courses also.

Research

I need to comment more to show my opinions in relation to what I feel I can take away from looking at their work.

Sketchbooks

I need to be more robust with all the aspects of my drawing. This needs to be my key focus at the start of ‘Sculpture 2’.

Suggested reading and viewing

Eduardo Chillida

Suggested by my tutor as my ‘Untitled’ sculpture brought his work to mind.

His work is interesting, often made of steel or concrete and monumental in size. It is very angular in shape and usually makes use of a square rod shape bent into different shapes. My tutor suggested a link to his work after talking about combining the naturalistic, with a sort of cosmic geometry. I get what he was saying about these elements in my work, but I am struggling to see the same link in Eduardo’s work. Despite their very blocky form, they do have a naturalistic feel about them from the semi-circular shapes that appear to be his trademark shape. I guess they could be considered cosmic in that the lines he uses sometimes feel like an alien language, or marks on a spaceship. Maybe this is the link he is making.

The simple form of his works makes them very suited to large outdoor sculptures. If his Mount Tindaya sculpture is ever completed it would take monumental to a whole new level. Despite this looking like a very impressive sculpture, which would be an amazing piece of engineering to complete, I do disagree with the large scale destruction and desecration of the mountain which would be required to make this project into a reality.

In terms of what I can take away from viewing his work, the bold simple lines carved in stone pieces like Lurra G-41, 1984 or Lurra G 167, 1990 are very effective and could be explored if the course requires carving in any future projects (might save my hands!). Also, the more I look at other artists, the more you can identify their different styles or motifs. Sculptors often also seem to work in 2D mediums as well and these styles/motifs carry through to these pictures. I know I need to improve my sketchbook work, so trying to expand my ideas into different mediums would be a good thing to try more of. Nothing else immediately springs to mind, but as with most inspiration, it may come after a while of mulling it over.

David Nash

David Nash works predominantly in wood, utilising a chainsaw or axe to shape the wood, and often a blowtorch to char it, or working with living trees to shape them into regular forms. I quite like his work, but the one piece which really works well for me is his ‘blue ring’, a blue pastel ring accompanied by a ring of bluebell seeds which is shown in the Royal Academy video here. I think this piece is one I am most likely to take away and use in my own work, but time will tell.

Black sphere is also interesting and reminiscent of Ursula Von Rydingsvard. The regular grooves around this sphere work better for me than some of his more naturalistic forms.

Assessment

I need to choose around 15 and no more than 20 of my best sculptures which show my development through this course. He also suggests including a DVD of my videos and the audio file from our Skype tutorial.

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