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Testing some new watercolours

Testing some new watercolours

Dayler Rowney Artists Range I found the Dayler Rowney paints to mainly be of a good mix and little separation had occurred in the tubes, apart from the mars violet which required emptying some liquid  for some time before any paint came out of the […]

A New Chapter

A New Chapter

The Past few months have been a strange period of mass adjustment and what they tell you in Art School is true… staying motivated may be difficult but for me finding the time has been harder. However, in spite of the lack of time left […]

50°39’21.0″N 1°28’06.9″W

50°39’21.0″N 1°28’06.9″W

Moving away from stacking directly on the shelf, I began using sand to support fragmented porcelain pieces. This placement allows for distance between the individual pieces meaning I can make my work larger whilst the negative spaaces still retain interest. 

 

I initially used a board balanced on two stools while I felt this was a good height I found that the stools detracted from the piece, although they grounded the work I felt they spoke about different things and changed the work. Through this I have come to realize that any elements I use to display my work will have significant impact and therefore no item may be used without thorough consideration.  

 

I moved away from the stools and tried suspending the shelf, in order to do this I first had to make a T to stop the wood from bowing in the middle, then using cables the wooden shelf was suspended. I feel this looks much more professional and sophisticated, the simple wire holding the wood are subtle enough not to detract from the overall piece, the wire being metal works well as I prefer to stay away from synthetic materials such as plastic fishing wire. 

 

 

Spine like,

I have deliberately suggested a spine like shape using the porcelain pieces like parts of a fragmented vertebrae, I feel that this comes from my work with paleontology and often drawing vertebrae when in the museum, I also have several fossil vertebrae from various specimens. Being on sand this also reminds me of a particular dig last November and what can be found and when found were placed on the beach. After one discussion someone suggested I should try putting a curve in the piece alike most spines, I will try this but I believe it will become too obvious and perhaps not work as well overall as a piece. The idea of vertebrae is also interesting in itself as any viewer has a direct connection with a spine.

 

50°39’21.0″N 1°28’06.9″W

Obviously referring to a location, here I have chosen a title using somewhere that resonates with me, this place discusses many of the ideas I have been trying to Identify with all year. I find the title a way of bringing a direct connection to a real place, I have considered a qr code but I feel this would be juxtaposing to my work as I am interested in the real and qr codes live in a virtual. After growing up on an island and sailing from a young age coordinates have always been something I have been aware of, I have many memories of coordinates being read out over the VHF and learning what they meant, there were several possible coordinates I could have used, some I am currently unable to. 

 

Using sand,

when I found some sand in the studio Immediately I wanted to try working with it, sand is very useful as it can be manipulated into any shape to support the pieces whilst maintaining the idea of nature as the as the participles settle, (this also links back to my undergraduate pieces considering probability and the second law of thermodynamics). The sand acts as a subtle barrier between the shelf and the pieces meaning the individual sheets of porcelain are stronger against the sand background. Sand resonates with the porcelain through process as when heated sand particles turn to glass, the porcelain has already gone through a process of vitrification in the kiln which juxtaposes the loose sand particles.

 The sand also acts as a metaphor for time and erosion, therefore connecting with my inspiration from living with these cliffs that continually erode and become part of the beach. 

 

Time,

since my undergraduate I have been interested in the concepts of time, I choose the word concepts due to reading the conflicting opinions and ideas of philosophers and scientists, often I find the Philosophy connected with art to completely contradict scientific understanding, yet through my practice I am obliged to investigate both, I find however, I tend to side with the scientific minds more so than that most philosophy, but perhaps scientists are the modern day philosophers.

For me time is about many things, it is about a moment sometimes purely the present, sometimes it becomes about being in a moment but connecting to history and the history of a landscape through finding a trace of its previous being. 

I feel the shelf being raised reflects this idea of a single moment that engages with a greater time than itself, by placing the porcelain on sand I am directly introducing the concept of time into my work, the fragmented porcelain shards appear bone like which is furthered through my placement of them. 

The height of the shelf is also important and I will experiment further with the height possibly raising the pieces to be more at eye level, I am interested in getting the viewer close to the fragments of porcelain, the current height makes the viewer bend to see the  pieces which some people felt reflected a museum like experience with my work, I have to decide whether I wish to imply this idea of museum display, however without a case it is already once removed from the curiosity cabinet.  

Studio Thoughts

Studio Thoughts

                                                                                                                                                    My heads too crowded There’s someone screaming about memories, whilst other calls to the cracks in my work. This porcelain is like skin, but its delicacy is sharp. The charcoal lines dance on paper before me, black fading to […]

Shanya Lieb

Shanya Lieb

Glass sculptor, Lieb is an american artist Known for her glass blowing. She graduated with an MFA in 2003 specialising in glass and metalwork. she is influenced by music and considers her artwork to be a reflection of musical composition often considering the material to […]

Suzie Mcmurray

Suzie Mcmurray

Looking at the work of Susie MacMurray, I enjoy her playfulness with materials she describes herself as an alchemist and I relate to this material practice and understand her juxtaposition of the found and made. 

” Her work typically references the history of a space and merges the particularities of that history, the specifics of the site, and the meanings of materials to gain insight and raise questions about the relationship between place and people”. – My work is a response to my personal interaction with place, I was hoping to respond to some historic documentation of the places i visit unfortunately I am now unable to do so in the way I had intended.

Swarm II 2011, was steel pins
Siblings 2013
Hairnet 2013

 

MacMurray also includes detailed drawings as part of her practice, the fine drawings are very delicate, i feel that she interprets the fragility of the objects incredibly well the drawings themselves begin to take on their own fragility.

“Susie MacMurray is a British artist whose work includes drawing, sculpture and architectural installations. A former classical musician, she retrained as an artist, graduating with an MA in Fine Art in 2001. She lives in Manchester and has an international exhibition profile, showing regularly in the USA and Europe as well as the UK.

An engagement with materials and with the body is at the heart of MacMurray’s practice. Her role is one of an alchemist: combining material, form and context in deceptively simple ways to stimulate both physical and cultural associations within those who encounter her work.”

Harem 2013 Copper Bull ring. Violin bow hair, Wax.
Repair series No 10
The translucency of porcelain

The translucency of porcelain

High Fired porcelain wall mounted After some experimentation I have come to understand the two valuable components that allow porcelain to become translucent.  My porcelain has always been fairly fine when it comes to its thickness however now I further the rolling process to gain […]

Studio Wall February 2018

Studio Wall February 2018

Currently Enjoying my wall of inspiration, the photographs are from my recent fossiling trips along with my own glazes on hand cut ceramic tiles, the drawings are a mix of palaeontology illustrations and drawings of my own fossils.       As with all studio […]