Artist Statement

Throughout second year I have tried many different styles of art, testing a lot of things out that put me out of my comfort zone in order to make sure I am doing the right thing. I began by looking at Martyn Brewster’s type of art work; mainly “beauty vs sadness no. 70”. I originally tried using his work as a source of ideas, in which it did, however not in the way that I thought it may have. I found his work interesting as it is not like anything I have done before, and that intrigued me, yet the abstract style didn’t really inspire me to do my own work based on it. However, I was interested in the thought processes behind it, as well as the title of the piece. At the beginning I experimented with ink, acrylic and charcoal in order to show a representation of Brewster’s artwork. I quickly realised that this wasn’t what I wanted to do, therefore I did a lot of artist research to try and inspire me. However, for my Summer Project I did a lot of photography with disposable cameras as well as digital, and I enjoyed this therefore after I realised that abstract wasn’t for me I wanted to explore more with photography in my practice.

The Field Module Figurative Modelling was particularly influential for me; as I found using clay extremely therapeutic. This is when I decided I wanted to work more with clay, therefore I started building clay bodies which is what I decided to use in my Subject exhibition. For the material project I did the Photography workshops, which linked really well with my Summer Project. I gained a more in-depth knowledge of how a camera works best, as well as how to make the most out of lighting in the studio. From this workshop I found multiples really interesting, and decided I wanted to work with photography and taking portrait photographs. Since the first term I have done a lot of life drawings to help me gain a deeper understanding of the human body. Throughout this drawing I will be able to create more accurate clay bodies. I have also been looking at lino prints as they’re really interesting to use and I haven’t done it previously. I have found that these have made my life drawings as well as my heart drawings a lot more interesting in the sense that it’s a different way in which to present my work. I have done these things in quite a basic way, however I hope to work more with photography and clay over summer as well as in third year to improve my skills in these fields.

Personal statement

Throughout the first term of second year I have looked at many different styles of artwork, whilst also focussing my practice on Martyn Brewster’s type of art work; mainly “beauty vs sadness no. 70”. I have tried using his work as a source of ideas, in which it did, however not in the way that I thought it may have. I found his work interesting as it is not like anything I have done before, and that intrigued me, yet the abstract style didn’t really inspire me to do my own work based on it. However, I was interested in the thought processes behind it, as well as the title of the piece.

At the beginning I experimented with ink, acrylic and charcoal in order to show a representation of Brewster’s artwork. I quickly realised that this wasn’t what I wanted to do, therefore I did a lot of artist research to try and inspire me. However, for my Summer Project I did a lot of photography with disposable cameras as well as digital, and I enjoyed this therefore after I realised that abstract wasn’t for me I wanted to explore more with photography in my practice.

We then started our Field module; mine was Figurative Modelling, which I was particularly pleased about as I really enjoyed working with clay last year. I learnt a lot of skills in these practices, and it really helped me to figure out what I want to do; as I want to work more with clay. I have decided that I am going to start building bodies (not heads) as part of my Subject work.

For the material project I did the Photography workshops, which linked really well with my Summer Project. I gained a more in-depth knowledge of how a camera works best, as well as how to make the most out of lighting in the studio. From this workshop I found multiples really interesting, and decided I want to work with film creating multiples of portraits.

Since the first term I have done a lot of life drawings to help me gain a deeper understanding of the human body. Throughout this drawing I will be able to create more accurate clay bodies. I have also been looking at lino prints as they’re really interesting to use and I haven’t done it previously. I have found that these have made my life drawings as well as my heart drawings a lot more interesting in the sense that it’s a different way in which to present my work. I have really enjoyed doing these, as the outcomes are really effective. I have also just started doing some work at taking portraits which I hope to improve on with practice and the proper equipment.

Throughout the rest of the year I have done a lot of life drawings in order to give me inspiration as well as to help me gain a deeper understanding of the body in preparation for building clay bodies.

Links to documentation and contextualistion

  1. https://jenfineartblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/833/
  2. https://wordpress.com/stats/day/jenfineartblog.wordpress.com
  3. https://jenfineartblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/future-exhibition-ideas/
  4. https://jenfineartblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/field/
  5. https://jenfineartblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/heart-prints/

 

  1. https://jenfineartblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/site-specific-artwork/
  2. https://jenfineartblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/researching-martyn-brewster/
  3. https://jenfineartblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/christie-brown-2/
  4. https://jenfineartblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/helen-marten-drunk-brown-house/
  5. https://jenfineartblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/body-image-artwork/

Martyn Brewster; original artwork

Throughout the first term of second year I have looked at many different styles of artwork, whilst also focussing my practice on Martyn Brewster’s type of art work; mainly “beauty vs sadness no. 70”. I have tried using his work as a source of ideas, in which it did, however not in the way that I thought it may have. I found his work interesting as it is not like anything I have done before, and that intrigued me, yet the abstract style didn’t really inspire me to do my own work based on it. However, I was interested in the thought processes behind it, as well as the title of the piece.

The reason that I was drawn to Martyn Brewster’s piece ‘Beauty and  Sadness No.70’ was because of the depth of the darkness that it seemed to hold, I have never been too interested in abstract art before but I found this piece really interesting.

Yet when I started researching Martyn Brewster, I found that his work is abstract but that isn’t the most important thing about it. It seems that his work has a connection with the natural world, he doesn’t necessarily paint what he sees, but rather how he feels and connects with the landscape or object. His work has changed a lot over the years, with some pieces being more abstracts than others, but I feel that ‘Beauty and Sadness No.70’ is more about the emotional connection to the person.

At the beginning I experimented with ink, acrylic and charcoal in order to show a representation of Brewster’s artwork. I quickly realised that this wasn’t what I wanted to do, therefore I did a lot of artist research to try and inspire me. However, for my Summer Project I did a lot of photography with disposable cameras as well as digital, and I enjoyed this therefore after I realised that abstract wasn’t for me I wanted to explore more with photography in my practice.screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-23-53-55

Martyn Brewster, beauty vs sadness no. 70

These are my responses to Martyn Brewster’s work, which I feel doesn’t suit me or my style of artwork at all, therefore after doing these I have chosen to pursue a different style in my Subject work.

 

Dissertation Tutorial

I had my dissertation tutorial with Jon Clarkson where I was trying to decide what I wanted my question to be. I knew the overall topic was going to be about ‘Sexuality in Artwork’ as I really enjoyed writing my most recent essay on this and feel I could go a lot further in to it. Therefore we discussed what I was thinking.

  • Sexuality and gender and contemporary art
  • Sarah Lucas
  • How have female contemporary artists critiqued notions of gender and sexuality in their work?
  • Tracey Emin, Cecily Brown, Marlene Dumas, Rachel Kneebone, Tschabalala Self, Pipilotti Rist.

Then after this we talked about what I need to do next;

  • Make a short list of core ideas
  • Think about which artists you want to write about
  • Read and research
  • Come and see him before the end of term