Lino Prints

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This is the result of my lino print using black ink. I wasn’t too pleased with this outcome as I put too much ink on the lino before I printed it- therefore the ink leaked in to my cutting outs.

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I thought that I would try re-using the lino print as it would have less ink on it. However, it wasn’t particulalrly successful.

 

 

 

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Lino Printing Improvements

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As I found my first attempt at lino prints to be quite boring and bland I thought that I would try and make the background more interesting. I used the original lino print cutting and drew/cut more life drawings in to the background of the lino. I used the life drawings that I have already looked at in my sketchbook previously. I am really pleased that I did this as it makes the whole piece a lot more interesting. I also like how there is a main image of a body in the centre, surrounded by smaller bodies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lino Printing

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This is the first lino print that I did and I am quite pleased with the result. I particularly like it because of the clear white lines against the jet black ink background. Although the lines aren’t a very clear cut- they’re a bit wobbly. So I will need to use sharper and smaller tools next time.

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This is the second lino print that I did. I also like this one although it isn’t a clear jet black, but it’s quite interesting as it almost gives the piece a bit of texture. However, I didn’t like that the white lines don’t stand out as much as the first one.

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This is the second lino print that I did. I feel as if the lines are still quite wobbly and uneven. The print is also a little simplistic; therefore I will add some more drawings to the next attempt at lino printing.

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I did another print with this lino cutting to see how less ink would look on this lino cutting. Again, I like the effect but it doesn’t really do the white cuttings of the drawing any justice.

Life drawings

These are some photographs from the results of a life drawing class at University. With these charcoal drawings I have two of a pose that we looked at for 30 seconds and had to remember it to draw. Then the next two are charcoal life drawings to show trying to shown multiple different poses and positions as well as trying to represent moment and motion through drawing.

I didn’t particularly like drawing this fast using charcoal as I tend to smudge the whole drawing a lot. Therefore, if I do any more life drawings I will continue to use pens.

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

Tribe of Impossible Perfection

  • Stephanie Daini

This series is by photographer Stephanie Daini showing and displaying to the world what kind of insecurities women have about their bodies. To create these images she invited women into her studio and asked them “If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?”. Using this information she asked a plastic surgeon to draw pre-surgical lines on the women’s bodies based on what they answered.

Daini started this project originally because she had the same mindset and insecurities as these, and most, women. Part of this is caused by constantly being bombarded with media messages from the airbrushed, perfect models. Daini is apparently well-aware that this has been done before, however feels that this topic always needs to be re-visited. Until we stop comparing ourselves to the impossible ideal body image, projects like this will always be needed.

This project is relevant to my work as I have been looking into a lot of photography (especially portraits) as well as using words to describe people’s insecurities. However this project is just another take on sending the same sort of empowering message.

 

Exhibiting Gender; Sarah Hyde

Exhibiting Gender, by Sarah Hyde, Manchester University Press.

 

This book looks into an exhibition called “Women and Men”, held at Manchester University’s Whitworth Art Gallery between 1991 and August 1992. 
One of the themes of this book is the “way in which our ideas about gender and art have been affected by the way in which British art galleries have collected, displayed and interpreted both art by women and representations of women”. page 41. 
“Images of naked and semi-clothed female bodies which would evoke quite different responses if reproduced on page three of the Sun hardly raise an eyebrow when shown in an art gallery”. page 41. 
Artwork of the norms of womanhood are still subjected to ridicule, such as a print by Paula Chambers “Ashes to Ashes” which dealt, amongst other things, the topic of menstruation caused many complaints when exhibited at the Whitworth in 1992. Mainly being called ‘offensive’, ‘most upsetting’ and ‘disgusting’.

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Frank Dobson, Study of a Nude Female Torso, 1927

This is a very skilled piece of artwork, I especially like how confident the pose of the body has taken. Which particularly works with the bold colours down the one side, this watercolour seems to be showing a woman very comfortable with her sexuality.