My immediate response is relief. I have been trying to work on so many levels with Part 5 that at times it has been difficult, even though I have tried to direct myself more specifically and critically, to stand back enough to see where I am going.
To have, as always such a sensitive and supportive report which is also challenging as well as penetrating is a joy. There are so many questions, suggestions, thoughts, impressions as well that I need/want to unpick over time that the future feels very rich.
Just to contextualise the reasons for taking the OCA degree was that I had nothing and no-one to bounce off or with whom to have a creative conversation. As I come to the conclusion of this first part of the course I am more than ecstatic about moving forward with my work. This is no exaggeration having taken a lifetime to get to this point. However, I am more than aware that it is that lifetime/my lifetime that I am now working with and is such a rich source for engagement.
Without going over every particular suggestion or comment I would say that this is a very fair precis of where I am at the moment. Some pieces/materials/sections have been more successful than others. But at the same time the breadth of the investigation has been necessary and useful.
Although I have worked hard to integrate academic resources and other artist’s work in my evaluations this is not a natural process and I have to continue to build my process in order to make this a more natural flow of thoughts and ideas. As yet I am finding this part difficult to hold – in terms of feeling comfortable with understanding some of the ideas. My perception is fleeting and I am endeavouring to capture this thought process in different ways including using Evernote so that the fleeting is hooked in the moment.
The other factor is that there are so many levels and studies that I have undertaken in Part 5. I need to give myself time and space to stand back from all this.
- I have moved forward in terms of the physical materials and methods for working
- Different layers of thoughts and meanings have been integrated into the work
- More secondary sources have been used to support the thinking and doing process
- I have enjoyed much more integration with looking at other artists, exhibitions, research, etc and how that observation can affect my work
- I have endeavoured to slow my work down and use the reflective learning process to my benefit in order to unpick the thinking/doing
Needs More Attention
- More unpicking
- Use of secondary sources in order to apply even greater depth
- More investigation of text and object
- Drawing – In and Outside – Writing , Morres, corpening, Nys & Fortnum (2010)
- Further research and reading on phenomenology, memory
- The Conscious Mind – a philosophical road trip ( Edx MOOCS ) Trinity
- The Ethics of Memory (Edx MOOCS) Brown
- Imprinting – this is a very rich vein of thought and practice that I am looking to investigate further
- Use of Cloth – because I have a very strong textile background (over 40 years practice) I am cautious about using cloth in order not at this early stage to be drawn back into previous ways of working – however I am beginning to see how there might be cross over without takeover!
- Frottage – again a potentially strong source of mark-making and interpretation which again need more careful investigation and contextualisation for specific purpose – the physicality of this really appeals
- Impressions of skin – literally and metaphorically with collapse and deflation as strong imagery.
- Different Skins – physically my skin and tree “skins” or trunks – are these different versions of myself?
- The Theatre of Skin – would like to work on a much larger scale as suggested
I believe that working on Part 5/Assignment 5 has opened up some really big questions. The variety of the investigations has helped in this process. Clearly by stopping and looking at the learning model,slowing down and standing back has helped in the articulation of some of the thinking and contextualising of my work so far.
The important part now is to allow myself to stay in the question without feeling that I have to come to a resolved answer/piece of work. With this comes the selection for the overall assessment where I have chosen pieces that “tell the story” of my work through the whole of Drawing 1. As an exercise in itself it has been a very useful part of the learning process.
At the last stage of putting together my Assignment 5 I attended an all day life drawing day.
- Previously I had prepared some ink wash paper so that I had ready made surfaces
- We were asked to view the model, who moved every 15 – 20 minutes, initially and make marks on our paper
- The model continued to move at 20 – 30 minute intervals and I collaged the pieces of paper by tearing and positioning
- Overdrawing and re-positioning continued until the end of the session.
I saw this exercise as a continuation of the previous multi-faceted drawings.
As the piece became larger and more complex I worked on it from different angles and positions.
What finally emerged was a complex amalgamation of the figure. Currently I enjoy this particular aspect which has other figures emerging on the right hand side. It could be interesting to draw from this image and/or overwork the piece.
I have included this under conclusion because I think it is an indication of future direction of work.