In today’s workshop we swapped our artefact/image with another student to study. The aim was to create your own image – in charcoal – whilst using elements of the original piece of art. This was a good activity in analysing other people work and taking aspects of it into your own. We then used this study as a reference to create another one in colour. This shows a process of development, taking one image and working on it over and over to create something new and unique.
The image I was given : The Wood by Max Ernst
I then went away and researched the artist, the piece of art and the process of it. In this piece Ernst uses the technique ‘Frottage’ – the act of placing a material over texture and taking a rubbing from it. Above you can see the complex textures created by this process, the bones of fish frottaged to create the effect of trees. I have been keeping a journal of the research I took which is helpful in finding inspiration in a wide range of different artists work.
My studies based on this:
We then created 3- Dimensional studies of the finished drawing. Here I used the leaves to form a layered base to the sculpture, and I transformed the sketch into a 3-dimentiosional tower.
The last task was to write three key points learnt in the research of the artist and their work. These would be given to the person who originally chose the artefact for them to use towards their own work. I found this a useful idea in collaborating ideas and to work from other peoples chosen art.