I began looking into Louise Bourgeois soft sculpture series. The pieces themselves are considered eccentric however the doll like figures could possibly depict a subtle link to the ideas of freud and his discoveries in relation to children and the projection of sexual fantasies upon dolls.
The sculptures display a prominent aesthetic of interlinking. Limbs interlink with each other whilst paired with the clear depiction of bdsm and feminist themes. The material fabric which Bourgeois uses to make the dolls highlight, the overall feminist aspect of the piece through the idea of women roles in the home and the idea in which women are there to be consumed by the male gaze.
The pieces themselves are beautiful in their own right in regards to the distortion they depict. I am interested in their display and scale linking to the subversion from childhood dolls. Children stuffed toys are designed to provide comfort and are usually small in size to aid this however Bourgeois has made her dolls on a large scale to possibly add a negative spin on the idea of childhood possibly relating to her own cruel childhood.
Joey holder is a multimedia artist who relates the network theory to nature. A central focus in her work is the merging of matter that illuminates our relationship with matter. I find similarities in holders work to the works of Martin Coates ie the emphasis on anthromorphism. Holder expresses and highlights the idea that as humans we construct systems as a way to understand the world that we live in.
Joey Holder creates work that acts as a filter for the audience to make sense of the world and comfort the constant desire we have as humans to make sense of it. Her work is not only based on environment issues but also uses science, a lot of her work includes an element of how our eyes process different combinations of light patterns whilst linking this process with the relationship we have between animals, minerals, water etc.
Another scientific element Holder presents in her work is an avid interest in aquponics, which is the process of growing plants without soil. The process itself highlights the blurred lines between the natural and the manufactured, raising the barrier between what we produce as humans and what we call nature.
Another key interest in Holders work is how our bodies are digitized in the sense that our online data enables companies to make money from our data. Therefore, in essence companies digitize our genes highlighting the idea that our genetic code shares similarities to a computer programme code it is this aspect that allows companies to try to quantify us.
Holders recent work displays link to aquatics.In particular the cosmic circle of dna where Holder explores molecular biology cross linked with anthropologists. The eccentric sea creatures Holder displays attempts to show the weird and wonderful products of nature but I feel she also touches on maybe the mutation aesthetic that these creatures have in relation to the aftermath of man made process such as oil spills.
The artist Martin Coates likes to bring the conscious and unconscious world together. A lot of his work focuses on antromorphism and the way in which as humans we find comfort in finding a reflection of ourselves in everything. His work brings these ideas together through his attempt to become an animal.
The piece Dawn chorus is a video installation. The dawn chorus itself is a springtime morning call that male birds will do to defend territory and attract mates. Coates’s idea was to recreate the chorus using human voices. A birdsong is a interesting parallel to human language such as the repetition, masculinity, endurance etc. is reflected in how as humans we use language.
Birds are a main feature in Coates work due to the interest in the cross over of interspecies boundaries. Birds such as parrots mirror us and their use of nesting etc displays a similar culture to our own. However, Coates believes animals aren’t a version of us they are there own autonomous beings, to see the natural behaviour of animals in relation to us completely opaque’s the specialities of the animal itself.
I began to look into Simon Bedwells ceramic work, I became intrigued by the formlessness nature of each one despite the fact that they are indeed pots which presents a display of purpose. The pots themselves highlight the real nature and moulding of clay. The Ceramics display four major components Mass,Matter,Balance and weight depicting the overall aspiration of depicting art itself as modified and in turn textualised.
I find the work to be beautiful in its own right, the structures are amorphous and display a sort of deflation possibly linking to clay itself being a source left over in the earth. The neutral colour of the works subvert from the constructed and man made aspect of art. Each piece displays an element of pressure and have connotations to minerals such as rocks which in turn highlights the idea of making something definite from nothing.
The effortless nature is something that I would like to encorporate in my upcoming pieces.
I began to look into the works of Sarah Lucas an artist who’s focal point is gender in regard to the female form. The pieces are formed and displayed with feminism as a main feature that runs throughout. The works of Sarah Lucas are conceptual and often have an element of humour that aid the sexual intimacy each work exudes.
The tight pieces are intimate, they display sprawled limbs of female bodies. The form of the sculptures are beautiful in their own right and the nature of the material “nylon tights” add an element of eroticism and intimacy. They are abstract yet also subvert again the structured nature of the physical form.
The material tights are not only related to femininity but they have a disposable element to them. The material nylon is thin and fragile and is prone to breakage. This factor enables them to be a material appropriate to display “skin” in my own work. The mouldability and elasticity of them will allow this material to be an appropriate starting point and is something I shall be using in my own work.
I began to look into the process of aging ie how our skin elasticity decreases over time how we develop wrinkles, how we begin to sag, and how over time we become unable to fight bacterial infection. I wanted to use this idea in my work by putting age on display. Therefore, I began to look at Damien Hirst and how he displays animals in containers. He is able to preserve life yet simultaneously display the fragility of it.
The piece itself looks at the idea of how as living beings we find it impossible to think about or even confront death. Therefore he has displayed it in a way that is confrontational and in some ways aggressive. The shark itself is a raw representation of fear, as living beings we fear death, we try to cheat it. In many ways we find it hard to accept that in one moment we can be stripped of our lives and there will be nothing.
The piece itself although the shark is on display the four walls surrounding it can be perceived as an incubator linking to the idea of preserving life and in ways referring to how we shield ourselves from death. Living beings don’t spend time thinking about what comes after, we think about what happens in the now. The shark itself as an animal has connotation of creating panic and fear and is Stereotypically used in horror films such as “jaws. “Although the piece is hard hitting the animal looks peaceful and in some ways angelic but raises the question on whether this is because it is contained linking to the idea of is death less unnerving when we can contain and control it pressing on the thoughts of should we be able to decide who lives and who dies .
Trevor heath is an artist who pairs abstract works with digital prints. Abstract images are created through the controlled set up of pixilation. The bright colours used are a way in which to create a mesmoring and captivating image and in a way creates a moth effect. As a viewer we are fixated by the lights and maybe even the curiosity of the unknown to get closer to the images to identify its composition. The images themselves are complex yet beautiful they display a resemblance to objects but the image itself projects a loss of control and perhaps even a rhythm in chaos.
The pieces themselves despite being created the same way depict a high level of individualism which is something I want to relate to my choice of material snake skin. The chaos of each image is in a way captivating. The colours “gel” and work together in each one and this display of rhythm and repetitiveness is something that I would like to experiment with in my own work.