James Ensor (1860-1949)
The Intrigue (1890) Oil on Canvas
James Sidney Edouard, Baron Ensor was a Belgian painter and printmaker whose works dabbled in expressionism and surrealism. Considered to be an innovator of 19th century art, Ensor explored many subjects in his work, ranging from sombre moments in life, to christian imagery, in particular of Christ being tormented. He used the religious symbolism imagery to show personal disgust for the inhumanity of the world.
When presenting the work I made over last term my tutor was reminded of James Ensor through my masks which I created at the beginning. The ghoulish but yet cartoon like works look really intriguing (pun unintended) and I do think that the masks was a powerful piece. I love his work, and it is making me want to go back to the style of the masks, but I plan to experiment before I make any decisions.
Exhibition to visit;
Maurizio Cattelan (1960-)
Untitled (2007) Taxidermied Horses
Maurizio Cattelan is an Italian artist, known for his satirical sculptures and distorted body pieces. Distorted body pieces include hands with the middle finger stuck up whilst missing the rest of the hands digits, bodies with no arms and no legs leaning forward out of a wall, and the above example of headless horses mounted onto a wall.
I’m not a fan of his work as I feel queasy when looking at his animal pieces, but the works he has done of the body distorted and missing parts is really interesting, especially because its the basis of the experiments I’m planning to run. Although mine may not turn out to be as detailed as his, his choices of composition and subject do captivate me and make me think deeper as to what I should or could be casting.
Sculptor, illustrator, wood-engraver, printmaker, graphic artist, writer and teacher
I found this artist by accident when looking at Sue William’s work. Of his work I’m not really influenced by what he’s trying to achieve, or the methods, but I have practised the use of lino printing which is similar to woodblock. I am influenced by this piece alone because of the distortion of the image, and the impression of it appearing ‘horrific’. It looks like something I would see in anyone’s nightmares, and almost reminds me of the old movies with witches and ghost ladies killing people. Will try to refer to his style if anything in my work.
Agonised, woodblock, 23 x 29 1/2″
During my one to one crit I was offered two more artists due to their style, and simplicity. I have again been told how my work looks very simplistic, and it has made me question whether I am purposely doing this, or subconsciously. I do think it works well with how simple it is, as I have from the beginning, due to the fact that most scary things in nightmares are often simple things made complex in the way they manifest in our unconscious mind.
Juliao Sarmento (1948-)
Mehr Licht, 1985, Paper, printed paper and paint on paper, 220 x 281 x 12.5 cm
Known for his simplistic works this artist was suggested to me due to how simple some of his work is. I don’t like his most simplistic works as I found them too bare. I like and feel influenced by the one above due to how the couple is painted, I again like the markings, and I also like the sketchy look to some of the other parts included in this work.
Flexible, 1984, Acrylic and Oil Paint on Wood, unable to find measurements
I love the rough background of this piece. I also am very influenced with how he draws his figures, and I actually feel my creativity flowing on how to portray my figures in another way now.
Sharon Kirkland is an artist who uses the basic ideas of Freud and Marxism to create works regarding the issues faced by feminists. She works using different materials, such as copies of Karl Marx’s manifesto’s and books, stuffed animals, clothing, drawings and textiles. Using this large range of materials she has created shows which reflects the issues on equality in a humorous way. During her talk she stated that even though Marxism failed in the past, she believes it is important to push forward and make it work in the future by rectifying the mistakes made. Through rectifying the mistakes made in the past, we can look forward to a fair and equal society.
I liked the humour she incorporates in her work, but I don’t think that anything she spoke about today can be connected to my own work. I do agree with her views on Marxism as I do think that it could work if done properly.
For my artist presentation I decided to talk about Louise Bourgeois’ work ‘This is it! That’s it!’, also known as ‘I’ve been to hell and back, and let me tell you it was wonderful.’
I have written briefly about this work before, but only from my own point of view about the piece, not really analysing it properly.
Of this work and her other embroidered works Louise has stated often that by stitching into her pieces she feels that she is fixing the problems in her life, stating that because she pushes her loved ones away she uses stitching to ‘stitch them back’ into her life.
This piece is written almost ironically, because it’s strange for someone to say that being in hell and coming back out is wonderful. Also, the fact that its blue also gives the idea that it might be a sad sort of irony.
It’s stitched into a handkerchief, so therefore being rather small, which makes me think that it’s not for public eyes, as if it’s her inner thought, idly written on a small piece of fabric near her.
Therefore I see this piece to be a rather sad piece, yet also quite inspiring as the idea of finding hell to be wonderful is almost like saying find the best of everything, even if its absolute hell to be in. I really connect to this piece on an emotional level, and find it very inspiring.
A.A.S is a group of artists who practise the arts in different forms, such as performance, installation, ritual, and art which requires public participation. Although many do require public interaction, the performances by the group aren’t always directed to an audience.
The performance the group at Reading done for us was made from them completing different acts and tasks decided for them by rolling a dice. Through the rolling of the dice it leaves the acts in the group a matter of chance, requiring the group to often improvise on certain parts. The group also used a technique which they called ’emotional flooding’ to release emotionally repressed things.
I wasn’t influenced by them, but I did feel like I was watching something completely new. Whether I enjoyed watching it is a different matter altogether.
During my one to one crit this week, I was offered 3 artists to research to help me develop my work this term.
Ida Applebroog (1929-)
Jessika, 2007, mixed media on treated gampi, 40.6 x 27.9 x 3.5cm
Love the works involving haunting faces. Colouring and composition is very interesting. Gives me alot of ideas on how to portray nightmares.
Sue Williams (1956-)
Talk To Me: Communication 4, Two colour lithograph on Somerset satin, 18″ x 22″
Mom’s Foot Blue and Orange, 1997, Oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 8′ 2″ x 9′
Not really interested in subject matter, but I feel influenced by the marks in the first, and the hectic look in the second work. I think the hectic look could connect alot to the Autistic and ADHD symptoms of the brain never being able to stop thinking.
Don’t Walk On The Cracks, 2010, Watercolour on Paper, 24 x 35cm
In her work she uses colouring to set the mood for the piece, and I have already been experimenting with that, therefore I feel encouraged in this. I love the simple look of her work, and find it very effective in the message it tries to convey. I am influenced by this piece in particular because I like the dark look, and her signature style of an enlarged head. I also think that it plays on the superstition of not stepping on pavement cracks due to the idea of it being bad luck, which could be linked slightly to paranoia, therefore leading back to the mental problems I’m conveying.