- Explore the possibilities of combining text with some visual ideas in the portfolio. Use found words or created words but consider the impact the words create.
- Develop one into a larger piece.
- Documentation of ideas that has informed the outcome is important.
Perhaps it was as a result of the previous exercises focusing on photoshop and the use of photocopies for example that a large section of my samples have a lean towards a graphics feel. They may have done anyway simply because of the use of text but I felt I was working within a very restricted range of material. By using the work of another artist and then combining it with text to add a “story” meant that I needed to understand why they had created a piece of work, what their inspiration was or simply use the title as a starting point. Overall I am pleased with my samples, some more than others as I feel I researched the ideas behind their work well and built on it to make it mine. Others have less depth but are still successful in their own way. For me the biggest constraint and consideration was making the text look like text and but also well-presented and so relying on the photocopier and printer, and therefore paper, as I might do screen printing onto fabric when in a studio situation.
I have fully explained my thinking behind my approach for each sample and documented my path in my sketchbook. I think this documentation is important for anyone else to understand my ideas but also feel slightly disappointed as my work should really speak for itself as I feel its fails if it has to be explained. A bit like a poorly recited joke.
The more resolved sample was using “Word row” by Robyn Denny
Initially I was drawn to it as it already had the elements for a text related sample however after some further research I had more ideas to incorporate. I used the concept behind Denny’s choice of title as my inspiration as “Word row” is a palindrome, a word or sentence that can be read from both sides. I researched several palindrome sentences until I found one that was appropriate to the artwork. “Never odd or even” can be read both ways and I felt it was suitable as some of the stencil cards used for letters were ordered “oddly” and back to front and they were not arranged “evenly”. I have used the original colour palette and in places in reverse format.
The following 2 ideas I have not sent as I am still working on the development but for interest I have included them here.
1 – Ceramic hag stones – part of the chant has been stamped into the porcelain clay and the second picture shows experiments with making ceramic feathers.
2 – Resin rings – as I had some resin left over that was not mixed very well rather than waste it I decided to use a savarin mould to enclosed some machine stitched text around the idea of protection.