Hi guys, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything about my work, or anything at all for that matter and I apologise. I’ve been extremely busy with a design commission that I’ve been working on for a gym in my local area. This is something I will post about at a later date when everything has come to an end.
However, the other day I was looking through some old work and came across this piece which I feel is something I would like to talk about as it was a fundamental turning point within my practice and as an artist myself.
I made this piece in 2009 when I was studying Fine Art at college. I remember the project very well as it is an interest that has stuck with me since. I was working under a brief which required me to explore the concept of decay. I loved this project as I felt it was a very open and free concept to work with and didn’t contain many boundaries to stop the work from being abstract.
Decay is a concept which I have always been very interested in: the idea that a form can change physically over time and how something new is created from something that may be classed as ‘gone.’ At this time however, I was more focused on the texture within decay. Endless amounts of physical textures are produced through the process of decay, each of them unique within their own right. Through decay, we are presented with new shapes, forms, tones and colours which stand as pieces of art themselves. This is an area I felt compelled to investigate with an abstract approach. I fell in love with documenting close up textures through drawings, paintings and photographs which inspired me to begin creating my own textures in the studio.
That brings me to this piece in particular. Using newsprint paper, masking tape and a lot of PVA glue I was able to fold, crease and shape the paper and tape to however I wanted it to be. When the glue dried, this kept the paper in place and made it a tougher surface to work on. Afterwards, I painted the entirety of the piece with a magnolia emulsion and allowed it to dry. I then continued to add some raw umber oil paint and with the help of linseed oil and some white spirit, I was able to push the paint around the surface with a rag allowing the paint to sit in the recesses of the texture and be thinned or removed on the taller parts. After weeks of drying, some of the emulsion began to crack and flake off which, in my opinion, only helped the work to be more successful in conveying my ideas.
For documentation purposes, the piece was photographed and printed onto brown parcel paper, measuring at approx. A1 size.
Again, this was a piece that was photographed and reproduced as a print which is something I am still investigating in my current practice. A 2D representation of a 3D form, with particular focus on texture.