I’ve hit a wall.
Reflecting on feedback from my field formative assessment I have realised that the concept behind my work is strong but it isn’t reflected and communicated in the work properly. If I am trying to communicate the taboo of written narratives then I why am I writing these narratives on the object? I have to some way transfer this idea into sound or suggested oral narratives.
It means a lot more fun with my friend Mr Arduino!
Now that I am aware of the forms that I want to work within I researched into narratives that surround these forms.
I stumbled upon this narrative which has only been communicated by word of mouth and never written down. No-one really knows its origins and therefore knows if the story was from truth or fiction. I then want to put the narratives back onto the form of a diamond however when you go to read the story the narrative is taken from you. The object will therefore become a materialisation of this idea of the taboo of written narratives.
Here are some initial sketch ups of what see the object looking like.
I plan to view and hide the narrative through a dimming led hooked up to an Arduino. The electronics of the piece will be hidden when displayed. I plan to either have the diamond in a box inspired by the way things were displayed in the museum, or on a velvet cushion to convey a stronger narrative.
Today we finally poured bronze into our shell cast moulds. Its a very exciting process but also daunting knowing that the weeks of preparation boil down to this moment.
Here are some stills from a video recording of the process:
Just waiting for them to fully cool now so that we can crack them open and start working with them tomorrow, ready to send them off to BAM’s.
Alongside ‘working in the field’ I have been pushing along with my subject medal project, hopefully to get it ready in time for the BAMs competition entry.
I picked up from where I left off last term casting my recently made silicone moulds with the bronze casting wax. I then assembled two casts of each side into a wax tree, ready to be coated in silica and fired to create the shell.
I underwent the firing process yesterday where the wax is melted from the inside of the tree so a solid shell remains. The kiln is placed over a pan of water so as the wax is melted out it’s scraped away so it doesn’t catch alight. It can also then be melted down and salvaged to be used another day.
Now I am left with two shell casting moulds ready for bronze casting next Monday! Watch this space.
After our very exciting visit to the Peter Blake exhibition we went around the permanent collection looking for inspiration through objects and exhibits. I was drawn in by the way that work is displayed and catalogued. One thing that intrigued me was the jewelled beetles and the way that some of them look dormant and some of them look as if they are going to take flight. I then did some quick drawings to see if it sparked any great ideas.
The next thing that caught my eye was the crystals in the natural history section. I think this intrigued me because each crystal was grouped in colour and aesthetic qualities rather than worth, giving them a new value system. Alongside this the light gave each crystal another dimension and almost added a richness in colour – I want to extract all these ideas in my work. So I photographed them and then extracted drawings from this.
The form and structure of the crystals is definitely something I want to work with so i feel maybe I could research narratives around this or maybe generate my own.
Today after we looked after the artist books, we took a trip down to Cardiff Museum to visit the Peter Blake illustrates Under Milkwood exhibition as well as exploring the permanent collection.
I really enjoyed the way that Peter Blake exhibited his work, giving glimpse into the way he works and processes narrative. I also really enjoyed the way that he combined text, image and sound to create a multi sensory, layered narrative and the sequential nature of the set up again oozed narrative. I almost felt as if I had stepped into a book and that as you walked around the gallery you jumped from page to page.
Sadly, I was unable to take images of the exhibition however there is a short video on the National Museum of Wales site: https://www.museumwales.ac.uk/peterblake/