New Blog for my Second Year work…

Thank you to everyone who is following my creative journey and supporting my work… if you wish to continue doing so… I have created a new blog to document the second year of my fine art degree..  please feel free to follow:

http://www.gemmaschiebefineart2.wordpress.com

Thanks 🙂

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SUBJECT: IS MY WORK ART?

Within the feedback I was given around Christmas time, I was directed to consider whether the work I have created during my investigation into food decay can be regarded as art. I feel that throughout my blogging of this work depicting mould and decay I have stated that I felt I was opening peoples minds to what they take for granted and what can be considered as art in its own right. In my opinion, anything visually beautiful or appealing to somebody can be art.

However, I think when thinking about the work I have created, Setting is highly important. For example, If the decaying bread sculpture that I have created encased in a perspex box was displayed on a plinth in a gallery, people would be encouraged to think it was art because of the setting. However, it would be an entirely different story if that moulding bread was in your fridge at home, then it would be considered as more repulsive and I doubt anyone would then look at it as a piece of art. I suppose you could argue that I gave the work the credentials and components to decay, but nature actually created the art here. That I feel is true, but I would argue that the decay that I have witness informed my paintings, mixed media experiments and progression within this module.

I would assume, that typically the public would be more inclined to see my painted fake mould and mixed media experimentation as artwork over the works I have produced using actual mould and decay as the medium. In my opinion, all the work that I have made during this module is Art. It has been made in an art studio to satisfy an artistic brief and regardless of the medium or method that has been used to create it, it is exhibited and displayed as art.

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Going back to setting being the deciding factor of whether my work is art or not, I feel that even if I put my small replica mould canvases in a fridge or on someone’s plate, they would be considered very differently in comparison to if they were displayed in a gallery and it is doubtful that they would be seen as art.

To demonstrate this, I have included images of my replica mixed media mould on a plate of food and in the fridge. I have then juxtaposed this with an images of a canvas painted with the same replica mould hung on a white wall. It definitely seems more repulsive when evident on a food item in the fridge.  It is clear which environment allows for the work to be considered as art.

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In conclusion, I consider the work I have created to be art. However, when it comes to others considering my work as art, I feel that the setting of where and how the work is displayed is highly important. If the work was displayed as art in a gallery it would undoubtedly be far more accepted as works of art.


MIXED MEDIA PIECE: Inspired by Photo Montage

Here, I have used one of my earlier Photo Montages to create a mixed media piece with a view to making something created from the old look like something new. I want to kind of convince the viewer that this is a real moulding thing that I have painted rather than a fictitious object made up of existing ones.

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I have experimented with a variety of Materials to produce this piece and played around with different ways of applying paint. I have applied paint with a brush, rubbed it on with cloth and my fingers, used old glue spreaders, stippled on and used palette knifes as well as crumbling on paint mixed with sugar. The materials used within this piece include: Acrylic Paint, Sugar, PVA Glue, Tissue paper, kitchen towel, cotton wool, coarse texture gel, modelling paste, watercolour, corrugated cardboard, ink and salt.

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Below is the montage that inspired my mixed media piece, without experimenting with montage I would never have progressed to producing a painting like this. It is an odd piece, your brain can’t quite work out what you are looking at.I believe there is a fine line between what is real and what seems real and I feel I have created a very believable looking art work that is highly thought-provoking. I think this piece is very successful and I am going to experiment with producing a few more inspired by some of my other photo montages.

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I think that using materials that are not normally considered to be art materials can sometimes bring out the best work, here I have had to think of ways to create the textures and surfaces seen within the montage on a canvas.


Key Artwork: “Composition 5” 1911- Wassily Kandinsky

  To create new artwork, he felt you had to know the old. If you know the History of Art, you know what options are available to you and how to progress with influences in your own practice. The Idea of autonomous art, is about knowing your own limits.

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Kandinsky’s piece “composition 5” has a great deal of conflict and harmony within it. Kandinsky was  a pioneer of abstract painting. During the industrial revolution, artists including Kandinsky felt they needed a way of painting to show how they felt. The felt that there lives were mechanised and disfunctional and wanted to paint to convey losing a sense of conventional order and so turned to a more abstract approach. Abstraction gives a valuable insight into how the artist experiences disorder in the world and how they experience it.

Kandinsky produced ten large compositions in this where he is influenced by religion and the story of cleansing in the Bible. He Explores the narrative of the Book of Revelation. Through Colour and Line, He wanted us to experience ourselves the spiritual element within his work and wants to evoke a sense of energy to the viewer. During his artistic development, Kandinsky looks at many different ways of using paint in his work. He gathered knowledge of other artists whilst trying to develop his own artistic vocabulary. As he gains a more in-depth knowledge of other artists work, his own work becomes more increasingly about colour and form. He felt that children’s Art is the perception of the world we lose when we are educated. He looked at art from different people from different backgrounds because he felt that our own experiences influence out artwork.

Kandinsky was a great believe in primitivism in art. In ‘Composition 5′ you can see (after analysing his early stages of painting) that he tells a story within his work and everything is connected in some way if we look long enough. It is an eclecticism of styles and stories. Elements of the religious stories from the Book of Revelation are seen in many of his earlier works. This particular painting points towards the third dispensation, the Holy Ghost. Kandinsky has moved away from the hardened world and created a new language by weaving different stories together.

From Kandinsky’s work,  I have learnt that some Art maybe abstract but it has meaning. Kandinsky wanted us to explore this and find elements of story within his work and to create our own response. The narrative is harder to find within abstraction but he wants people to have to search for it. He wants his work to affect us immediately and spiritually. It has also reiterated to me, the importance of gaining knowledge of Art History.