Looking at Kaders work, I found he had also used foil as a medium create a huge installation showing an army of praying Muslim women. On closer inspection the women are empty shells, their burka-like hoods framing a vacancy stripped of spirit or individuality. He creates a lot of his work around trauma personal and that of others. I created my mask from foil and chose to cover my face this was to emphasize I wanted to stay hidden from the world while going through grief. I love the folds and creases the foil makes to create the shape and form.
They diagnosed Edward with a mood disorder at the age of 19. He was experiencing a persistent feeling of sadness, creating an overwhelming obstacle in his day-to-day life. To convey his inner thoughts and feelings, Edward turned to his camera and tried to combat his depression and anxiety via his Photography. People cope in different ways with their illness and photography was Edwards escape.
He uses similarity’s to me by mainly creating self portraits and blurring out the images and using monotonal colours of black and white creating very surreal images. Again he is expression his own mental health and using his art to raise awareness.
Suffering from depression she uses her work to capture and create the effect of not being there in full, hence why some of her work has missing limbs and her head, created on purpose to give the appearance of how depression can make you feel about yourself.
This is the context she is trying to portray in her photos. Janelia, like me, has found comfort in creating these works. And is hoping to raise awareness.
Journals are kept and used as reference she also shoots all the photographs herself which are then used in later compositions.
The conceptual images are mainly self-portraits,. She uses a variety of clothing in the images which are then manipulated.
Picasso’s blue period was 1900 and 1904, when he painted monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green, only occasionally warmed by other colors. These somber works, inspired by Spain but painted in Paris, are now some of his most popular works,
My work has many similarities to this artist as I have tried to use a very limited palette, mostly using blue, and that it was through a time of personal depression.
I have developed my ideas from the beginning with a few scribbles in my sketchbook which then took on more of a shape the further along I went, jotting down notes as I went along I started to look at the idea of butterflies and fabric. I then started to experiment with wire which I haven’t really had much to do with, trying out different shapes of moths and butterflies until I was happy with a certain shape. I then created my intro project, Out of the Shadows and from this I adapted it by using a spotlight and just taking different shots on my phone. This was then uploaded to Photoshop where I began by manipulating the photo and adding a photo of a tree I had taken in Holywell dene near to where I live. This is called double exposure I did touch on this last year and really enjoyed it so thought it was a great idea to bring that into this years work, I then made a sculpture from paper mach and a butterfly which was also taken into the photography studio where I took more shots and again uploaded to Photoshop to play about with exposure and other settings. I am very happy with the results I now have my three final images.
My successes were that I had managed to get everything done despite having time off due to things out of my control and have successfully produced three photos I am proud of. My weakness I feel was the light in the photography room didn’t really show off my butterfly very well as I thought when I tried it at home in the dark they reflected the light really well. But apart from that, I do think I did ok and was relatively happy with the final outcome. I feel I have this year understood everything very well that has been asked of me and have to my best tried to complete everything to my full potential. Working with dark to light to show the change in mood from depression to explain how trauma has affected me and how my friend’s other students and family have really helped me to get where I have. I do feel I have really pushed myself as I was ready to give up in October but defiantly glad I kept at it. I have thoroughly enjoyed this year and feel the tutors have explained everything to me very clearly. I am extremely happy with my final project from all of my work this year the only downside is I would have liked to have been able to exhibit my work but that is out of my hands, hopefully, at some point, we may get to do it but I don’t think we will the longer time is going on.
“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse.
As an artist, I work hard to develop paintings or photos that speak to both myself and others about mental health and try to raise awareness through my art. Using art to help individuals with mental illness and to overcome my own demons is my ambition as an artist and hopefully one day I will be able to fulfil this. Participating in art can enable people to deal with a wide range of mental ill-health conditions and psychological distress. The best part is that it helps people including myself to improve our mental health through creativity. I try to express through my art how I’m feeling at the start and then how I’m feeling at the end which is always better than at the beginning been creative allows me to heal, and it allows this to occur in my time not anyone else’s. Materials I have used in my work have been photography, canvas, paper mach, twigs, fabric, wire, Photoshop, acrylic paint and glass paint. I have made sculptures, structures and created my own photo-shoots to display my work. I am going to Sunderland at the end of this year and would really like to progress more into photography as I feel that is where my strengths lie.
- ” If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint .” Edward Hopper.
Samantha’s introduction installation was called Destruction Of The Forest it was to show the metamorphosis of the environment from a healthy beautiful thriving forest full of life to a Barron landscape. Deforestation is a problem that is caused largely by greed and want for property, money and possibly status. In many parts of the world, the forest is taken for granted as a replenish-able resource, which it is. The problem is that the trees cannot be regrown and replanted at the rate at which they are being cut down. Its the side truth of the world and although we are in this pandemic at the minute the only good thing to come out of it is the world can heal a little.
Su Devine has created this wonderful installation which she has named A Shadow The Length Of A Lifetime as part of the artwork she has used several dolls and their clothes to show the draining of innocence when a child is abused, the broken doll parts to show how fragile our children are and how easy they can become broken. She also added music to this which gave the whole installation a very creepy and eerie feeling.
Rowena has made her installation after been inspired by her muse from Portugal. After his permission, she made a 3d sculpture of his penis and a collage of his torso she created the structure from a fabric softener bottle half a polystyrene ball two conkers and masking tape it was then paper matched then left to dry. An Acrylic paint mix of red white and brown was added to create a fleshy tone to make the structure appear more realistic. His torso was collaged from small photographs which Rowena placed in a tile-like effect. I really enjoyed looking at everyone’s intro projects everybody really worked hard and came up with some fantastic ideas they all had very different ideas and all worked out great. I did have to finish mine when I came back after having time off due to death in the family but luckily didn’t have much to do.
- ” I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart .” Vincent van Gogh.
Since I and my husband both struggle from mental health illnesses I feel connected to creating artwork to show emotions and feelings that we struggle with daily due to the illness. It is easier to paint or photograph feelings than to speak about it and in a way it acts as therapy. I am definitely not ashamed to admit I suffer from depression but sometimes it’s hard to explain why some days you are not your happy jolly self and no matter what people do to try and cheer you up they cant. I looked at a lot of other artists who suffer from mental health issues and can really relate to what they have created and normally find myself drawn to certain things which are created by artists who suffer themselves.
I feel it acts as a kind of a release when I am creating something it helps me to focus on what I need to and briefly stops me suffering and thinking about sad subjects. I hope to one day create something that really inspires people and moves them in the way I am moved when I look at certain artworks.
Lousie Bourgois and Christian Boltanski have been a huge influence on me and I love looking at and relating to there art. Last year I created the painting shown above which is to show the two sides to a bipolar disorder which my husband struggles from. One side shows the extremely low days where it is like walking on shards of glass around him and he just wants to sleep and talks very little to his extremely high moods which he is very active, electric even and can’t sleep for days on end. I would like to continue going with mental health and learn more on the digital side as I really do enjoy that side to a fine art. I hope that others who struggle from mental health can see what I’m trying to create and can relate to my artwork.
“Art comes from everywhere. It’s your response to your surroundings”.
The term site-specific art is artwork created to exist in a certain space. Typically the artist takes the location into account while planning and creating their artwork. It can include some pieces such as sculpture, digital and other art forms. Outdoor site-specific work often includes landscapes including sculpture and environmental art. The term is sometimes used to any artwork that is permanently attached to the location.
The term site-specific art was promoted by Robert Irwin a Californian artist but was actually first used in the mid-1970s by young sculptors Patrica Johanson, Dennis Oppenheim and Athena Tacha, who would make public commissions for large urban sites. It was then considered a movement by Catherine Howett and art critic Lucy Lippard.
I have used two examples of site-specific with Damion Hirst’s The Virgin Mother which was intended to be an outdoor sculpture, she towers at an impressive 10 metres tall in a large field full of sheep and the pretty backdrop of a lake and trees in the middle of Yorkshire sculpture park. Hirst himself quoted that he believes the sculptures “are where they belong” and were “made for that setting”.
Another installation by Wolfgang Laib, who only uses raw natural resources in his work, had created this in the Yorkshire gallery. Created with rice, stone and ash arranged in a grid of small mounds, the installation invites the viewer to contemplate the interweaving layers of time. It really was something amazing to look at and covered a very large amount of floor space.
Because of what’s happening in the world right now I won’t be able to photograph these in the correct setting but instead, I have downloaded an app and created something to give an idea on how the final pieces would look, I have really struggled to get through this year after losing my dad suddenly back in October 2019 and really didn’t think I would have gotten through this course. The support I have received from the other students and my tutors, friends and family have definitely played a part in getting me here. It was so easy for me to say enough was enough and throw away the best part of two years work and I know if I had I would have kicked myself for not carrying on. I did, however, keep going and glad I did as at the end even though it is not what I had planned I am still pretty happy with the outcome. So to briefly explain the idea was an extension of my intro project, I looked at Louise Bourgeois and Christian Boltanski a lot and have a real love of the digital aspect of the fine art. I did take a lot of different photographs using spotlights to capture shadows from different angles then uploaded them to photoshop. This is where I combined more than one photo which is called double exposure to create these pictures. My aim was to create something that sees the change from darkness to light and to get the message across from a mental health point of view that things do eventually get better. I have had some very dark days and know it takes time but I know I also have people who are there for me if I need them and that is where the light comes in.
From The Darkness, Find Your Light.