3D Project – Final Piece

The base on this design was made from a foam board making it light and easy to work with. I used acrylic paint on the base. Initially a coat of white and then I created a dirt like effect mixing browns, creams and greens. Inbetween these two layers I used some sugar to create a gritty texture. all of this together gives the medical side of the wall a dirty feel. there is no concrete or pavings there, highlighting the poverty the people are faced to live in. On the American side I painted the base block metallic gold, playing on “streets paved with gold”. This is often a theme used when referencing the “American dream” and represented the lavish lifestyle on that side of the wall under Trump’s leadership.

In my final Piece I added some additional signage that I wanted to add to the initial maquette but couldn’t because the scale was too small. In my final piece, with the larger scale I was able to add the “Make America Hate Again” banners. This is a play on Donal Trump’s slogan throughout his campaign “make America great again.” This is in direct reference to the increase in hate crime since his appointment as Republican candidate.

I also improved the signs on the wall, making them less bright and contrasting. I still wanted them to be relatively bright compared to the wall being they would in theory have been placed on the wall by the Americans as propaganda to the Mexicans. I made them dappled with acrylic paint to make them seem dirty and decayed.

I made the Trump titan out of a wooden frame and layered plaster bandage. This was a technique I had used prior in my GCSE’s and was looking forward to try it again. Initially the trump figure was supposed to be fully sized, in comparison to the wall, a head to toe model. This however was a lit too ambitious for the time given and I only could construct the figure from the shoulders up. Luckily this was all that was visible when looking at it from the front, the designs view point however, I would have liked to complete him nonetheless. The paining of the figure worked quite well, the orange skin standing out strongly against the pink muscle. I was slightly worried the two colours would be too similar being on a similar part of the colour wheel but there was enough definition with the black outlines to make it easy to tell apart. The black outlines were in direct reference to the manga, with its black and white drawings. I am happy that the character is still recognisable as both a titan and as a Donald Trump comedic caricature.

The Wass was initially was going to be a weaved structure built upon the base as pictured above however, this was a failure. The weaved cardboard was meant to mirror the cardboard houses below and look somewhat makeshift (representing Trumps seemingly rash nature). In the end it looked far too whimsical. I decided to go for a more foreboding design made from blocks of cardboard. this in the end worked far better and gave a better massage of segregation. It also looked more similar to the original wall in the anime.

Over all the design was successful and I got the effect and message I set out to. The theme of anthropocene isn’t blatantly obvious but also is not impossible without a little explanation which was part of my original vision.

3D Project – Maquette

A maquette (French word for scale model, sometimes referred to by the Italian names plastico or     modello) is a small scale model or rough draft of an unfinished sculpture. An equivalent term is bozzetto, from the Italian word that means “sketch”.

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My design is quite political, relating to the theme of anthropocene. Upon the recent appointment of Mr Donald.J.Trump as the next president of the united states, I looked further into his manifesto. I discovered his political stance is quite different when compared to my own views (typically left-wing liberal). Having a rather eco-centred political stance I was quite shocked to learn of Donald Trumps heavy support of fracking, the use of Fossil fuels and of nuclear power. All of which makes a mark on the planes and, reflecting exactly how anthropocene would take effect.

My design was slightly comedic in the fact I have represented Donald Trump as the Colossal titan from popular Japanese animation Attack On Titan. This references the statement Mr Trump said regarding building a wall along the Mexican boarder. In a way I am using irony throughout my piece, Trump wanted to keep the Mexican people put of the united states, however in Attack On Titan it in the titans that are being kept out with their wall.

The buildings I constructed out of layer corrugated cardboard were designed to resemble concentration camps. This relates to the oppression the Mexican people would experience be it this wall would be constructed and keeping them trapped like animals. I took inspiration with this from Anselm Kiefer, who often used images relating to the holocaust in his work. his work specifically related to the poems of Paul Celan who wrote of his experiences of the Shoah (holocaust). Keifer’s work does no shy away from dark themes, confronting them head on which is what I wanted to do in my political piece.

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The propaganda posters contain quotes of Mr Trump, relating to the many uses of propaganda throughout history. More often than not these propaganda posters were against direct groups of people in specific the posters I created I wanted to be more negative against the planet itself, again relating to the anthropocene theme.

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Evaluation

I enjoyed creating this piece although I realised upon it’s creation my initial scale was too small. In order to get the detail I needed I would have to double it in size at least.

The posters on the wall were initially going to remain relatively similar to those on the maquette, primary basic colours however, I realised they were too bright and contrasting to the rest of the scene and needed to be much darker in the end piece.

I found the making of the buildings to be quite successful. These were initially just placeholders till I created a more exact structure however I liked the way they looked. The basic structure and colour created an eerie and rustic feeling.

The roofs of the structures howeverI was not happy with, the stark white was too contrasting and I decided to change that in the final piece.

The cobalt Trump Titan here was quite well executed however he was constructed out of land cardboard and glue which of course was not going to make it to the final design. It worked well however in this practice version.

3D Project – Brief

Anthropocene/Vanitas

A vanitas or memento mori is an artwork that reminds the viewer of the transient nature of human life.

It is now increasingly becoming acknowledged that we now live in the anthropocene era, during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

You are to create a sculpture/3D design as a vanitas for the human impact on the natural world. Your outcome could be monumental, mobile/kinetic, applied/functional/wearable, performance based…

 

Anthropocene – Relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

Examples of anthropocene works here

This brief really opened my eyes to the current world state and what the human race are doing to the planet. Not just on a ecological point of view, probably the most logical and initial idea one thinks of when talking about human impact, but also on other levels. A strong idea that first came to mind to me was the increase in AI (artificial intelligence). In a way this could be one of the biggest developments in history, essentially creating an artificial life form, a new species in a way working through the digital world, which in theory is almost like an alternate reality to our own. I liked the idea of this AI theme and initially was going to create a piece linked to this.

My initial idea related to an anime I watched as a child called Digimon. In the series a group of eight children, the digidestined, are transported to this alternate world “the digiworld” throughout the series it is mentioned many times how the real world and the digiworld work hand in hand, what happens in one directly impacts the other and rifts between the two can cause all kinds of problems. I always found this prospect interesting and realised how strangely realistic this kind of problem could become be it technology advancing as rapidly as it is.

I tried many designs however most fell flat due to the complexity of the theme I was tackling. One idea I quite liked was a sand timer with images of our world at the bottom and a kind of digital world on the top. The digital world slowly trickling into the real world. This idea would have been interesting to create however In retrospect i would have probably required much more time than we had available.

Upon going back to square one I realised there were two other routes I could follow in this piece. One was an ecological theme and the other a political theme. Being quite strongly minded regarding both I was trying to find a subject where the two met in the middle. My first idea here was to create a pop up book in a typical children’s book style. Bright colours, simplistic drawing and snappy narrative. the subject matter was going to follow a mother and son on a trip to the zoo, however upon arriving at the zoo the son keeps asking his mother where each of the animals are. Popping up from the pages would be empty cages representing the extinct animals and the boy’s mother would have to explain to him where they have gone.

In theory this design would have been quite effective however I didn’t feel it gave me as much scope as I needed. I wanted to create a piece that was more structural and where I could show multiple techniques. Working solely with paper was not the ideal.

My mind then flipped back to anime. As a long time anime fan, although admittedly I watch far less than I did when I was younger, I often get anime related videos pop up into my suggested feed on youtube. One such came about around the time of Donald Trump’s infamous wall comments as a fan of popular anime series Attack on Titan. While clearly a spoof of the anime’s opening sequence, It was easy to actually see the clear links between what he was saying and some themes the anime. below is the video.

I suddenly realised what a great theme this would be for my piece. It’s political, relates to the environment, relates to ostracisation and was a current world problem.

being somewhat engaged in the US election I had my opinions built on Mr Donald Trump. There were certain points within his political manifesto that I strongly opposed, many relating to his intended increase in nuclear power as well as fossil fuels. I wanted to highlight this as well and mock the Mexican wall in my piece and began designing.

Isometric drawing

Isometric projection is a method for visually representing three-dimensional objects in two dimensions in technical and engineering drawings. It is an axonometric projection in which the three coordinate axes appear equally foreshortened and the angle between any two of them is 120 degrees. LINK

Design/concept sheets

Here are some designs I used for reference by writer and illustrator Hajime Isayama

Here are some quotes and ideology from donald Trump I collected throughout my research:


I then went on to create a maquette

Printing – Screen printing

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When choosing a design for my screen print I wanted to explore the option of doing a cityscape, a theme I have used quite a lot throughout my work. I chose the New York skyline having visited there this summer (august) and thought the shapes, highlighting the freedom tower, would work well here. I opted for a cool palette hoping it would resemble a night sky which I believe was quite successful. The photo above shows the first print, third print and fifth in order. I like how you can see the process working but at the same time all three are quite pleasant works in their own right.

I was inspired by a piste I took whilst on the Staten Island Ferry. I looked back from the New York harbour and the signs of the forbidding city behind us was a strange feeling. From being in the middle of it all to suddenly out on open water was both shocking to the system and refreshing. I wanted to reflect this feeling within the colour scheme used, on a more cool, melancholy scale. Infact the three images I pinned up reflect on three emotions I experienced, the far left has a somewhat optimistic feel to it, the bold straight lines and block colour. The second seems playful, representing excitement, with the abstract shapes and flashes of blight colour. last he the far right seems more dull and the colours are more melded together here giving the print a gloomy feel.

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The image I used as inspiration, specifically the freedom tower.

Evaluation

Being my favourite piece of work thus far I have completed I feel there isn’t much to fault besides some intakes in the cutting which is probably not noticeable to the unknowing eye. An easy way to avoid this kind of mistake in future is to continue to use the scalpel to cut intricate shapes and let practice make perfect.

I also would have liked the image to me more in line with the original image. I only used the image as inspiration and would have liked rather to have tried to recreate it with more detail. The boats on the harbour would have also been an interesting aspect to include in the composition.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

When using a scalpel one just use a cutting board as to avoid cutting any surfaces as well as make the cutting on a more stable surface.

Fingers could easily be cut when using a sharp object such as this so care must be taken in regards to hands, hair and clothing as well as where you leave/store the blades. When not in use they should be stored either with the blades covered or blade down in a pot or container.

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This video I found interesting. The video looks at Mathias Valdez’s screen print work.

Relief Printmaking

Step one: Choose image/design

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I opted for an image I took during my trip to Seoul, South Korea in 2014 of the amazing Gwanghwamun Palace.  I thought the mountains on the background would create a nice block background to the more intricate things I had planned for the foreground.

Step two: Trace image

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I only did a very simple trace of the image, just to get the general shapes and lines I needed. There is surely room to be more precise at this stage however considering I was adding most of my mark making through imagination rather than actual textural stidies I thought it best to leave it.

Step Three: carve out

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The carving process was actually quite enjoyable and the tools we used gave just about the right control. Some of my shapes were a little small so had to be simplified, such as the little openings under the roof of the palaces entrance. Over all though I was happy and was excited to see how the different textured would turn out one they had gone through the print press.

Step four: Print

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This was my best print of a the two I did, my first one of the two in fact. I think the sky didn’t quite come out as boldly as I had wanted however it gives it a slightly softer feel, more like a cloudy sky and helps keep it not too confusing with all the varying texture as well as the details themselves.

Evaluation

I would probably not carve out the sky so deep, as I said above, in order to get more detail out of the print, although this could have also possibly been improved by adjusting the pressure on the printing press.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

In regards to the printing press, one must watch their hands when passing their print through and adjusting the printing press’ pressure. To avoid incidences occurring keep hands clear when turning the press and keep hands, hair or dangling clothing away from the rollers.

Upon talking to my teacher, I realised the foreground grass would have looked better had I varied the length/boldness of the carving. This would have given the composition more depth and a more realistic look however I didn’t think of this when I was carving. On my next try o this method I would be more careful to think about the images perspective.

Some of the shapes I included in the design were slightly too small and detailed to keep in the final piece. In future I will keep the design very simple to avoid losing the core image.

Lastly my final piece of evaluation is also a lesson turned in regards to the printing press. The guard sheets that work as padding must have had a crease in them when I was printing my second print and I subsequently have a crease in the end product. I shall double check the sheets in future as to make sure this won’t happen. The crease isn’t very noticeable in the image below however the effect on the print is. it turned out less detailed and slightly fuzzy where the lines should be white although despite this I did enjoy the coloured version had it gone better.

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I found this video to be very interesting .

Monoprinting

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Monoprinting: is a form of printmaking that has images or lines that can only be made once, unlike most printmaking, where there are multiple originals.

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Looking for inspiration in regards what to create, the texture of tin foil caught my attention. Resembling a cloudy night sky, or at least how I think it came out, gave my city scape a nice stark background and added a slight gloomy ambiance. This contrasted well to the bright colours used both in the building silhouettes and the leaves. Although initially I was disappointed the buildings ink didn’t completely transfer, I’ve grown to quite like the effect, the more distressed look makes the design feel completely different to how I intended but a good attempt overall.

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In my second attempt when using a flat inked background, I wanted to stick with the same theme, but make this one more optimistic. I, instead of using black, opted for a blue-faded-to-white base and lauerd time ink soaked string on top of that. I think it came out looking quite like wispy clouds, how I had intended, and made the composition look more innocent. It almost looks childlike due to the bright colours and more random curved lines.

Evaluation

I think a wider use of fabrics would have been interesting, and a prospect I would like to explore in future when mono printing again. I only had a limited choice in regards to my range of materials being that the whole class was doing the same activity thus, we were all sharing materials from the workshop.

I think the tinfoil worked surprisingly well, and it’s a texture I probably wouldn’t have thought of initially. The scrunched texture along with the leaves printed gave the composition an interesting twist. The leaves reminiscent of a tropical image while the oil sky looking stormy. Perhaps adding a dream-like/surrealist quality of these two contrasting images in one piece.

I think the printing with natural objects is also something I enjoyed, very reminiscent of flower pressing in primary school. I will probably use this also in future prints.

A more extensive city scale would be an interesting project in this setting. The minimal shapes gives the image a pop art type aesthetic however I think it would be interesting to explore a more detailed piece. All then depends on how the printing press would deal with that, after all the simpler the print the better normally.

Mixed Media

Mixed Media – A mixed media painting is one which combines different painting and drawing materials and methods, rather than only one medium. Any materials can be used, including collage items such as pages from magazines, newspaper, photographs, fabric, soil, or packaging. Or a mixed media piece can be as ‘simple’ as using two mediums, such as acrylic paints with pastel on top.

Our mixed media project was to be done with the theme of Genus Loci, the ideology referencing the “spirit of the place”. Essentially an art work using Genus loci focusses primarily on the emotional effect a location or journey has on the artist themselves and they then reflect that in their work. Memory and the roles of association are key.

Our task, homework if you will, was to choose a place to explore this idea with. We had the option to continue on from the week before with our Harbourside exploration although many of us chose places with more emotional connection. I myself chose Cotham Gardens A place I have visited many times since I was a child and have very fond memories of. When I visited the park, the weekend before class, the most prominent thing I could feel while being there was of change. The leaves on the trees were just beginning to turn into their golden autumn hue, a reminder summer was now well and truly behind us. I wanted to reflect this in my work and decided to really exaggerate this golden theme. I collected some leaves, green ones sadly as it had rained that morning leaving the normally crisp brown ones in a slush on the ground.

Wanting to explore the method of image transfer, I also collected a few photos of the park, specifically the view from lovers walk, to make central to the work.

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I particularly liked the fact I caught the couple walking in this shot, the irony of it being on lovers walk made it all the more pleasing. I decided to also incorporate the name of the walkway in the piece because of this.

The image transfer worked pretty well despite the detail, I was after a more tactile look anyway so tried to not make it look too perfect. While waiting for the image to transfer, a lengthy 24 hour wait, I got on with my other aspects. I decided that considering I had to collect green leaves rather than the lovely autumn brown ones I would paint my green leaves metallic gold, as I said the plan was to over empathise this aspect. The effect worked out rather well intact, The brown leaves would have probably been far more difficult to paint being so crisp. I also got some golden tissue paper and rolled tiny pieces painstakingly into little balls, these would later be glued on at the sides of the pathway to emulate the leaves.

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When the photo transfer was finally complete and the paper removed I assembled all of the components, the leaves making a metallic boarder, the same metallic paint added sporadically to pull the golden leaves in the image and on the trees, and the paper balls stuck firmly. The finishing touches were the lovers walk written in the corner in calligraphy and the “shiny” details such as the benches and the street lamp coated in a layer of pva to make them stand out a little more (this doesn’t translate very well in the image but it’s there I promise).

Evaluation

I would have liked to use more leaves around the exterior to give it more depth, as if looking through the shrubs at the scene, immersed into the scenery.

I think the photo transfer could have been done far cleaner, if done on a more sturdy surface and with more attention when actually transferring the image however, I was after the more weathered effect so for me it worked exactly as I wanted.

I would have liked he pva to be more noticeable within the image highlighting the benches and lampposts as it was meant to pull out the difference between the ever changing natural world sitting hand in hand with the never changing manmade one.

the size of the piece was a little on the small side, however for a first try at the photo transfer it made sense. If I am to try this technique again I would like to do it on a bigger scale.

It is key to remember that images will be reversed the doing the photo transfer technique, as you can see above with mine, the original image appears flipped on the final piece. Of course it doesn’t make much of an impact in my piece, however caution would be needed when the image contained word or details required to be the same way as the original. In this case one would have to flip the image prior to transferring on photoshop or another photo editing software.

Wet Media – Landscape Psychogeography

Psychogeography – an approach to geography that emphasizes playfulness and “drifting” around urban environments. It has links to the Situationist International. movement. 

A walk to Bristols Harbourside started this activity. A place very close to my heart as a born and bred bristolian (minus the accent I must admit). We wandered down from college, along towards the harbour ferry, took a trip across as you must. After this we made our way to the Banksy installation The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum.

Along the way we took pictures or sketched some of the sights such as the dry dock, the S.S Great Britain or just the harborside’s surrounding architecture. I took a particular interest in an old Fishing boat found just infant of the Banksy piece.

Following our small detour we made a trip to the infamous Brunel buttery, over the __ bridge and then along back to college. In our short trip I really felt the effects on the city on my art/photography. after all the point of the excessive was to take the role of  a observer of city life. 

The aim of the activity was to developed an idea monochromatically using a range of wet drawing media and techniques. I opted for wax resist along with Indian ink to create my piece. It took me a while to get used to the wax resist as a method after not attempting it for a few years but it created some really nice effects once I did.

Evaluation

Using a range of locations and combining them into on composition was successful and gave an interesting imago of Bristol and reflected well on the idea of psychogeography. As if wandering around the Harbourside, as we did.

I would further practice my use of wax resist to perfect my technique and perhaps include more details as to make the piece more interesting and full.

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