As we draw closer to the end of the year I have decided to start focusing on what I am planning on doing after the term has finished. In order to do this, I have started creating my creative CV for potential job and internship applications. I want to use the same font as I have used for my website design on WiX, in order to create a strong link between the two, I also think that the font represents my visual languages quite well with the contrasts between the bold and normal presets of it. I considered handwriting my CV but I decided that in order to make sure it is fully readable and engaging that this was better avoided since my handwriting leans to the messy and more expressive side. I will explore making the CV more individual to myself and perhaps scan in a small selection of drawings which I can experiment with around the page.
On Tuesday the 10th of April I visited Tate Modern to visit the Picasso exhibition titled ‘THE EY EXHIBITION – PICASSO 1932 – LOVE, FAME, TRAGEDY’. An exhibition focused mainly on the ‘most creative year in Picasso’s life’ 1932. Throughout the exhibition, you could almost see Picasso’s thought process when it came to his abstraction of images. This is a process I had never really considered since I assumed he could automatically abstract imagery but it has become clear that is is very much a progression into abstraction.
I find the work with a strong sense of light space in the imagery that most interesting since the use of negative space has been considered by an artist who is not typically associated with empty imagery. The use of incredibly saturated colours, when placed next to the strong black like and vast white space, is something I would like to explore further in my own work through printmaking. Much of the work centred around a singular subject of his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter, it was amazing to see how differently a person could be portrayed by Picasso due to his fluidity of visual languages and contexts in which to place someone. His fearlessness of painting in colours which weren’t true to the subject is something I find very interesting because it causes you to think differently of the subject since it is not how you would normally expect it, e.g painting skin a light lilac colour rather than the expected colours.
This is a selection of the other work I looked at during my visit, I was very interested in the series of prints by Andy Warhol as an example of different colour palettes I could explore in my screen-printing process at the university. After seeing the row of images lined up next to each other it really shows how much having large elements of colour helps an interest to an image whilst it is in sequence. The other piece that really peeked my interest was ‘Babel’ by Clido Meireles, a social commentary on the advancement of technology into the heavens and how older technology is more achievable and humane.
During previous tutorials with Anna I have discussed my interest of applying for ‘The Drawing Year’ at the Royal Drawing School in April 2019, she has suggested that in order to help build towards a possible portfolio I should aim to create a body of observational work alongside my Tennessee Williams’ work which not only will encourage me to more actively engage with drawing since my current project has been very paper cut and technologically orientated but will also encourage me to become more visually aware of my surroundings since I will be engaging with them finding interesting elements of the world around me which is something I really enjoyed doing during the work I created of the last term in second year when I created a body of work focused on landscapes and societies relationship with them as an escape. Focusing on observational work has really been helping me to become more confident with my own confidence and become more expressive creatively and realising that not everything has to be ‘finished’ which is a thought that I have always struggled with. Observationally studying my world around me has made me aware that there are definite scenes and objects which I am naturally drawn to such as tree’s and their contexts, people around me engaging with technology and everyday objects in different compositions e.g a shopping basket entirely filled with different liquid purchases not set out perfectly. The relationship of society and technology is something I am interested in researching since it is an ever-growing pillar within society.
University has been a time of great experimenting for my creative practice, I have found myself pushing to become more expressive and experimental with my mark-making techniques and thinking about the context in which my work could sit in wider-society. Anna has really pushed me to become more confident with my design choices and to trust myself when it comes to what subjects and topics I can explore through the work. I am drawn to working with different multi-mediums which images rich in tactility and texture lending itself to a hand-rendered aesthetic something I am very visually drawn towards. During the process I have realised that I am actively a responder rather than a ‘researcher’ per say and that I engage with words and imagery largely, I think this skill will help to aid me after graduation since I will be able to adapt to working within different fields potentially such as theatre poster design, editorial, or potentially book illustration.
For the Streetcar imagery, I decided to focus on the imagery of moth(s) attracted to a lightbulb since I believe it references the most poignant issues of Williams’ writing, Blanche’s inner struggle with her focus on reality and her own reality. I chose to represent this theme after my experience of addressing mental health during the creative conscience brief of the second term during the second year. I believe that in order to create slightly more engaging imagery this was the route to go down rather than focusing in on the subject of the alcoholism of Stanley since this can be quite a controversial topic within mass-media whereas imagery of a moth and a lightbulb cannot really be negatively engaged with. In order to create a series of different posters for Williams’ three plays I aim to focus on more thought-provoking imagery rather than the typical imageries of the plays e.g alcohol, glass animals or cat’s on roofs, since I think focusing on these different symbols is what will help make the work stand out from others if it were to be placed in real life context against over theatrical posters.
When presenting my work I want to make sure that I can present my work in a way which makes it more engaging to an audience. I think in order to make sure that my posters don’t just blend in with the rest of the exhibition I should take my work away from the walls and potentially hang them from a line using bulldog clips. Maybe in a verticle trio or diagonally to make them seem more visually intriguing.
In order to show them in these fashions, I would have to make sure that the backs of the posters were also interesting so I could potentially have a different version of the said poster on the back. Having the posters off of the wall makes sure that the posters won’t just blend in against the white paint of the wall since I don’t want to frame them since it risks taking away the tactility of the images which I have worked hard to create during my print process. Since many of the other illustrations within the show could be potentially three-dimensional based I want to make sure that my work sits with other work that is more two-dimensional based. Before the show is begun to put up I want to aim to potentially start creating pieces on a bigger scale using bigger screens and bigger pieces of paper if I think the three images do not stand out enough on their own.
After the feedback from my mock viva, I have realized that in order to take my work to the next standard I need to take it away from the computer and paper cutting and into screen-printing. Initially, I started with just using paper-cutting within my screen printing process but I was struggling to create the full effect of the moment I was trying to create within ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ capturing the moment of Blanche interacting with the lightbulb. In order to experiment with this particular screen-print, I am going to experiment with using different mediums and textures within the screen print in order to create a more tactile aesthetic, I am also going to experiment with placing the title within the lightbulb and then experiment with different textures in order to draw more attention to the moment with Blanche and the different elements of light and shadow.
After my first set of screen prints, I have already immediately found that the work is beginning to feel more whole and to a larger scale which means that I can become more expressive with my mark-making and I can become more experimental with colour and become more confident with screen-printing with a process.