Research – Casting with Resin

Reading up on what to consider when using resin. Releasing agent required where mould has potential to stick to resin. Sample using Latex mould, however silicone rubber moulds will be stronger for repeat moulding. Matt silicone moulds will give a matt finish – gloss silicone moulds a glossy finish Casting moulds are better quality and more durable than baking moulds. Read the instructions to know for sure what quantity of resin to mix to what quantity of hardener and how long it takes to cure Be super accurate with measuring Mix thoroughly – looking for a uniform colour Choose the…

Research – Lucas Samaras

My interest in Lucas Samaras is because of his Photo Transformations created by manipulating the wet dye on the poloroid photographic film. While the poloroid images are drying the surface is scratched, rubbed and scraped to disturb the image and create dramatic changes in the image presented. A lot of his images are close up photographs of his own face, hands – yet others are elaborately presented theatrical scenes. Although these works are from the 1970’s they remain fresh and current with society of the present day’s compulsion towards selfie taking. Bibliography Schultz, C. (2018). LUCAS SAMARAS: Photo-Transformations. [online] The…

Latex Observations

I spent some time re-discovering the use of latex as an artist medium. Below are some observations.  Latex Paint can be thickened. You cant apply latex over someone’s skin. Contaminants interfere with the latex when curing, though as an artist this is probably of benefit. Brush Latex on in thin layers – Ensure there are no air bubbles Each layer takes approximately 30 minutes to dry Four or Five Layers minimum, up to 10 for larger items. Poured latex will take up to 24 hours to dry. Use loosely woven fabric for reinforcement. Don’t reinforce areas that need to stretch…

Research – Evocative Objects

I have been reading the book, Evocative Objects by Sherry Turkle and am fascinated by the meaning we place on objects around us, making the seemingly ordinary and insignificant possess greater significance in our lives. Certain objects can bring a sense of reminiscence for us, evoking memories and recollections from our past. The meaning that we place on specific objects can change as time passes and our memories fade. This book is a collective of stories where people are providing a narrative relating to familiar every day objects that they have pinned this sense of remembrance onto. Using theory Turkle…

Research – Shona Illingworth

This post forms part of my initial research for my project proposal. Lesions in the Landscape is a video installation with an immersive sound piece. I became inspired by this piece through my own struggles with memory after a period of illness. Claire, struggling with amnesia and memory loss through encephalitis causing a lesion in her brain resulting in the inability to remember the past, make new long term memories and remember faces. “The past existing as a space you can’t enter or feel; the future a space you can’t imagine.”(Claire, 2013) http://digicult.it/news/lesions-in-the-landscape-an-interview-with-shona-illingworth/ Illingworth collaborated with Claire over a long…

Research – Rachel Whiteread

This post forms part of my initial research for my project proposal. Rachel Whiteread came to my attention mainly for the piece House (1993) where she had cast the interior of a house in concrete prior to it being demolished. This spoke very much of memory and history of the many people who had lived and visited the house when it was alive. It appears to me very much like a sarcophagus a tomb filled with memories and lifetimes that will only be remembered through this installation. The piece Ghost (1990) where Whiteread sculpted the inside of a bedsit in…

London Fine Art Trip

I decided to make the most of the opportunity for a visit to London and stay for two days. After researching current exhibitions, I wanted to visit the Space Shifters exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, the Tate Modern and join the group from college at the Victoria Miro to see the Yayoi Kusama exhibition. These two days became a moment in time where I was able to see artwork that alters the perception – definitely a mind altering two days. Hayward Gallery My first stop was the Space Shifters exhibition at Hayward Gallery. Warned as I entered, that the exhibition…