Reflection on Material Projects

Overall, I believe the material projects (A Shaped Painting, Indoor Suns, Today Tomorrow Yesterday September) have benefitted my work and has helped push it further and develop my practice in ways I wouldn’t have thought of doing.

What has worked well?

Several techniques and ways of thinking have worked during these three projectsimg_8122
especially things like:

  • Video editing
  • Screen Printing
  • Cutting board
  • Using certain machinery that I haven’t been introduced to before
  • Being shown different ways of doing techniques prior to previous knowledge.

It was nice to learn these things that I feel have benefitted my work because it needed it in my opinion. I found my work began to lack excitement for me. Not for anyone else but me, I felt like I was just doing work and not doing it because I had a passion for it. This has now changed.

I have the thrill to do work again now because I can now change m collages into paintings that can be layered and somehow is changed into a three-dimensional painting.

What hasn’t worked well?

img_7848Even though many things did work for me I believe things like:

  • The wiring of circuits
  • Programming
  • Initial paintings

The only reason these didn’t work well is because I just made a mess of them, to begin with. The soldering in my circuits wasn’t tidy because I couldn’t get the hang of it due to fat fingers and the programming I found difficult. However, practice makes perfect which was proved in the second shaped painting I had done.


Taking forward?

Overall, I will definitely be taking a lot of the knowledge I have to learn forward. Regarding my circuits for lighting and also programming I will probably get someone to do it for me if needed.


Shaped Painting #1

For the first material project, the aim was to create a shaped painting, something that will get rid of the unwanted white space in a painting and a piece of work that will either create three-dimensionality to it or just simply push your painting further.

For mine, I decided I would focus on a corridor, which was on my mind at the time, and play with the idea of perception and how we see things.

I wanted to use a strong colour palette that will not only bring together complementary colours but also create strong contrasts.  As the final image within this collection is completely painted, it is not just yet finished.

For the next step of this painting, I will create another layer made out of board painted with a striking purple to really make the yellow pop in the painting. After this layer, I may continue to keep adding to this painting or maybe leave it and then re-visit.