The ideas lab was a strong introduction to the year and to also help generate work at a fast pace. The images are responses from Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film #59. This image was given to me by someone else. I focused mainly on the movement, isolation and the background rather than the main subject which is Sherman. Focusing on these elements created an abstracted response. Using a mixture of material given, gave me the ability to create the response to the movement.
Returning for the second year has highlighted negatives and positives in the work that I produced throughout the summer. I believed that the imagery of Barbie being ‘destroyed’ conveyed that she isn’t this perfect role model, instead to my peers and tutor she was described as “a woman who has been raped and left in the mountains.”
From this feedback, I can understand why and it is a fault that needs to be resolved. To strengthen my concept of Barbie and also to the brief work alongside my practice I will conduct the following:
- Research into the origins of Barbie and the meaning of her.
- Research into Greek mythology and art.
- Find an artefact/ object/ artwork for the brief
- Begin to read about Versace.
Bringing Greek mythology into my work will create connections with the obsession of having a ‘perfect’ look that has been created by societies.
The set up of my working I thought was going to take a lot longer than what it actually did. In total it took about two hours giving myself enough time to help do small jobs around the studios and help peers with the set up of their own work.
Taking a lot less time to set the work up is probably down to planning that had commenced before the show and knowing how it would look.
Initially, I was given a different space than the one I have now. The space I had was slightly too small for all three pieces, however, the space I have now has given that extra bit.
Below is the map with my previous space and my current space.
As the new space is now by the main entrance/exit it allows it to be more visible and seeks more attention and this would have not been the case if it stayed in the original place.
The arrangement as I did state previously did become a random one. It did not follow any of the arrangements that I created in my sketchbook and down to my own personal preferance, this is the stronger one.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with what I have produced in my first year of my degree. I have created a body of work that explores my own and societies obession and idolisation towards the celebrity world. My work has shown the influences that idols have on a person and how it can change them physically and mentally.