The VCA Grad Show took place on in late November. Here are a few shots from the work I made there. It covered a great deal of space, including a long hallway and a small space on the floor below which was connected by the lift, hence the title Fracture Below. The work downstairs was the last work you saw, before taking the lift to the next floor and coming out inside the work.
I attempted to narrow my colour palette in this work. Focussing on a more traditional landscape colours like blues and greens. I found myself still quite attached to the contrasting colours. I perhaps allowed a few too many in, I had wanted to include just a few contrasts but mainly focus on the blues and greens to evoke more of a landscape feeling than before. In my next large scale work, I think I will focus more still on a narrow selection of colours.
The past month has been full of stuff. I completed my research paper and submitted it, which was to discuss the issues present in my work and situate my work within an historical context. It was quickly apparent that five thousand words wasn’t going to allow me delve too exhaustively into all aspects of my work, but I was able to cover part of it. It was a great opportunity to learn about my practice and what drives it. I may post a few excerpts in future posts. Alongside this research paper submission, was my major project. This was a major artwork installed so it could be assessed for half an hour and then taken down. Ohhh the days it took to create for half an hour! Actually, it was probably alive for 3 or 4 hours in total. It now lives on in jpegs. Oh those jpegs! I’m still rather mourning it – it is the occupational hazard of the artist making ephemeral installations.
Today’s studio time was quick but fruitful. I had done all the thinking already, so when I arrived, I was woman on a mission. I stuck my span shapes up, overlapping and crossing a corner (of course) and set to work cutting out some purple brushstroke silhouettes, without a brushstroke for a guide. With all the time I’ve been spending ‘studying’ brushstrokes, this was a surprisingly easy feat. I then painted off the vinyl and directly onto the wall. I’m trying to be a bit looser in the way I’m using vinyl.
Today I am in the studio. I have been writing my research paper, or worry about my research paper a lot lately, and it has kept me from making. Today I am making. Having had some feedback recently where a few things were brought to my attention, which I was not seeing, I am trying to begin to change.
I am toying with the idea of not cutting out the brushstrokes exactly as I have been. Maybe giving them more room. Maybe even changing up the order of doing things.
With very late notice, I was included in the VCA Honours show and I had to put together something very quickly. I have been experimenting with using two different colours as vinyl backing, sticking them to each other before painting on them and then cutting them out and applying them. This has proven a very tricky process. Sticking vinyl onto vinyl which hasn’t yet been adhered to a hard flat surface is incredibly difficult, but I got there (after a fair amount of wasted vinyl). Purple and green backing, with yellow and fluro pink ‘swept’ over the top.
While installing my latest work last week, I had one of those lovely moments where a work starts to take on its own life. It’s no longer just something I am making, it’s a thing that exists by its own volition. Yes, I admit that I am personifying the artwork, but what’s a little personification between friends?