After the dérive I decided to focus on colour as it seemed to be what I was mostly looking at when taking photos of the world. I also felt that it was a good jumping off point yet still broad enough that I could develop something interesting from. Looking back again at the photos I took on the dérive I was particularly interested in the contrast of colours, for example, on the jubilee line where the pale yellow handle bars contrast with the teal coloured surfaces.
Our first practice workshop was based around the idea that to explore a place you need to let yourself be taken in by your surroundings and keep a state of open mindedness as you travel with no aim in mind. I took lots of photographs as I travelled as this was the easiest and quickest way of recording what I found appealing.
What stood out to me most when I got home and looked over the photos was the colours. I was looking through a magazine looking for inspiration on what to do with the photographs when I came across an image of Vivienne Westwood that had very similar colours to one of the photographs I had taken. I used Instagram to compile two images (one I took and one from a magazine) into one image, matching them by the colours/similar shapes and objects.
I hadn’t seen much of Rachel Whiteread’s work before going to this exhibition but what I had seen I found quite interesting as it was often concerned with space.
I enjoyed the range of materials and intriguing structures displayed but felt that when such a large amount of the same persons work is brought together I find myself becoming immune to it and don’t take it in as much as if there were just a few of her pieces. However, there were some pieces that I was more drawn to, for example ‘Untitled (Amber Bed)’ which I drew in my sketchbook. I liked how it was displayed; slumped against the wall instead of just lying flat on the floor. I often find myself creating work in this space between the wall and the floor where it is not demanding of your attention but sits as if it were a human or animal.
Another collection of works that I was particularly drawn to were the smaller coloured objects . They were displayed on shelves as if they were semi precious and should be kept out of reach. How ever the simple formations and block colours are enough to intrigue.
A collection of my own scanned 2d collages:
I found this first exhibition quite difficult to prepare for as I often work within the space that the work will be shown. I also had limited materials so I had to really improvise and work at the last minute to install a piece of work. The final outcome was rather messy and incomplete looking but it did make me realise what is important to me when creating work.
I found the feedback I received useful as it highlighted aspects I hadn’t really thought about, for example someone asked me why I chose the colours I had used and I realised how little I had thought through the painting aspect of the piece. Usually the colours I use are an essential part to my work but in the rush I ended up using whatever colours I had. On the other hand I was happy with the materials (another important part to my work) I ended up using. They were mostly stuff I had collected since moving in such as the shoebox and plastic that was inside that I used to make a length to tie to a metal loop that was already on the wall. The dead roses were a very last minute decision and created a sad aspect to the assembly with a couple of people mentioning it reminded them of a gravestone. At first I didn’t like this as I like to make work that makes people smile however, looking back I like that it could be interpreted in two different ways and depends on who the viewer is.
Another thing I like about the piece is the slumped positioning of the cardboard, although it adds to the unfinished look I also think it gives an anthropomorphic feel to what is basically a pile of rubbish. Looking forward I want to continue creating site specific work but thinking more carefully about the painting aspect of my work.