The first day of the `Investigator´ project.
We went to Tate Modern and I began my journey by looking at a Mark Bradford painting, even though there is no actual painting in a Mark Bradford painting. I decided to catalogue my journey by drawing in a notebook, already full of sketches that I did 3 years ago at Tate Britain. I saw all the painters that I admire including Frank Auerbach, Ben Nicholson, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon. I am sitting in front of a great painter at Tate Modern after a 3 year gap, using the same notebook, but this time I am creating my own interpretation of these great works as opposed to copying them as I did before. I am interested in layering different medias over different periods, and at the same time wish to stretch the boundaries of the médium. (I think taking risks allows space for new ideas to flourish, but is not essential for a ¨successful” piece of art. An example of this is Pollocks ´the dripping´, that was created by accident.)
I began to draw different shapes of Mark Bradford´s painting using a soft pencil and a pen, this was different to 3 years ago when I used a harder pencil. I drew each time period using a different pencil to give the drawing more depth, and used a different technique for each layer to créate a rich and vibrant feel. In addition to this, I added composition that was inspired by the interlocking shapes taken from works by Mark Bradford and Frank Auerbach.
These drawings can be made into 3D objects which could then be exhibited as part of an art instalation, or equally remain as a simple sketch. To make a 3D object, I will cut the paper accordingly and fold into each shape. I see this piece as an ongoing project which I can continue to make 3D objects from as I wish. This allows the piece to continually change and evolve over time, as it emerges from the page. As I sculpt each area of the page, I am guided by how I see the shapes form.
I think its important not to place too much pressure on yourself to finish a piece, if you feel the time is not right in that given moment. Sometimes it is better to leave work to one side so you can see the piece from a different perspective, and in some cases this will mean moving on to other projects. The inspiration you feel to return the piece, can drive you to create your best work.
An interesting example of this comes from the painter Miquel Barcelo, who left his painting in a studio in Africa. After some years he returned to find insects had landed on the artwork and eaten through the canvas. He decided that the marks and holes left in the canvas had finished the piece. In my new pieces for the Investigator Project, the idea of external forces playing their role in the final presentation is also apparent. In a piece I created last month, I used papers which had been weathered by the atmosphere over time, and depending on how humid the room at different times and where they had been left in the room gave each paper a special quality. This also happened to Leonardo Da Vinci who, drawing on mouldy walls, used the mould to guide and inspire how the picture would be drawn.