Exploring Sculpture

The task we were given is to choose a medium in which we would design and create a sculpture that displays a message. A medium is materials that is used to create a piece of artwork, examples of mediums is clay, recycled items, wire, wood cravings, and etc. The medium I have chosen is clay.

Steps to creating a clay sculpture:

  1. Sketch out your design.
  2. Get the materials needed such as clay, Slip(watered-down clay that is used as glue), water, carving tools and etc.
  3. Section of pieces of clay and start a process called Wedging.

Wedging – This is a process of forcing the air bubbles out of the clay. By applying force or pounding the clay, using items such as a hammer or rolling pin or even your hands. While making sure to keep the clay moist using water.

A link of wedging:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPXZbVdSgUI

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4.  Next after all the air bubbles are out of the clay, and shape the design/structure by using water and different techniques to shape the clay such as pinching, rolling, scoring, molding, and etc.

Link example:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocAc–CQdPw

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Scoring – A technique using a type of sharp tool to create hatch marks in the clay, and then using water and slip to join the pieces together.

5. If not finished you can use materials such as tin foil, wet paper towel and others to preserve your sculpture in order to keep the moisture within the clay.

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Preserving the clay

6. When we are done the structure of the sculpture we can paint it.

7. Once the final product of sculpture is done we can put it in the kiln and wait for it to be done(this process usually takes a few days to a weeks).

Kiln – is an insulated chamber, a type of oven, that produces temperatures to complete a process, such as hardening and drying the clay sculpture.

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Connecting Art now & Art of the Past

Through out the week we studied art history art history and we were given three artists that have a similar theme to ours, then we had to research each. The artist that connects the most to my work’s theme is Doryphorus because he focuses on male beauty which is not common in today’s society since beauty is often associated with women in 480/475–415 BCE women were not considered important. His work is directly connected to mine, experiences and socio-political context that affected/influenced Doryphorus’ art was the era that he lived in, where it was basically considered a “man’s” world making men Doryphorus’ muses. Also women weren’t considered “important” until later on in history these reasons both effected the way Doryphorus art was. This essentially influenced my art work because it gives me a new perspective for my broad body of work. The majority of the artists I researched are popular and well known for pushing boundaries.  I ay draw my inspiration from their success because it gives me perspective a more expanded concept of my body of work. Overall my art work theme connects the theme of the artists researched (Doryphorus, Guerrilla Girls, Rachel Whiteread) because they all look at society’s ideas of beauty often looking at things that are not always considered beautiful. the audience should see the value in my art work is because it will use good technique and have a stronger message behind it that grabs the audience’s attention.

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Art History process

In class we previously looked at the concept of art history and the difference between an art historian and an art critic. So the main questions we have to ask ourselves is why we would have to understand art to be a successful artist, what is the the difference between an critic/historian, who is the intended audience, and lastly how does art history affect my process? I believe that in order to be a successful/effective artist you must first understand the history of art since we often look into the past such as do research and more to improve end results. So Art history effects your process by providing information, entertainment, inspiration, learning experiences, and etc.

Thinking like an Art Critic vs. Art Historian:

Art Historians looks at:

  1. Date of when it was created?
  2. Where was it made?
  3. Who made it?
  4. What’s that artist’s background story?
  5. Where is the piece now?
  • Art Historian’s audience is Teacher/professors, students, artists, art buyers and etc.

Art Critics looks at:

  1. Price?
  2. Textures?
  3. The artist’s use of Techniques?
  4. Visual effect?
  5. Light/Dark contrasts?
  6. Colour use?
  • Art Critic’s audience is Artists, buyers, other critics, websites, newspaper readers, and etc.

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Creative Process: Week 3

In week 3, this was the very last week we are able to work on our artworks. In week 2 I finished my artwork so my next task is to mat my finished artwork which is basically putting a black border/frame over my artwork with dimension of 7cm (3) and 10 cm (1) at the bottom and my artwork is finished and presentable. Overall I am pretty satisfied with the final art piece since I did put a lot of work and technique into them so I am proud and surprised I made it. When I was creating this I had good moments that went well and also problems with certain things I need to work on.

Things I did well:

  1. I layered all the colours well.
  2. I made sure there was not holes in the screen that the ink could leak through.
  3. Worked hard on making sure their detail in my art was fine and well done.

Things I need to work on:

  1. Making sure to be more careful with the ink because it can get fairly messy.
  2. Time management.
  3. Make sure the number my paper when doing the printing.
  4. On adjustments of the screen when printing.
  5. Not to be afraid to ask for help.

My artwork:

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This is the finished artwork (not matted yet) I outlined somethings with a gold fine tip marker for a better look.

Creative Process: Week 2

This week’s post I worked on putting my creative process into an actual art piece. From the week previously I did more planning and adjustments, while week 2 I did more tasks  that involved the screen. This took relatively long due to problems that occurred such as the fine detail in the flower layer I designed.

Here is my process:

  1. Once I painted the screen fluid on my screen for each layer.
  2. Then once the screen fluid dried, I put the screen filler fluid (red liquid) on the outside of the screen.
  3. Then when the screen filler fluid dried, I washed the screen fluid painted design off with a pressure washer.
  4. I set up my station for printing such as gathering my printing paper, printing ink, squeegee (used to drag the print ink across the screen to print).
  5. Once i finished the printing process on all the printing paper I hang up to dry.
  6. Then I repeat this process until my image want is complete (all three layers are on the page).
  7. And I make sure to clean my station and the screen each printing process.

Art Process shown below:

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Black and brown colour layer.

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Multi Colour layer (blue, yellow, red).

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Silkscreen first two layers results (brown and black).

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Showing the silkscreen printing process and set up.

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How I hang up my prints for drying.

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I did not take a picture of me doing this process but this is an example of  silkscreen printing. (this a squeegee)

 

 

Creative Process: Week 1

For this post I will be showing my art process into creating a silkscreen print, this  is a very tedious process when it comes down to actually printing the design on paper due to lining everything up, adding different colour layers and etc. In week one  I started out doing the research for this art piece then I began drawing my thumbnail sketches keeping in mind my theme which is the beauty in things that aren’t too often considered beautiful. Since my theme is vague I decided to look at different situations where people often find not as beautiful essentially opening the eyes of people who are biased. So I looked at the beauty in black women’s curly/kinky natural hair, researching on this topic  I found that black women have often been told by social media what type of hair is popular such as long straight or beach ways.
My process:
– I created 5 thumbnails in total that all display either what black women go through or to bring back the beauty to these women.
– Next I chose a thumbnail that I like the most.
– Created a preliminary (a good copy).
– Got tracing paper
– Traced each layer I wanted for each colour going to be printed one black (outline of the girl), one brown(skin tone layer), one blue, yellow, red (flower colour layer).
– With two silkscreens I painted on the traced layers, two layers (skin and outline) on one screen and the last layer (the flowers) on the second screen.
I will show picture of the process below…
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This is the first two thumbnails (I chosen the one on the bottom)

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Other thumbnails (3 and 4)

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Last thumbnail out of the 5

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The preliminary of my design.

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First layer which is the brown colour layer.

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Second layer which is the black layer.

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My last layer (the multi coloured layer)

Should Vivian Mairer be considered a successful artist?

Over the course of the week before march break we explored what exactly makes an artist successful, we also watched a movie called “Finding Vivian Mairer”. Which is about this artist that took amazing pictures, who had an off personality, and never shown their art till after she died. I believe that Vivian Mairer should be considered a successful artist because she is expressing what she finds interesting. And even though she died her work has inspired people because her artwork was shared with the world after her death. Also it is well known that after an artist dies their work becomes more popular which is an example of why she is could be considered a successful artist since success can often be linked with money and status which was achieved after her death. Overall my opinion is Vivian Mairer is an successful artist because of those reasons and her art is attention grabbing and beautiful. Here is examples of her work and the link to the trailer of “Finding Vivian Mairer”.

“Finding Vivian Mairer” trailer link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2o2nBhQ67Zc

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Both photos taken by Vivian Mairer

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