meeting with Judy 13th March 2013

Work I brought along:

  1. fresh plant prints - small, square and larger ones
  2. agee jar screen prints
  3. leaves in jar images

 1. Fresh plant prints: Judy felt that the smaller ones were more successful as they were like fragments of a world, part of a bigger picture the display of these is just as important as the actual image - this presentation will make or break what I am trying to say with this work. Need to think about this for April:

  • are these scientific?
  • will they need some form of writing? if so what?
  • names or not?
  • Are they specimens? displayed on a table, what type - appropriated, reconstructed from old? Research Mark Dion, he is a master at this type of art presentation.
  • displayed singly or in pairs or a group - not behind glass, as that would loose it’s tactile appeal

 2. Agee jar screen prints with plants: felt these were over thought, not really bringing a clear message across (mixed messages) - I had felt that myself as well, so it was great to have this reinforced by Judy Interestingly - the embossed images on the other side had more impact. At this point Judy mentioned the same i had felt after creating them - so they will go on the back burner for now.   3.Leaves in a jar: these Judy was really taken with, comments she made were:

  • they have a simplicity to them
  • a poetic feel
  • combination of organic forms of plant and hard form of glass
  • an activity had taken place - and this is conveyed in the image
  • could feel the emotion
  • colour of the glass - keep the image the original colour with the background in tact.
  • the seam, which distorts some of the plant and adds a time element to the work
  • those leaves that had an action with them to get them into the jar were better. The one that looked placed, had no where near as much power/emotion (I had also dismissed that one)

Judy reinforced again to me that what creates an emotion within me, will come across in my work. These jar images, do more, explore this further, to create something else or really capture what I have found in these initial images. I need to really ask myself why do they work so well, what is it:

  • colour of glass
  • seam of the jar creating distortion
  • size of the image - smaller or bigger?
  • bits sticking out the top
  • the foliage used - partially dead or completely
  • the shape the foliage create in the jar and the angle of capturing this
  • lighting - used all natural, but what happens if I change that

  the big question for me to think about is: What are the consequences of this/any work? (this relates to both the plant prints and leaves in jar)   Artist to research: Mark Dion - done some quick research on him before and found it interesting, not necessarily my style, but his presentation is something to look at Ian Hamilton Finlay - created a garden around his art (Little Sparta) (had  a quick look and his garden looks amazing) Robert Smithson - his smaller works Louise Bourgeois - female french sculptor Joseph Beuys - 7000 oaks project Giuseppe Penone - italian artist Books to read: Norman Bryson - looking at the overlooked Ernst Gombrich - the story of art   Lots of great comments and artist to research, books to read, my break away will be filled with great learning.

Posted by Elle Anderson

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