Words and Art
I find that a lot of my work is surrounded by my thoughts and influences, of which they are mostly word based too. The use of both words and visuals (including art), is that it is used to create something. Art, literally is the creation of something visual, which is interpreted by us, through sight, to evoke an emotion or reaction. Which, at the end of the day is the purpose of art (In my humble opinion). Words, however, which I consider the binary opposite to visuals (in some, but not all ways), are used to evoke or give a reaction through the use of words.
Through the use of these two aspects we understand the world (as a generalisation). Words and visuals are core to contemporary art. With the visuals a physical representation of the words, and the words explaining them. You cannot fully appreciate contemporary art in it’s entirety without the accompanying words.
Which leads me onto the next part of my project. As I have mentioned in the past, I have had great difficulty getting into this project and now I feel I have found a decent thread to follow. Playing with words, literally and metaphorically, is the direction I’m going to follow. It feels more stable than the traditional an stereotypical thread of “death and coping”, at least.
After a tutorial with Bob today, I have thought about progressing my work more so, now that I have begun focusing on language, and how it is used and understood (mostly use of euphemisms and idioms, so far). I have begun thinking about how I can progress my work more. On the plus side I feel I have more direction in with my work. Which is a great thing, considering how stuck I have been recently with my work (which is apparent though out my blog). Bob made a point of my work being quite Shrigley-esque. However, I feel this is just the beginning stages, and my work will progress more so throughout the rest of the year.
However, my concerns are that I am a little bit behind everyone else, due to the issues I’ve been having trying to find direction within my work. I feel that I’m letting go of the primary subject of death and coping, which is refreshing to think on. Now I just need to progress further, and develop my ideas more so. I am at least feeling confident. Bob has said to try not to focus on the grade, as if I enjoy my work, my grade will follow. Which is a nice way of thinking about it. I have a lot to do.
After speaking with Jill I have learnt that it is not my practice that is the problem, it’s the fact that I am finding it very hard to let go of the concept of death. After talking with Jill she thinks my practice lies in the more humorous side of things. Which is where my previous animations and jelly videos come in (albeit slightly disturbing). I am going to move onto -or rather back- my kind of thing, rather than getting bogged down in the seriousness. I feel, that when comparing my work from previous years, and work from today. I don’t like my work today, I used to enjoy doing work. But what I currently have it really mismatched and, just simply, wrong. Jill gave me the idea to do work on idioms and euphemisms. Euphemisms is a good starting point to move off from the whole death subject as it is not totally removed but it focusing more on the language side, and how absurd it can be. It’s a more fun and light hearted take. More up my street, and in more of a direction.
Rebecca Butterworth (2014), Flower
A simple black and white animation exploring the ideas that from birth we are all running from death. However, there comes a time at some point in our lives, unknown to us, when death takes us back to whence we came. To the earth, and so the circle continues, as our bodies fertilise the soil and create new life, in the form of nature.
Me, myself and repetition.
An apparent concept within my work which is becoming more noticeable with each created animation, is repetition. While repetition is a core component for frame-by-frame animation (as each frame has to be drawn over and over, with slight variations). However, while repetition isn’t a chosen subject within my work, it’s always got a place within it. Whether it is the animations or the repetition of subject matters within my work, such as body image and death. As these are subjects I have attempted to tackle many times in the past but keep returning to.
Repetition also has a place in life as well. The daily cycle as it were:
I get up, I drink coffee, I get dressed, I go places, I go home, I eat, I sleep. I get up, I drink coffee, I get dressed, I go places, I go home, I eat, I sleep. I get up, I drink coffee, I get dressed, I go places, I go home, I eat, I sleep. I get up, I drink coffee, I get dressed, I go places, I go home, I eat, I sleep. I get up, I drink coffee, I get dressed, I go places, I go home, I eat, I sleep.
However, this is not just me. Everyone has their daily routines, or rituals. Some are far more dedicated and meaningful that my personal rituals. Such as Muslims who pray 5 times a day or Geisha who have to prepare themselves body and soul before they start their working day. There are many examples, but repetition is a part of life and the only break in that is death.
Which I suppose, aside from all the personal conflict I have in relation to death, is why it is a fascination. It is the stopping of the repetition, a jump into the unknown. It’s a scary but constantly fascinating thought. As I have mentioned previously, death is the purpose of religion, if death was not a factor of life, there would be no religion. The creation of the world (In a religious sense, rather than scientific) is the theory of why we are here -however, that question is never easy answered- but that is simply to find the meaning before we die, so we can fulfil our basic need to be, well, needed. All religion points to death. Not just in a spiritual sense, but also within history, and even our recent history. Religion causes war, which is turn causes death. The only true peaceful religion is Buddhism, as they accept all religions.
Paper sculptures by Li Hongbo.
"A Defensive Posture no. 3"
Olga Ziemska, The Tree Told Me So…,(2005).
Piccaninny Paradise by Danie Mellor 2009