Reflection on outcomes since last tutorial
To pick more thorns and finish PRICK
Completed and very satisfied with result
To complete the Rogues Gallery of gelatin prints
Have printed 4 but only just obtained more canvas. Will continue to work on them but unsure if I will use them.
To complete the conker abacus and also the masks. Conker abacus still incomplete, but not intending to use it any longer. No further masks required…one mask will be sufficient.
To make other artworks if I have time
Have completed a painting which I am pleased with. Made SPIKE although doubtful if it will be used.
To design a fanzine and possibly button badges to go with them
Fanzine almost completed. Need to get properly laid out and printed soon. Button badges are an extra if I have time…not top of my list of priorities.
To design a poster which promotes the exhibtion, and print out labelling for the artworks
Poster completed…2 options to choose from. Need to get chosen option made into postcards for feedback.
To consider the hanging space carefully, and investigate hanging solutions
Have decided on large canvasses to cover the hanging systems. Will need to get another large canvas made to hang work upon.
Discussions and Recommendations
We began by discussing the venue and the rules and regulations of exhibition vs. event, and the fact that I felt it was not appropriate to have a full blown performance on this occasion, but wanted the audience to taste the weeds which were used to make my artwork. We also discussed my idea of bandaging patients or applying ointments, and that this may be used at a later stage with my work. Caroline also mentioned that this route could make me look further at the implications of the damage which these plants can cause to the body, by invading the body, changing chemistry, reactions etc.
Caroline thought that my painting was successful, and that it was a strong exhibition piece, which gave me a sense of relief, as I liked it, but was not sure if others would, as I don’t tend to categorise myself as a “painter” specifically.
The PRICK piece was mentioned next, and again it was felt by both of us that it was a strong piece, and we discussed the juxtaposition of the thorns and the word itself sprayed white against a soft white background. Caroline thought that the piece was carefully executed, but observed that SPIKE did not have the same aesthetic quality, and this was probably down to the materials used which aren’t easy to create a refined piece. Following this conversation, I think that SPIKE dilutes the beauty of PRICK, so I will probably opt not to use it in the exhibition.
Next we discussed the gelatin prints, and Caroline said that these may not be needed, and I would have to think carefully about how I edited my choices of work to be hung. I will continue to do a few more, but will keep an open mind about this, as I will need to reassess the space and ensure that I have enough 2d pieces to hang.
I told Caroline about my idea for fictitious seed packets of Hogweed, Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed, and she told me to take a look at old seed company catalogues, and perhaps produce a packet with a design which harks back to either the era when the hospital was built, or a 1940’s style in keeping with Poison Ivy’s bar. I will probably opt to do these as linoprints, as Caroline advised me that I could print multiples of them and pin them to the wall as a kind of covering – which would solve the problem of having bare walls!
I asked her about the use of seeds (hogweed in particular) and she recommended that I perhaps consider a similar piece to PRICK which would replace SPIKE, but made with seeds. I think that this would probably be BURN or BLISTER, and already I am picturing an italic joined up vintage font for blister so this is what I will attempt next.
Finally I discussed three ideas for 3D pieces; a bed made from injurious plants with a Barbie doll (Sleeping with the enemy), an interactive abacus frame with conkers and letters printed onto them and a UFO made from Giant Hogweed.
Having ruled out the UFO and the Abacus as being a bit off-track with regards to the rest of the exhibition, I settled for the bed, although Caroline felt that the Barbie doll might trivialise the piece, and questioned the purpose for her.
Current projected aims and outcomes
- Seed packet linoprints : design and print multiples of (by hand)
- Make a small scale bed using hogweed and other injurious plants
- Get posters printed and postcards (for feedback) of same design
- Finish off Fanzines and print copies
- Get another large canvas frame made up for work to hang on
- Keep blog updated
- Get email invites sent to SNH staff to sample the weed refreshments on Friday 14th
- Finalise drinks / cocktail menu…spin the wheel to pick a drink?
- Source hogweed seeds (if there are any left!) and use to make another piece
- Distribute lots of posters advertising the exhibition.
- Make badges for fanzines
- Source soda syphon
This tutorial was really helpful in that it has made me start thinking more about how pieces are connected to each other, and I have realised that I was in danger of spiralling off in many different directions. I still would like to realise some of these ideas, but will wait until there is an opportunity which they will be more appropriate for. I now feel that I can spend the rest of my time leading up to the exhibition by focussing on making work which is really relevent for this venue.