BA (Hons) Fine Art & MA Fine Art
Land Art, the landscape, derelict buildings, ancient and folly ruins have been a subjective theme of inspiration. I have used the notion of Romantic ruins, the picturesque and the sublime, as a means of historical reference. I have then transformed similar notions, concepts and ideas through to contemporary exploration, development and study with reference to Romantic artists: John Constable (1776 – 1837) for his depiction of early Romantic ruins, and J.M.W. Turner (1775 – 1851) and Casper David Friedrich (1774 – 1840), for their notions of the sublime and the picturesque.
Metaphorically architectural ruins may be representational of Time passing, as a reflection and retrospection of a process of ageing, both of the social and the human condition. My aim is to demonstrate the inseparable relationship between architecture and nature. With introspective imagination and retrospection, I have reconstructed facets of a ‘derelict building’, within the ‘studio space’ practise environment. This process was originally inspired by the work of installation artist: Gordon Matta-Clark (1943 – 1978), as he exhibited facets of derelict buildings into gallery spaces. The twin artists Jane and Louise Wilson I have found inspirational with their studies of dereliction, namely a body of work entitled: Face Scripting: What Did the Building See? Depicting uncontrollable eventualities in society such as entropy: ie. The abandoned new town of Chernobyl, Ukraine and the aftermath of the nuclear power plant devastation. The processes affecting the transformative inevitability of change within the urban landscape: degradation, decay and irreversibility: entropy. Conditions of dereliction may be caused by other reasons such as economic deprivation.
As a means of establishing a holistic and contemporary overview, I have used both traditional and contemporary processes, such as drawing and painting, digital photography, digital film, and laser cutting from MDF boards. The digital film, as a canvas back-drop to the ‘derelict building, represents element viewing of the vastness of sky and changing seasons and weather conditions beyond, in a time-lapse fashion and on a loop. This concept has been inspired by the American sculptor: James Turrel (b. 1943), and his Skyspaces, portraying an artistic exploration of light, space and the sublime. I also display the forceful presents of nature reclaiming the landscape in a symbolic way, through carefully placing Ivy overgrowth on the ‘derelict buildings’.
Screen printed Trees, with mixed media
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