I have been sick this week and missed the pecha kucha presentations on Monday’s hangout. As I was not able to present mine and don’t have much of a voice to record one I thought I would add the notes here.
Slide one I am still using images such as these, in this case from online archives to develop my work. This one is from the mid 20th century from Ciempozuelos. I am still using the agricultural images to show the transition from rural areas to the city and factories in the 20th century. This research began in MA1
Slide two my original idea for the exhibition in La Corrala was to hang the paintings in the courtyard like the washing – there were health and safety issues. Nevertheless I can still hang in the gallery so both sides will be visible.
Slide 3 I began with small pieces on paper which I am now developing and thinking about how to display in the space alongside larger wall pieces
Slide 4 Approx 140 x 190cm Single image covered with the small dots of thick paint the idea being to make the surface tangible and the past untouchable. Although the figures are life size they are illusions. The muslin also helps with this.
Slide 5 Approx 140 x 190cm – nurses from the psychiatric hospital and agricultural workers – I chose this area because i know people from there so have some idea of the past from oral history. Single image covered with the small dots of thick paint the surface is made visible and physical The images are fading
Slide 6 These tobacco factory workers are looking way too pretty and nostalgic – they look like they are painted on pottery. I did really enjoy the textures of the tobacco which looks like agriculture (from which they had come probably)
Slide 7 By adding the women in complementary colours I think this works better. This avoidance of pretty imagery has been complicated for me. I do not want to churn out a show but I do need to have a coherent body of work for the exhibition. This has been a difficult balancing act.
Slide 8 Another hanging in the studio to show the transparency – I need to think about lighting a lot. The lights have to be on the thick paint but cannot be too close.
Slide 9 An old piece of mine from 2010 – I want to get back some of my use of line and personal storytelling back into this work. What I have lost is that element of fantasy about the characters. I am also looking at different ways of using line.
Slide 10 This is doublesided as they all are. This makes it very hard to photograph. I wanted to try overlays as I had done in Ciempozuelos and also the use of thicker paint contrasting with lines.
Slide 11 At the end of last year I got given this book which is full of oral histories of Madrid. The book is printed by the local council and the stories were related by the elderly in homes and some of them were telling their stories for the first time. This gives me a valuable new source.
Slide 12 I am also continuing to develop line through observational drawing. This was my bed for Tanya’s project. I then took the lines into paint onto the muslin as an experiment which I think has potential.Not sure for what yet though!
Slide 13 Importance of lines – I tried to carry through onto the large muslin but these lines had to be worked on further as they would disappear in the space. However I would like to come back to them at some point. Although they do not fit in with this work they could work in another context.
Slide 14 For this piece I then added washes and modeling on some places with thick paint
Slide 15 I am also noticing that I want to do something with the lines you can make for collagraphs – these are just string pasted onto cardboard. The printing process might be more interesting to me than the print. Although I do love collagraphs.
Slide 16 Since the summer I have become more and more interested in the act of walking. There are 2 main ways it interests me: That I walk to process information and to research as my practice – I leave the studio and often get ideas (we think at 3mph). The other idea is of the pilgrimage or the coming together of people as a piece of work – the stations of the cross especially appeals for me.
Slide 17 The tools of the trade are also very important and have become seen as a way of negotiating the space in the gallery
Slide 18 The tools are things we all may use in our lifetimes – common everyday objects that could be used in paid or unpaid work. I think these objects matter whether we can replace them with technology or not.
Slide 19 I have been playing with the tools as non functional 3D forms
Slide 20 As with the collagraphs I am becoming more interested in the lino than the prints