From the beginning I knew exactly what i wanted to create for this project, especially now that we have chosen on the Eco bookshop.
Artists such as Su Blackwell, Rob Ryan and Masayo Matsuda. I found all of these artists although they’re not photographers they were extremely infleuntial towards my main ideas.
I have known of Blackwell’s work for a few years and it has never failed to amaze me alike with Rob Ryan’s. Her work is primarily based around book pages, quotes and literature as a whole. This for my idea works perfectly for what I would like to achieve for my installation.
Her work is delicate and intricate that this can be used as a contrast with the theme behind my work. She uses books and creates miniature scenarios, almost looking like a pop up book. I find these pieces pleasing to look at as the viewer, you know that there has been time and effort put into them. Making you appreciate them a lot more.
Again, similarly to Blackwell’s work, I find Rob Ryan’s pieces absolutely fascinating. The delicate, hand cut designs are beautiful and just such a brilliant way to create art. He has been a big influence on my ideas especially as I want to have words and quotes from Dylan Thomas’ famous poems. He not only has done his own work, but has been previously commissioned with many companies, primarily Elle and Vogue Magazine. The most amazing thing about his work is that it is all hand cut out, unlike many artists who create versions of this type of work are normally laser cut out, as they tend to be made for mass production. This element is definitely something I want to consider when doing my own designs. Although using the laser printer in the graphics department in uni would be great – the effect I want to create wouldn’t look and feel the same. This will definitely take a lot more time and effort to create as more samples may have to be made in order to get the correct look I want.
I was told during the showing of our blogs about an artist called Masayo Matsuda, someone I had never heard of. However – I have looked into his work and some areas are irrelevant to my ideas but some images are quite similar to Blackwell’s and Ryan’s work.
I found that these images here are the most relevant to my style of work that I want to do. I especially find the use of origami interesting and something I am willing to test to hopefully include within my installation.
My first sample came out well, considering I didn’t really know what to do in order to create the look I wanted. I originally made two samples, the first being from standard plain paper and white cotton, this was just to check that the cutouts would look right. I already knew that I was using book pages for the main installation. I felt that the cotton was too noticeable when hung up – so I then decided to test with clear fishing line. Although this is thicker and less pliable in comparison the overall after effect looks great as the cutouts look as though they are floating rather than being attached.
During our group tutorial I was asked about whether a projection was a good idea to use throughout my installation. My answer being that I didn’t really want to include something like this; although the use of light maybe something to definitely consider as I noticed when I hung up my samples to keep safe, the surrounding light cast shadows on the wall. This was another element added to the overall effect.
The book pages look well together and especially knowing that my work will be inside an eco friendly bookshop. As well as my work being primarily based on Dylan Thomas’ work. I was guided towards Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ and the use of the birds in the film to incorporate them into my own work – as a contrast against the butterflies which could be a metaphor for the greater things in his life such as his work and the birds being the rough parts of his life, like his heavy drinking problem.