L5 Formative Assessment

Documentation:

  1. https://natashadormanblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/09/the-artefact/
  2. https://natashadormanblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/17/human-figure/
  3. https://natashadormanblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/05/goth-sports-day-7-deadly-sins/
  4. https://natashadormanblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/micro-landscape-piece/
  5. https://natashadormanblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/use-of-3d/

Contextualisation:

  1. https://natashadormanblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/30/key-concept-object/
  2. https://natashadormanblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/henry-moore/
  3. https://natashadormanblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/7-deadly-sins-research/
  4. https://natashadormanblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/eduardo-chillida/
  5. https://natashadormanblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/picasso-les-demoiselles-davignon/

Both individual field reflections:

  1. https://natashadormanblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/field-reflections/

Overall field reflection:

  1. https://natashadormanblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/field-overall-reflection/

Artist Statement:

  1. https://natashadormanblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/artist-statement/

Field overall reflection

Both field projects have had an influence on my subject work in different ways. The Rajasthan project was a greater learning experience in some ways as it made me look into print, colour and culture in a different light. This was also when I started looking into a meaning for my subject work and it helped because I concentrated my field research into how the women were treated unequally in some areas. I found that this would also have a negative effect on how the women would actually feel about themselves. The use of patterned fabric and colour was used in one of my subject final pieces which was influenced from being in an area in Jaipur which had amazing fabric and patterns. The use of print in both my Field final piece and some of my subject pieces were reactions to the work we did in India as we were able to watch skilled craftsmen carve wood blocks and then print them onto fabric. A lot of my subject work was quite monotone in the first term but when I went back to my subject work following the field projects I eventually started using colour to help me represent the human body in some of my final pieces. I would like to use the experiences that I have taken from India next year in my projects as I found it very insightful and you appreciate the steps you take in the processes a bit more seeing it in a more difficult situation. I would also like to try and re-create the wood carving print technique to fit in with my own work as it was very intricate and you could add a lot of detail by making different marks into the wood.
The second field project was “Things behind the sun” and I found that this project helped me reconnect to my subject work more than maybe the Rajasthan one. Some of the techniques I learnt became useful in pushing my subject project in a direction that became more personal as I found I was able to connect to the landscapes we visited and relate them to something of beauty. My idea behind my final pieces for subject was connecting the landscape and the human body in ways to make people appreciate beauty and not beauty standards. When looking at the body through a micro lens you see crevices and marks which make it into a miniature landscape, so studying the landscape through this field project helped me realise this. One transferable skill that I learnt from this project is the importance of quick sketches of not just the whole image but of smaller parts of the image which can help create the full image more clearly in your mind, this is something that I found very difficult to do at the beginning of the project but by the end, once I had found my technique, I started to enjoy and become good at.

Artist Statement

Natasha Dorman
2nd Year
The basis for my current body of work is on the human form. I am trying to create landscapes from micro images of the human body. I decided to use landscapes as a way of overcoming personnel self conscious body issues as I found I could relate to a landscape as something beautiful with ease where as I find it hard to relate my body as something beautiful. I started by choosing a part of my own body that I don’t like and using it to create a landscape.

Beauty stereotypes and standards are a huge topic and something that everybody can relate too. The media creates a lot of body shaming when they don’t see it as ‘perfect’ and I wanted to create a body of work which tried to make people see that everybody has parts that they don’t like.

I used clay a lot at the beginning of this body of work to help create a link between the human body and the landscape. The use of clay meant that I was able to use a small bit of natural landscape and make it into something that relates to the human form. I then decided to use materials and thread as my medium for my final pieces to help bond beauty and repulsion of the body into a landscape. Sewing also has a very literal meaning in that the textile industry is made up of mostly woman and therefore using it would hopefully create something they could relate too. The materials and methods chosen in my sewing final pieces were used to represent the insecurities and uniqueness of our bodies.

In the sewn book there are childish print which I sewed onto. It was also used to suggest that children aren’t as judgmental as adults and the fact the sewing onto of the fabric is slightly lost represents that. As well as prints I used unsightly coloured threads on a plain background to show cultural issues and media stereotypes of beauty.

These abstract snapshots of the human form are things that make a human unique and I wanted to show that they aren’t something to be ashamed of.

Goth Sports Day – 7 Deadly Sins

As part of the Goth Sports Day event myself and 6 others dressed up in black outfits with masks. Each mask represented one of the deadly sins. We then did a half time ‘cheerless leaders’ routine to the cha cha slide. We chose this as the song as it is a very well known song and most people know the dance to it. Instead of dancing enthusiastically to the song we decided to dance a bit like zombies to to fit in with the Goth sports day theme. In the end I think the routine went well and we were able to get some people to join in.

As a small group we came up with the ‘Shit Tombola”. Using a piece of board we put nails around the outside and hung dog poo bags on the nails. All of which had a random prize in and a lolly. For example we put rocks, fish fingers, mud, string and other bits in the bags but everybody got a lolly. We found that people found our stall good fun and also quite funny when they got a rubbish prize.

Goth Sports Day – Final event

As a small group we came up with the ‘Shit Tombola”. Using a piece of board we put nails around the outside and hung dog poo bags on the nails. All of which had a random prize in and a lolly. For example we put rocks, fish fingers, mud, string and other bits in the bags but everybody got a lolly. We found that people found our stall good fun and also quite funny when they got a rubbish prize.

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska Seated Male Nude

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In the National Museum in Cardiff I found Gaudier-Brzeska’s piece Male Nude (1953) after then doing some online research about his work I found this piece called Seated Nude Male  (n.d). I found that Henri’s sketches related in some ways to my drawings as he tends to use cross hatching and line hatching to create depth and tone in his quick drawing. Even though my drawings are usually micro images of the body rather than his being the full body I still found his work useful. The way he works quite quickly with the ink has influenced me to do quicker less detailed drawings.