While doing the research and writing my dissertation some links between constellation and my subject work started to appear. During my dissertation I look at the treatment of the body by three artists in particular and my own work is also about the treatment of the body.
All of the artists that I have researched and looked into for my dissertation look at the human figure and the nude figure which is a subject matter which I use a lot as a starting point for my work. Picasso and Matisse have especially helped my subject work as they looked at abstracting the human form and this was the route that I am trying to take with my own practice.
While artists such as Matisse and Picasso are important to look at when abstracting the body it is also important to look at artists who are trying to create a realistic figurative painting. Leonardo da Vinci is an influential artists to my own work before I abstract the body. His work was something that I looked into a lot for my end of second year project as I found it was important to draw an accurate representation of the body in order to abstract it in the way I liked.
The basis for this body of work comes from the female form. I am recreating parts of the female body through natural forms using historically feminine trades and placing them into a domestic space. The clay and fabric pieces are small representations of female body parts dressed as natural forms and landscapes.
The idea of using the pieces as part of an installation relates back to jobs and roles women traditionally were expected to do in the domestic place but also symbolising that the work is in progress rather than a finished piece.
The idea of using a natural material and making it with your hands relates the pieces to the landscape as well as the outcome looking like something that could have grown from the ground.
Artists whose work has inspired my own practice include; Jenny Saville and her pieces Ebb and Flow 2015 and One Out of Two (Symposium) 2016 and Georgia O’Keefe’s pieces Grey Lines with Black, Blue and Yellow c.1923, Red Canna 1924 and Autumn Trees – The Maple 1924.
I chose to look into this topic as I became interested in how our society perceives beauty and the negative stereotypes which come with it. I wanted to represent the female form in a way every woman could relate too.
The use of textures on the inside of the pieces adds another dimension to the piece. As if it’s a micro section of a larger object. It makes you think of individual hairs and pieces of skin. Adds to the grotesqueness of the piece. Also when glazed the indentations made onto the clay will be able to pick up small details of paint when the rest is washed off.