I have to admit I drive myself crazy at times navigating my way through a project is at times testing. Moving forward then hitting a creative block. I think that is part of my working process, creating and getting absorbed by cresting a lot of experimentation ideas, jumping from one thing that creates another idea before I know it I end up with a mass body of work I at times have no clue what or were to go with it losing my direction of communication. On reflection on this process what always happens I think the key point I am trying to work out for myself is to stop and go back to my research and identify what could fit or have potential to visually communicate.
These images above created from my drawings and experimentation’s below using a USB microscope. I feel if I new this was a thing before I got to this stage of my project, I would have looked at creating my work from a different angle maybe? I feel that they are communicating cell structure’s more clearly than my drawings below.
But it has opened a new dimension for me photos below are fabric/textiles a sock for example. I think what I am truly interested in is seeing the unseen. As visual people there is only so much our naked eye can see. So much of the world passes us by being unseen as we just don’t have the ability to see it. A sock is still the same even if it is not looked at for the item but under 1000x microscope it still remains a sock but not as we would visually connect with.
I still haven’t quite worked out the final thing for this project. I am going to explore some text that can maybe help inform and make sense of the cell structures I have been looking at in nature and the body. I am working towards an A5 book with a text intro to help the viewer make sense of my images. It being small and conditioned in this way as I am looking at the microscopic world. I don’t feel this project will be resolved not yet anyway. I feel this is the start of a bigger line of investigation which could go many different ways and feed into many different areas of my work and I am OK with that think the awareness of this is key, to allowing things to naturally evolve like they have already.
This is what I have been missing all along through this project all along. It wasn’t until I had no idea were to go or even how I could pull this together. Having key conversation I think I have sussed it out??? well maybe.
I have reached a stage within this project that I have now identified the area I am interested in which is looking at cell structures, seeing the un seen. After a stage of creative block and having a conversation about this has allowed me to pin point my direction more, I have all their foundation work I just need to pull it together. How do I create the structure of a cell? They are not 2D objects and I cannot rely on drawing alone to make sense of this unseen world that is around us, I am going to use the skills I have with using my camera and see how photography light and Photoshop can allow me to refine and expand what I am looking and to communicate more effectively. Also, I have managed to get my hands on a USB microscope I am able to give my 2D work a new life of its own creating cell structures within the texture of mixed media drawings. Which I will as a project create contact sheets to show further refinement within my project and between 4-6 prints exploring my work under the microscope, allowing the viewer to think they are looking at something that isn’t exactly what they think it is.
Reflecting on my work in process so far and I am finding that photographing elements,with doing so I am seeing a different quality in some of the shapes. Could this be another way I can progress my work forward creating the physical but the overall outcome be collating elements into a digital process without using digital drawing and manipulating my work into digital process?
Realization of this process. The idea of scaling my work up and working on A2 seemed like a logical sense to start with the goal being four A2 layered prints. This Tuesday I hit a brick wall why was this not working? why is it still feeling overwhelming to work on this scale? I had scaled up the paper but I was still working very small within the space.
Cut paper down to A3 instantly makes it feel more real to work with as no matter how I tried I couldn’t work big enough to work within the A2 space. Since then I have now scaled down further to A4 and A5 with the thinking as my project is based on ‘unseen beauty of life’ and looking at microscopic cell structures. I believe I have made the right choice for my project to make sense.
So the other week we got a chance to meet Andrew foster and have him talk about his working practice. I have to say he is soo cool (cheesy yes I know) Prior to his visit i had briefly looked at his work in regards to my semiotic project ‘the language of lace’ How he incorporates intricate lace drawings within the layers of his work, and was really moved by some of the meanings behind his work in reason to real personal life events .
Working with surface texture and mixed media. Changing the paper suface from white to txtured colour wash I feel has instantaly changed the dimention of how I am working and thinking about placement and process. Using still 2D media building and playing on the surface I feel gives more intrest visually.
I Have only picked out parts of this but by photographing areas again holds such a different dimention than just the physical its self.
Over the last week I have building a body of work for my personal project, I think still in a broad sense to keep my options open when it comes to refining and deciding on which way has the potential to take forward towards as final piece.
I have decided to rule out creating this work on a purely digital basis, I feel it doesn’t hold the value for what I am trying to explore. What am I liking what have I got that is grabbing my attention right now?
These four hold different quality’s and use various media but there is something that is making me look back to these most out of everything I have been experimenting with. Is there a way of linking these and creating a series of mixed media prints possibly A2 or at a push A1 both sizes being out of my comfort zone but I like to be challenged?
What am I thinking? what have I explored so far within my project.
London Trip; Monday 23rd April visit to science museum ( will post including images and thoughts on how this didn’t directly help inform my ideas. But the book I have brought should help guide me in the direction I have decided to go down.
Over view on my research so far and discussing my project in tutorial I am thinking that drawing can be used to combine macro cells- meaning I can create a cell that has a life of its own even though it doesn’t have a purpose other than being the thing it is. This thinking came from looking at isomorphology being a game of observation, which I feel at this point would be a good thing to extend my research and understanding of. Discussing my project with Dave what I am interested in is the unseen beauty of life.
Cell structures are unseen, but they are a part of nature they hold so much beauty, the hardest thing is with the written understanding of these structures it feels wrong to say they hold beauty, when they have the potential to destroy life in certain situations. Having to look past this but communicate this also. From the discussion I could look at information and image to visually communicate this understanding. New research points I am going to look at Rina banerjee, Craig ward, Crystal Wagner.