Exploded Field: Research and Record

10th October to 13th November Fine Art

Artist Research

Peter Fischli, David Weiss
Equilibres / Quiet Afternoon
Approx. 40 photographs, exhibition copies 300 x 400 mm

These photographs are mainly of objects placed together and the photo clicked just before their collapse. 'Everyday items such as vegetables, kitchen utensils, tyres, chairs, and tools, are piled in elaborate configurations that ? for an instant, at least ? appear stable. ?We discovered that we could leave all formal decisions to equilibrium itself?, Fischli has said of these sculptures. ?There was apparently no way to do it ?better? or ?worse?, just ?correctly?.?' (http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/fischli-weiss/fischli-weiss-room-guide-room-1/fischli-weiss-1


The first thing I noticed in this photograph is the shadow and not the objects. The shadow is really sharp and dark. After that my eyes directly go to find where the objects have taken support yo stand this way but fails. Overall, the photo has a very mysterious look to it.


At first glance I didn't occur to me that these are heels. It looks like a totally different object. Also, having this photograph in black and white rather than colour also plays a big role in the viewer not realising that those are pairs of heels. There is no strong base to it and I wonder how a delicate object like a heeled shoe is standing like that.

Robert Morris

Box with the Sound of its own Making

I wanted to show the process in my final piece and gave more importance to the process than the final outcome so the tutor asked me to research on this artist. This work is where just a box was created, and from inside the box the sounds recorded during its making were playing. I feel that showing the process this way gives life to the sculpture as it speaks about where the box came from and how it turned into that. And the sound is actually three and half hours long, which shows how creating a simple box also takes so much effort.



Hans Bellmer

The Doll

Seeing my sculpture the tutor also asked me to research on this particular work by Hans Bellmer. 'The Doll' is a series of photographs of 2 dolls made my Hans Bellmer using wood, plaster, metal, etc. to create disfigured dolls kept in disturbing areas. He also photographs them during the process in different areas. He has focused on the genitals and the use of socks and shoes like a school girl. The dolls are very disfigured and are mainly to display outcomes of abuse done on young girls. The photographs are extremely disturbing and is a way of creating social awareness around the issue of child abuse.

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I had several ideas of what I wanted to do for the sculpture, but mainly I wanted to used various materials. I wanted my 'found objects' to be lots of bits of old fabrics and magazines/newspapers. I had the idea of something like a christmas tree which could have worked well(but it seemed very basic to me), then just a confusing set of wires(but adding colour to it would make it more confusing) and then of a piece like a doll mannequinn but without a head and without arms. I would use metal, wood and plaster in the doll sculpture so that seemed like a good idea as well. After making the sculpture I realised that I should have video taped the process as the process of creating something like that from the original seemed absurd and exciting. If time permitted I would have made separate pieces of the processes and displayed them along with the sculpture. Here is the process:

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The pattern I used on the final dress was taken from my project in painting, it was like an extension the the painting project.



This is the final outcome:

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Visit to Exhibitions

Francesca DiMattio 

Pippy Houldsworth Gallery

Francesca DiMattio had painting and sculpture work, I have talked about her painting work in the painting section and here I will talk about her sculptures. All of her sculptures are mainly made of porcelain, and more specifically out of broken cups and saucers and teapots merged together. They all have the typical floral designs which most chinaware have with feminine colours like pinks, purples and baby blues; but she has mixed it with some dark colours and dark objects, like the fact that the chinaware is broken, one of her sculptures also has metal nails in it, another one seems like it has a base of a rotten object. There's a strong contrast within each sculpture. Just like her paintings, her sculpture have great detail as well, there's no flat and basic section except for the base as it needs to stand. 360 degrees of the sculptures is filled with minute details.


Bloemenhouder II 2015 
underglaze, glaze and gold luster on porcelain and stoneware, steel nails, epoxy, enamel
235 x 80 x 55.9 cm, 92.5 x 31.5 x 22 in



Tephra, 2015 
underglaze, glaze and gold luster on porcelain and stoneware, epoxy
174 x 78.7 x 58.4 cm, 68.5 x 31 x 23 in



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