N.C.A.D. Diploma in Art & Design
Multidisciplinary (Final Project 7 - Outline)
See below for project outline
See HERE to view project work
This self directed project should follow on from the work that you have done on your last multidisciplinary project. There should be no need to start a new project from scratch but if you feel that your current work is not going anywhere then don’t despair, there is still time for a change in direction.
Take time to consider how your ideas have been developing, what is working for you and what is not working etc. At this stage you may select one or more processes to explore for your final project.
Electives (Print or Film Making)
Ideally the work that you produce in your electives (ie. either printmaking or film) will support the ideas being explored in this final project - so the electives are considered part of your final project. You should take this into account when you begin your research so that you can be thinking of how your ideas could be expressed through film or print.
Organise a Schedule
When organising your schedule, allow the first two weeks for further open experimentation. As always, don’t plan the end product. You will need to submit a rough written outline of your project after these two weeks of experimentation.
Full Time Week
There is a block of one full time week (held two weeks before the final assessment takes place) and it is very important that most of your research and idea development is done prior to this full time studio week. The idea here is that you will be able to use that time in college for generating the work. At the start of the full time week, you will need to bring with you a clear plan and all of the materials and tools that you require so that you can spend the week in production mode. There is a further week of unsupervised access to the college room in order to allow you to finish off any work that you may not have completed by the end of the full time studio week. .
Everything that you have made since the last assessment in January can be included for the second term assessment ie. in addition to the final project you will include your elective work (printmaking or film making), your Multidisciplinary project and any notebook work for this term.
One of my aims for the final project was to focus on a clear theme throughout the project. Following the multitude of experimentation and research that I had performed during all of my prior projects this had enabled me to learn a lot in regards to where my interests lay and what worked well for me as an artist.
The theme that I decided to explore for my final project was, again, containment (this time with a focus on anxiety). I hoped to investigate factors such as the layering of different rhythms to thoughts and emotions. Some of the feelings that I hoped to explore were:
feeling boxed in/caged in
always being on the outside / isolation
constant fight between yourself and your body / mind
barricading yourself eg. prisoner in your own body.
Influences for this Theme
Some the artists that I drew inspiration from for this project are listed below. Many of the below artists tend to portray a sense of darkness and bleakness in their use of color and through their chosen themes:
William Kentridge (also film-making)
John William Keedy (photography)
Paul Seawright (photography)
Both William Keedy and Paul Seawrights' work were especially relevant in relation to my theme for this project. Both of these artists are very efficiently able to demonstrate a sense of unease, distraught, uncanniness and darkness through their work; all of which I hoped to achieve during my final project work.
Meret Oppenheims work'Object (1936)' had a huge influence on me in regards to my Arte Povera work for this project. The unexpected nature of the fur inside of the cup is an element that I wished to derive through the use of household items within this final project. There is something grotesque in the feeling of fur found on an item of which you would drink from. This art work also embodied a sense of horror and a feeling of mutation within every day items - both of which were factors and emotions that I hoped to introduce throughout my project.
It was my aim to create a mind map during the first week of this project work and to then explore some of the topics that resulted from this mind map exercise. My plan was to allow the work to evolve through sketches (ink and pen) and photography.
Even though the project timeframe did not allow for it, I would eventually like to create another film piece based upon the subject of containment. I would again use photography, pictures and/or words for this film piece (as I had in my prior Film Making project). I studied to grade 8 piano and I would like to eventually use music as an accompaniment for a film piece, for example, by using musical sounds to mirror the sense of time ticking and sounds that mirror the anxiety within the pictures/recording (eg. through the use of musical methods such as the speeding up of beats / irregular musical patterns and harsh dissonant notes to reflect the feelings of anxiety and the loss of calmness within a scene).
Medium/s I hope to use
Arte Povera (sculpture through found materials)
Photography (by taking pictures of the Arte Povera and thus giving it a different identity)
Film Making (if time permits)
Using Containment and Anxiety as themes, I focused on the feeling of being trapped and the loss of control that this can create within oneself. These feelings of anxiety may cause a shift in your thoughts and hence result in you observing every day events and objects in a mutated, distorted and disorientated manner.
I started off my investigation of these topics through photography and I then used these pictures to create a film piece (City Life’). In this work I focused on the sense of being trapped in the busy day to day life of living in a city. I then moved on to Arte Povera as a method of study (ie. 'Poor Art' which is known for its use of found objects). Coming from a Science background, Arte Povera excites me in how it often uses natural materials to create an imbalance in the natural world/environment and this can hence evoke much thought and consideration upon its audience. I used a regular household setting as a backdrop for my work. I then attempted to achieve a sense of distortion within this household setting by placing unexpected mutations within the scene. I created these distortions in order to symbolize and mirror how people suffering with anxiety can start to see every day normal events and items in a drastically different and fearful way.
We live in a time where there is a constant quest for speed and I used the book, ‘The Quest for Speed’ (see work 5 here), as a symbol of this ongoing quest. In this piece I created a spiderweb affect throughout the interior of the book; this was to act as a symbol of how we can get caught up in this constant quest for speed. I did this by cutting the pages inside of the book into a circular vacuum shape and I then used thread and overlapped stitching between the different pages in order to create this web like effect. The use of straws and the blacked out light bulb (see work 4, 7(b) and 10 here) represent a gasping for air and light. The spectacles that are covered in coffee grains (see work 12(b) here) represent a blurred vision which was to symbolize how (for example, through the use of caffeine & energy substances in order to gain speed) things can begin to feel like they are in a fast forward motion and your sight can thus become hazy and distorted. The layering of wool/thread (used in several of the pieces throughout this project, see here) are again used as a symbol of being caught within a web like affect as a multitude of thoughts/synapses race through our bodies searching for an outlet.
I looked at how it is not only us who are contained within our environment - we often also attempt to contain and control the natural environment in which we occupy. This is why for some of the work within this project I chose natural objects (such as peat, stones, twigs) and had them captured/smothering within a distorted environment of which was not their natural setting.
During my research for this project I looked to the likes of John William Keedy who, in my opinion, excellently deals with the theme of anxiety through his photography. I also reviewed the work of Jannis Kounellis and Merio Merz as inspirations for my study of Arte Povera.