Friday, 4 March 2011

22.21

A water colour painting of a part of a plant that is slowly dieing but I dont think my mum wants it to go from the corridor. I tried to add as much detail as I could. Not quite sure if it worked well. I quite like it tho.

Monday, 21 February 2011

There is so many triangles in the sky

Half term. I want that one to be creative, therefore I am going to produce at least one piece of work a day. I am starting the week with this collage I have produced today. I love working with the colours I used here, I think they work together. I also like coffee stains and get inspired by the stars.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Essay #3

Contextual studies task 2: Major essay
Name: Adrianna Keczmerska
Tutor name: Matt Moseley            Group 3
Word count: 744 words

Choose two artists whose work addresses identity. Discuss a single work by each artist. Explain the ideas each artist is trying to represent and how they are expresses.

In this essay I am going to talk about two artists whose work addresses identity. The two people that I have chosen are Claude Cahun and Eadweard Muybridge, who also were modern artists in the 20th Century. I am going to discuss a single work by each of them, explain the ideas they are trying to represent and how they are expressed. The two art works I chose are 'What do you want from me?' (Cahun, 1928) and 'Head-spring, a flying pigeon interfering' (Muybridge, 1885).

Both, Cahun and Muybridge were photographers and that is why I have chosen to talk about their work particularly as it relates to my speciality which is photography and deal with the theme of identity which in my opinion is rather interesting.

Firstly I am going to talk about Cahun's art work. On the photograph she took we can see Siamese twins which by itself sounds a bit scary and unusual and at the time (1928) could of seemed a bit monster-like. Their bodies are colaborated with each other but we can see two separate heads, both completely shaved. One of the heads is looking out of the picture, with the mouth slightly open and the eyes strongly focused on something which is invisible to the outside viewer. His head is slightly tilted to the left as if he was trying to avoid any contact with his twin. His sibling is looking at him, therefore we can only see the left hand-side of his face. As we look closely, his not fully open eye might fool the viewer a bit because they can't guess whether the evilish looking twin is in fact looking at his brother or what it could appear to be the floor. His pointed nose kind of reminds us of a bird's beak. Similarly to his twin's, the mouth is slightly open as if he wanted to talk to his brother. The mood of this photograph is really mysterious. This relates to Cahun's interest in horror films.

Fairground exhibitions of physical abnormality fascinated the surrealists. In 1929 the surrealist journal Varietes published photographs of 'freaks', including Lionel the Man-Dog and Miss Violetta the Trunk-Woman. In my opinion it is a strong evidence of identity because it shows us that at the beginning of the 1930's, people like the Siamese twins were seen as freaks, something rare and unusual, perhaps scary. This could also relate to the times we live in today as Siamese twins are still a rare sight however we see it as something interesting rather than scary.

I am now going to talk about another art work I have chosen for this essay which is 'Head-spring, a flying pigeon interfering' (1885) by Eadweard Muybridge. The 'Head-spring, a flying pigeon interfering' is a series of photographs showing the movement of a man who is an athlete. As the title says, the man in the photograph is doing a head-spring. Muybridge has captured the movement in twenty four pictures, twelve from the side view and twelve from the front view. In the images we can see the stages a person has to go through to do this particular move. We can see how the person starts running, then, what it looks like, slightly falling over, but what it then appears to be touching the floor with their hands and pushing the ground so much he stands on his hands and head, to then slowly push even harder and having his legs falling in the other direction to finally stand on his feet again. The background is black and makes a great contrast with the person dressed in white. Muybridge and his team have used a massive large format camera and 17x22 inch glass plate negatives.

I think this art work is a good evidence of identity because each of the twelve pictures shows a different side and angle of the young athlete which could represente just as many different characters and personalities and everyone could relate themselves to at leats one of them, whether it is simple like the first picture, where the athlete is only starting to run or the seventh picture where he is standing on his head.

Over all I have found both of these art works really interesting because they both show different sides of people and their identities. When Cahun is trying to show us that people are mysterious and scary freaks, Muybridge sees as many personalities in people as as many moves they do.

Bibliography:
1st art work
Cahun - What do you want from me?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2001/sep/29/art

















2nd art work:
Muybridge - Head-spring, a flying pigeon interfering
http://www.theartsdesk.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=2166:eadweard-muybridge-tate-britain&Itemid=23

Friday, 21 January 2011

21.24

A little collage I done a few weeks ago. I cut the dress out of some magazine, used some B pencils to draw the arms and legs and then painted the elephant's face using watercolours and stack it to the paper.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Teacups project

I was just looking through some of my art work pictures on the laptop and I found some watercolour paintings that I did a few months ago. I called it a 'teacup project'. It is unfinished. I still have the rest of a sketchbook left to do. I shall finish it when I have a bit more time for some after college projects and inspiration to do this kind of things again. Here is what my sketchbook is filled with so far!

Sunday, 16 January 2011

100 tasks

One of the tasks was to draw a family portrait, whatever it is. I was looking for some inspiration and I saw something like this which I thought was a better idea rather than just drawing people.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

100 tasks

I'm not sure if it does illustrate the French national anthem too well?

Friday, 14 January 2011

Stewie Griffin

Another task from the 100 tasks list. This one was to paint an image from tv. I thought of painting my favourite tv person ever, Stewie Griffin! I used acrylics.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

100 tasks

At college we were set a project called 100 tasks. There was lots of things to do there and I shall post some of the work I produced for it. One of the tasks was to record all shoes that I own in any media. I chose watercolours.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Pip snap

I only went to one lesson of graphics this year so the work I managed to produce in one day isnt much but here it is. I was given a list of weird words and had to pick one. My chosen word was 'pip snap'. Not knowing what I was doing, I decided to cut out the letters on the paper in my sketchbook. Thinking that would look a bit boring, I added a random red triangle to the page first as there's just something about the triangles. I then cut the letters out and painted the outlines with black paint so the letters are more visible. Before I glued a bit of old magazine to the back of that page, I painted the letters in with some red watercolours first so that we can see it on the page behind.




































Okay, for some reason blogger has decided to change the first picture about!

My sketch book needed some colour in it. So I decided to stick a little paper with almost invisible word 'pip snap' on a page and then went to look up pictures of deers on the internet. I picked a gorgeous picture which I then decided to use. I drew it out with a pencil first and then covered it in colour inks. So it looks like this now:

Monday, 10 January 2011

Croydon Higher Education College Prospectus #2

A few other bits and bobs I done in my Croydon Higher Education College Prospectus book. I'm less happy with them than I was with the ones in the previous note. That's all I've done for now but I shall be continuing this work once I have some spare time.
Today I have brought some more of my college work from my college draw and I shall be posting some of my work on here soon along with some work I done for the 100 tasks project. Even though I havent completed that project.
Enjoy.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Croydon Higher Education College Prospectus #1

Being bored of doing the 100 tasks and other stuff for college, I have decided to dedicate my friday off to do some collages and drawings in one of the prospectus books I got at the UCAS event a few months ago. I used the Craydon Higher Education College prospectus.

These are a few bird designs. I have used pencils and watercolours to paint the bird. I then cut out bird patterns in some pages.



































Looking through the pages in the book, I have came across this particular photograph of a shoe and decided to change it, to make it my own. I like the use of tissue paper in my work but I dont think I have ever used it like that before. I stack it to the photo and drew out the shapes of the shoe and trousers, adding a few things of my own. I have also stack other bits and bobs to make it more colourful. I dont think it is quite finished yet though and I shall be adding more things to it once I think of something good.





































For this photograph, just like for the previous one I have used the tissue paper and drew out the outlines of the photo with a pencil. I didnt know what else to do to it in order for it not to look so boring and once I started looking around me to find something interesting and inspirational, I discovered a little yellow triangle, a piece of paper which I used in the previous collage. I was suprised how perfect it fitted on top of the teacup! It reminded me of those chinese hats so I decided to draw a little chinese face on the cup as well to make it more fun. I still lacked something there so I have decided to look up the word 'tea' in japanese and added it to the collage as well. I'm quite happy with it to be quite honest.

That's it for now! Look forward to see more soon.