Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Gauguin and other things at the Tate

I went to the Tate Modern yesterday to see the Gauguin exhibition. I don't know why but whenever I go to  an exhibition like this I always find the artist's sketchbook work and drawings a lot more exciting than the paintings. I've never seen any of Gauguin's woodcuts before and the totally blew me away, they were so much more interesting. I have always loved the process of print making and love the detail you can achieve with  a woodcut, the mark making is much more subtle that linocuts. I would love to give it a go someday...

Also at the Tate were Jake and Dinos Chapman's 'Exquisite Corpse' etchings. I love the detail in their drawings and their playful sense of humor. The Chapman Brothers studio is right opposite my flat so I see them popping in from time to time, one day I hope to pluck up the courage to actually sneak in their studio. They have completely inspired me to do some some drawing today so hopefully I'll be putting them up on here soon :)

Saturday, 9 October 2010

On Collecting

'For a collector, ownership is the most intimate relationship that one can have to objects..Not that they come alive in him; it is he who comes alive in them.'

- W. Benjamin, Unpacking my Library. p67


Here is a little bit about my practice...
Themes that repeatedly tend to crop up in my work are the miniature and the sentimental. I am very interested in the emotional attachment we have with objects and collecting and try to show this through the work I make. With my matchboxes series it was very important for me to be able to make work that I could just put in my pocket and carry around with me, the idea was to be able to physically have a memory with me at all times. I also liked the idea that you could just close the box and keep the image 'safe'. I tend to work on small scale and am currently exploring my imagination using pencil, fineliners and mono-printing.