Lots of work done on 2nd project of this nine weeks, working on figuring out a final plan for installation. I really enjoyed the layering i was able to get, i really like how it looks. However, i don't like the last layer of dark blue bulls eyes. They look a little cheesy, so I'm working on a way to cover them up while still keeping/ building upon my composition. Also began sketching/ planning out of my at-home project. I want to try a larger, full height(maybe?) piece which would allow for literal interaction/ viewing. Lots of work/ thought put in this week.
Tara Donovan grew up and now lives in New York. Her work focuses on large, installation pieces made out of common day objects. Most of her work is designed and chosen specifically for the location it will be shown in. I am really drawn to to fluidity of her work. It all is so simple yet so dynamic/calming at the same time. I really like the repetition of material and repetition of shapes or movement in each of her works.
Started my second project for this nine weeks. I'm excited to get back into acrylics. Really hope this works out as I've planned, bc i think it could turn out really cool.
Lots of late night painting, relayed a couple layers to make the whole piece flow better. Finished up my first project! I'm happy with how it came out but I'm not sure its satisfying. I know I worked hard on it, but it didn't grasp me or connect with me like i thought it might.
These readings on protest art really made me reevaluate what I knew/ considered to be protest art. I had never thought about it being functional, but rather solely made to make a statement. I think that it's great people have found a way to incorporate what they are passionate about with something that can truly make a difference for their cause. In the past, I've only know about art which made a statement, either through words or actions or a piece of work, but I wasn't aware that people made art specifically for a protection or usable function at a protest.
Reading these two article also made me realize how sheltered we are to the problems and situations going on around us. There is so much protest art out their, either through things like the cobblestones, or songs, or posters which we are never exposed to or shown because it doesn't directly affect our culture. While you can learn about lots of the violence associated with protests from the news, it's difficult to find the positive information about people spreading their message in an effective and productive matter.
I think sheltering and censorship can often happen on accident, by simple lack of information. I had never heard of the Guerrilla Girls, while I was still aware of their message. I was shocked when I read how long they had been active, and shocked also by the fact that I hadn't heard of them by now. I think that on an introspective level I need to do more outside research to figure out who is making art and statements which I agree or support.
I wish the articles, mainly the first one, had given more examples of the art they were describing. I really liked the idea of art serving a functional purpose in protest and I wish that there had been more information supporting this idea. Both articles made me question what I know about protest art, and made me think about how much more I need to be aware and purposefully look for art, both locally and internationally. Overall, I liked the different ideas the two articles were making, one about a specific group, and one about a process or idea as a whole.
Charlotte Wilmouth, born and raised in Richmond, VA. This site is for my work and things which inspire me to try something new. This is a blog for my art.