This exhibit was at the VMFA, and we went as a class to connect it to the information being taught in the Global Studies units. I was amazed at how much was there. I felt afterwards that I probably could have stayed all day and still not completely felt like I had effectively seen everything in it. I was really drawn to the clothing. The pieces had so much detail and the embroidery was spectacular. I also found it interesting that they set up the robes with the picture or painting that matched. This also made we wonder about what some of the "lesser" art would have looked like at the time. These were the pieces for royalty and the best of the best. I wonder if common art from that time periods followed the same ideas and influence or if it was completely different. I was really curious about some of the pieces in the way they were painted. The faces and bodies were extremely realistic yet the rest of the architecture and scenery was extremely flat. I wonder why artists chose to paint in this way, or what influenced them to paint like this. I loved how opposite the pieces were. Everything was either small and tight and compact, or it was grand and expansive. I think this could influence my decisions when it comes to composition and the impact that size can have on the meaning or message you want to portray.
KwangHo Shin was born and lives in Seoul, South Korea. He uses oil, charcoal, and acrylic to create his works. Shin uses color in his works to express the emotion of the figure or picture. I think that using color as an expression of emotion is a really effective tool, and it connects to our research on color theory. I really like how he distorts the paintings.
Yayoi Kusama grew up in Japan, and uses a variety of mediums for her artwork. I was most strongly drawn to her works which played with light and reflection while searching for pieces for my anthology. Kusama's works vary with the times, and she has changed and developed as an artist to make sure her art connects with the viewers. I love her use of dots and this idea of playing with positive and negative space.
Week before thanksgiving break!!! Not much done till after other work was done. Friday, Saturday and Sunday were big progress days. Finished all but background by end of Sunday.
Rough week with tons of hw= little progress. Here's what happened...
Began at home project over the mini break. Final picture cropping, gridding, sketch, and a light wash.
Overwhelmed, amazed, and struck by awe. This exhibit moved me aesthetically, spiritually, and emotionally. I have never been so entranced by an exhibit before. Words cannot describe the grandiose nature of these pieces. Whether you are, or are not a person of faith, this is one of the most stunning and amazing things to be created during our life time. This work has been made and will withstand thousands of years of history. This exhibit made me question composition. I wondered what process went into planning out each page, and book. They had to have planned it all out in advance before starting to make sure it all matched. I also wondered about how style or ideas of the artists changed as they did this piece. Since it took around 7 years, I wonder what transformation they went through in terms of skill and ideas. This also made me think about balance and emphasis. With these works, emphasis of a line or story was done in pictures rather than calligraphy. This will help me think through my process and ideas more before I begin a project. I wondered who made the final decisions and how they decided which artists would illustrate each piece. Collaboration and trust in others was a huge part of this project and I think this will inspire me to get more of a variety of opinions on a work.
Here is a glimpse of some of the amazing pages of the St. John's Bible.
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.