“Disappearing in Plain Sight”
Charcoal on 5mm Ply Canvas 1.6 x 1.20mt Surrounded by Ceramic and Acetate Mask Installation
Close up detail of Portrait and Masks
Techniques: A mask was used to create a mould so multiple masks could be created. I used 3 different types of clays, then I used Black under glaze to cover the surface in different stages. The masks range in dark medium and lighter tones. The Acetate masks display word like – unhappy, sad, not worthy etc.
Concept: This artwork was created as a means to express my feelings on the way society and its pressures impact people, including myself, by making us feel like we have to hind our true self behind a mask in order to fit in to the world we live in.
Session 1 Book Project
Project : Collect Unwanted Books from the Library and create an artwork from them
First image shows the Clock faces and gears cut from books arranged to represent an freestanding clock.
Second image shows the completed working clock displayed for presentation.
Techniques: Most of the pages were cut by hand with a Stanley knife. Quick drying craft glue was spread between page layers which added strength and created neat cutting lines. For the bigger pieces like the clock face I had the technician cut it with the ban saw at the university. Each piece was then separately glued together and then glued onto a packing plate made from Masonite which was cut to the exact shape of the clock. A solid book with its pages glued was used as the base board.
Concept: ” Time sets apart the then from the now, the now from the yet to come, whilst carrying the knowledge of mankind in its hands for all eternity”
I wrote the above poem and displayed it on the bottom face of the clock as I wanted to make the viewer aware of the fact that the knowledge in these book, which were otherwise being thrown away, was a timeless gift left by the author. It was also a way to reference the disposal of books as second nature with no thought to the knowledge being filtered into the cyber world, effectively making books obsolete. I deliberately chose to paint the clock to resemble the metal of the working gears, rather than leave the book pages visible. I wanted to show the viewer that the books were just another medium like clay or timber that could be used in a versatile manner.