5 Key Points – Contextualisation
1. John Piper: An Experience of Place. John Piper’s work “The Rocky Valley, North Wales” was the starting point to my subject work. Romantic Artist’s such as John Piper and Graham Sutherland saw an importance in Nature. They wanted to create an experience of a place and a connection with it. I started working with these ideas and under the influence of these artist’s progressed to exploring the relationship art and nature could have.
2. Anselm Kiefer Exhibition: Works incorporating Natural Materials with Paint. Viewing the Anselm Kiefer Exhibition in the Royal Academy really inspired my ideas. I hadn’t realised that he incorporated natural materials into the paints he uses and onto the surface of the canvas. Experimenting with ways of incorporating nature into art, I decided to explore mixing nature into paint myself which turned out to be unsuccessful as it wasn’t creating a deep enough connection but pushed me to develop my work and encouraged me to think about ways of integrating nature without art materials like man-made paint and aided my progression.
3.Stuart Cairns: Artist Tool Making The Drawing as experience field module introduced me to Stuart Cairns. He makes drawing tools out of found objects, sometimes natural materials other times not. I am highly influenced by his work and it encouraged me to explore making my own natural tools to paint and draw with which have turned out to be integrated into my final and most recent work. Exploring the marks that each tool makes and considering them as art objects themselves I have discovered a connection to nature by making marks with it.
4. Andy Goldsworthy: Realising the Potential in Nature. Andy Goldworthy gives me confidence in the fact that presenting art and nature together can emit a connection to a more natural environment. His work demonstrates the potential of nature and displays a connection with it. Even though he works out in the surrounding, his work is very inspiring to me and pushed me to use natural materials for Art Making.
5.Richard Long: Mud Paintings. Richard Long’s work relates to my work and ideas in a variety of ways. He experiences Nature, collaborated with it, brings it into the gallery space as well as producing land art, but the most influential area of his practice for me were his mud paintings. His work inspired me to explore making my own paint’s from nature and more deeply investigate the possibilities that nature has to offer to my art.
Richard Long is highly influential to my subject work in that he uses natural materials but in a variety of different ways. Also, unlike Andy Goldsworthy, he brings natural materials back into the gallery space and exhibits the works he makes much like my incorporation of natural materials into my painting and art making. Making art that has a connection to nature without being out in it. He also draws and paints with natural materials like Mud which has an obvious connection to my project.
Richard Long documents walks through nature by walking backwards and forwards in a natural space and photographing the line produced. Documenting an experience of being in nature, a journey. I have taken photographs on nature walks and documented the collecting of materials etc.
Collaborating with Nature
One of my favourite works of his is the River Avon Book because the artist is collaborating with nature and employing “nature as artist”. He sets up the credentials for nature to make the artwork and it does, Similar to Tim Knowles work. I have briefly touched on and experimented with this idea a little bit in my project by placing drawings out in the rain and sleet so they would run and nature would change them.
Bring nature back into the Gallery or into more Traditional art
The fact that he exhibits natural sculptures and mud drawings in galleries is probably the most influential element of Richard Long’s work to my own. It shows me that the artwork does not have to be made out in the land for it to have a connection to nature and to expose viewers to the natural world. This gives me confidence.
Land Art – Creating works in Nature
Lastly, he creates Land Art, Artwork in the Land using natural materials. This element of his work isn’t as influential to my ideas and project work but it does give me an insight into what can be done through the use of natural materials.
The versatility of techniques and ways of incorporating nature into art in Richard Longs work is really inspiring to my work. Like me, he has experimented with different ways of including the natural world in the art world. His work has encouraged my experimentation throughout the project as I have been referring to it as I have progressed. Lastly, as I am doing within my work: Richard Long focuses on the River Avon in a lot of his works a place that is close to him and that he has a connection with.
My First tutorial of the year was based around the research I have been doing, my chosen artefact and the ideas that I have been generating. After discussing in a group, our ideas we were all feeding off eachother and suggesting things that we should look at. After I talked about abstraction in Landscape work and how I was the work to have expression and maybe portray the feeling of a place: My tutor suggested that I looked at artists such as Richard Long, Robert Smithson, looked and the Land and environment book and researched contemporary drawing.
I talked a lot about nature and expressive mark making and a use of abstraction to portray the outside world, and I have been directed towards land art. In terms of this project, I am not really interested in making Land art. But as my project progresses, and I try and capture a deeper connection to place, found materials could be integrated into my work and nature could physically be incorporated.
For now, thought about maybe working on top of photographs of the land I am focussing on and the possibility of incorporating the experience of nature into my work by drawing using it. I could mark make with twigs or leaves and therefore have a sense of the actual place the natural item was found within the drawing or painting. So, eventhough I don’t particularly want to work on creating Land art, some ideas have been generated from this process and I think it will have a much more relevant influence on my later on in the project when I have explored possibilities and experimented with place and nature more.