Close Ups.

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Definitely liked this work more than the one I showed in Bournemouth. This one seems more fluid in both material and scale. We decided against the use of the blue tinted water because the focus was placed on the central flower. All the water weights and rope tightness pulls together to join reality and the line drawing if balance is changed within the work.  Audience did play with the work – they seemed interested in the weight of the bags. People aren’t usually interacting with water in this way and so forget how heavy it is in liquid form.

It went so well! An absolutely perfect merge of two concepts into one solid work.


Free Range.

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Was part of the Free Range show with the rest of my Fine Art course and the Photography and Illustration courses. This was a huge opportunity for all of us because it allowed our work to be viewed outside of the AUCB studios, and outside of Bournemouth. Took 2 days to set up the huge space but it all worked perfectly.

Initally I was going to re-create the work from the Bournemouth degree show, however once I got there inspiration took over and a collaboration idea formed. Thankfully! Siobhan and I used aspects from both of our work and combined it perfectly.

 Quite hard to capture the entire piece as a whole in a photograph. Siobhan and I used my concept of weight and balance alongside her use of line drawing and spacial awareness.

Bournemouth Degree Show piece.

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This is the outcome for the final work. All aspects worked very well considering I had to battle with the weights of the water bags. Used fixings at each of the smaller bags joining points- this restricted the movement of the bags down the central line.  I attached barton blocks to the ceiling – this was my anchor point to suspend the work away from walls.

As I completed the work, I pulled away from the more symmetrical aspect on each of the rope sides and attempted to create balance with opposing weights at different intervals. I wanted to have one side of the curve jarringly sharp contradicting the more sloped curve on the other side.

More inspiration.

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I was toying with the idea of different materials- the rope was one of my main concerns. I wanted a stronger seeming more natural rope to contradict the blue of the water. Found Ludwika Ogorzelec who used weights within some of her work- these weights were obviously heavier than the water in my work but it was supported by cling film! Cling film is usually seen as a very weak material- yet layered and placed into a geometric form this weak wrapping can suspend weight. Her work within a spatial environment causes the audience to produce body movements to bring about a new way of experiencing artwork.

Form works due to the anchor points. In some of the works- Ludwika uses contradicting materials. Metal/Glass- cold and heavy versus the light/transparent/delicate characteristics of the stretching film. Fragility is very important here- as in my current work…

If a bag breaks, then equilibrium is no longer apparent. All aspects within my work rely on each other for sustainability. The weight creates the work and therefore the destruction of the bags causes the destruction of the piece.

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After attempting the double curve in a white cube setting, I still wanted to expand it. I found huge plastic bags in which to hold to water so these became the inspiration for scale. I voiced my fears about my work being too invisible- what with it being a single curve using rope, with transparent water and plastic. I needed something to bring the work into the foreground.

The general audience’s view is that water is blue- due to pools/oceans and drinking water bottles’ colouring. Companies use the tinted bottles to appeal to consumers- making the water seem even more water-like, even more clean. I decided to attempt to pursue this common misconception by dying the water in my plastic bags blue.

Testing colour densities. I didn’t want the bags to be very dark- I chose to keep to a lighter shade. I wanted the colour to be subtle rather than obvious and deep. The lighter shade mimics the blue of the drinking water bottles- pulling the audiences subconscious into realising its water immediately.

The concept of using a singluar curve is simplistic in form, yet when all the additional aspects are introduced within the work (tainted water, plastic water weights, weighted centre, larger weights situated at either end of the work and the block and tackle) create another dynamic.

Anchor Points.

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While working in the white cube I found that I could use a singular anchor point focused in the centre of the work to create my perfect curve. Two block and tackles are used to allow for movement in the piece as mentioned before.

Central anchor point with two water bags for weights at either end. This was the beginning point- after this I had to balance the central weights  leading towards the screw eye anchor point.

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I was brought back to the single lined curve idea quite suddenly after thinking about the positioning/placement and installation of the piece. That, and I had seen work by Tomas Saraceno. His interest in science, art and architecture brings about a new concept of alternative worlds.


Tomas Saraceno at the Venice Biennale 2009.

I liked the anchor points and the countless elastic cords that were used to create form. Tomas Saraceno also focuses upon the creation of spiders webs and so this pulled my interest deeper.