Christmas is always fairly hectic for me ... Ive worked in retail fro the last 6 years and consequently; as many of you will know, you don't get a christmas in retail. Two days off over christmas and then New Years Day and thats about it!
None the less, Ive kept myself entertained! I haven't found my time to make any art (much to my disgust), although my motivation isn't there either ...
None-the-less! I found something to jeep me pre-occupied...
Many of you will recall this painting that I finished in late September. It was my branch into abstract art! Something simple to start with, I experimented with brush size, mediums, colour and layering.
From this artwork I took a small of high-quality photographs and uploaded them to a fabric printing website! With no previous experience; the uploading process took some figuring out...
With a lot of playing around I decided on editing the images in photoshop to create a wide variety of colours for the material prints. Each print would be a 'yard' in size. Naive me, had to find out what a 'yard' was in 'real-money' per say!
The final collection of images varied in colour. I tried to create the most vibrant, saturated and colourful prints that could be worn as scarves. Each print would be 1 yard, printed on 100% Chiffon.
I have ranged the colour from the original artwork into a selection of vibrant scarves including the original Gold & Green, to an Aqua, Indigo, Lavender and Pink! Each print contains all the original depth of the artwork; you can se the hatching in the canvas and the raises in the paint.
More pictures and updates will be coming soon! Im hoping to have purchases of the scales live by April 2018.
Looking forward to sharing this with you all!
In June I received a letter inviting me, one again, to be involved in the Spring Exhibition at the Royal South Australian Society of the Arts and create a live portrait of a distinguished sitter (Sandy Verschoor). The demonstration are run bi-annually prize by the RSASA in their Gallery in the city of Adelaide.
This year, on Tuesday the 1st August, I went to the Gallery in Adelaide and prepared to meet Sandy Verschoor, Deputy Mayor of Adelaide City. Sandy is an incredibly kind and genuine person. She sat with myself and three other artists for 3 hours, whilst we sketched, painted and hurried away making the basis of a portrait that would be exhibited in the spring exhibition.
During the demonstration I proceeded to sketch Sandy using a range of Prismacolour pencils I had brought with me. Over the past few months I have been working in oil on wood; and already had a significant idea of what I wanted to do with the portrait. At home I had a large piece of wood that I intended to transfer my sketch to and work in oils later.
In the meantime I made the most of the time with Sandy and created the best portrait I could, ensuring I took into account her movements, the way the light hit her face and examine each of her individual traits in the break.
Although Sandy dressed herself professionally in black and white, throughout the day I realised that she had quite a fun personality. She often smiled and joked with myself and the other artists and took her time in the intervals to examine the works and compliment or critique the pieces. She was incredibly patient throughout the demonstration and whilst I was there I did take some photos. From these images and the original sketch I began to re-draw and resize the original sketch I completed to suit the board.
For the background I wanted to incorporate some bright colour expressing Sandy's personality.
The rich turquoise blue was and obvious choice for me once I had been working with the artwork for a while. The blue complimented Sandy's wonderful silver hair, and her complexion. I also associated the blue with calmness and genuine nature. I believed that the fluidity of the blue resembled the feeling that Sandy had when she came into a room. Her personality commands attention yet leaves you feeling comfortable and I wanted this to come through in the artwork. I overlaid the blue with copper line-work. The lines represented Sandy's busy life, and the collection of knowledge she has resourced throughout her diverse career in the arts.
The finished artwork was submitted for hanging at the RSASA gallery in late August. From this, the sitters would be invited back into the gallery to view each of the completed artworks. Once they had seen all the works, they have the opportunity to choose a work to take home.
I was incredibly lucky, amongst many other talented artists to have my work selected by Sandy (and her brains-trust!)
See the selection video click HERE
Today after an eighteen-month marathon I have completed my Masters in Visual Art and Creative Practice at Uni SA! And Im exhausted ... but my mind still thinks I have things to do. Over the last forty-eight hours I have collated and combined all of my research into my final thesis, installed my artworks into an exhibition space for assessment, had my face-to-face assessment in front of four well renowned artists and academics, and then disassembled my artworks and brought them home. 16 weeks of constant work for a 1 hour experience.
My final body of work featured three large 60x90cm wood panels, and six smaller 40x4cm wood panels selectively appropriating images I have found on social media The collection of works is a critique of the way women present themselves on social media. The three small mirrors are deliberately set at 'eye height' to encourage the viewer to envisage themselves in the frames.
Below is a explanatory section from my thesis:
My artworks examine ideas of modern feminine iconography that populate social media imagery; images that re-define and normalize social beauty standards and yet create significantly un-achievable social norms. My collection of artworks attempts to examine the pose and stereotypical structure of images relate
The twenty-first century femme fatale: Modernity and the power woman
In exactly one week I will be installing for my exhibiting assessment marking the completion of my Masters in Visual Art and Creative Practice. I have spent the last 22 weeks making, researching, planning, writing, critiquing, making, fixing, shaping and finishing my 9 artworks ready for installation as part of my final assessment.
This semester has been a whirlwind for me - thank goodness for the sanity of my friends, family and classmates. The final exhibition of my artworks will be installed for approximately 24 hours and only for the view of the assessors, unfortunately.
I have size smaller works (40x40cm) and three large panels ready for assessment alongside my Research Exegesis totalling just shy of 22 pages. This elaborate body of work justifies the statement that a picture is worth a thousand words. To give you some information about the research behind my artworks here is a section from my exegesis:
ABSTRACT : 'The Twenty-first Century Femme Fatale; Modernity and the Power Woman'
I can't wait to share the final product with you all once it has been fully installed. Please head on over to my Facebook page or Instagram for more regular updates! Wish me luck!
Abbey is a qualified secondary school teacher and Completed her Masters in Visual Arts and Creative Practice in July 2017. She creates interesting and colourful artworks, not afraid to experiment with new subjects and ideas.