Sunday, 29 September 2013

Humans and Nature

This drawing is based on a photograph from this photoshoot: http://hebarena.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/light-and-shadow.html
I wanted to try working with charcoal on canvas again, as I had enjoyed it in the past.
I want to show that humans and nature should be closer to each other, hence the subject holding tightly onto the two trees. Nowadays, people have become so obsessed with technology and industrialization, that they have started to forget and ignore the beauty around them.






Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Unravel

video

While you are away
My heart comes undone
Slowly unravels
In a ball of yarn
The devil collects it
With a grin
Our love
In a ball of yarn

He'll never return it

So when you come back
We'll have to make new love

He'll never return it

When you come back
We'll have to make new love

While you are away
My heart comes undone
Slowly unravels
In a ball of yarn
The devil collects it
With a grin
Our love, our love, 
In a ball of yarn

He'll never return it

When you come back
We'll have to make new love

He'll never return it

When you come back
We'll have to make new love

He'll never return it

When you come back
We'll have to make new love

A few days ago, I went for dinner with my family at Wagamama Restaurant in St.Albans.
My mother had some jasmine tea and I thought, that it was quite interesting how the flower slowly started to unravel, so I decided to film it. It was so relaxing and pleasing to the eye and soul, I felt like I had found inner peace. I instantly thought of Bjork's song ''Unravel'', which is the music I used in the video. 
The meaning of the song is about the impatience of seeing your loved one again, when your loved one is away, you feel like you are not in love anymore, ''The devil collects it''. In reality, however, you still are. Your loved one will come back and the love will be even stronger than before. Hence the line, ''When you come back, we'll have to make new love''. Sometimes, love falls apart, and it slips away from how you expected it to be. If neither of the two give up and try again, the love can be stronger than ''a ball of yarn''. Unwilling to be broken or stolen from anyone or anything. 
I felt that the music connects to the video because a flower is fragile, just as love is. Love is fragile and can be broken or fixed very easily. 


Sunday, 1 September 2013

Light and Shadow

This photoshoot turned out differently than I had initially expected. At first, I wanted to turn myself into a manga character but the make-up didn't turn out quite as I had wanted.
Therefore, I decided to try experimenting with light and shadow. I used the tree in my back garden to camouflage myself, trying different angles. I realised that every time I moved, light was emitted differently.









Experimental collages

British artist John Stezaker creates photographic collages using old Hollywood film stills, vintage photographs and travel postcards. His work has Surrealist and Dada qualities. He juxtaposes two images together to create a new image. Here is some of his work:

   Muse (Film Portrait Collage) IX, 2012
Collage
11 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches
29 x 23.6 cm 
  
   Muse (Film Portrait Collage) X, 2012
Collage
10 5/8 x 9 inches
26.9 x 22.9 cm

   Marriage (Film Portrait Collage) LXXVIII, 2012
Collage
10 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches
26.8 x 23.6 cm         

   Marriage (Film Portrait Collage) LXXIX, 2011
Collage
9 3/4 x 8 inches
24.8 x 20.2 cm

 This particular series of works is what interested me since there is a male and female in each      piece, thus relating to my work, Androgyny. 
 Inspired by the artist, I tried experimenting more with collage. I used images from magazines and    tried to match male and female photos together.

 

 

           



         


   



   





















 








Here, still using images from magazines, I cut up many parts of the body such as arms, legs, eyes, mouths and breasts, in square shapes to create a ''mosaic of flesh''. I tried to match up the colour scheme so I chose colours that are similar. Here are some close up shots of the collage: