Work example 1 – Rowdy ‘working like a dog’

•June 7, 2011 • Leave a Comment

This is a part of my project for sculpture last year, we had to do a dog project. We had to make a sculptural piece that associated to a dog through meanings, quotes, features, personal experiences and anything else that you can associated a dog to. My association was from the quote ‘working like a dog.’  I really enjoyed this project.

This is my process:

 

 

If you can tell I have named my dog Rowdy because I am a bit of a scrubs fan 😀

(MagicCynic, 2010)

References
MagicCynic. (2010, January 1). Top 5 Scrubs characters: Rowdy the stuffed dog. Retrieved 2007, from Makefive your top five everything:
http://www.makefive.com/categories/entertainment/television/top-5-scrubs-characters/rowdy-the-stuffed-dog

 

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Who I have commented on!

•June 7, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I have commented on a number of people’s blogs so far they are:

Shannon Wood

– ‘Plastic Generation’

Deborah Worthy

– ‘Art Work 1’

– ‘Night Time, Dreaming and Creativity’

Duncan Wright

– ‘Play’

Tyana Lilic

– ‘History of Creativity!’

Week 5 Glen Spoors lecture + reading section 2 – How to be one of a kind – return to our childlike states and explore our imagination, unconsciousness, and dreams

•June 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment

This importance of keeping a record of our experiences, dreams and epiphanies I believe will help us become a better artist. By understanding your self lets you create better pieces of work, it is better to be relaxed, in mind with fantasy or be in a playful mood.

“Every good idea and all creative work are the offspring of the imagination, and have their source in what one is pleased to call infantile fantasy. Not the artist alone, but every creative individual whatsoever owes all that is greatest in his life to fantasy. The dynamic principle of fantasy is play, a characteristic also of the child, and as such it appears inconsistent with the principle of serious work. But without this palying with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.” (Jung, 1997 p.5)

Glen spoors lecture relates to this subject as he talks about myths and the individual. “Mythopoesis” derives  from the Greek “muthus” (myth) + “poiein” (to create): i.e. “myth making”… (Spoors, 2011 p.3) Personal experiences play a big part in understanding information and myths as we form symbols around situations can change the way we decipher our dreams and unconsciousness.

“Sometimes active imagination takes place mainly inside the mind. Other times, the imagination is given form through painting, drawing, sculpting, dancing, writing, or on other ways.” (Jung, 1997 p.7)

In Glen Spoors lecture notes he has many poems, I have written a lot of poems myself and the poem ‘Maiden you killed me’ reminds me of one in particular.

‘Maiden you killed me’  

“The animals are children and they scream and run

(An axe is dangled loosely as the farmer comes).

The table is a slaughterhouse and this is love:

A smile is just a baring of the teeth against a bluff.

Maiden you killed me.

You were just a young as me, we both were small

(But there was nothing equal or a common thought).

The tower is a prison, and your hair is rope,

And I am swinging from the tree upon the darkest slope.

Maiden you killed me.

You must be a flower in disguise.

You must be a flower in disguise.

If I’m singing that I can’t die,

And maiden you killed me.”

(Spoors, 2011 p.37)

This is a poem I made that just came at me like a train so I had to write it down.

Looking in the mirror,

With anger upon my face.

I happened to kill my husband,

I feel like a disgrace.

I cleaned up all the blood,

Cleaned the knife and blades.

My heart is beating harder,

Thankfully I have closed the shades.

I have to run away,

From whatever else I may cause.

What’s the point of living,

If all you have are flaws.

What is your husband bashes you,

And you feel you want to die.

There is no safe place to run to,

Sometimes all I can do is lie.

I always had to lie to myself,

Telling me he will stop.

But every night he comes home pissed,

And hurts me, until I drop.

Cuts and bruises are left to see,

Bones broken but can’t get help.

Slowly seeking revenge until tonight,

And the last thing I ever heard from him was a tiny yelp.

He use to be so nice,

He wouldn’t hurt a fly.

Until he got addicted,

Unfortunately he had to die.

He use to bring me roses,

With poems that he wrote.

He use to sing me lullabies,

Until I slit his throat.

He use to be the nice guy,

We lived happily for a while.

He never said bad things at all,

Until he lived in denial.

He use to rely on his friends,

Until they gave him drugs.

After a couple he was off his rocker,

And hid the stash under our rug.

He use to come home so drugged,

He didn’t know my name.

The next thing he was hurting me,

As if it was a game.

Every time he hurt me,

I always saved my breath.

I waited for the perfect opportunity,

To kill him to his death.

I try not to remember,

All the years and pain.

I would rather start my life again,

Then live in my own vain.

There have been many times when I have sudden ideas come to my mind and I don’t always capture them. When I do end up capturing one I go in a psyche until it is completed. I enjoy re reading some of my ideas and I think it shows me what by unconscious mind stores in my brain and I discover who I really am through my work. I think these ideas will help me through my journey of becoming a visual artist.

 References

Jung, C. (1997). Jung on active imagination (pp, 1–17, 28-33). (Ed. Joan Chodorow).London: Routledge.

Spoors, G. (2011). CCA1103 Lecture notes. Retrieved from Edith Cowan University, School of Education and Arts web site: https://lms.sca.ecu.edu.au/units/CCA1103/lectures/week_5_mythopoesis.pdf

Week 3 & Week 5 -1- readings: The shadows are out to get me!

•June 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Some days we don’t feel like doing anything creative as we are too moody or just ‘don’t feel like it,’ but maybe we should still try as it could mean a different context is involved in the influence of an creative piece. Don’t let emotions get in the way of exploring new concepts, let them fly and express them in any way possible. It might shock you to see a different side from your normal placid self. Let these emotions go through your body and make them useful to you, be inspired by them to produce anything. I am not saying to project your emotions on others by abusing them in a possible thought that, that is creativity, but by creating something that you could do privately in your own space when no one else is around. Jung’s theory of the ‘shadows’ from OShaugnessy & Sradler (2002) ‘Media and Society’ demonstrate a similar understanding to this topic.

“Jung’s concept of the shadow can best be understood in conjunction with the idea of projection. The shadow side is our dark, negative side. It includes aspects of our-self that we have denied and repressed, that exist only in our unconscious and that we tend to project negatively on to others. Negative projection occurs when we see our dark qualities in other people. Individuation involves recognising our shadow self and embracing it in order to integrate it into our personality rather than projecting it on to others.” (OShaugnessy & Sradler, 2002 p. 179)

(OShaugnessy & Sradler, 2002 p. 180)

(Johnnywho, 2008)

Looking into your dark side might just help you control yourself around different situations that can work your own ‘shadows’ inside of you. Understanding who you are and what makes you tick may help you become less stressful and make you work more efficiently.

“The denial of our shadow side can be dangerous for ourselves as well as others; if we ignore our shadow it will become more monstrous and threaten to destroy us. It needs to be acknowledged, not ignored… Jung argues that people need to look into their own darkness rather than project it on to others, and in this sense they are involved in the process of becoming conscious of their own unconsciousness.” (OShaugnessy & Sradler, 2002 p. 180)

In week threes reading Davis explains the creativity in an individual in ‘Definitions and theory. Creativity is forever,’ (2004) this reading shows an idea of what our conscious and unconscious mind can create from our own imaginations. We are going into our shadows of the unconsciousness and making it our friends by combining our conscious state into making a creative concept.

“Creative activity takes place between the conscious and the unconscious, that is in the preconscious. The preconscious is not tied strictly to the everyday pedestrian
realities of the conscious mind, nor is it anchored to the even more rigid symbolic relationships of the unconscious. Rather, the preconscious can engage in free play with ideas, meanings, and relationships, thereby producing the new and unexpected connections, metaphorical relationships, overlapping meanings, puns, and allegories that we call creativity.”
(Davis, 2004 p. 61)

Don’t let your shadows get to you; use them by expressing them and making them vulnerable to creativity. Keep equipment close in case you feel like letting a preconscious idea come across your path and quickly write, draw or whatever you can to maintain its crisp thought in your mind. Capture your shadow before it empowers you too much. Hopefully by doing so it will help you understand yourself more and make you produce pieces that you never knew you could.

References

Davis, G. A. (2004). Definitions and Theories. Creativity is forever (pp. 58-73). (5th Ed.). USA: Kendel/Hunt.

Johnnywho. (2008, September 30). Imagine Johnny because my thoughts need to be heard. Retrieved from WordPress: http://johnnywho.wordpress.com/page/2/

Oshaugnessy, M. Stadler, J. (2002). Carl Jung. Media and Society: An Introduction (pp. 176- 184). Victoria: Oxford University Press.

Week 6 & Week 10 lecturers Erin Coates and Marcus Canning: Inspiring lecturers that will help me in my studies of Visual Arts / Marcus Canning / Erin Coates

•June 5, 2011 • 3 Comments

Throughout the lectures there have been two main artists who have inspired me into thinking of new possibilities for my own future. The art pieces they come up with are interesting and show they are not afraid to take a risk. I can only hope one day I will have art work that will inspire other people.

Marcus Canning has been one inspiration that I will take on in the future of his design of the  ‘Ascalon,’ this art piece is amazing; he has done a lot of research and put a lot of thought into his work. It is installed at the Council house church. Without the background information that Marcus discusses of this piece you wouldn’t be able to guess what it could mean as it is seen as a white object curling around a steel pole. At first it seems simplistic but it holds a lot of meaning behind the art work. The 18 meter steel pole is symbolised as a lance which knights use for battle. The white cloth is the cape or cloak of the rider. The raised ground is where a dragon is resembles even if there is no defined lines of a dragon Marcus’s pictures of the installation showed this. This project is definitely a team project and has inspired me to make something as pleasing as this with a group of artists. It is a combination of human and machine to create this achievement.

(Hillary, 2011)

Erin Coates is an artist / writer / curator / lecturer. Erin has made many art pieces that have a lot of hidden meanings to and they all tell a story. She seems the type of person to go with the flow and come up with a piece of work on the spot then immediately tries to coordinate her plan into action. She uses different mediums which is interesting as many artists stick with only a couple. Erin has tried drawing, animation, collage and her main focus is on sculpture. She says she ‘isn’t afraid of trying something new,’ which is very inspirational and makes me believe I don’t have to settle down to one type of focus in my art as I can go a number of ways and chose different mediums to play around with.

(Greenwood Guardian, 2008)

These two lecturers have shone another light on my path. I will look back on these artists to see what their own next step is and hopefully I will start my own steps of becoming an artist that I can proudly call myself. At the moment Erin Coates work speaks out to me more because I am inspired into making sculptural pieces, but this could slowly change with new experiences, new artists, new likes and dislikes and different situations that will happen to me in the future. These all will determine where I will be in the future. If I want to become an artist I will have to take on Marcus Canning’s involvement in his research and keep gaining knowledge to produce better and bolder pieces of art. I shall also take on the determination of never giving up and keep trying new mediums and possibilities such as what Erin Coates does. This could help me
understand what my weaknesses and strengths are and hopefully inspire others as well.

References

Greenwood Guardian. (2008). Erin Coates and Justin Spiers. Retrieved from Guilford Lane Gallery: http://www.artabase.net/exhibition/1040-greenwood-guardian

Hillary, R. (2011, July 31). Julie Robson. Retrieved from WordPress: http://rachelhillary.wordpress.com/

Week 2 lecture Glen Spoors: Understanding the meanings of creativity and where creativity started and evolved

•June 5, 2011 • 1 Comment

My dictionary definition of creativity is “1. Having the ability or power to create things. 2. Creating; productive. Often used with of. 3. Characterized by originality and expressiveness; imaginative.” (McGraw- Hill, 1969, p. 311) Creativity is not a new term, it is considered to of happened for many years. “The origins in creativity maybe seen in some of the earliest creations: statues and cave paintings.” (Spoors, 2011 p.3)

When I Google ‘creativity definition’ there is different key words that are shown such as advertising, design, digital creativity, innovation, whole brain thinking, experiences, ideas, power to create, turning ideas into reality and many more. This shows creativity isn’t associated to one subject as it can be experienced through a number of different areas.

During the tests of time ‘creativity’ was associated to many different traditions:

  •  “In rhetoricians we can see “creativity” admired in terms of how cleverly a speaker swayed an audience. In the Presocratics we may see “creativity” in the development of new theories about the nature of the world slide.” (Spoors, 2011 p.6)
  •  “For Christians, the original creative mind was God and everything of value was already known. “Creatio” meant “creation from nothing”, i.e. divine Creation. “Creativity” involved (re)working traditional Christian symbols to illustrate timeless truths (e.g. painted glass) So to speak of one’s own creation may have made no sense: it was Providence or the Devil’s work.” (Spoors, 2011 p.8)
  •  “Industrial revolution. Creativity involved developing new inventions and methods. A new leisure class could consume artistic creations as mass commodities.” (Spoors, 2011 p.12)
  •  “Creativity therefore was both a form of personal expression and spiritual communication.” (Spoors, 2011 p.14)
  •  “Post- industrial creativity. To be “creative” connotes that you are individual who is and/or is able to produce “cultural capital” (i.e. the word brings your status).”
    (Spoors, 2011 p.17)

I believe creativity can be anything; it isn’t a set form of artistic purpose as it can be related to mechanics, books, food, products and many more. It doesn’t have to be just
pleasing to the eye as it could be useful such as a close peg.

(Sekejai, 2011)

(Shaken Grid Premium, 2011)

The understanding of “creativity” has altered over time, thus depends upon which traditions one is drawing from today.  Although creativity was once seen as imaginative and one of a kind, in today’s society there is no such thing as original as we all say ‘it has all been done before.’ Maybe one day with new technology looming upon us creativity
will be embracing our knowledgeable species.

Who really knows what creativity means? Everyone has their own opinion on what it could consist of. Who is to say an object has the opportunity to be creative or not? It just seems like this word has too much information to hold onto making it harder to have a proper connotation or meaning. Every dictionary is biased on explaining what creativity means. This whole idea is kind of like reading a newspaper and looking at what ranking of stars an editor has given a new movie. It’s their opinion not yours, how can one person determine a rating for millions of viewers saying it’s only two stars not worth seeing, maybe people might enjoy it better than the reviewer. Who are we to trust others judgment when we have a different opinion?

References

McGraw- Hill. (1969). The heritage illustrated
dictionary of the English language. In M. Hill. New York: Mc Graw- Hill
International Book Company.

Sekejai. (2011, Feburary). Creativity.
Retrieved from ESP for Psychology:
http://jjurceviciute.blogspot.com/2011/02/creativity.html

Shaken Grid Premium. (2011). Where
spirit, creativity, evolution and pop culture meet
. Retrieved from C – Cam
Collective: http://c-cam.org/shoutout/collaborators/

Spoors, G. (2011). CCA1103
Lecture notes
. Retrieved from Edith Cowan University, School of Education
and Arts web site: https://lms.sca.ecu.edu.au/units/CCA1103/lectures/week_2_Creativity_A_Historical_Overview.pdf

Group project – Masks: The up and down journey of my group project

•June 4, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The day we had to pair up into groups for our first assessment ‘the creative presentation’ stumped me a bit because I couldn’t think of any ideas what we could do. We did toss around some ideas but then it was injected with a different concept that we liked then didn’t. It took us a while to figure out which way of presentation we wanted to do, either the creative project or creative research. We ended up deciding to do a creative project as Chanel said she doesn’t like using power point.

Some ideas we came up with are:

  • Finding an artist we both like and try and make work similar to theirs
  • Shadow puppets scenes
  • William Kentridge
  • Tim Burton (this has already been done before so we decided not to go with it)
  • Finally we came down to masks

We both love masks and Chanel and I were thinking of making them. Our idea was to find an artist we both liked who made masks and make them all. I thought that idea was a bit too extreme and too time consuming of making every single mask the artist has made. I thought of making a couple of masks, the ones that capture us the most. We thought it was a good idea at the time. We both did some research on masks until another individual came into our group, Deborah. Deborah didn’t mind our main focus on masks but she thought that making them would be rather too time consuming. We all went back to the drawing board and all decided to go back and chose the creative research topic on masks instead. We all went off and did individual research on masks either from the internet or books. We tried to make group meeting every week but something would always stop them happening, sometimes Chanel was away or the whole group was sick so we couldn’t meet up. The day Chanel was sick Deborah and I wrote a plan of different parts of the mask history we could look up and study individually so then we could all combine them together. We came up with general information:

  • History
  • Evil spirits
  • War
  • Rituals

Carnevale & masquerade:

  • History
  • Masks in Europe
  • Modern masks in film & fashion

Explaining:

  • Tying it all together
  • Changes in history
  • Rationality & modernity

We soon came to realise there is a wide range of information on masks and we will never fit everything in, in just 20 minutes of presentation.

(Jays, 2009)

After a while of trying to get group meetings together Chanel says she is dropping out of the unit so Deborah and I had to share Chanel’s side of the group work as well. This was getting trickier to maintain. We both carried our fair share and managed to put it altogether and found some very helpful books that helped us throughout our project. I am very passionate about masks and I have learned a lot more about it since this assessment and I am very grateful for that. I am hoping to become a mask maker for part of my future; I want to experience the talent of masks that they behold as I have always seen masks as being creative, they have a hidden meaning and there are different connotations to masks depending on the country, religion and rituals. “Rituals are mainly focused on rainmaking, healing, sterility in women, good health, to fight off spirits,
entering the spiritual world” (Mack, 1994, p. 203). Shamans are well known for their masked rituals as “they believe in spirits, sorcerers, gods and magical figures” (Nunley & McCarthy, 1999, p. 156) Traditional mask ceremonies were ‘celebrations’ of the stages of life people went through. Common ceremonies performed are based around birth and death, developing maturity, becoming an adult, practiced circumcision and weddings. These are only some of the many meanings of masks in history.

(Ruggieri)

(ssimrok, 2010)

(ssimrok, 2010)

Even though the similar masks today don’t have the same meaning and are used for a form of playfulness there are an evolution of what masks are today. Masks can be seen as makeup, ‘social networking’ using a computer (technology is a mask becoming someone you are not. The masks connotation has changed in today’s society with new technology. I consider masks to have an importance even if it isn’t the same as in the past. I wonder if we could ever live without a mask or do we always have to have a sense of becoming someone else… someone better?

References
Jays, D. (2009, July 6). Death Doesn’t Lie. Retrieved from Obit: http://www.obit-mag.com/articles/death-doesnt-lie

Mack, J. (1994). Masks the art of expression. London: British Museum Press.

Nunley, J. W., & McCarthy, C. (1999). Masks Faces of Culture. New York: Harry N. Abrams

Ruggieri, L. (n.d.). Venetian carnevale mask III. Retrieved from Fineartamerica: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/venetian-carnevale-mask-iii-leonardo-ruggieri.html

ssimrok. (2010, October 30). Make up transformation. Retrieved from Jaffa Mood: http://www.jaffamood.com/make-up-transform/