I am very grateful to Nat for arranging an extended tutorial with two of his ex-research colleagues from North America, Nada and Mark. It was also the first time that I’d met Jess Moriarty, who has agreed to be a co-supervisor. Unfortunately she couldn’t stay very long, but no doubt we’ll catch up soon.
Our time was very fruitful – it was the first time I’d had an opportunity to actually display a selection of my work to date, albeit in the less than optimal ‘gallery’ of M57! It had made me select what to put up, some things that I felt were experimental but not worth progressing:
We agreed that there was a great deal of control exerted by the medium in this series.
I think that this recent series has potential for further exploration:
Discussion of this series led Nada to comment on the use of colour to highlight one particular object. We talked about perspective, contour, and the fact that currently my drawings tend to be at the same distance from me, and that each object is given similar weighting. We talked about the use of scale instead of perspective to give emphasis to an aspect of the drawing. Currently the focus is on contour and line; line defining boundary. What about colour-filling the page and drawing into it? (Mark reminded me about the thing we used to do as children with wax crayons – covering a page with different colours, then covering it entirely with black crayon, then scratching out an image or design. Apparently you can now do something similar in photoshop.)
Mark talked about collage, using photos, abandoning boundaries, using post-it glue to position, photograph, reposition, showing how the most subtle changes of position can completely change the whole image. He scans a collage and digitally works it, and so on in a cycle of digital and manual production. We also talked about other ways of combining digital and manual work, such as working into some areas of a digital drawing to highlight the colour. Nada suggested blowing up a digital drawing and then tearing it up and collaging it.
Lots of ideas, and some reading: Topography of Space, Drawing and Design, The Secret Service.
Nat talked about framing, borders, decisions about size and about hanging pictures. He pointed out that overlapping different picture when hanging them, and choosing to print two different images on the same piece of paper were also collaging decisions.