I have been somewhat down recently, as I suspect has much of the country in lockdown. There is nothing really wrong, as I am healthy and have stayed employed throughout the Pandemic. There is still a feeling of loss and stasis, however, and in many ways it has inhibited my creativity. This work, however, flows directly from that feeling and is an attempt to capture it in a work. As part of considering the work I looked into sculpture that captured sadness and found some work that captures the concept almost too strongly. The work in Fig. 1. for example embodies the emptiness of grief, but is far too strong to represent this feeling. The work in Fig. 2, with its negative space tear, is more the level that I was looking for. I did spend some time looking for references on sadness or depression as a thematic idea but was more successful at finding literary references, such as Shumeiko (2018).Continue reading “Into each life”
The sculptural possibilities of organic forms fascinate me, as discussed previously. (Howard, 2020) I considered the works of Henry Moore (Howard, 2019a) and Barbra Hepworth (Howard, 2019b) in relation to these forms previously, but there are many artists working in this area.
Drawings and Maquettes
Artists and Cultural Context
An aspect of making art related to ravens is their deep cultural significance. There is raven mythology across a number of cultures – from Viking to native American. (Wikipedia, 2021) Fig. 1 shows an excellent work which is both contemporary and culturally embedded. The design and contraction of the work is described by Cross (1990). I find much to be inspired by with this work, from the mythological connection to the look and style of the finished piece. The work is visually engaging and has a deep embedded significance.Continue reading “Raven”
A Note on Referencing: Many of the references I am including in this article are to my own work or works on the web. When doing this I include a link to the article directly in the text as well as in the article. This is purely for the convenience of the reader.
Going into part 5 I mentioned that I will need to focus on the following in Part 5 (Howard, 2020):
- Research and Context, especially with respect to the influences on my work during the part;
- Improvement in use of drawing, especially in larger formats and for experimentation; and
- Working on an investigation and theme, as this is likely to result in better progression.
There is also significantly more scope allowed in this part to complete work according to your own inspiration. The following seem like the most relevant elements of the direction:Continue reading “Considering part 5”