I bought a little A5 sketchbook to go with “Outburst”. After a lot of thinking, I had realised that the place that I release emotions with the least thought to boundaries is my diary, which I usually write in a very little amount of time but manage to get down my feelings almost perfectly, meaning that when I look back through I can remember each and every day and the feelings that accompanied it. I decided that I would attempt to write something on every page in a very little amount of time, meaning that some things were desperately written to fill space, and others were very interesting. As soon as I had written something, that was it.
The next day, I looked through the journal and decided it was lacking, I began to tear a few pages to make it more interesting, I went with my instincts, trying not to think too much about what I was doing. I much preferred the result, but still felt like it needed more.
I went with my first thoughts, what did the diary remind me of? The answer was “breaking out of prison”. So I researched famous prison escapes and included them in the journal wherever seemed right. I covered the front and back with newspaper articles and an image of “Outburst.”
I could never have predicted the outcome of the journal, but looking through it, I feel it captures the spontaneous release of emotions. It is an explosion of thoughts and feelings and mirrors my piece completely.
This is by far the most successful piece I’ve completed as yet. I have had some wonderful comments and I have even received an offer from somebody who would like to buy it! Of course, I will be hanging onto it for now, but it is very exciting to think that somebody actually wants to buy and own my work.
While making Outburst, I took a lot of photos for documentation. I am going to sum up the processes and decisions that got me here.
This is the origin of the idea. It was born on a blank page in my sketchbook out of cardboard, acrylic and acetate. I loved the effect of manipulating paint into a solid object. After realising how so many of my paintings and art pieces seemed to be breaking boundaries, I knew I had to do something with framing an image and allowing it to burst out of the frame. I envisaged this effect in a real picture frame, and thought about how I could do it.
I bought a picture frame. It was relatively small, but it was all I could really afford. I also knew that I needed a lot more material which might be costly. The frame seemed big enough for my needs and I took it to the workshop to ask about how I might go about fabricating a smash in the glass. Martin was very co-operative and suggested swapping the glass for acrylic, cutting a hole with a jigsaw, and then melting the edges to create the energy I wanted. Once assembled, I thought the effect looked fantastic. I took it back to the studio.
I began to create the image which would go behind the frame. Because of the concept I had already done in my book, I knew that the image wasn’t that important as the eye is drawn to the paint coming out of the frame rather than the image behind. It took several attempts to come up with something I liked, and here it is. I actually worked more into it than it shows here, but you’ll see that later. The colours all moved to the bottom corner where I wanted the burst to be. I didn’t want to burst to be too central or symmetrical.
Here are the wires I painted to put onto my piece. They are flower arranging wires, coated in paper. I bought two different sizes of wire. The thicker ones, that you can see here, need a pair of pliers in order to manipulate them, but the thinner ones can be twisted by hand. I painted a few first, but soon found that it was more effective to put the wire into position and paint it while it was attached to the frame.
I attached most of the wires through a small hole in the paper. They were bent so that they would not come out, and then acrylic was applied over the top of the hole. Eventually, as the acrylic hardened, it acted as a glue. I began to pierce wires through the acrylic and wrap them around other wires for support. The result is relatively sturdy, and I think that as long as people don’t tug on the wires too hard, they will stay in position!
This was the last photo I took on my first session. It is unfinished here, but already beginning to take shape. I have added splatters onto the glass which seems to give the piece a lot of energy. I decided that the piece lacked white. The colours, bright as they were, needed some kind of highlight on them to keep the paint looking shiny and wet.
And here it is. The next day I added more wires, more paint splatters and some white highlights to the piece. I had it mounted on the wall. Successful? Definitely. I am very happy with the way the piece looks and many people are excited and interested by it. The only thing that I would have done differently would be to choose a larger canvas, perhaps extending the installation into a room, including paint splatters on the wall and floors. But in the time given, and with a low budget, I’m pleased with this.
And right now, that is very relevant.
I need to think carefully about how to make the idea in my head happen. We have been given time to develop an idea into one single piece, and my ideas are strong and clear, and the vision I have of it is remarkable. I just need to work out how to get from a vision to reality, and I suppose that is about what art is about. This particular piece is about letting go, exploding with the creativity I have reserved inside me just to be polite and abide by the rules, but I’m going to need to just go with whatever feels right.
I suppose that’s the technique I’m going to be drawing on - intuition. I have to know when to ignore it and when to embrace it, and that is going to be the challenge here.
I bought a box-frame today for my piece, I thought the front was perspex but it turns out it is glass, so hopefully I’ll be able to get a perspex replacement for the front to make it easier to cut the hole into the front.
Also, I think I’m going to make a separate link on my page for posts regarding this piece: “Outburst.”
We have been asked to look at the techniques and themes that we have covered so far, and to develop one piece of work. I was drawn to develop the theme of breaking out of boundaries, and have begun constructing ideas for a piece that will be a mixed media 3D installation rather than a painting.
I will hopefully be getting hold of a perspex box-frame and I will use a drill to create an open crack in the perspex. Next, I will work on a 2d painting, most likely abstract but making good use of colour. I will then allow it, through using material such as wire and string, to jut out into the room as though the painting has escaped from the frame and is doing it’s own thing outside the confines.
I have made a small concept model in my book that should demonstrate my ideas.