Reflective journal- DIAGNOSTIC

Week 5

06/10/14

As prep I brought an object  in which fit the description of a manmade object, natural materials, small enough to transport into college and have no recognisable or obvious function. I drew the different angles of the object, analysing it all over and thinking about its purpose, connecting it to the human body and thinking how it could be human. I found the lines looked like body parts. I was fascinated at looking at the behaviour and feelings of humans. Therefor I designed an expressive painting tool using the object its self and clear straws. My object looked like a drain so I used straws as a meted of draining paint through and mark making with it. 

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07/10/14

The day started with a semi-prepared powerpoint on artists who's subject matter is human behaviour. I liked the fact we were looking at behaviour today as if follows on from my developed idea yesterday. One artist which stood out to me was Shirin Neshat because of her very expressive work. Her images of the men and women arranged on the beach really interested me. You can get a clear understanding of the behaviour in each image, in the female photo you can see each woman is isolated with space from the next and they are all alone. However the men are presented in a orderly fashion, reminding me of soldiers, ordered with importance and standing as one. 

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The third image is of a couple again on the beach. Despite there being two people standing side by side one of each sex I still get the impression that the man has more importance on the photo and the woman is less important, acting like a shadow.

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While brainstorming different human behaviours I decided on jealousy because I can connect to that as admittedly I am a envious person. An in depth brainstorm was carried out asking my self what i'm jealous of then a little primary research where i asked everyone in my class to write down one thing they are jealous of. 

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I wanted audience participation in my final piece therefor I used the words which were written on posted notes in my final piece. What was most interesting about the research was when asking each person to write down one thing they are jealous of, the response I got was, what for? why do you nee this? as if what they were going to say was a secret. some found it difficult to think and others were very open to the fact there was something which really bothered them. I interpretated the reflective 'mirror' surface into my piece to represent, someone looking at themselves, everyones looking in the same mirror, on the same page. I have found that jealous turns to hatred so the mirror shows you what your jealous of and the fact you need to look back at yourself and what you have become.

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08/10/14

My first impressions of the Archway building is it was very small. However when having the safety talk on the practical machines the workshops were very spacious and well equipped! I got very excited about coming to using the machines and my head filled with ideas of what I could do with what was available. 

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09/10/14

I must admit this week has by far been my favourite week. During yesterdays private study I made a warning sign using the limited materials I had at home. Because of the minimal materials I wasn't able to execute my idea fully but I did the best I could. Feedback I received was, "love the contrast of materials/ textures" and "great concept, really like it". 

Developing on from my warning sign, I thought of problems the world is facing right now. The biggest is Ebola... Therefor I have printed of two maps and pin pointed the present day and what I expect christmas day to look like. 

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The final exhibition of work was the best one so far. it was organised better by the collaborators. Final feedback I received was "love the use of colour and stitch", "really interesting concept, looks detailed and neat" and "it makes you think". I found developing and doing practical work on the wednesday then presenting on the thursday was more rewarding than rushing a whole project into one day. This weeks one project worked a lot better than having a week worth of 3 different projects. 

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