The last few years of constellation has taught me to think about my whole subject matter differently, as it has opened up my mind to value of communication and perceptions. Its made me question the deeper meanings to my own work.
The first year really just opened up the links between art and that of critical writing. In the way of getting us to think about certain ides and concepts on a much deeper level and gathering the different context these could be viewed in, therefore giving us a wider view of our subject. my main focus in first year was around subcultures. i found this really interesting as its was about the communication we have between ourselves which is purely visual and is extension of our selves expression. my essay explored the movement of punks through images of designs from high couture who has been inspired by them. The punk movement was one of the most extreme fashion trends and was one of the first movements to really use there clothing as a direct communication of what they felt.
I related to that a lot as an illustrator as im always working to provide visual communication in my work to make an impact and give a clear message, punk did this consistently publicising there disgust with the establishment through their wardrobe on a daily basis. Another effect they had on my work was how they used object in a contradictory manner and giving them further meaning by ignoring there function such as using toilet chains as necklace and using safety pins for decoration. i have taken this into my work by working with different elements and combining them to create a more complex meaning, overall i think the way there visual motifs of the punks were so recognisable that just a symbolise of there clothing captures their strong spirit. This was important to me as it reminded me in my practise something simple can communicate a much wider meaning.
my second years study group was based round theorist who explore existentialism this was quite a deep and intense topic but i found it interesting a a lot of my illustration communicate that of the human conditions, and getting to grips with ideas and concepts of how people live their lives. As its thought that theirs a construct for us to continually set goals for ourselves to achieve, only to then set another harder goal, theorist argue what satisfaction is gained from this, questioning the meaning of existence if the majority of life is a up hill struggle. Tackling pieces of text could be daunting with the depth of text but i think ideas were something that definitely influenced my work. especially when expanding in to the imbalance that happens when not participating in society, as this causes anxiety or displacement. This is some thing that is common in my work as i always work towards an emotional response so when applying these theorises to art works, shows how often the art work expresses the life view of the creator.
This essay i focused on Egon Shiele and weather his essence could be capture in the act of painting. His portraits or life drawings were always full of emotion with his own unique style, he would often have a relationship of some kind with all of his sitters allowing him to transcend his own emotions through the paint. It also puts into play the way we are perceived by others and what we think of ourselves. His essences was especially present in his self portraiture as it as its his interpretation of him self he normally portrayed himself in awkward positions perhaps communicating a disconnection to the world around him. This intrigued me as i like to promote well being and being connected to the world around you. it also reminds me that my illustration aren’t always about serving a purpose but for helping me expand me self expression, so when given a subject matter research is vital to be able communicate my own personal view of the topic.
My final contribution in third year combined a lot of essential lessons i learnt over the last couple of years that has helped me expand me thinking. Although the task of writing a dissertation was frightening these study groups through the years gave me the tools to be able expand my writing of my own ideas. I especially found that using images in my writing gave me a clear starting point and gave me substance to work from this was something i learnt in first year and i employed this technique in my dissertation. Having an image to refer to allowed me to further my argument and i think it also adds interest and context for your writing.
My dissertation explored cultural appropriation using images of garments that were linked to native american culture. i chose this topic as i feel its important to understand the intended meaning of a design or garment and how this can get diluted when entering the mainstream due to cultural appropriation. The natives interested me from a field project call home truths as colonisation displaced them from their homes, as i researched into the topic it was apparent the amount of manipulation that occurred to this culture, which urged me to explore this field through the visual means of dress. The art work of the native Americans also inspire my practice as they have a high value of the crafts of good and how the process of the making adds to the story of the finished product. I like this idea as i feel it makes work much more personal and gives life to a piece, they often would leave pieces unfinished or with blemishes as anything to perfect was seen as static and lacked spirit. Ive been channelling this through my work concentrating on the motion of my drawings and also using freehand stitch, it refreshing to concentrate on the art of making instead of having a fixed outcome. overall constellation has made it easier to transcend both my practice and that of critical thinking. It helps expand my practice by giving me array of philosophies to work from and broadening my perspective.