Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Wrapping and Unveiling

In my art practice, I am very interested in the discovering and production of awareness. I'm most interested in unveiling shadowed elements of culture and society. I started this journey through the awareness and promotion of equality for people with special needs, specifically those with Down syndrome.

Taking a year to gain work experience to coincide with an MA Art Psychotherapy application, I used my time to plan and hold and event, bringing the World Down Syndrome Day (March 21st) to the Cayman Islands for the first time and also producing the film, “Changing Perspectives”.

Today, I attended 'Art Assemblage' at the NGCI and was most drawn to Kaitlyn Elphinstone's pieces, especially her 'Wrapped Pods'. It reminded me of the research I did on 'wrapping' art with Judith Scott and Christo and Jeanne-Claude. I wondered why I have always been drawn to these pieces and what artistic relevance it held for my art practice.

I found a video about Judith Scott through youtube (BBC). Her work was in installtion at the Museum of Everything. I've learnt more about Judith in this short video than I knew from reading stories and articles from books. It has been most interesting discovering that she attended Creative Growth in Oakland, very close to where I first attended University and that she attended, doing or making nothing for two years until suddenly creating totem like, wrapped items and then graduating to other appropriated objects. Most of her sculptures have been so heavily wrapped with cord and string that the original piece is unrecognisable and some have been x-rayed to discover the wrapped objects. I find this most interesting. The human mind is so curious to discover the veiled or wrapped elements but still respect the new form.

It is my assumption, my research will delve into wrapping, unravelling and x-ray works, things that are being covered, unveiled and examined from the inside.

Nick Veasey's X-ray photographs are quite interesting and he states, “Plants and flowers are captivatingly beautiful things. Look beyond the surface and that beauty is accentuated.”

Nick Veasey
Radar Studio
Coldblow Lane
Kent ME14 3LR
+44(0)1622 737722

Some works of inspiration: 

Thread and Nail Portraits by Pamela Campagna 

Golden Lincoln, by Oscar Strodl made of wool, thread and yarn in 2006

Thread Paintings by Cayce Zavaglia

Nick Veasey X-Rays

Judith Scott X-Ray Photographs of her Sculptures

Chris Mann's Homage to Death, Dementia and Nostalgia in Art Assemblage 2013, NGCI

Kaitlyn Elphinstone's Wrapped Pods and Woven See Fan, Art Assemblage 2013, NGCI

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