‘An intersection between painting and sculpture’
.. the scope of this part of the course. The subject matter, a table, a still-life.
What is a contemporary still-life? From my previous course units I understand still-life somehow between ‘nature morte’ illustrated by Cindy Wright (2010) in her work Nature Morte 2 , and a staged scene that can trigger not only visual senses, but also tactile senses through the proximity of depicted items, e.g. Juan Sanchez CotánQuince, cabbage, melon and cucumber, 1602
After my more performative and gestural exploration of painting as a temporal and spatial bodily experience, with a stronger focus on the process rather than the final result, I am wondering how this could be translated into a contemporary revisited context.
The course material highlights four aspects essential to the approach of working between two and three dimensions:
- A shift from depiction of pictorial space to the experience and articulation of physical space.
- An agency of the ready-made.
- My bodily presence in relation to the production and reception of art work.
- My consideration of temporal and spatial concerns in relation to painting and sculpture.
These question are definitely taken me out of a mere picture painting approach towards questioning how I relate to a ‘still-life’, to objects and materials in front of me? How can I convey a sense of my presence
The subject matter. To establish a space where I can set up a kind of table. The table as the foundation of keeping materials and objects similar to a landscape in a spatial relationship. As a landscape, the light, the space, the surface, the colours are important to consider.
Some questions for me to address:
- What kind of objects to select?
- How do objects relate to each other (formal, graphic, activity)?
- What are found and constructed objects?
- How relevant is the material? How to discern ready-made from self-made?
- What actions are involved in making preparing the table, relating to the object, relating between them? How do I relate to actions, physically and emotionally?
- What meaning is involved and how to convey?
- How to I experience the table, the process, the making, the results?
The featured image (Still life, sketchbook, 2016) is a page from one of my older painting 1 sketchbooks. It seems still relevant today considering my current interest in expanded spatial exploration and ideas of skin and collage. But I do believe that my still-life at the end of this course will look different.