REFLECTIVE JOURNAL

 
Audience
 

MASTERS PROJECT PROPOSAL

MP proposal and changes. 

It was beneficial to look again at MP proposal and remind myself a few things. I decided that I won't make a new file and rather just put my thoughts here. 

When I was writing my masters proposal I hold back because current uncertainty. I guess it's just saving myself from disappointment of not being able to complete my tasks because of circumstances that I don't have power over. For example, physical exhibition which I really wanted to happen.

I also, was keen to find meeting points between folk art and stories with my creative work but I think my research took me to a wider point. I was still looking into artists who does repetitive work, depicting similar characters. Furthermore, I looked at illustration books and looked for similar artists and or connection points with my creative work.

 

SKETCHES

The beginning of inspiration search. 

While reading feedback from previous work my attention was caught by word malevolent . It had a meaningful weight for starting sketching new ideas and continue my creative path and depict pancake faces in grotesque way.

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MASK=UNIT

From a mask to a unit of something...

I call them masks but that's just their previous purpose. The moment I glued paper pieces over their eyes they became units with a purpose to form something in the ned of this journey. They are not meant to be worn or treated as an accessory in some ritual, they form a unique creature and it's up to me, as an artist, what is it going to be. In the start of the path I imaged a relief artwork as a bird and in the end it became a 3D egg. 

So maybe it was egg first and then chicken?

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LINO CUTTING

A little lino cutting and printing kit. 

I was always interested in printing, however, never had time or opportunity to try it. I thought I will be able to it at NUA. First term seemed quite busy and then Covid happened. I was excited as I thought coming back September will definitely let us use facilities as before. To the great disappointment virus has mind on its own. I thought even though I won't be able to learn screen printing or etching which requires space and equipment, at least I can purchase a small lino cutting kit and touch the surface of learning printing. I must say I really enjoyed it and I will try do more similar work in the future.

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AUDIENCE

A mini exhibition with ArtSteps. 

From the comfort of your comfy doughnut (just like the cat on the left) you can visit many exhibitions online. A positive outcome of something negative that made us readjust in the blink of the eye. 

It was my first time doing exhibition online using such platform as Artsteps.com

I think as for a fine art student and someone who prefers in person experience just because most of the senses are part of the experience I find it a little flat. However, it is wonderful to see artworks in scale and helps to imagine the event.

I created a small space. Very much on purpose. As getting a wall space in real world could be pricey and often a struggle. And in a different setting of events I would have been looking for a similar size space to show my work. So instead being very dreamy I wanted to see how it might have looked in a small space.

Unfortunately, I couldn't create a 3D picture of the egg for the Artsteps exhibition and marked its location by placing a unit in the middle so it could be looked at from every angle.

An exhibition at Greyfriars Art Space, King's Lynn. 

I think I sent them my first enquire email in the end of the Summer. I was hoping to book a space closer to home where I could show most of my MA work. I didn't hear from them. I tried again and still no answer. So one day when I was in King's Lynn I decided to investigate. To the deepest disappointment I came to a building site and I was thinking I would rather be just ignored than seeing it closed.

I just hope that there is still hope for smaller cities to find their strength and keep their artist  somewhat alive and inspired.

http://greyfriarsartspace.co.uk/

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VAO - Visual Art Open Chester. 

I was part of the competition since last term. During the time off I found out that I was accepted for the second round of judging. Unfortunately, I didn't win. However, I was noticed and then received email from one Visual Artists Association asking about my current work and future plans, inviting me to become a member and speak with art advisor Ian McDonald. 

Due to watching my finances and getting into much financial commitments I decided to hold onto the invitation and revisit it in the future.

https://www.visualartopen.com/

Banditto Residency in Tuscany. 

I was talking via email with Banditto gallery's  founder Roy Ockers. He invited me to be part of the competition for the residency. Even though it's hard to plan anything these days I decided to enter as dates of the residency was my choice. However, I didn't win. 

While working on this assignment I, of course, had to Google the gallery. What I didn't see before that it came up with search results as 'Banditto art gallery scam' and similar. I read a few artist's blogs and other artists comments. And left me bitter as I don't know what to believe and I think this is a great lesson not to be all joy when receiving an invitation email. On the other hand, their website seems impeccable and it could be someone else's internet shaming or similar.

After this experience, I think University should talk to students of any level not just about endless possibilities but also about challenges and people who might want to take advantage and mistreat artists.  

https://www.bandittoart.com/

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Future plans. 

For the start, I always wanted to become a member at Curator Space. Even though being part of Tokyo or Venice exhibitions is an amazing experience, so is local, UK based events. As well as showing my artworks in Lithuania.

Also, during Covid it would be a good practise to work more with Artsteps and create more exhibitions online. 

Mask Art. 

Since I work in small shop and serve a lot of masked people all day I started to notice that mask design is changing and people choosing something more than regular.

And recently looked at few companies offering a service of personalised mask design. I believe that art on the mask is one - exhibition without walls and secondly it adds value to this accessory and maybe, just maybe, it won't end up on the streets and then oceans.

On one of the masks I used my work from previous term 'Dead Body'. As it evolved during first peak of the pandemic, it gave a different emotion to the created character.

I ordered one of the designs and looking forward to see how it turns out.

 

Also, I would like to note that this was a first time of making a GIF file. I taught it myself from one of the YouTube tutorials.

 

https://www.vistaprint.co.uk/

https://www.my-picture.co.uk/

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Pecha Kucha. 

I decided to add Pecha Kucha along side exhibitions, as it was mentioned, it's all about audiences and who do we reach during presentation.

It was my first time doing Pecha Kucha and we had a different than before setting of presenting it online on Teams to our tutor and peers.

Even though I made 16 slides I believe I did alright and stayed in 20 second frame very well. In my presentation I talked more widely about my work than just about MP. I felt like it was necessary to start from the beginning as I haven't done a previous Pecha Kucha. I imagined that we will have a wider range of peers so I wanted to represent my work in general than just focus on current work.

In ideal world it would beneficial to exercise talking in similar time frame about work and practice to make sure I am able to define my work and I clearly know my path.

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INSPIRATIONAL RESEARCH

EDGAR ALLAN POE

When I was suddenly inspired by one single word 'malevolent', I turned for darkness to Edgar Allan Poe. 

Mostly I was listening to the stories on YouTube. 

If to be honest, I didn't expect such darkness. I believe we just have a different shade of darkness that comes to expressing ourselves. However, I am intrigued and would like to read more and let it grow on me/ inspire.

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Beatrix Potter

A name that could be used in a definition of illustration. 

We might not have meeting point but I wanted to get to foundation of illustration. Why and how a certain passion can take you to different places.

And I doubt there are a lot of people who have never seen or read the tale of the cutest little rabbit - Peter Rabbit.

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William Heath Robinson

English cartoonist and illustrator was best known for his comical drawings of ridiculously complicated machines designed to achieved simple objectives. 

Pea Machine

No date

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Emanuele Tozzoli

Italian artist who fuses themes of abstraction, cubism, and impressionism to create ethereal, viscerally intriguing pieces. Rich in colour and emotive body.

 

Fantoches

Mixed media on panel, 2018

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Edmund Josef von Horváth was a German-writing Austro-Hungarian-born playwright and novelist.

While researching found something else to add up to human - bird relation.

'So she went into the forest and asked the trees, but the trees only murmured: the elves have long since left the meadows, the dwarfs have abandoned the caves, the witches the ravines. And she asked the birds, but they said: "Human beings fly faster than we do-tweet, tweet, there are no more human beings!'


Zipes, Jack, and Jack Zipes. Breaking the Magic Spell : Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales, University Press of Kentucky, 2002. 

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Mark Hearld

I find this artist close to my heart as when this book got to my hands I saw a different world of illustration. Pages were filled with love for British landscape, animals and what first caught my eye - birds. Actually, exactly this book and this artist inspired me to get lino cutting and printing kit and try something different myself.

Mr. Simon Martin Mark Hearld's Workbook 2012

A picture taken by me from the book.

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Lisel Ashlock

Similar situation as with Paul Davis, when I couldn't find the artworks I liked online. As it seems her illustrative work changed more towards animals, plants and nature in general. No sign of this semi - surreal style.

I was drawn by these pictures as it had birds in it. In particular artwork on the right as bird is being held like a gun. Very curious symbolism.

Portrait of Patty Hearst, 2005

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STIK

British graffiti artist based in London, he has been painting all his life but only began getting recognition when he started painting his recognizable stick/Stik figures (without permission) on the street over a decade ago. He was either squatting or homeless for a good proportion of the time he has been a graffiti artist, and was at a St Mungo’s hostel in Hackney up until 2011. His murals started out in Hackney Wick in London and spread to Shoreditch and west towards to the rest of London. These days you will be hard pressed to walk around Shoreditch without catching a glimpse of one of Stik’s large murals – usually on shop shutters and walls.

This gives me hope that one character which quite simplified can reach the right audience and don't run out of ways to be depicted. If a stick man can make it, maybe pancake face has a future as well, even if it's not on the street walls.

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STIK 'Dancer'

Digital pigment print in black and red on stiff wove paper approx. 46 x 21,2cm

2011

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The Magic of Birds

The Magic of Birds written by Celia Fisher.

 

Such a wonderful book! So many meanings, reasons behind depicting birds in art.

It made me question more my creative work and why did I choose to depict birds in my MA.

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Eugene Shadko

Contemporary painter, lives and works between Minsk and Budapest.

I found him on Instagram. The first thing I was drawn by face distortion.

In the process of MA I'm moving between illustration and very grotesque paintings with very free brush strokes. I think it's building an inspiration for something in between in the future.

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A Treasury of British Folklore

A wonderful book by Dee Dee Chainey that I found in Norfolk Libraries.

It's wonderful to know and compare, and find similarities in my (Lithuanian) heritage and British folklore.

When reading it, it feels like I'm getting to know the essence of the country.

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Robert Ingpen

Another illustration grand. 

Simply wanted to explore foundation and let curiosity walk me through famous, widely known artists. 

It's nice to put sweetest characters that raised me and my imagination and put it along side face of the artist. 

For the picture below decided to find something less pop. And learnt a story of the Scottish witch Isobel Gowdie. 

 

 

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Brian Grimwood

Just fascinated...

A grand of illustration and I was wondering how all this slipped through my attention.

So many illustrations seen somewhere, everywhere. But mostly surprising was the whiskey label which I've seen in my dad's home bar as kid. You'll never know when and how art is going to appear and suddenly it will make sense.

Maybe I can't compare artistic style but to know such name is a great plus.

 

 

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Anna Madia

A Italian artist based in France.

Full of mystery paintings, usually depicting young girls and guys who most of the time covering their face or painted with turned back.

I really enjoy the mood and colour pallet. 

http://www.annamadia.fr/

Queen II

Oil on canvas 2015

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Lit Reactor

Authorial Artists: 5 Painters Who Also Wrote

A column written by Christopher Shultz. 

It was beneficial to get to know that one of the most popular artists also used to write to express their creativity. Their importance and weight gives courage to try something new without fear of failing.

https://litreactor.com/columns/authorial-artists-5-painters-who-also-wrote

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Brad Holland

American artist, illustrator. 

I was so surprised I have never came around him before. I think there are a lot of meeting points in comparing my and his creative work. The dreaminess of paintings are very inspiring, quite dark, grotesque.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find name for this painting. I chose it because of quite obvious reason - red cheeks and roundness. 

https://www.bradholland.net

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Paul Davis

OK. I found him in a book by Julius Wiedemann 'Illustration Now Vol.2' There was just very basic information, an artist quote and a few pictures of his work. Which I found quite relatable a he was depicting King Lear and Janus with a yellow hat but I couldn't find anything like that online, not to mention no existence of his website.

https://www.heartagency.com/artists/paul-davis/

'The Book of Flow'

Artwork from the monograph ‘The Book of Flow’

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