Research reflection- Linking back

From the start of my project, the underlying concept and ideas for my project were inspired by the poem ‘In the waiting room’ by Elizabeth Bishop. I feel that like this poem linked greatly to my initial ideas and helped me develop them greatly in new directions. It provoked me to think about growing up and the confusion of different changes and awakenings, through this young child’s experiences in the setting of the waiting room, using this as a representation of this waiting state. Furthermore it made me consider this in relation to my own life and the stage that myself and my friends are currently at, with things changing, having new realisations and understandings, and having to make decisions about our destinations and what we hope to do with our future. I think that using this poem as a reference, even just for the initial concept and title, was a strongpoint for my context and to aid the development for my project, whilst providing me with this setting for discovery.

I found it very useful to consistently reflect upon and link back to the artists that had initially helped me in my consideration of the many ways and styles in which I could express my subject matter. My finished project satisfies the intentions I had outlined in my statement of intent and project proposal, and I think really links to my artists, in all but that I had initially considered abstracting and distorting the protagonists to add further elements of confusion, like in the work of Partricia March, Cesar Biojo and Davide Cambria. However I had moved away from this idea throughout the project, focusing on other aspects that I thought would work better. Biojo’s work did still greatly influence my choice of painting styles for the background of my work, with it’s static expressive atmospheres, and I always considered the concepts behind the range of work of my researched artists and visuals. Meanwhile David Hockney’s work was very influential to the development of my ideas in the project, with the way in which he set up a narrative within each piece and created a setting for his protagonists, showing his interest of people and their relationships in the double and group portraits, playing with perspective and vantage points of the settings in his “photographic paintings of groups”.

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