Final Major project: Personal Evaluation

Visual Research:

Throughout my Final Major project I think that I successfully collected a wide range of visual research relevant to my concept of ‘The Waiting Room’, to inform and inspire my project and it’s progression. Initially I had collected visuals from a wide range of artist’s whom I then further looked into, collecting images of their work that I thought was relevant or could benefit my project in any way, these mainly being paintings and photography. I used these as initial influences to include in my presentation of my ideas and project proposal. I sourced my visual research from all over the internet, using google at first to take me to a range of artists websites where I was able to source and save my images whilst ensuring that they were of a good quality. I also used websites such as the Saatchi and the Tate to find interesting and inspiring contemporary artwork. The visuals that a sourced encompassed a great range of styles, compositions and subject matter which I think was a strength in informing my project, giving me a great starting position with many possible directions to explore.

I could have possibly looked into further and more varied visuals from other artists, such as sculptures, installations or films that could link to my theme and could provoke further ideas. This may have been useful in giving me an even wider scope on my subject matter and could have given me new ideas for visually communicating my concept. Perhaps researching set designers and collecting visuals from this may have been useful considering my ideas of trying to set u this ‘Waiting room’ scene featuring my protagonists. However I think the visuals that I did collect were successful enough in providing me with inspiration for the type of outcome I had intended to create. I also took some preliminary photographs of completely natural scenes and environments with my peers at college, as a comparison for settings and situations and the atmospheres communicated. I did a quick sketch in pen of one of these photographs, as further visual inspiration studying the body language of the people featured in this setting as well as the many objects surrounding them and the feeling this creates. Later in the project I researched and collected some visuals of waiting rooms and of people photographed in these situations, which I feel further helped me to consider the set up of my development and final piece photographs, as well as the atmosphere and setting I wanted to actually present and communicate through my work. I also then went on to some further primary research, collecting a range of visuals of my own scene that I had set up, after being informed by development photos and painting, envisioning the chairs in the room in slightly different places and from different perspectives, to see what would be the most successful for when I next included my protagonists in the scene, to use for my final painting.

Contextual research:

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 the inspiration for this setting for discovery. A potential area for development could again be simply gaining a further breadth of artists perspectives, collecting even more research to inform my ideas and practice.

To inspire my ideas and project development, I did research into a range artists with a spectrum of styles and subject matter which I felt could influence my concepts, theme and ambitions for the project, and found very useful. As well as collecting the visuals, I did lots of research into the background of some of the artists and most importantly what their work was about and their own contexts to some of their practice, which I found very useful and influential, selecting eight artists to include in my sketchbook and annotations.  These artists helped me in my consideration of the many ways and styles in which I could express my subject matter.

The artists I selected were mainly painters, with some photography, all with contrasting styles, some more figurative while others such as Tracie Cheng were much more conceptual, and whose ideas behind the work was the aspect I felt I could take inspiration from in this case, looking at the layers and complexity of the unknown. Artists such as Patricia March, Cesar Biojo and Davide Cambria all had really interesting, unique styles in their portraiture, each suggesting elements of distortion and abstraction, and expressing a lot of emotion. March and Biojo both introduce concepts of time in their work, it’s fleeting nature and therefore the importance of small moments, yet in very different ways. This was a main attraction to these artists for me in relation to my project. I was also inspired by the static and atmospheric looking backgrounds in Cesar Biojo’s work in particular.  Meanwhile David Hockney’s work was very influential to the development of my ideas in the project. He manages to set up a narrative within each piece and create a setting for his protagonists,  showing his interest of people and their relationships in the double portraits, manipulating the picture to tell dual stories and shifting more towards a study of human behaviour in some cases such as ‘My Parents’. His vision and composition in his portraits exhibit his abilities as a stage designer. I was intrigued by Hockney’s range of paintings and “photographic paintings” of card players and portraits of friends, playing with perspective and vanishing points of his settings in these group portraits and I feel these in particular influence my outcomes.

I also collected primary research to support my ideas, in the form of asking my peers questions relating to my ideas and the emotions that I want to express through my project, which I feel gave me valuable further insight and a broader perspective on the topic as well as my own feelings about the matter. This prepared me for the next stages of my project, taking photographs and visualising my ideas.

Experimentation:

I experimented with a range of different materials and processes throughout my project, trying out different ways of collecting information, exploring my ideas and making outcomes. I started with mind maps to explore my initial ideas which helped me to just get my ideas down on paper and consider research that would link to my three different ideas, before narrowing it down and selecting my concept of ‘The Waiting Room’ for the project. After collecting all of my research, exploring different sources in ways I hadn’t before, I then went on to collect some primary research, asking questions and collecting responses, gaining useful information and insights through this process.

I took a range of preliminary photographs of people relaxed and natural in their messy studio environment to use as a comparison, which is a way I would not typically work in, but again was a useful experiment and way of visualising some of my ideas. I did a small study from a picture from this set, as well as a quick sketch in pen in my sketchbook, further investigating the environment and people in relation to it, as well as essentially human behaviour. I feel this was a step in the direction of forming and developing my ideas as I then went on to taking my development photos to experiment with and test the set up, waiting room type environment, visualising the way in which my intended ideas and setting would actually look. I think testing this out at this stage was a strength for my project to allow me to then move forward. My small development painting from these photographs was an even more successful step in allowing me to show my ideas in a different format which then helped me to further identify the strengths and weaknesses to the piece and essentially to my actual concept and ideas. It allowed me to try out techniques for my painting and the different styles that would work well. From this painting I realised a large scale would be more successful and powerful and that I wanted to experiment with new perspectives.

I could have perhaps tried out other methods of experimentation and used some different medium in order to find further ways of expressing my ideas, to develop the project further. However, I think that through my experimentation I have explored a lot of the ideas I had planned to explore from the outset, and those inspired by my research and artists, and that this all ties in quite well and links to the piece I produced as my final outcome and project ideas on the whole. I constantly considered elements of my artists work throughout my experimentation, whether in regards to the set up of the scene in my images, the focus and concept I was trying to express in the moment and the emotions within, or the background and my painting style. I feel that all of my experimentation really helped to inform my final piece and the final set of photos I took prior to creating my painting, allowing to bring all of my ideas and newfound knowledge and understanding together.

Idea Development:

I think that through developing my ideas and trying them out I have been able to find out what works successfully and what doesn’t and that I identified what I actually wanted to express with my concept through this development and exploration in order to portray this in the end result which I think has gone well for me in the project. Therefore I feel that considering the final outcome, I explored and expanded upon my ideas sufficiently.

Despite this, as an area for development I could have perhaps tried to fit in doing some further development work around the middle of my project, leading up to the final outcome, trying out some quicker pieces in different mediums and on a larger scale than my small painting and sketchbook work for example. This could have just allowed for some further exploration and understanding of what I wanted to communicate exactly in my project outcome overall. Getting some of my development work done sooner could have also made the project more successful, enabling me to make a start on my final painting sooner and helping me to identify the strengths and weaknesses in my ideas and their portrayal further, as well as their practicalities more thoroughly and in good time.

Although in doing so I may have generated more ideas of how to carry out my later outcome, I still feel that I had done a substantial amount of exploring and developing in the initial and early stages of the project, considering the many possible directions the work could take, which brought me to this particular outcome which I think is a strength, generating a lot of ideas throughout the project in general, and therefore I do not think that this was a problem really. I worked on and developed my concept and influences taken from my artists and contextual research well, giving myself a wide range to work with from the outset.

Final piece:

For my Final outcome I produced my very large scale (6’4 by 6’10) painting of ‘The Waiting Room’. In this piece I carried out an idea fairly similar to my small development painting, but with further considerations and developments, selecting and producing what I believe to be my strongest idea. I think this final painting and my idea was developed thoroughly, taking into account everything I had discovered during the project up to this point. I considered the good and less successful aspects of my work and thought about the atmosphere I wanted to create, and use of perspectives and setting, whilst taking my newest set of photographs to work from for my final piece. Although this was quite difficult as many of my photographs weren’t as successful as I had hoped, I worked with the best images together to create my painting from, to produce something new and more dynamic.

I think that this idea and state of ‘The waiting room’ that these protagonists are currently in, as many could interpret and relate to in different stages of our lives, has worked successfully and translated well, especially in it’s portrayal on this huge scale. I feel I produced the painting itself to a good quality, bringing together a combination of styles and techniques, the contrast of which being and interesting and successful element I believe, and as my feedback from the final group critique suggested. I included a lot of detail in my protagonists in the painting, trying to fully portray their expressions, emotions and personality through their clothing, and their body language and feelings in this setting and essentially, mental state. Therefore I took a lot of time on each to show this in a very figurative style. On the other hand, I was much more expressive when painting the background and floor of my piece, portraying elements of blurriness and trying to demonstrate a static quality to the background, as well as a very flowing floor beneath the protagonists, coming from the canvas and drawing the viewer’s perspective into the room. I wanted to make the piece very atmospheric, trying to communicate the idea of all the emotions, thoughts and feelings being up in the air, surrounding and engulfing these people in the setting and white void of the unknown that room also suggests. I tried to express this through my experimental and more abstract use of colours and brush-strokes in regards to my painting techniques. The outcome of this is a painting with an almost dream-like quality and atmosphere to the background, which I feel enhances this state I was referencing and emphasises the confusion element, and I think quite an impactful painting overall.

In the build up to this final outcome I think I have thoroughly explored my ideas and development of the project, taking all of my previous considerations into account and that I have also put a lot of time and effort into my work so I do feel pleased with the end result overall. My finished project satisfies the intentions I had outlined in my statement of intent and project proposal, in all but that I had  initially considered abstracting and distorting the protagonists to add further elements of confusion, however I had moved away from this idea throughout the project, focusing on other aspects that I thought would work better.

Presentation:

At the beginning of the project we presented our Proposed project in a formal presentation in front of our tutors and peers, outlining our intentions for the final project as well as including some of our initial supporting visuals and research. I think it helped to talk through our ideas and intended response to the brief, in this way and that the research presentation itself helped me to make sense of my own ideas ready to move on. I consistently considered the presentation of my work, even just throughout my sketchbook, presenting my photographs, drawings and annotating everything to help myself and anyone else, understand and see my thought processes, ideas and their development into my paintings to present.

To present my Final painting I would like it to be hung on a white wall, with nothing else around it in the room so that all of the viewers focus is on the setting in the painting, drawing them into the setting and environment of ‘The waiting room’. I would like it to be hung quite central, further enhancing the white space surrounding the painting and the protagonists in it, as thought this waiting room is continuing from the canvas and is part of the environment it is hung in, whilst appearing almost a window into this ‘state’ of consciousness. I would like the piece to be hung a couple of feet from the ground if this is practical and looks good in the actual practice of it, so that the floor in the painting isn’t too high up as I feel this may look odd and retract from the room-like atmosphere, making it even more surreal. It would probably also be best if I could avoid having to have a door on either side of the painting as this may look less effective when viewing the painting from further back, as it should be really due to the scale of it to see the overall scene. I want the presentation space to be well lit if possible to emphasise the environment.

Final Reflection:

Upon reflection of my Final Major Project, I think that I have developed massively as an art student, artist and painter through my work in this project and on the course. This was confirmed for me in the group critique, reflecting upon my Final outcome painting which has really pushed the boundaries of the way in which I have previously worked. The feedback also suggested that I have developed greatly in both my technique and my tackling of subject matter, and that my large painting was a success and a good conclusion to my project. The piece itself and also my concept and focus throughout the project has pushed me out of my comfort zone, provoking me to develop my own ideas and thought processes. I feel that I have learnt a lot of new things in this project and have discovered new ways of working, particularly on this large scale, having to edit the way I would normally go about it, in order to get the paint all over and complete the painting to my deadline.

I think I have gained confidence in my own ideas and production of them, sticking with a concept and expressing and exploring this fully to get the best possible outcome. I believe that knowing what to paint and explore and deciding what to focus on became a strength for me in this project, which it hasn’t always been in the past, with more uncertainty about what it was I wanted to portray. During this project I think I have also become more confident in discussing my work, and the work of peers, giving and receiving advice whether individually or during larger and full class group critiques. I am also happier to talk to and ask my tutors for advice, coming to them with more useful and thought out questions to help support and develop my practice. I thinking that I have grown more confident in voicing and writing down my thought process and opinions, as well as evaluating and reflecting upon everything as I go along.

As an area for development I could have perhaps been more daring and experimental at certain points of my project, such as in my development work, using some different and even new mediums and methods which I would then have therefore gained knowledge about but I still feel I have learnt a lot through the work that I did do. I have an understanding now of what it is like to completely write my own brief for a project, and direct it for myself from the outset without prompts, just receiving advice and suggestions from my tutors and sometimes peers along the way when I asked for it, which I feel quite proud of as I had never really done this before.

 

 

 

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”.

Further/final photographs

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I took a new set of photographs taking into account all that I have learnt from my development through the project so far. In these photographs I experimented with new set ups, changing the people around to get more variation throughout the set as well as trying lots of different perspectives and vantage points, which my further visual research into waiting rooms helped me to consider.

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I picked some of the more successful photos but liked certain aspects from different ones so I have decided to combine these for my Final painting. I liked the images that were from a bit more of an angle, showing a more interesting perspective and view point on the room and the protagonists of the scene.

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Extra research- Waiting rooms

I did some extra research/investigating on Waiting rooms, to find a bit of  further visual inspiration when planning for my next/final set of photographs, to hopefully use for my final piece. I found a wide range of images naturally, all of which portraying diverse atmospheres and emotions through the settings themselves and the protagonists pictured, many showing the subject appearing anxious and tired of waiting, as is clear through their various expressions and body language, as I have been trying to show myself. It was interesting to see the different angles and perspectives that these photographs that I have found, were taken at, and the effect that this had on the image, which I will consider in my own photographs. I also came across some interesting concepts that may be useful in my considerations of the sorts of waiting rooms we may come across in life, such as the idea that “we make progress as we wait, as well as moving more into the territory of a waiting room as a state of mind, much like I have thought about in my project so far, and a place for us to gather and prepare ourselves for what is to come.

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The size of the room and vast space surrounding the person featured in this picture, make this waiting room appear even more threatening and very atmospheric. The fact that she is alone here as well as being far away from the viewer, also adds a sense of isolation and distance, making it seem more intimidating and nerve-wracking for the woman waiting there for whatever reason it may be.

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Time concept considered and included- thinking about the time that passes us there and the decisions we make and thought processes we go through during this time.   Expressions, body language, setting.

 

Waiting in the waiting room (2016) Available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jhr43/2313468672 (Accessed: 14 April 2016).

The waiting rooms of life (2013) Available at: http://www.ibelieve.com/faith/the-waiting-rooms-of-life.html

 

Preliminary photos/ Development

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I chose to take some preliminary photographs to begin my development process, considering a totally natural set up and environment to take pictures of, which can be contrasted against the more staged ‘waiting room’ type settings I plan to create and use in my later developments. I thought this could be an interesting way to capture a moment with these subjects together in this way, which will not be the same again as things are constantly changing and these people will inevitably head in their own directions in life. I took these photos during my time in the studio, just taking some quick snapshots of my friends busy in their working environment, each getting on with their own thing.

Next I decided to do a sketch from one of my photographs, playing with the protagonists in the image and their relation to the background and settings around them. I have outlined the people, drawing them in fine liner, meanwhile the background and objects in their surroundings, I have simply sketched lightly in pencil. I wanted to try to emphasise and explore the idea of the people being the important aspect to the image, with the background lacking detail and seeming irrelevant due to its ever-changing nature. I considered adding colour do this quick developmental piece, adding further detail to the protagonists whilst blocking in colours on the setting and objects around, to further exhibit this and draw the attention to the people and what they are doing. I may consider coming back to this later in the project.

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This practical photographic research and experimentation has helped me to realise the importance of the setting for my protagonists in my photographs in relation to this project, which I plan to stage more and consider before I take more photographs in my next stage of developing my project. This background didn’t have the right aesthetic as it was just an experiment and not the set up or composition I planned for my project, however I do think I managed to communicate my focus on the people and their activities/ thoughts. These preliminary photos were also not as good quality as they could have been, as I had only used a phone camera to capture these natural moments, therefore I am aware that borrowing a good quality camera from college to take my next photographs is a practical solution to this problem to produce technically better quality work.

Primary project research

Today I decided to carry out some primary research whilst I was in the studios, around others of my age and in a similar position to myself in regards to confusion and considerations of the future. I think this was quite a useful thing to do in allowing me to gain further insight and a wider range of perspectives on the emotions and thoughts related to the concepts I plan to address, which I can hopefully translate through my work. I asked my friends in the studio some questions on feelings about the future, uncertainty of changes approaching and the decisions that are to be made, as well as about adulthood. I jotted their responses down.

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Project Research- Artists

To inspire my ideas and project development, I did research into a range artists with a spectrum of styles and subject matter which I felt were relevant to my theme or could influence my concepts and ambitions for the project. I collected visual inspiration, looking into the context of the work as well, as information about the artists that I felt would be potentially the most influential and supportive in my ideas development, selecting eight artists to include in my sketchbook and annotations.

The artists I selected were mainly painters, with some photography, however all with contrasting styles, some more figurative while others such as Tracie Cheng were much more conceptual, and therefore whose ideas behind the work was the aspect I felt I could take inspiration from in this case. Artists such as Patricia March, Cesar Biojo and Davide Cambria all had really interesting, unique styles in their portraiture, each suggesting elements of distortion and abstraction, and expressing a lot of emotion. March and Biojo both introduce concepts of time in their work, it’s fleeting nature and therefore the importance of small moments, yet in very different ways. This was a main attraction to these artists for me in relation to my project.

Patricia March’s work allows lots of readings, unfolding with time, much like the concept I want to communicate in my work about the future and it’s uncertainty, yet to be discovered. I think the artists own interests in cinematography can be perceived from her work. Her work also has a static quality and presents lots of movement with the repeated figures in different positions, adding to the communication of time passing and the idea of the transience of time.

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Cesar Biojo have a very personal language in his work and is interested in how human perceive ourselves as part of the universe, which I feel link to my own ideas of self-awareness and self-questioning about our place and destination. In his work he studies humans and their conflicts, nature and existence, producing a ‘perfect imperfection’ within his work by abstracting an initially figurative piece of work, creating and then destroying, which makes his work so individual and interesting. I love the blurry and static qualities to the work and in the backgrounds in particular in some pieces of work, which I would consider including in my own project to communicate to way people and come and go in life, drifting in different directions.

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Davide Cambria’s rich and dynamic portraiture explores identity and the deconstruction of the face, layered with emotional depth, which I aspire to be able to express.

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The focus of the work of Tracie Cheng is the layers and complexity of the unknown, communicating that there is more than meets the eye, which I feel is something to definitely consider regarding my project with the deeper meanings behind it, trying to show the thoughts and feelings of the protagonists in my work. Her work is a very different to style to the others I have looked at and I find it really interesting and beautiful, with the concept lying in what is beneath the surface and how what meets the eye is not always the full picture.

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Kamil Mirocha’s portraiture exhibits another very original style with the portraits developing into abstraction and what looks like pixilation of fleshy colours, in her work Technology 1 and Technology 2, blurring what is more figurative painting in the other sections. I felt that her work could link due to this distorted quality as well as the emotion that is apparent in the paintings which I feel communicate distress and confusion, much like what I would like to show, this is another idea to consider of how to express this in a more abstracted way.

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I looked at the famous ‘Las Meninas’ by Diego Velazquez (1656) for inspiration as it is so interesting as a painting with various contradictory viewpoints allow the spectator to interact and fully interpret the depth and many layers. The role of the viewer and canvas are swapped with a self-portrait of Velazquez himself even included, all from the perspective of the King himself who is seemingly being painted. Infanta Margarita, the daughter of the King and Queen is in the foreground, being fussed over by her maids “The meninas”, in front of her parents, who are reflected in the mirror on the back wall beside Velazquez, who is standing behind his easel to paint them. There is also another door in the background with a man entering. The scene appears almost theatrical with so much happening. I think it could really influence my project in the sense of creating a setting in my piece, as well as trying to include different perspectives or layers of complexity leading to other directions, including doors and other aspects.

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In further research I was inspired by some of David Hockney’s paintings and photography (or “photograhic drawings’). I found that David Hockney’s work includes a lot of interesting, colourful portraiture, depicting a certain scenario or set up, beginning with his piece ‘My parents’ which I was first aware of. This piece shifts towards a closer study of human behaviour, exhibiting personalities within as well as including symbolic onjects and clues, much like an old master painting. Hockney shows his interest of people and their relationships in the double portraits, manipulating the picture to tell dual stories. He manages to set up a narrative within each piece and create a setting for his protagonists, which I would like to experiment with in my own work. His vision and composition in his portraits exhibit his abilities as a stage designer. I was intrigued by Hockney’s range of paintings and “photographic paintings” of card players and portraits of friends, playing with perspective and vanishing points of his settings in these group portraits.

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Tai Shan Shierenberg is another portrait artist that I feel will be influential for my work. He has had a number of noted commissions, one of which being a painting of John Mortimer, which includes a portrait of the artist himself behind, adding something more to the piece, and I feel the piece has provoked me to further consider the impact of the settings and surroundings of a piece and how this could effect the atmosphere and aesthetic created overall. His piece ‘Venus and Mars has also influenced the way I will consider the interactions between others in a situation and how to communicate the thoughts and feelings of people, with the interesting composition of the piece and the way that the two faces interconnect.

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Project research

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I researched and annotated Elizabeth Bishop’s poem ‘In the waiting room’ which had inspired my initial ideas, hoping this could provide me with further concepts to explore in my work. The poem deals with identity and growing up, awakening to the world around you and questioning our place and relationship to other human beings. Bishop uses the perspective of a little girl to narrate this poem and the setting of a waiting room, which appears to be a metaphor for this transitional state the narrator seems to be in. This setting and metaphor is possibly the most important aspect and concept of the poem that will influence my work and that I intend to explore within my project.

Throughout the poem the great unknown is presented to be scary, “sliding beneath a big black wave, another and another”, overwhelming the young girl, and the panic and confusion is emphasised, with these emotions being something I will consider and communicate in my work. The consideration of ties and separations to other human beings around us that is present in the poem is another concept I would potentially like to explore in my project, however more in regards to the directions and paths we all will take in the future and our relationships to others in this sense.

 

Pre-proposals and Research

To begin my Final Major project I generated and explored my three potential concepts, doing some research for inspiration and creating mind maps of my ideas.. My three ideas were ‘The Waiting room’- considering confusion about the future, life choices and where our destination will be as well as important stages of our lives in regards to these ideas. The poem ‘In the waiting room’ by Elizabeth Bishop influenced my initial ideas, dealing with growing up and awakening to the world around us. I came across artists David Cambria and Kamil Mirocha when looking for visual inspiration, whose interesting portraiture in both cases used different ways of developing and distorting their work which inspired my ideas of expressing internal confusion, uncertainty and of feeling torn.

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My second idea which was sort of a variation on my first but in a more retrospective sense, was about Changes and the past. I considered the life defining choices we make and the way we look back and reflect upon this, making comparisons and perhaps feeling a nostalgia or even regret. I thought about ways of demonstrating a person to be torn, in two minds and being pulled in different directions. ‘The road not taken’ by Robert Frost could be a helpful poem in inspiring my ideas for this theme. I feel I may not have quite as much to explore with this idea.

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My third pre-proposal idea was about what we overlook and what we see at first glance. I wanted to consider our observation and perception of the world around us, and the way things can change when we do look deeper, something we neglect to do so often. I wanted to explore the beauty that can be found in the unexpected, whether that is in unexpected places or a re-enchantment of everyday or ordinary things that are overlooked.

preproposalsI feel that my first pre-proposal is the strongest but I could perhaps incorporate elements and certain ideas from each into my Final proposal.