I’ve carried on working with both paintings this week. The aim is to get them finished and stored by next Thursday when studios are cleared. I’m having trouble with the face in the smaller painting, it’s difficult to define the structure whilst also being minimal with my brushmarks/range of tones. The paint has layered up so much that the paint is behaving differently on the surface.
I am at a level with the larger painting where I want to leave my face alone. I think it is a really strong element of the work and even though it is not as worked as the smaller painting, I don’t want to risk creating more work for myself. I had a tutorial this week where we spoke about the screen versus canvas, and how the surface of the image acts as though it is the reversed surface of the TV screen. In my research I’ve found lots of sources that discuss the issues surrounding the gaze, composition and some of Lacan and Freud’s theories in relation to spatial awareness and the viewer. This research is helping to validate my work rather than inform it at this stage, but I still find it really helpful and contextually appropriate. We also spoke about the issue of using myself in the painting. Currently, I don’t see the work as a self portrait. In my sketchbooks when writing about the smaller sofa piece I worked on, I talk about how my awareness of the camera might alter the work and how recording rather than taking one photo helps to combat this. I and everyone else involved is in the same position where after a while you forget that the camera is there.
I also attended strategies this week. After hearing about the experience of some NUA Alumni, I am now thinking of staying in Norwich post-graduation. I applied to a competition this week, and when thinking about how I publicise myself, I think it’s important that I have a base and a studio to work out of, especially if I am successful or there is any sort of demand for my work at degree show. Listening to the talks of Henry Driver I have now become motivated to enter more competitions. I applied to take part in the Art below Summer show, although I don’t expect to hear anything back, I think its important that I apply for any relevant opportunities because there is always a chance something could come out of it.
This is some more of the progress I’ve made on the larger painting. I’ve been working mostly into the male face this week to try and bring it up to the same level as mine. Again, I don’t want to add too much detail, but there needs to be consistency between the two.