This week I focused on refining my ideas down into a manageable project for this semester. I scaled down the size of my planned sculpture to a more ‘micro-installation’ which an audience will still be able to view; now I will be creating a small doll-house inspired set which will house my dinner scene as well as a feature wall on which a montage film will be projected on. This small set will allow me to explore aspects of lighting and staging on a more controlled and contained level.
I have also chosen to focus this project on the key concept of “wasted life” the idea that life can be physically lived but nothing more than that, that someone can wake and breathe but not ever experience. The use of food explores gluttony and overconsumption- issues which are prominent today- and how they can impact quality of and involvement in life. The montage film will be made to mimic a life flashing before your eyes while I will experiment with and create a distorted sound to accompany it. I am currently playing around with drum pads and distortion pedals with guitars but I also want to play with vocals and collected sound bites. This weeks class helped inspire me to consider ‘found’ or collected sound bites through our exploration of site specific sound art which creates something visual but also auditory in its function; the function of my sound art will be to create discomfort and unsettle the audience. I will explore different sounds until I can achieve this.
Beyond that I have collected materials including cardboard, wool, fabric, clay and foil/tin pieces which I am exploring and testing for various purposes like making the food items or decorating the dolls house or creating the actual structure of the doll house. I also want to explore some wood-work and will contact people/ask about lab spaces and if any machines/materials are available to us.
I have also begun researching artists who inspire me and have spent this week delving deeper into the work of Mark Fisher and David LaChapelle both of whom I feel I share aspects of my styles/ideas with. I have requested a few books on them and will search around the library for some more material to research with. Mark Fisher’s ideas and writings on capitalism resonated with me and inspired me to explore a slightly more political angle with my piece. LaChapelle’s work visually, stylistically and ideologically resonated through the bright colours, overwhelming prints and busy imagery. Smaller inspirations include the collage artist Ion Barladeanu, the surrealist Wilfredo Lam, and the 2012 adaptation of Great Expectations for its costuming and staging. Below I’ve attached a gallery of the pieces which have inspired me the most.
Going into this week I will attempt to begin the creation process by finding all the materials/spaces I need access to and beginning to create my piece, starting with the doll house. I have also ordered wallpaper samples and textile samples to work with which should hopefully arrive soon.