During this week we were doing artist research presentations, which I unfortunately missed because I wasn’t feeling too good. The word that I had to research was symbolism. The artist that I chose was Sam Taylor-Johnson and her video installation “Still Life”, which works nicely with my project, Amy’s project and the word symbolism.
Here are the slides from my presentation:
At the end of this week, I finally finished shooting my video, after 3 weeks. I started to edit and combine all of the photos. I like how it looks but the quality is a little bit disappointing also I had to edit each photo individually which took ages. there must have been something wrong with the camera settings because it didn’t look like this when I was taking photos but when I downloaded them, the photos were way too dark.
So here is the finished product. I have different versions with different speeds. I’m not sure which one to use yet so it would be the best but I’m leaning towards the 0:49s version.
The next step in my project is to start working on the installation, I already have some ideas and I ordered the tulle fabric, I will try out some stuff at home during the easter break but the whole installation will have to be done after the easter break in the project room.
“The Flow of Time” Nicola Anthony, Barry Yeow and Kim Whye Kee, 2017
“The Flow of Time” is a collaborative sculptural installation by Barry Yeow, Kim Whye Kee, and Nicola Anthony. The artwork, in the form of an hourglass, is the artists’ creative response to their time as artist-mentors at Changi Prison, Singapore, where they delivered the Yellow Ribbon Art Programme to inmates.
The polished metal ends of the hourglass are adorned with paintings by Barry Yeow, while Kim Whye Kee created ceramic fragments resembling flowing sand that are placed in the centre. Nicola Anthony added inked and burned calligraphy paper fragments, which are suspended to form the hourglass structure.
The artist described the concept of this artwork:
“We all have a strong belief that human beings are not perfect, we are flawed, but that it is these broken parts which make us whole. They allow us to grow, learn from our mistakes and become better people along the way. It is also important to accept that to be broken is OK – it is not for us to judge others but to see that the cracks and broken parts are part of their journey, part of life’s texture. What became clear to us was that when your day is not your own, or when your past contains mistakes and your future is uncertain, time becomes very powerful. In our depiction of time, we have created a floating hourglass, which hovers on its side – perhaps it’s on pause, with the sandy grains of time awaiting a direction to flow in, or perhaps it’s at that pivotal point of change.” -Nicola Anthony
“Cold Dark Matter: An exploded view” Cornelia Parker, 1991
“Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View” is a sculptural installation created by Cornelia Parker in 1991. The artwork consists of the remnants of a garden shed that has been blown up by the British Army and then suspended in mid-air. The suspended fragments of the shed are arranged in a circular formation and cast eerie shadows on the surrounding walls.
The title of the artwork, “Cold Dark Matter,” refers to the theoretical substance that makes up the majority of the universe, but cannot be observed or detected directly. The explosion of the shed can be seen as a metaphor for the explosive and unpredictable nature of the universe.
“Somehow the idea and imminence of the ‘explosion’ in society seemed such an iconic thing. You were being constantly bombarded with its imagery, from the violence of the comic strip, through action films, in documentaries about Super Novas and the Big Bang, and least of all on the news in never-ending reports of war.” -Cornelia Parker