The contemporary artist David Smith who works using a base for his sculptures in order for them to stand works with a range of metals to produce abstract sculptures. I am fascinated by his work because they are created by bending and manipulating the metal into shapes which are fixed together to produce the sculpture. I am inspired by his work because it gives a mathematical sense and holds different shapes and geometric forms so the audience is intrigued and involves themselves. I also get the sense that his work is accessible to range of audiences and not just those in the art world which fascinates me and is an outcome for my own work. David Smith, Zig III (1961)
Smith also produces many drawings as part of his art career however, they are not usually related to the sculptures he produces which is something I admire because I believe your idea for a piece of art is constantly developing and improving.
David Smith, Untitled (1959)
I selected the metal cutting workshop as the first three week project of my degree to improve my sculpture skills and develop an understanding of the metal workshop and the machines used to cut, bend and weld steel.
We were asked to bring in an object of our choice – it could be any size, shape, colour or relevance. This gave me the opportunity to think outside the box and be creative. I decided to use a t-shirt because it was very different and would definitely force me to think conceptually. The object was used to create a minimum of six charcoal drawings which we were given set instructions to follow: a line drawing, a tonal drawing, an abstract drawing, a drawing from memory and two using all of the above. I really enjoyed this exercise because I was able to express my feelings towards the movement and flow of the t-shirt using one of my favourite materials. I pinned the t-shirt onto the wall and manipulated it into different positions to create abstract sketches which produced a more interesting and creative drawing.
This exercise allowed me to think about my ideas for the sculpture using the t-shirt and to start to develop a mental image of my final outcome.
The beginning of my Fine Art degree starts here.
The week of inductions was informative, enjoyable and exhausting starting with talks from my future lecturers and tutors and the meeting of my own personal tutor who is quirky and knowledgable (Perfect!).
Tuesday 19th – Trip day.
The walk through Cardiff was extremely helpful in both a social and academic sense because it allowed us to see Cardiff’s attractive and artistic locations including the Museum and Chapter – a community centre with a strong, yet small, art gallery, a cinema and quirky cafe. The Megan Cope’s exhibition provided a short powerful video about her big life question of whether she was a true aboriginal or not. With an aboriginal father and a migrant mother Cope was not sure on about true national identity and whether she was able to obtain of the ‘certificate of Aboriginality’ . Helen Johnson is another Australian artist who creates large-scale paintings on canvas and addresses social issues in her society. Her works hold great intensity and are very busy with figures and writing. One of the paintings contains only one woman and yet many men, one of which is mastarbating while another sings the national anthem in his ear. From this exhibition I was inspired to look at my national identity and get a sense of belonging especially when moving to a new city and joining a new university.
Thursday 21st-Friday 22nd – Project day
The induction week allowed the group to get to know each other a little whether it was through the tutor group time, trip day and the two day 3D project. All grouped in to 4’s and 5’s and given as much polystyrene as we wanted, we had to make a sculpture of any size, shape and inspired by a subject of our choice. This exercise meant we had to work together and bring our ideas together to create a combination of what we aspire to and what subjects we are interested in.
The first week was very busy and tiring but provided me with a great start to the course, a strong introduction to my tutors and classmates.