Its been 3 days into the week and I have literally no recognition of what happened Monday. But I’m leaving it here because I’m done!
I believe we had 1 to 1 tutorials with Leah Monday? I told her about my idea of the Lunchbox and we decided on a way of attaching the quotes to my work. I’ve now made a booklet that acts as if my work is archival – I was inspired mainly by art show catalogs and things but it’s quite hard decide what info to include. In the end I went with the chapter, page number and the quote. I did think about what year he said it but it’s not entirely clear exactly what year he was talking about. Either way my work is inspired by a mans life and I’m documenting him through what seems like “photographic” evidence. All I know is it was between 89 – 94. However I’ve now decided to discard the lunchbox idea, purely because I couldn’t find a box in time and I didn’t want it to be rushed and look half arsed. My idea was to stick the lunchbox prints onto mount card and then stick them to either side of a smaller box but when thinking about it it wasn’t the quality I wanted for my work. If i were to continue I would definatley take the time out to make it authentic or even get a generic lunchbox to alter – although, I’m happy with my prints and how they turned out, they still look like photographs to me. I think it was more important to take the time to make the booklet as well because that explained a lot more then what the overall presentation of the work. (That looks a bit scruffy though because I made it through InDesign, then when you convert that to a PDF it gives it a border and doesn’t print out to the right scale.)
However, yesterday proved quite an issue, proof life has its way of telling you its here and its going to get in the way. A family member of mine was given hours to live in the afternoon and it stopped my flow of work. Its horrible news, and on top of everything else going on at home with my mother being ill things like this really alter my mood and I cease to work, especially with the shock. My plan was to make more images and have bigger range of prints but luckily I think I’ve done a fair amount anyway. It feels like I’ve left the unit at a unfinished point but I spent most of today getting everything ready for hand in Friday (eg My Portfolio, notebooks etc) so I could spend the next few days with my family. I just have a few prints I need to remove the paper from and I’m all set!
I’ve really enjoyed this unit, probably because it’s based on something I love anyway. I decided that I was going to choose music because I was wondering what it would be like to do artwork for bands/musicians as a career for a while now. I think it’s something to consider at least! I know I work really well to aesthetic/genre as well as pay attention to detail when it comes to text. I also take time to research references and make them a part of my work. I don’t feel bad where I’ve left this because I think I’ve grown in style and my work ethic in general within this unit and I’ve used it to the purpose I wanted it for and more. It also allowed me to look into subjects that I knew about before but not a lot, such as Charlie Manson and “The Family” (sounds so happy doesn’t it?) and Columbine. I’m happy my mind has been changed about print making too, I did enjoy using methods of printing such as Lino and hope to use them in the future. It was sort of inevitable for me to revert back to something digital though because that’s my way of working to begin with, as well as us being a generation of digital artists now because sometimes it’s what required. The debate on whether to leave it behind because it’s not new to me or use it because it looks good and im happy with the quality was a strong one. In a way the work was new to me because through this and War Horse I used digital collage, and that sort of shone through last unit too. Collage was something I never considered to be what was”my” way of working but I think really enjoy using existing images to create new ones! Maybe this is my niche? I remember Mirielle talking to us about the one project that kind of plants the seed in you and develops you into the artist/designer/creator you are – I really hope and think this was it for me! I’m really proud of all of this ranging from War Horse to The Long Hard Road out of Hell. I think maybe I’m also really into creating work based on text – I think I suffered a lot during my FMP last year when making up my own brief because I was going off on random things. Whereas if I have a source to look at I interpret it a lot better, this counts for both parts of this project. Also I’m quite happy to have not (entirely) made my work based on shrines or some sort of religion. It could have been so easy for me to pick a religious conflict for this unit and I’m glad I stayed well away from that, even when a lot of the things Manson wrote about were Religion as well as a lot of the lyrics I had looked at to begin with were too. I don’t really know what I’d change about this unit, maybe be more decisive about a topic and roll with it instead of leaving it quite late. I could have made more of an effort with print processes too but it’s not like I’m not sort of converted.
I can finally carry reading the autobiography, damn.