Questions around method, surface and subject
Consideration need to be made about the thing I’m saying. Can I have the Marian ideal, primal/primitive and the modern images of birth within one image? No, possibly not, though I have been trying perhaps to do that. The two conjured pieces have something of the Vermeer about them which makes them seem old whereas “born of a woman” seems more contemporary, more active. Could there be the potential for a triptych depicting the Marian idea in one, the primitive and the modern in two others? Could I consider different methods for each piece, gold for the traditional view, mud for the primal primitive view, something other for the modern view? I would need to avoid being too obvious and cliched.
What am I saying around birth? Trying to avoid the sentimental and giving voice to the things we say around mothers, looking at the words these could be the basis but why? Who is this for? Can the work speak for itself without a]having art writing. Is the work telling the view what to think? They are not strong enough yet.
These three pieces are still not singing, though born of a woman is more so. It’s is much more active and about a previous ten minutes, the birth.... I’m still searching for method, this might come from looking at the words drawn last night but really covering the surface until they are a palimpsest that is then erased to show the drawing. A good example of this type of drawing is the work of Hughie O’Donoghue. The black charcoal is a velvety surface that is erased and rubbed away and somehow alive. The energy evident in this would work well with the energy of the subject I am working with.
The knitting might be a way to find the dialogue that I want to inhabit the work. I would like to find women who I could draw both pregnant and birthing and have not been doing too much to pursue this line of enquiry. This would give more weight perhaps to the drawings.
The method needs to be resolved and perhaps more sophisticated. Might I draw on MDF board that is primed with gesso and then it would hold the mud drawings and the charcoal.
They need to be sprayed three times not spray varnished....
So targets coming out of the tutorial: resolve the method
refine the drawing, making it more active and powerful
critically frame the work. What am I saying/asking?