My practical work has shown a development through research . a few images to show this progression
Bypass – Acrylic and tar on canvas
Air, steel and tar– Acrylic and tar on steel
An example of materials used from the site and the appropriation of objects
Displacement – Concrete and steel on board
Evident in the work is my influence of the environment and by that i mean my doorstep . It is the changing landscape that is influencing me . it aims to explore the layer and strata of the evolving land . the importance of materials has become important in the realization of this .
I include my statement and proposal for further clarification
proposal trimester 1 (final)
Statement Trimester 1
My influence has been the construction of a 140 million bypass road in South Devon . it has obviously stirred up a bit of controversy with environmentalists and residents but for me it’s almost a piece of artwork in itself . It is the change and sumersion in place that is driving me and i spend many a day their working , and speaking to residents and road workers to build up an holistic picture .
South Devon Link Road – own photo South Devon Link road – Own photo
South Devon Link road – Own photo
The word Landscape
We can derive a lot from the word landscape itself . It is both a verb and a noun . If I landscape my garden it automatically implies that I am going to change the physical layout of it . I’m going to “manscape” it to coin a phrase .At least with my bare hands but I may wield a shovel or hoe along it surface to sculpt its contours into what I feel is pleasing .
On the other hand as a noun to many people it implies the object of something natural and moreover something beautiful , rolling fields , hedgerows , green hills . But isn’t that a very English view …? A predisposed view somehow ingrained in our psyche through images we grew up with . The paintings of John Constable did it for me . Yes we did have one of those piteous reproductions of the Hay wain hanging above the fireplace but no matter how bad it did subconsciously affect my sensibilities towards the landscape. Another thing about the Haywain is the resounding political implications the painting had at the time. It is hard to think so but looking at this painting we can read into a national history . Did Constable mean it …? Well there’s another post !
Instilling the interpretation of the landscape
However according to Schama in his book Landscape and Memory(Harper Collins 1995) the word landscape entered the English landscape as a Dutch import at the end of the 16th Century . The word landschap signified a unit of human existence . It was synonymous with the polders and dams themselves a testimony to mans talents for engineering the landscape . And so the word landscape can imply something shaped not necessarily assuming natural beauty .