Friday, January 30, 2009

Art History

In Art History, our final project once again can include the option of an art project to accompany a 4-5 page research paper. Being somewhat proactive, I received permission to begin my project over Christmas, and managed to finish off the last details yesterday (yes, both project and paper are DONE!). I just need to mount and frame the artwork.

For my project, I researched the molas of the Kuna Indians of Panama, and created a mola panel of my own that is a blend of Canadian imagery and Kuna techniques. I call it "Northern Dance".

The panel is 22" x 16", and, except for the background fabric piecing, is sewn entirely by hand. I enjoyed the process, but am really glad I started over Christmas! It took a while to complete. Mind you, it was very relaxing, and allowed for much thought and contemplation, especially as the snowflakes whirled and danced around our house.

The Gateway Project - A Study in Texture

The first painting project required the use of a gate, and was supposed to depict a scene that "referenced" a landscape. In other words, it could be a real landscape, an imagined landscape, or a total abstract that reminded us of a landscape. I landed somewhere between the second and third option, creating a landscape from my head and playing with textures and techniques so much that it is no longer a realistic landscape. On the other hand, it is still recognizable as being something from planet Earth, so is not really a pure abstract, either. All the paintings created in class had to have a gate somewhere in the picture. We were also encouraged to put symbols and meaning into our paintings, something I am not too proficient at (so there are no conscious symbols or meanings put in). I leave the interpretation up to you!

Mark making

The new semester is well underway, and the assignments are starting to pile up. For the initial major assignment in our drawing class, we first experimented with making different types of marks (eg. hatch marks, smudges, stamps, etc) with different media. To complete the first assignment, we were directed to make frottages (rubbings) of different textures, and then use our new-found mark-making techniques to enhance the frottages and make a good composition. We made two large pictures (20" x 28"), and get to choose one to hand in as our assignment. We were encouraged to use a variety of media, but could only use black, white, and grey for our color scheme. I'm kind of partial to the fuzzy bike brakes picture, myself...

Friday, January 9, 2009

Last items from the Fall semester

Well, Christmas has come and gone, and I was too busy to post the final pictures from my First Nations Art and Design class. With the new semester up and running, and the assignments coming at us at a fast and furious pace, I thought I'd better finish posting last semester's work before starting on this semester's work! Our last module in First Nations Art and Design was basket weaving (yes, I actually managed to take a "Basket Weaving 101 course" in my post-secondary education). We wove two baskets. The first one was a straight-forward cedar bark basket, measuring roughly 5"x5"x4":
The second basket (also woven from cedar bark) was much smaller, as seen in the lower picture. It is a called a potlach basket -- given as gifts at potlaches.