On Drawing.... Current Thoughts and Ideas
This week I have been thinking about the museological object, properties of value and how as an artist can I present a physical presence of an object that is hidden from public consumption.Through this experimental stage of working, I often ask people (specifically visitors of the museum) their opinion on the current drawing I am working on. Often people are reluctant to say anything, and just pass by when I am working. However, the visitors that I have engaged with suggested that my drawings look like: Mountain Landscapes, Ariel Views and even potato's. I must admit, children's thoughts are interesting! (referring to potato's)
As previously mentioned, I am particularly interested in Chalk Seas, living plant based organisms turned into fossilised matter. The reason I am interested in this collection, is the diversity of objects, I am fascinated by crevices, holes and markings of the objects. Through viewing the objects with intense scrutiny this is how I create my drawings.
The above two drawings are the beginnings of my experimental process, I aim to challenge the perception of the object: a physical barrier, something that stops the viewer from seeing the entire object. Through this, a level of detail needs to be obtained, to not only show gratification of the object, but to also entice the viewer to be curious and appreciate the laborious nature of the drawing. Expanding on this I have begun making two drawings, one (the first image) a drawing in situ, and the second a drawing from a photograph. This test is proving to be one of my most interesting projects so far, I'm fascinated in the change of the drawings (with detail) as the first image is intensely detailed whilst the drawing from a photograph seems to be more illustrated.
In responce to drawing at the Sedgwick Museum, my current drawings (as seen in image one) challenge the perception of object exploring object surfaces. I find it particularly interesting that I almost become the performer in the museum space, a physical barrier is presented between me, the objects and the viewer. During this period of working viewers are particularly interested in what I am working on, a viewer recently said to me: "Why do you draw the objects instead of photographing them?"
This is an interesting question to think about, simply because with a photograph you are able to sense the presence of a physical object and with a drawing the artist has the ability to focus on a particular section and deliver it through intense detail (at least it is that way for my drawing practice).
Through the next coming weeks I will be intensifying my drawing, both at the museum and in the studio environment whilst questioning aspects of scale : historical significance and the Earth Sciences.
A question to answer: Why is it important present a different viewpoint on objects?
and how can the object be obtained through the drawing? meaning titles and presence.