Woke up, fed up and seriously needing a kick start to the creative juices. Following the close of Axolotl and the death of my lovely husband Derek, I have been sadly lacking in a project to get the proverbial teeth stuck into. Luckily at the end of last year, when I really needed to lay down some foundations I actually enrolled in a class called images and ideas at the ECA – its only one morning a week but that goodness I had the forethought to sign up.
Going in with no ideas what-so-ever I decided to be a model student and so as they told me. I was given a copy of Stanley Spencer’s “Christ Carrying the Cross” to transcribe – I automatically hated it so turned it upside down to give it a more interesting perspective. Working with ink and acrylic I covered a quarter of cartridge paper and started to map out negative shapes.
Ok so my behaving lasted about 20 minutes and I flicked through the pages of the book and found this little beauty
Mark Gertler- Merry-go-round (oil on canvas from 1916) now at the Tate Gallery – and this bad boy flicked a switch. It was described as a “hallucinatory horror” and immediately reminded me of my old favourite Nauman and his taxidermy merry-go-round that I saw at the Hamburger in Berlin – no idea as yet where I am going with this but I have been photographing objects that could spin on an axis (at the Museum on Chamber Street).
Here are some sketches from the Images and Ideas class – to stick to the brief I picked up colour from the Stanley Spencer and eyedropped it into my photoshopped images!!!