I feel like Ive been working on this series for ages but finally I have reworked, reprinted, photoshopped and coloured in my final 12 images and they have been reproduced as 32 x 22cm acrylic prints. The first 6 have been uploaded to the Saatchi Website (www.saatchiart.com/account/artworks/86081 – if you want to see my work for sale), hopefully I will be having a Christmas Exhibition with calendars, mugs and hand printed images for sale – so if you really can’t live without a large penis’d minotaur on your coffee mug then look out for updates.
I have just spent the last 3 or 4 months working on a series of lino cuts based on Greek Mythology. This is not the final set as I hate Icarus and some need more work – however I plan to use the 12 images to create a calendar and your comments and criticism would be greatly appreciated.
Completed a drypoint etching course at the printmakers workshop using images from my flower painting course – heres the results
During the Easter break I used my watercolours at the Botanical Gardens for a first ever attempt
and now Im back at the Edinburgh Drawing School doing this ….
At the beginning of 2015 I dutifully started my monthly revolutions – much easier than resolutions as they can be changed as I see fit!
I decided to step right out of my comfort zone and explore new mediums and ideas – namely, flower painting classes and lino cutting. Living life on the edge as always.
I joined a 10 week class at the Edinburgh Drawing School and its the most fun I’ve ever had on a Tuesday afternoon. 2.5 hours of observing and honing my drawing skills (haven’t done that since primary school) – I loved the course so much I enrolled for a second block, this time with the intention of using the printmakers workshop to produce a series of lino cuts. Putting wood cutting on the back burner – not literally – as I discovered a linocut takes about 3 hours, a woodcut about 3 days and it hurts my thumb!
So, heres my sketches from the first 10 weeks – where Im going with them – well stay tuned!
Decided to take a break from woodcuts and work on a new installation piece. Took myself off to Chambers Street Museum to catch the end of the Ming Dynasty show, not a fan of carpets and big wall hangings but I did come across these little beauties.
Little clay figures of servant boys, happy with my observation I went home to ‘think’!!
Before I married I went to my aunts house as she is my last surviving relative in Edinburgh to collect my old, new borrowed, blue items. I chose a blue crystal brooch to attach to the handbag I’d made from my mums old wedding dress, whilst raking around the nick knacks I found a creepy rubber child’s doll – apparently it was my dads favourite toy as a little boy and it was coming home with me!
Two years later and I decided to make a clay copy of the doll, with the intention of casting in resin. The doll dated back to 1900’s and I was concerned about its durability – no need, they were made to last. I filled it with water to check for leaks, then filled the head and feet with resin and stuffed the body with cotton wool, the cheeky chappie looked a lot better. I then covered it with 6 layers of latex and ordered myself a big box of moulding plaster off Ebay.
Being a die hard fan of Antony Gormley’s ‘The Field’ and anything Flux related it made sense to create more than just one. 4 latex moulds and a very messy kitchen later
I love the way that each cast originally started from one object but the grain of plaster, the water content or the thickness of latex would decide on the finished pieces.
So I grouped them like a school class photo.
There are currently 45 figures – as always your thoughts and comments will be appreciated
In AD 590, two centuries after Evagrius wrote his list, Pope Gregory I revised this list to the more common Seven Deadly Sins, by folding (sorrow/despair/despondency) into acedia, vain glory into pride, and adding envy. – repeated by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) centuries later in The Divine Comedy, as follows:
1 luxuria (lechery/lust)
2 gula (gluttony)
3 avaritia (avarice/greed)
4 acedia (sloth/discouragement)
5 ira (wrath)
6 invidia (envy)
7 superbia (pride)
I, the artist, am guilty of sins numbers 1, 2, 3 & 5, not 4, 6 & 7 of the Bible’s Seven Deadly Sins. These are explored for myself and for others in the form of woodcuts because of their medieval style, carved small then blown-up larger. It is hard to represent literal abstractions when seeking a more subjective or penitent form of working in art as prayer that feels both for the material used as well as for the imagery, representational and abstract. I avoid a cartoon form and the literary obvious, while, at the same time, seeking an iconic representation that is meaningful to me. As every artist knows, art is a wrestle between private and public language. Art is not predominantly about is easily defined in words. The seven deadly sins are difficult for anyone to define because they imply confessing our personal failings, and our society’s failings generally, and they remain open to ambiguity and reinterpretation.
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