Anselm Kiefer

I think the materials and colours in Kiefers work is quite similar to the initial work I was looking. I like how the artist has taken a very familiar looking thing as the sunflower and turned it into the almost alien object, but with just enough familiarity for it to be recognisable yet you still find yourself questioning whether it really is what it is or not. I want to be able to use natural materials in this way were it looks like it almost doesn’t belong yet fits perfectly within the art work. Finding just the right amount of ambiguity may be difficult .

Jumanna Mana – Flower Press

I was immediately attracted to this work in the Tate Liverpool as soon as I entered the room I was drawn to the natural forms the artist has used. The balance of the ‘man made’ ceramic head with the wildness of the natural botanical shapes , I think the work reminds me of home as I live in the countryside and so this is why I believe I am so attracted to it.jumanna-mana

Manna’s piece is designed to draw parallels between Athens and Jerusalem,in order to demonstrate how their stories both contributed to the West’s self-construction,that subsequently played a part in shaping the economy and politics within the Middle East.

I hope to show how by living in a house with new people this year, from different courses and backgrounds that my practise and thoughts might be influenced by them. With nature as the linking narrative throughout I also hope to explore the contrasts between nature found here in an urban environment, with that which I see at home in the countryside.

Constellation: Post-Pocentric Practices

Forgetting and Remembering the Air

The ecologist David Abram’s words on this issue I found particularly engaging ;  “sensory blindness to other life forms “, “ears deaf to other voices, the non human voices all around us” , the way he phrased what some might call ignorance to environmental crisis, is in a way which seems more sympathetic than just bluntly blaming it on ignorance. I had never considered it before that people didn’t always make a conscious choice to ignore the non-human world. It seems that it is more because the air is invisible that people genuinely forget it exists and therefore view it as an empty space, and in todays society of harvesting as much as you can from whatever you can the air becomes filled with pollution in many different forms. Because the air is invisible, people do not realise that the air is already already full , it becomes conceptually an ’empty space’ just waiting to be filled with all of our stuff .

He then goes further in comparing the chaotic behaviour of air to that of a heart beat, in how each reacts to an event outside themselves making their rhythm and movement unpredictable to humans. A humans we are obsessed with predicting and controlling every aspect of life, but these things aren’t out of control as such but rather David Abram describes this chaotic nature as ‘wildness’ , this wildness permeates us, it is everywhere.

From the discussion of these issues I think the main point is that we as humans need to learn a new respect for the air, that it is not just an an empty space, but it has in fact a purpose before humans.

In this session we also examined the importance of dust for pretty much every area of daily life, reading about all the things it is essential for I was really surprised, and gave me a  never before appreciation for it.

 

 

Henri Cartier Bresson

‘ To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event. ‘

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I really like the movement captured in this image, this is a theme in many of the artists work. He appreciates that a photo is more than  just a tool for producing aesthetic images or recording general events but has the ability to encapsulate a moment and the feelings which you had at the time can be caught in the memories that the images give to you.