Tutor report Assignment 5

Formative feedback

Student name Clara Maciulis Student number 513759
Course/Unit Drawing 1: Drawing skills Assignment number 5
Type of tutorial (eg video/audio/written) Written

Overall Comments

Congratulations on completing the Drawing Skills unit, Clara. Your part 5 personal project is well considered, explorative, but with intention. You’ve produced a bold, dynamic series of work, culminating your ideas but allowing room to push and pursue things further in your learning going forward. Well done. You are allowing your research to inform your work and as a result can contextualise your own practice.

 

Feedback on assignment

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity

The yoga mat drawings are process rather than product based, the activity of drawing being of central importance, when you used the charcoal on your hands and feet this connected you to your work and subject matter. It may be worth considering video if performance pieces are something you wish to pursue further, have a look at some artists such as Marina Abramovic, the Yves Klein Anthropometry paintings and even consider the likes of Cindy Sherman and Sherin Neshat  as artists to explore in more detail.

I am curious to explore the work of these performance artists. The yoga mat series happened rather spontaneously, out of an urge to express the feeling of the movement during the yoga asana directly. But I am curious where this new path can go.

Your flip book animation is another innovative piece, I enjoyed being able to interact with your work. This whole submission allows me the viewer to really engage. It is a simple work but successful.

Thank you!

 

There are some deeper issues beginning to be explored around feminism/post feminism in your work. I can see the beginnings of exploration about the female image in your collage works. Ensure to read or view the series on youtube of John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, also read Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth. Review dadaism and the history of collage. Look at artists such as Hannah Hoch and Barbara Kruger.

Happy to have so many things to look at and directions to explore! Collage is definitely something I would like to continue experimenting with.

Again the action of unfolding your concertina sketchbook involved me the viewer in the work, in the same way I unrolled the yoga mat drawings and flipped through the sketchbook. You executed this as a continuous line drawing and the result is successful.

 

In this body of work you have experimented with scale and media. There was a danger of becoming illustrative but you avoided it. You’ve reigned in your ideas, sticking with a singular theme and refining your ideas by using your research to inform. As mentioned before you have the beginnings of something to explore and experiment further with.

This makes me so happy to read!

Sketchbooks

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

You continued your development and understanding of the human form in your sketchbooks. Looking at stance, movement and gesture. Continue to work in your sketchbooks right up to the point of submission for assessment.

Research

Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

You’ve selected relevant artist’s work to look at, reflecting about what you like and think works well. Continue to push and delve deeper with your critical thinking as you progress through your studies. Have a look at the book How to write about contemporary art. Great that you are allowing your research to inform your practice, continue to do this, learn from doing.

 

Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays

Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

Within your artist’s statement you mention you are after a personal drawing experience so although you use yoga as inspiration your work is not about yoga. I think you have been successful in your attempts bringing depth and meaning to your drawings, they are visceral and as you refine and define your ideas further they too will develop.

 

Your blog is easy to follow and your images clear. You are beginning to focus your writing and research, honing in on the important elements. Continue to aim for clear, concise, relative blog posts about your work, be the critic and the artist.

Suggested reading/viewing

Context

I have mentioned some further artists and reading within the body of the report for you to look at in your own time. This is just the beginning of your learning journey so continue exploring and experimenting. Keep working at the technical drawing skills, learn the rules first and then you can break them!

Yes! still a lot of work here 🙂

Pointers for the next assignment

  • Reflect on this feedback in your learning log.
  • Keep up your sketchbook practice right up to the point of submission.
  • Consider how best to present your work for assessment.

Please inform me of how you would like your feedback for the next assignment.   Written or video/audio

Congratulations on completing the unit!

Tutor name Joanne Mulvihill-Allen
Date 19 August 2017
Next assignment due N/A

This last assignment report for this course by my tutor Joanne Mulvihill Allen is so encouraging! I felt a little anxious about sending in an assignment with much experimentation and not really any outstanding final piece, so I am very happy that exploring different scales and media was recieved positively. And this report offers a lot of  suggestions, so many new exciting artists to discover and paths to explore- I am really excited to continue !

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Part 5: Written element

Exploring the human figure through yoga asanas (postures)

 

Part 4 of this course showed me how much I love drawing the human figure. Yoga has been part of my life for over a decade and here I want to explore the human form through the yoga practice.

I am used to a daily physical yoga practice, that I have had to pause for a moment. Here  I would like to explore the practice through drawing instead. So I will look at the physical aspect of the poses, and still have so much to learn about drawing anatomy. But more than that, I am interested in how the poses FEEL. Less than exploring yoga as a subject, I am searching for a personal drawing experience, just like a yoga experience on the mat.

I see the danger of falling into too illustrative or too anatomical drawings with this subject, so that is something I want to avoid.  Also , if I look at the representation of yoga in the media, it seems to always be linked to beautiful bodies, blissful smiles and lotus flower filled environments.  While this is true too, in my own experience yoga is also linked to the alarm going off before sunrise and a lot of sweat and pain and discomfort that most serious yoga practitioners I have met take on to deal with their own darkness and feelings and addictions.

In my research , I will focus on artists using real/unreal elements or finished/unfinished parts rather than any yoga related  art, and explore artists that have a more personal and emotional way of drawing, like for example Louise Bourgeois and Marlene Dumas. Inspired by Wangeshi Mutu, I will use collage to reinterpret some found yogarelated images combined with patterns, and drawn elements from imagination. “The fearbird” is a personal symbol that comes back to me often, a flutter of wings in the chest when going into deep backbends, and then the release when the pose is completed. A flock of birds, or wings or the stiff frozen bird of fear are images that will surely appear in the drawings.

The first step is however to better my general drawing skills of the human body . To give this some structure, I will follow the Ashtanga yoga primary and intermediate series of asanas (postures) , which I would normally do physically . I will draw through the asanas as an exercise to learn them, and to gather ideas in my sketchbook, but then let go of the precise form and allow more experimentation and flow.

As for most parts of this course, rather than one single final drawing, I see several different approaches of the subject with various experiments using mixed media, incorporating fototransfer and collage as well as experimenting further with ink drawings and bleach.

The yoga practice is a series of postures so it lends itself to a series of drawings. I plan to create a small series on A4, using watercolor and fototransfer. Then experimenting with  bigger support cutting brown wrapping paper to the size of my yoga mat. And finally to use a small concertina sketchbook to flow through the series.