Ron” Mueck (/ˈmjuːɛk/ or /ˈmuːɪk/; born 1958, Melbourne) is an Australian hyperrealist sculptor working in the United Kingdom.
Our first brief was in the theme of identity, it’s split into 2 units: Unit 1: The introduction of materials, processes and technical skills. Unit 2: Is the introduction to contextual research. The start date for the project was the 12th of September, we had a mid assessment on the 26th of September and the hand in was the 21st of October. Our whole project will be assessed by the 7th of November. In this project we were be given experience in practical workshops such as drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D and textiles. Throughout the project we produced a range of test pieces which are supported by a variety of contextual research and inspirational artists. The theme was IDENTITY. My first thoughts of the theme was morals, features, individuality, culture etc.
When I started the course I was looking forward to expanding my skills and knowledge in other medias such as textiles, which we covered in the 5th week and we will be doing a more in-depth project on it in the future, I also want to get more knowledge in working with wire and drawing. In week five we did a textiles workshop, I have never worked with textile before so this media was new to me, yet, I really enjoyed this task and was very pleased with the final outcome.
I also would like to improve on my confidence
Summary of Research
In the first week we took a verity of photographs from different angles such as portrait and side profile these were based on the theme. The photos were later used in our project as a primary reference and source. It is important to have primary sources because it’s what you see for yourself for example your own photography source. It’s your own work and it’s reliable and it’s always better to create a piece from the real thing as it’s raw and it has more depth.
It was important for me to gather research and photographs to use as inspiration. One artist I liked was Egon Schiele an Austrian painter in the early 20th century. He was mainly known for the many unique portraits and self portraits he produced. I love his use of the twisted body shape and expressive lines that give off an ill and distorted feel because it makes me interested about what his background was as his drawings are very expressive and depressed.
The second artist that inspired me most was Vivien Maier. I loved the way she captured a moment. Her work inspired mine because it is very powerful, humbling and happy. I would like to incorporate her style into my work in the future. My photography was quite staged whereas Vivien’s are very loose and natural.
The sources I used for research were the internet and a visit to Abbot Hall Gallery. I enjoyed the visit, it was really interesting to see extremely old paintings and the contrast between the old ones and new ones they had there. The painting we were looking at was the Great Picture where it showed the stages of life of Lady Anne Clifford on large scale triptic. I found it very interesting how the artist would tell a story only using three portraits.
Experimentation and development
On the first week we had a workshop in photography/drawing where we learned new drawing techniques for example continuous line drawing, timed drawing, layered drawings, drawing with pens taped together, drawing with different mediums like charcoal, making and using a viewfinder and creating a photo-montage to later grid up and paint.
On the second week we were given a workshop on the colour wheel and painting. In this we learned about colour theory (primary, secondary, tertiary, harmonious and complimentary colours) and how to create a photo-montage. Then we painted our photo-montage. I did mine in the cubist style of Picasso however not using the bright and bold colours he used. I didn’t really enjoy this but I would like to extend my knowledge and skills in painting.
The third week we focused on monoprinting. Our artist we took inspiration from were Rose Jaffe and Pablso Picasso’s print work. I really enjoyed this technique as I’m familiar with it and this gave me a chance to take on quite detailed pieces. I was aiming for my finished piece to be unlike Pablo Picasso’s, I wanted mine to be simple yet realistic and detailed more like Rose Jaffe’s work.
Week four we had a workshop on ceramics, this gave us a chance to work in 3D. First we were given the task of making ceramic tiles. I chose mine to be in relief; doing the tiles first gave us a test run on techniques like relief and impression and also working with the tools. We then went on to make 3D ceramic portraits of ourselves using the pinch pot technique. I found this challenging because it was hard to undo mistakes however it was an enjoyable process.
The final workshop was Embroidery/Textiles. I’ve never done embroidery before so this was a new experience for me. We were given a number of stitches to attempt such as running stitch, cross stitch and applique. These were all successful and none of them were really hard and I managed a lose first French knot. Then we used image maker to place our photograph of myself onto the fabric of which we used as a base layer to embroider. First off this went really bad because I was unhappy with the aesthetic of it (like the colours I used) but I was happy with the finished product because I changed all the colours I originally used to ones that were more complimentary.
The new skills I learned were embroidery which I really loved and ceramics which I liked even though it was difficult. The existing skills that I developed further were drawing, gridding up, painting and monoprint.
The media I found most difficult to work with was acrylic paint. The things that went wrong in the workshops were that I found the painting just merged into one big blob. I usually paint really messy and expressive and I don’t have much experience with paint so I think I tried to paint in detail and it wasn’t successful so next time I think I will stick to my natural form of expression and see the result.
The workshop I enjoyed most was embroidery because it was a chance to experiment with a new medium that I never used before. We were pleasantly dropped into the new process and technique and were challenged to do a self portrait using the new stitching techniques and I found this very enjoyable and fun.
I was unable to meet all the deadlines because I’m not used to having as much work load and I struggle with structuring, memory and expressing myself in a way that I feel is most formal. As a whole I enjoyed the practical work most because I’m more of a hands on person and I like to experiment even if I don’t like the medium.
For me i found time management really hard because the course is so fast pace and i really struggle to concentrate out side of class , however, I hope to improve on this in the future. If I were to to the project again I would keep on top of all work written and practical, Ask for help when i need it and not avoid the problem. I feel i will enjoy the coerce a lot more if I do these things. In the future I would like to be more confident in my work and better at keeping up to date with my blogging work.
The task for today was to create a 3D self portrait of ourselves using ceramics. I feel this went really well and i really enjoyed it, however, I found it difficult to shape the eyes and forehead to make it look realistic. To solve this I took more photographs from different angles such as my side profile. This gave a different perspective of the face.
- Potters knife
- Wooden board
- Rolling pin
Health & Safety
- Clean worktop
- No jewellery
- Hair tied back
- Bags under desks
- Wear an Apron
- Clean up thoroughly after yourself
4) flatten the edges of the pinch pot by tapping it onto a surface, then distress the edges and add slip (a paste made from clay and water that binds two pieces of clay) and join both pieces together.
5) blend both pieces together and make a long thin coil of clay and wrap it round the diameter of the circle, blend this aswell. You are left with a smooth cylinder.