For personal reasons this has been a particularly difficult week for me. Collaboration was the very last thing I was able to do.
Perhaps this is more than just this week as when I look back I think in an online capacity I do consciously resist it. Having completed my first BA degree online with Open University the participation levels in collaborative exercises was quite poor and I think these experiences have really tarnished my experience, which makes me resistant to future collaboration.
It could be said however through my project I work with living things. it could also be said that the fruit I am looking at in this module are not alive but when they get taken over by the mould they are living again, so I am collaborating with a living organism every time I get my camera looking at my mould or even when I am encouraging it to grow.
What I did do this week was crowd sourcing. As I wasn’t in a position to collaborate I sent out a social media post asking people to post images of their watches or clocks. A representation of time. Without realising it Time is pivotal to my project and my re-photography of the items. Watching the mould develop is linked to a time line. I just need to get the images I received into a Zine format to share with the people who helped me. I obtained approximately 70 images which I found astonishing in such a short time frame.
At this weeks webinar I took images using some new equipment I have obtained which is an ultra macro lens.
We discussed how I had created something that could almost be seen as a new landscape, it was therefore suggested to look at some landscape artists.
Due to the nature of my images it was also suggested to look at the work of Rothko. During this investigation I felt inspired by his work and his use of colour which is normally a great contrast of my own work as I do prefer working in black and white, so using colour is a new challenge for me.
The end of Rothko’s life is quite a tragic story so the story of the end of life seems to have a fitting link to my work, or this could just perhaps be linked to the loss my family have experienced this week.
I looked a bit deeper into the work of Mark Rothko as I was intrigued to delve in a bit deeper.
Whilst our work is clearly vastly different genres, one photography the other oil and acrylic on canvas. What strikes me about the work of Rothko is how colours can be used to such abstract affects. I have achieved transitions of colour without really realising it.
It made me look more closely at how I capture the colours to allow my images to have more impact.
There are several images of Rothko’s where the colour palette reflects the natural aspects of my own images.
Looking through exhibitions of Rothko’s it is possible to see the possibilities of scale through his canvases. I’ve never really considered that I could create such large images for my own abstract images. Whilst I had hoped I don’t think I had accepted that an exhibition is a real option.
Pieces of Rothko’s work that particularly stand out to me are. Untitled (1948), Untitled (1968), No 15 1952 (1952), The Green Stripe (1955).
These painting all have quite natural earthy tones and colours which I can relate to in my own practice.
Untitled 1948 will most likely become more relevant as my mould grows to bring new colours and shapes to the new life.
Baal-Teshuva, Jacob, (2003), Rothko, TASCHEN GmbH, Koln. Pg 14, 47, 58, 80