Dec the 15th Setting Up
I came into uni to set up my work, such as adding my Ouija Board and putting up my artists statement and wordpress blog. I am personally happy with my development at this moment and I plan to explore painting and drawing now, as well as to concentrate on my dissertation as I have only wrote my introduction.
My practice had explored narrative regarding the darker aspects in Cardiff. For this project I have began by investigating the paranormal and supernatural, that was inspired by a ghost tour around the area of Llandaff Cathedral, which led to investigating any factual evidence or eye whiteness, or any physical evidence caught on film or camera on my own ghost investigations. I even explored and read up on deaths in the area(which I discovered many suicides, accidental drownings and several murders). Alongside two recorded sightings of a Banshee 300 years apart.
I have always had a keen interest in the paranormal and supernatural, but mainly as well of the history and investigations it has led me around Cardiff. I explored Llandaff, which led to Cardiff Castle where I witnessed my first ghostly experience. Me and my friend Emma witnessed a white, waist height moving fog in the corridor ahead, and then we both witnessed a massive black oval shaped orb that fell from the ceiling and down through the floor. I still consider myself to be in shock as I could not, and cannot explain what I saw, and it happened that fast I did not have time to capture it on camera.
This led me to consider how do I make this into art? I questioned exploring drawing from memory and I made a timeline of my investigations and recordings of my Ouija board sessions, Cardiff Castle visits and finally settling on my tunnel investigation through film and photography. I came across a artist who lives in the Cardiff area called Simon Fenoulhet, he discovered a hidden tunnel behind the Park Plaza hotel and I managed to gain access to this, and even had a phone interview with the artist. The tunnel was a amazing, frighting experience as it had collapsed half way through inside, and at parts I had to physically crawl into.
I plan now to investigate and experiment further and concentrate on painting and drawing for my next stage in my project, I like the idea of working from my investigations and portraying aspects people do not consider, or have personally experienced or explored, through painting and drawing.
I know Davida can be harsh at times though I am struggling with motivation to keep going. My project I find it very interesting, and something I can keep motivated at. But I don’t know what direction and route to look at now. I was considering painting and drawing, and I am thinking using a combination of drawing, and working off my photos, life and film into dark paintings of Cardiff’s history.
I do agree at this point I should be making more, but I have been watching other students work at a pace of constantly working and making art I think I would burn out personally. I am still waiting over a week on for my feedback again sadly, but I think I will be working into painting as this is what I enjoy mainly and what I started in.
I did agree I was struggling how to present it, and my photos at the moment are displayed in a time frame of what occurred. I will be sticking up little cards of my descriptions, alongside my artist statement and code to my blog and tunnel film.
My Final wall piece set up, this covers a timeline of my investigations, I wish I could having taking some photography of the tunnel too though sadly my camera did not work and I only have the film as evidence.
I may be able to screen shot some images in the future to work from.
Opening Night December the 3rd, Art Auction
I managed to attend the opening night, which I struggled greatly with the flu. But I could not make the last day of the auction as I travel back home every weekend, but I participated and supported it with the rest of my class. I would have liked to see more non fine art related people but I assume they will attend the last day.
I enjoyed it, it was a good turn out and the artwork looked amazing! We have already raised over 1.5+ grand for our degree show with a kickstarter.
I must admit this piece did catch my eye and it was a lovely piece, the colours and contrast were beutiful.
Apparently I found out later, my piece had a few bids, and one of my tutors admitted he bid, which was awesome !
They raised over one grand on the pictures alone bidding wise, which is a major achievement !
Dec 3rd Tunnel exploring.
I arranged to visit the Park Plaza hotel in Greyfair at 11am. Me and Em packed out equipment and headed to the hotel, upon arriving the receptionist had no idea about anything being arranged or anything about a tunnel, it was greatly frustrating as I could not remember who I spoke too. All I could recall was a woman named Kathryn who got in touch with a manager and said it was ok.
The receptionist must have rang about 3 or 4 managers and this person called Kathryn was another receptionist who was not working that day, it was quite annoying as I had arranged all this and I considered it may have been a pointless week planning. A manager called Rooney I think came down and I explained the situation that the artist Simon Fenoulhet said it was fine for me to explore this tunnel for my project. The manager explained it was dangerous etc and I stated I had all the safety equipment, and the artists number thankfully. He rang him and thankfully Simon explained I was a student at Cardiff Met and I thanked him after it.
When we finally managed to access the tunnel I was quite nervous, and Em decided to have a look and said she wanted me to go first which was fine. I geared up with my helmet and overalls etc and crawled through, which was quite small and if I was any bigger I would not have squeezed through it.
Me with my full equipment, I did take images on a 35mm camera though for some reason the whole film came out blank which was very disappointing as I wanted to work from that. Thankfully I filmed it all which lasted about 20 minutes which I cropped down to 6 for a video for people to experience and see the conditions and speculate what they think it was used for.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X843GMFOy0 (THE VIDEO 6 MINS LONG)
I am not sure how I plan to use this in my project, I have considered drawing from memory or working from my film. I am not sure how this can lead from the supernatural to something else, as I feel something is happening here, though I still have not put it all together. The experience was a interesting one and I was quite nervous, yet scared contemplating what if I got stuck, or if one of us had a accident etc. It was amazing to consider how old it was, they think its linked to the old Friary that used to be near this area that linked to the castle, and a classmate even suggested it could have been used for dragging and storing ice. But personally I think it was something to do with water, due to the river that rang below it and it suggested the river was higher, and would flood down into it, to where they think towards Bute park behind the shops though there is no way of knowing as its all collapsed due to works.
November the 29th Art Auction Piece
For the art auction I have participated, though my health has been awful over the past two weeks with flu, I managed to make a print for my piece as well, as I did not have time to make a new piece of work. My father had some canvas paper left over and when we finally managed to make it work, and it printed beautifully.
People could not tell the difference between it being a print and a painting, which was surprising as I knew it was top quality then. I look forward to the opening night and I hope I am in better health.
27th Nov Buying equipment.
I had to locate the appropriate attire, I already had overalls and steel cap shoes. I also had to buy new torches for my helmets and I found out these did not fit, which was annoying though I could still use the torch. Also I bought two safety helmets and gloves.
The camera I struggled with, as the university apparently only has 3, and a tutor was using one, a student another and one was due back. I knew a student in my class was using one and it was overdue. I managed to get a hold of his number and I booked it out before anyone else could, thankfully he brought it in for me.