10 Feb Booking to donate blood,
Firstly, THANK YOU for booking an appointment to give blood!
We are happy to help but you won’t be able to film as it is a clinical area and the session will be busy. Our priority is to ensure donors are safe and comfortable and we are able to collect adequate blood donations.
Would you be able to give me a call? I think it might be easier to discuss over the phone.
Thanks Jamie, appreciate your support,
I was lucky enough to get a response but I was quite disappointed I could not film the process of donating blood, though once I rang her she was very friendly and quite interested in my project. I spoke about Wen and how she told me about Welsh Blood Service and that her project involved her receiving over 145 blood transfusions and she was going to come with me. I explained further I was looking into phobias for my project and I wanted people to see and learn about donating blood, as most people fear the unknown and the process. Tracey said taking images was fine if that was ok with me, I thanked her and said how much I appreciated this.
I booked it for Thursday the 19th of Feb at 12.30pm she said all the staff have been made aware I will be coming down to take photos and she will be there personally to meet me and Wen.
Setting up my work 8/04/2014
I had three projects to hand in Subject and two being Field.
I had my blog address as a QR code located on the wall and titles of what works were finals and new subject work etd. Alongside all of my work from a small portfolio demonstrating my favourite pieces I created in Andre’s field, of my discovery that “less is more” which worked very well for my practice, and I will continue to work on it. I also displayed Andre’s piece from my skipping collaboration, alongside my skipping rope which I thoroughly enjoyed and I may continue with it within the future.
My subject work I struggled to continue with. I had a sketchbook full of drawings + David’s field work on my calligraphy studies but I experiemted on paper and canvas and each version could not compare to the original whim drawing in my sketchbook, which I finally decided to use as my final outcome. The piece is of my nanny Price craddiling a dead child, which represented her still born child, as I have mentioned previously she cradled a doll and used to continuously say “stop that baby crying” an being illiterate I decided to write this in the background back to front continuously. The small child is from within my memory which I did wear a red dress, the ginger cat was a companion in that awful place which I played with, and the doll I imagine is her doll the one she cradled and we are embarking our journey in discovering her past.
My second 2D final outcome in subject was a poem I wrote about Death, there is a print off copy and the piece on Youtube located on my studio wall. I was pleased with this as it’s more universal than my personal piece.
David’s field I could continue with for years to come in my practice, I learnt a lot of new skills in tones of colour, and the use of making my own ink as well as using a calligraphy set. I have a lot of ideas to peruse in the future and discovering in Andre’s class “less is more” I took on in this project but unintentionally I found by studying Japonisme and Japanese art held a great influence over me in this and my own practice which I will continue to work on in the future.
Video experimentation subject 15/04/2014
During my subject I explored death in many forms. My first final piece explored poetry and video, I finally uploaded this onto Youtube so it can be visually expressed, rather than just a poem on a sheet of paper.
Final poem- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-wTusIBj1E
Death comes to us all its inevitable, do we fear it?
For some not knowing is more terrifying than knowing, for most it’s for the loved ones they leave behind and the regrets.
Never having that chance to see, hear, speak to them again.
For others its being forgotten about, or how they fear life, and how they watch their life trickle away, like a grain of sand in a hour glass.
Counting down how much time they have left. The young experience the world, the old appreciate their experiences and view the beyond, the afterlife, as a sequel.
As for the beyond the afterlife, is there a heaven, a hell?
A black eternity of nothing, reincarnation, becoming a entity, a ghost, a spirit?
There’s so much we experience everyday and learn, or that we still have yet to discover. Things we cannot explain that we have seen, that we have witnessed.
Life itself is short so we appreciate what we have to enjoy, like the pleasures, family, love, sex.
We can create new lives and thus we live on in our children, in their eyes, their blood, down to the structure of their D.N.A like the generations previously.
Death is inevitable death we deny, death is not preventable, death is not the last goodbye.
I’m pleased with the outcome for this piece, as I have previously enjoyed writing poetry and it’s exciting to see it combined. It has only been recently that I may have been influenced by my interest in Japanese and Chinese art, where they combine stories, poetry and art into a singular piece of work.
I plan to continue to study this in the future and explore different methods of filming.
4/02/2014 Daffodil study <em> context
During my recent visit to the Botanical gardens of Wales in Carmarthenshire I discovered through a exhibition there that the Welsh Daffodil actually reduces the speed process of dementia by several months. The bulb contains a chemical called galantamine thousands are noe farmed near the Brecon Beacons there are over 750,000 people who suffer with some type of dementia of alzheimer’s stage and I found out there are over 100 different types which is frightening.
http://www.managingcare.co.uk/london/uncategorized/daffodil-drug-halts-progress-of-dementia-2 A website stating the effects and progress of this new drug.
The simple Daffodil a symbolic image for Wales but only since 1911 believe it or not which I did not know and the leek has become less popular even though it’s symbolic image is legend to have been worn by Saint David himself.
“Legend has it that St David ordered his soldiers to wear leeks on their helmets during a battle against the Saxons during the sixth century, while the Battle of Crecy, in 1346, featured loyal and brave Welsh archers who fought in a field of leeks. By 1536, when Henry VIII gave a leek to his daughter on 1 March, was already associated with St David’s Day. It is possible that the green and white family colours adopted by the Tudors were taken from their liking for the leek.”
“In comparison with the ancient Welsh associations of the leek, the daffodil has only recently assumed a position of national importance. An increasingly popular flower during the 19th century, especially among women, its status was elevated by the Welsh-born prime minister David Lloyd George, who wore it on St David’s Day and used it in ceremonies in 1911 to mark the investiture of the Prince of Wales at Caernarfon.”
News article about the daffodil farms now aiding dementia research http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/mid/8007175.stm
I found all this from the Botanical Gardens on Wales http://www.gardenofwales.org.uk/news/daffodil-art-on-show/ there was a exhibition on displaying works by Swansea Met students. I would have not found out about the recent research if it were not for these artists.
01/02/2014 My Memory Drawings
I began drawing what I could remember and then I began to manipulate this with photographs of my great grandmother, this one memory I cherish of my four year self running around chasing a ginger cat in a old aged pensioners home made me pursue in my family history of the dark past of my great grandmothers children, who were both named Christine mysteriously both died as babies. I became obsessed almost thinking of what she went through the deaths of her children, as in her old age she used to continuously say “stop that baby crying” which led to many speculations of the babies in those days were left to die if there was something wrong with them which could have been a strong possibility as she cradled a doll always rocking and no one dared take it away from her.
This led me to imagine uncovering the truth as a four year old and understand what she was going through with her dementia what did she think about as she forgot many facts and her mental state declined greatly towards the end where she would cry probably feeling confused and alone.
I have began drawing continuously over and over, here are the developed images.
What I pictured was myself taken from the original walking down the drive but looking into a window which will sit my nanny Price cradling instead of her doll a skeleton of a baby cradling death almost. The ginger cat I imagine is guiding me holding my hand as I uncover the dark past of death and sorrow as the doll holds his hand as we embark on this journey all together. The words behind her continuously say written upside down and back to front, stop that baby crying which she continuously said. But I have been playing on the idea of Daffodils I have found out recently there is a drug inside the bulb of a Welsh flower that now reduces the speed rate of dementia by several months. The open space as I have said previously is a reflection of the mind as well as the open space of the desert, it’s nearly complete with the design but I will continue until I am happy with my outcome and experiment more with paints.
I have experimented in pen, charcoal, oil pastels, coloured pencils and plan to do the finish design in acrylic paints. I have found that oil pastels many people have commented it reminds them of crayons which is a nice theme as it looks like a child have drawn this, it was unintentional as I drew from memory and then imagination.
These are the images I began drawing the silhouettes which make them look quite horrid and frightening.
28/02/2014 Further Context
I began researching more artists for this project after coming to a dead end with this project it had taken me two months to think how to continue with this project.
I began studying Salvador Dali after I thought my childlike drawings linked greatly with the theme’s memory and dreams. The one memory I have is in bits and pieces and it appears to be quite surreal at times.
Salvador Dali Born May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989 is a 20th century surrealist artist from Spain. I have seen his work in London and Venice in the Peggy Guggenheim gallery, I do think it is only recently I have appreciated his artwork due to my understanding of it.
He loved Sigmund Freud’s work and studied his methods and thesis of people’s dreams and their meanings. Many of Dali’s work explores, life death and sex which is something I have been studying throughout this project. I have become almost obsessed with these three drawings and trying to push it further.
Persistence of Memory explores time, dreams and death. I personally believe it’s the counting down stage of our lifetime our lifespan and the ticking clock before we die, it’s unpreventable yet we fear it so. This project relates so much to life and death and the one precious memory I cherish I have tried to recall through more detail with smell and dreams as smell does trigger suppressed memories.
Recently I have started to remember facts more vividly and I even recall a old woman making groaning sounds with no legs. I even queried this to my mother and she said there was a old woman who sat next to my great grand mother who grunted at anyone who came near her, alongside pinching people. I will continue to study more surrealists and Freud’s psychology as it’s quite fascinating to see how the everyday life is combined with our dreams.
This piece has always gave me chills it’s eyes are terrifying I read it’s a memory of a young boy around his age of five who was learning to ride a bike who had blond hair and he pushed him off some rocks about four feet and he visited the boy who lay in bed for a week.
I began drawing around the outlines from images of my nanny Price and they look quite surreal and creepy due to the eyes as they look exactly like this painting here above, which is a coincidence as I saw this after. I noticed he uses a lot of space in his work and only concentrates on what he wishes us to visualise and study as he leaves a great majority for the sky as a open space, I think this is representing the mind and the openness and desert in many ways of never-ending thoughts and the dream like state we imagine ourselves to be in another reality.
Me and a few friends decided to go and view a upcoming exhibition that some artists in my year organised, as we wanted to see their work and how they displayed their work alongside working well together.
I was surprised by how many people attended the opening night, as I saw many people in my year and even other courses such as Product Design. It was a enjoyable night and it made me question what to look out fo for my own studies. I have had several exhibitions before but this place was quite professional, it had a lovely enjoyable feeling to it an I would be interested in displaying some of my own work with a few others.
I have queried this to a few people in my year already and it looks like it’s going forward, which would be exciting. I found the exhibit a mixture of art from video to painting as the theme was “Draw” I was surprised it did not traditionally stick to the theme but many cleverly made loopholes to fit their work.
I did however find some of the artwork could have needed framing as it looked quite student like alongside their could have been business cards available, instead of blog addresses.