Fine Arts. My first experimental Oil painting Portrait.


I began studying a fine arts degree at the university at Blackburn college, in late November 2021. After my first lesson in Portrait oil painting, I learnt the technique of the use of a grid, using the same grid on a reference picture and on the Canvas made it much easier to get the size and scale of the sketch drawing onto canvas ready for adding a wash ( oil paint mixed with white spirit to dilute for a transparent background which compliments the oil paint colours that are to be layered on top.

Oil painting pallete.. 🎨

Portraits. Oil painting

Research.

Tai-shan Schierenberg.

In my research I found some amazing portraits by British born, contemporary artist Tai-shan Schierenberg, I really loved his style of paintings. below are a few examples of some of the artwork hes created in his portraits.

Portrait of Seamus Heaney, Nobel Laureate (Artist- Tai-Shan Schierenberg, born in 1962 England Uk)
Oil on Canvas
National Portrait  Gallery, London.
Capitaine, 2015, Oil on canvas (Tai-Shan Schierenberg b,1962, London) picture source taken from Tai-Shan Flowers gallery

Tai Shan Schierenberg lives and works in London. He graduated from the Slade School of Art in 1987 and in 1989 won first prize in the National Portrait Gallery’s John Player Portrait Award. He was then commissioned to paint Sir John Mortimer for the Gallery. The National Portrait Gallery also holds his portraits of Lord Carrington from 1994, Lord Sainsbury, 2002 and most recently Seamus Heaney from 2004. Other noted commissions include Professor Stephen Hawking, Sir John Madejski and a double portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh.

For Schierenberg, there is an emotional charge that comes from the different textures and densities, and ultimately the light conditions, that occur in a place at a certain time. He describes his process in 2010:

Painting and painting and painting, endlessly exploring ideas in paint on canvas, always painting my way. Finding that over time I can’t see the trees for the paint. Sometimes it’s good to try a new way, a different path, expose oneself to the vagaries of chance – and see the trees again.

Tai-shan Schierenberg ( born 1962 London) Biography flowers Gallery.

My first oil painting.

In my first exploration with oil painting and portraits, I decided to use this reference picture of my son. As I’m very proud of him and missing him, I wanted to paint his face as it brought comfort to me in the first few weeks of him leaving home.

Reference picture, taken by Dillon Stringer (my son) of himself. First day at AFC Harrogate Army College. 29/08/2021 at Harrogate army college. Reference grid in red.

Canvas painted, with grid drawn out using pen and a ruler, ready to sketch reference picture (left)
The beginning of my sketching, using a graphite 2b pencil. The grid is such a useful tool in painting. One of the many things, which I have appreciated learning.
Outer lines sketched ready for oil painting.
Adding the depth/ darkness in.

After I put a wash on the background with burnt umber oil paint and white spirit diluted to make the paint thinner and sort of transparent, I began going in with a falt number 3 brush, putting in the darker depth with French ultramarine blue oil paint.

Adding in all the darker tones first into the portrait (Regrettably I forgot to take the picture before, I added the lighter tones)

I started adding the lighter tones into the painting with brush strokes with a flat number 3 brush and a mixture of cadmium yellow burnt umber, cadmium red, titanium white and yellow ochre oil paints.

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Practise and development final piece.

After a lot of practise, research and thought to develop my ideas for my final piece, I came up with a few ideas.

Using part ceramics, part photography, poetry, lighting and body art. I came up an idea which initially, I thought maybe a bit of a dark theme to use, but this is my portraiture and art!

As long as, I can deliver it well enough, I can use some elements of my past experience and others, in this subject to make some of my first type of this, powerful portraiture, and performance art. This theme, It is not just about self harm, but there is much more meaning behind it, such as self worth, self esteem and ultimately healing.. Self love after self hate.

The reason I chose this theme, is that it is close to my heart, I’ve seen so many people, youngsters, friends, family, famous people, go through elements of self harm, or attempted suicide and actually more than 1 too many actual suicides, around me throughout my growing up.

Self harm can be in many forms, beit eating disorders, not looking after yourself, punishing one’s self in any way shape or form is self harm. I believe a lot of people suffer and I’d like them to know things will and do get better. If you find a positive mental attitude and try and use it whenever you go. Fighting the negatives with positives. This is what this art piece is about.

I began with glass, cutting my arms, mainly scratches. I then started to use knives, razor blades and anything sharp.When I struggled and situations happened i’d be so really upset and felt worthless, I’d pressed on too hard and the cuts where deep, deeper than usual. To the point I’d panic for my life.

with the use of fake blood and broken glass I’d like to create some art with, playing around with whats going to work the best for my final art piece outcome.

Developing the deliverance of this piece & Planned media usage.

With the use of typography and intend to use printing, I want to create some words/ poetry or philosophical paragraph to go along side the whole end piece.. Ideas so far

Poems, Haiku…

After writing down and attempting some writing/poetry for printing.. I came up with so many little poems, but do not have the confidence to deliver them, sadly. So i have been researching Haiku, which is a Japanese type of short form poetry.

One Haiku piece I came across in my research, is by Katsushika Hokusai and is called ‘A poppy Bloom’s’

I write, erase, rewrite Erase again, and then a poppy blooms

By Katsushika Hokusai http://www.poemanalysis.com

My Haiku Ideas

The Beast

Beast, harm, cut bleed, breathe

will this ever bring me a release

no,grow, heal

self love

By myself Jemma Laing 28/02/2022

Little Fragile

oh, fragile little one, time –

is now, it is time to heal inside and grow

she did she let go.

She Grew.

Grossly taught her self hate

never judge or underestimate, that she grew

now she is, self love!

she is loved.

Jemma Laing 28/02/2022

I have written other styles of poems to try out for this piece. I kept getting writers block and have so many papers with tried out poems on. I’ll upload photos below to show development within this.

Photography

Then id like to use a series of 3 or 4 photographs. One possibly of fake blood dripped on a background with a pile of glass? healed scarring? razor blades and knives? I’ve began to play around with some wording for an element of my final piece that I plan to begin a little sad but end happy an positive! As I did myself!

Practise photography for middle photo.

“The beast, The harm”

I’d like the use, of a professional camera. To enable me to play around with the photos and props, which I intend to use, for the best quality photography.

Within the photography, I’d like to best quality ones to mount and install in frames.

The frames I want to use, are to be coloured red- representing strength,

blue representing sadness,

white representing healing.

The final photo I plan to be a representative of positivity, like in the hope to express a process. The first one, art which represents sadness, a middle photo that represents self harm such as the idea above of blood, razors, glass, knives? and the last photo to represent healing and happiness.. Even a Series that consists items, which significantly represent things about healing and which, brings happiness of

I’m also toying with the idea of having an actual piece of wood painted white, with dripped fake blood/ red paint on, with pieces of broken glass and real razor blades, stuck on with hot glue?

Audio

Another aspect of this piece of performance/ installation art, I am interested in adding, would be that of the noises of glass smashing and or the sound of knife sharpening.. I need to play around with sound recordings. sounds of dripping and glass smashing.

Ceramics refinement..

Inspiration- Toby jugs

Toby jugs- A toby jug is a figural ceramic pottery jug usually in the form of a person, or a head and shoulders of a recognisable person.

Toby jugs date back to the 1760’s. Here is an example below

Royal Daulton- Old King Cole Musical Jug Designer: H. Fenton 1939
https://www.pascoeandcompany.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/1800x/040ec09b1e35df1
39433887a97daa66f/o/l/old-king-co-lm2.jpg

Facial features on clay researched..

Below are some references to accurate guidelines where the facial features should be sculpted. I’m preparing to use for one of the parts of my final piece for studio B-[oo

My ceramics development and refinement..

My “She is a bit of me” Portraiture Pot.

what went wrong…

I initially was making a vase and intended to use a mixture of media, but after building half of it ,before half term and then working too fast in a cold environment with the clay, after term break. I had a major flop! The clay all flopped and caved in. Picture below….

The vase all going so well until…
When the clay collapsed! A learning curve.

Attempt after recognising previous mistakes..

So I took the clay home and sculpted and coil pot with handles that represent ears, I sculpted a face with a 3d nose and mouth/features. I pierced its ‘ears’ I’m yet to take it back into to be fired and painted then to add my adornments. Pictured below is the developing piece..

I rolled out my own coils from the soft grey clay that i had taken home to reuse after my above vase collapsed. It was difficult to roll them out without the coil clay pressing machine, we have in the workshop, I persevered and got going with a great little coil clay pot, ready for sculpting facial features on.
I love how the handles represents ears but also myself with hands on hips, as if to be saying I’m taking no sh*t anymore!
she has a lid now, which has holes in for after its been glazed and fired in the kiln, then I’ll be adding red hair come out of the holes.
i will be adding some real fake eyelashes this is an example for how it may look after the paint, kilne and then i will re-add the fake eyelashes. to represent myself, as i wear them everyday.

Slip I made with dried clay and mixed a lot with a little water to create this wet slodgey slip, We use it to join clay together after scoring it, the slip acts like a glue.
I took 2 equal amounts of clay and weighed them till they were roughly the same weight, rolled them out in the rolling machine and then laid them inside some terracotta pots, to create two half cylinder shaped hollow halfs. Later, I will join together both halfs, to make a ball shape and paddle, to form the shape of a face… to be continued. Work in progress. (the black vase in the middle, is my “no straight lines” vase.. I’m really not happy with the outcome of the colour, the neon yellow has fired and disappeared. It needed firing at a lower temperature and a white matte glaze under the coloured glaze)
This is the part of the vase I began to make before half term which ended up collapsing..
The technique of scoring the clay before adding slip to join clay together.
the first practise of a characacature sculpture, portraiture. I may use this and paint the hair black and add tears to the painting design, this piece representing the younger sadder me, and the pot above with red hair the new healed me?
practise, using thumb pot method of pottery, two thumbs pots joined together and paddled into shape
first practise sculpted nose
one of two thumb pots made to join together.
No straight lines, my previous pottery practises, with gritty clay, I was not fond of the way the paint/ glazes fired on this clay
Same pot as the pic on the left before I scored out its design.
The beast

wavey pot Mushrooms of all kinds, amaze me and I forage and study them as a hobby.
sculpting tools
I was toying with the idea of doing a series of paintings each of objects/ animals/ people that represent me. My dogs are really important to me and I absolutely adore all dogs. So I tried to sketch and paint my dog Trixie at home. the first grid sketch and paint I’ve done without the guidance of a tutor. I need a better space and also better paints. I intend to keep working on this.
With the wrong paints and not the right shades I will go back into work on this when my oil paints arrive.. Im a little unhappy with the legs and body but will adapt and refine it. I’d like to practise more painting as I feel I can get better and better.

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Fine Arts BA (hons)2021-2024- Jemma Laing.

Myself- Jemma Laing, wearing my own makeup art work.
Makeup artists
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Current Fine arts Student

Research….

Cindy Sherman

CINDY SHERMAN, ARTIST AND MODEL

After alot of researching 2D 3D art forms of all themes and various media, I came up with a few ideas, for my creation of a 3D art piece that represents or is symbolic to me.

This research has got me intrigued and has inspired me with alot of ideas. I am particularly interested in the Sfx (special effects) makeup industry and I have various qualifications within that industry, alot of people I know, think that my makeup work is mainly glamour and sparkle but it’s not only those services in Makeup art that soothes me as an artist within that media. I’d like to use this is my production in a 3D/5D art piece.

Cindy Sherman

I was advised to research this artist and I’m so pleased to have done so, as I find it uplifting and awesomely unique that the artist Cindy Sherman uses herself to create her art form. What a fantastic canvas to use ones self! Cindy Sherman’s work is quite admirable to me and I’d like to create an art piece using myself adding various elements of mixed media.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #359, 200 (left) #299 1994 (right) courtesy of the Artist and metro pictures, New York

picture- Cindy Sherman, Untitled #355 (left) 2000, Courtesy of the Artist and Metro pictures, New York. (right) #360

” The Work is what it is and hopefully it’s seen as feminist-advised work, But I’m not going to go around Espousing theoratical bullsh*t About feminist stuff” ~ Cindy Sherman,2003

Artist Cindy Sherman is an American Photographer and Artist who established her decades-long career by focusing her work on a very specific person- herself!- by Jackie Zimmermann, April 11, 2021 Awomensthing.org/blog

I’d like to transform myself using media makeup, textiles, paint, amd I’m playing around with different Ideas, for artistic props to make in pottery, to hold or even wear within this 3D piece.

Actors transforming into Van Gogh’s paintings.

One of my findings within my research on this is that of Actors being transformed using media makeup techniques into some of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings, in an animated movie called “Loving Vincent”.

Here are a few examples

Douglas Booth as Armand Roulin|Image credit: Breakthru Productions and Good Deed Entertainment.

https://scroll.in/reel/851787/watch-vincent-van-goghs-paintings-come-to-life-in-film-on-the-great-artist

Eleanor Tomlinson as Adeline Ravoux|Image credit: Breakthru Productions and Good Deed Entertainment.

Grayson Perry.

Grayson Perry’s” Mum and Dad” 1993
Contained anger, by Grayson Perry
I watched many videos on the YouTube – The Pottery Wheel. As I had never made a coil pot before I found this so very interesting. (screenshot I took of the first video I watched, by The Pottery Wheel YouTube channel.

Experimental practices with ceramics.

Planter made with soft clay. Thumb pot.

With this, I took a piece of soft clay, I rolled it in my hands into a ball, then with my thumb I pushed a hole through the top of the ball of clay and used the pinching method to pinch with thumb inside and finger. All along on the outer layer of the thumb pot. I did this all around until the desired shape. Then with a metal comb I stroked and pressed out lines, then left to dry and put in the kilne (hot oven type device for firing clays).

Clay Thumb pot planter before firing.
thumb pot planter made with soft clay then fired in a kilne at …. degrees

This planter was inspired by a book in my tutor Bill Kelly’s workshop, i will refer back to which book when im back in class.

yet to be painted, made for putting little cactus plants inside.

I painted this with the underglaze slip, they were meant to be neon colours but I think the kilne was at too high a temperature.

Tile & Tile mould

Clay tile

A mould made for a clay made ceramic tile design .

My Tile made with plaster of paris.

yet to be painted, I aim to get this painted and fired.

‘No Straight Lines’

Coil pot.

coil pot vase, before design and paint.
A sculpted out design on coil pot vase, practising with coil clay, This piece I’ve named ‘no straight lines’

With coil clay, I made a round base for the bottom of this experimental Vase, I then measured with a peice of string the circumference of the base, and use the same length of string as reference for the coils of clay, and cut the coils to size. I scored the underneath part of the coil and the base of the vase, and painted slip on to stick it down then smoothed the edges, and repeated this process until I got the height I needed. I then with my thumbs and fingers made the top of the vase a wiggly shape. I tried to get the vase as equal all around and smoothed out ready to dry, then paint and fire.

My coil vase painted in black underglaze before being fired.

I added yellow to the rim of the vase I like the contrast between the black and yellow.

Thumb pots ready for the kilne to be fired

The workshop kilne.
The stonewear glaze I used after painting the pebble planter. I am not a fan of how this piece turned out after being fired. The colours have gone very faint and mucky looking.
Coil vase in painting process

Practise for my planned 3D ceramics peice.

One of two thumb pots made with soft clay to join together and make a head like shape.
The other thumb pot ready to be joined to the previous one.
Thumb pots joined and smoothed out the joins, patted it with a wooden paddle to get a better shape. Then added a peice of clay and sculpted it into a nose.
The joined thumb pots with added facial features in a
Hair added, I want to improve the ear ands add a mouth. The hair won’t work as the ends will break off, so I rectified this.
The ears are not to my liking or on balance to one and other. I hadn’t created a mouth at this point. I had also recognised that the ends of the hair would most probably snap off, so adapted that.

I worked on the ears a little and pierced them as they’ll have real earrings hopefully. I also left a cavity in a line above the eyes for some fake eyelashes.

Beginning of confirmed final Piece

The beginning of the coil pot I have began to create.
I am going to add more height and bring the clay up and out, more rounder shaped in the middle then going further upwards, reducing the circumference to a thinner one than that of the middle.. going up into a thinner neck.
I laid out slabs of clay that i had rolled flat and shaped them inside a bowl to create a rounded look, I intend to join both of them and create a better version of my previous experimental self representational sculpture. The Idea was given to me by my ceramics tutor. I hope it works!
Scoring the clay with a metal comb tool, before adding slip to join more clay onto this piece.
The rough beginnings, when the height and shape is to my plan, the clay will be smoothed out using a rubber kidney bean shaped tool, which will give the outer hape a much more perfected smoother form. Then i can fire it and begin adding mixed media to create and paint my planned design onto .
progression?.. in progress….
I made my own slip which is clay mixed with water for joining clay to clay.
I shaped the face a little more with a metal. Sculpture tool around the cheek bones and chin, I made a bit of a dent in the head handling this piece which was later rectified. I also changed the ends of the hair to a more solid part of the sculpture so it did not snap off after being fired in the kilne.

Studio B- Portraiture

Performing Arts Research.

Marina Abramovic.

Within My research on performance artists, I came across one of the worlds most famous performance artists, Serbian Performer – Marina Abramovic who is a conceptual and performing artist, philanthropist, writer and film-maker who employs duration,pain,danger, exhaustion and viewer participation.

One of the most interesting and quite frankly in my personal opinion haunting, shocking, surreal findings of Marina Abramovic’s art work is that of the piece named- Rhythm 0 pictured below.

Marina Abramovic, Rhythm O, Studio Morra, Naples, Italy.1974

In Studio morra, Naples, Italy in the year 1974 Artist Marina Abramovic left instructions for the viewers present at the studio. The instructions read as follows ” There are 72 objects on the table, that one can use on me as desired. Performance. I am the object. During this period I take full responsibility” (Marina Abramovic-MoMa)

Some of the Objects Marina Abramovic chose to to include on the table were, a rose, a gun and a single bullet, nails, an axe, kitchen knives, scissors, a hammer,perfume, chains, feather duster.

Once all the items were laid on the table Marina Abramovic stood still in the room without speaking or moving. Viewers gathered around the table, amongst the various objects, they began to apply the various objects to her body in anyway they desired.

The 6 hour performance, Rhythm O was created through the actions of the audience, and the lack of motion or movement from the artist Marina, also the 72 objects on the table provided for the Gallery.

Marina Abromović, Rhythm O, in 1974, Studio m orra, naples Italy. The artist Marina and an audience member wiping away the artist Marina Abromović’s tears.
Marina Abromović, Rhythm O, 1974, Naples, Italy. After her studio audience used the objects. Featuring Marina’s real blood and tears!

“Art is not just about another beautiful painting, that matches your dining room floor. ART has to be disturbing, art has to ask question, art has to predict the future”

Marina Abramovic,(serbian 1946)Moma chair for the spirit chair for man.

Alastair Maclennan.

In my research I found Alastair Maclennan(1943,Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland) one of Britain’s major practitioner of live art/performance art. In This artists work I found a distinctive form of performance art which he terms ‘actuations’ (art360.org) ,but hisatristic practise embraces drawing,installation and the use of found objects, materials and artifacts, that are very often combined within his actuations.

“A primary function of art is to bridge our mental and physical worlds. Through crass materialism we’ve reduced art to cultural real estate. ‘Actual’ creativity can be neither bought nor sold, though it’s husks, shells and skins often are. It’s possible in art to use meta systems without over-reliance on physical residue and attendant marketplace hustling, jockeying and squabbling.”

Alastair MacLennan(1943,Blair,Atholl,Perthshire, Scotland) High performance magazine, 1984, ameclennen-archive

Below is an example of Alastair Maclennan’s work.

Alastair MacLennan (1943,Blair, Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland) Alchemist. Still taken from video. A MacLennan-archives. 2010

Performing Arts practise.

Ceramics Sculpture and 3D experimental practices.


Research On Performance artist.

Cindy Sherman

CINDY SHERMAN, ARTIST AND MODEL

After alot of researching 2D 3D art forms of all themes and various media, I came up with a few ideas, for my creation of a 3D art piece that represents or is symbolic to me.

This research has got me intrigued and has inspired me with alot of ideas. I am particularly interested in the Sfx (special effects) makeup industry and I have various qualifications within that industry, alot of people I know, think that my makeup work is mainly glamour and sparkle but it’s not only those services in Makeup art that soothes me as an artist within that media. I’d like to use this is my production in a 3D/5D art piece.

Cindy Sherman

I was advised to research this artist and I’m so pleased to have done so, as I find it uplifting and awesomely unique that the artist Cindy Sherman uses herself to create her art form. What a fantastic canvas to use ones self! Cindy Sherman’s work is quite admirable to me and I’d like to create an art piece using myself adding various elements of mixed media.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #359, 200 (left) #299 1994 (right) courtesy of the Artist and metro pictures, New York

picture- Cindy Sherman, Untitled #355 (left) 2000, Courtesy of the Artist and Metro pictures, New York. (right) #360

” The Work is what it is and hopefully it’s seen as feminist-advised work, But I’m not going to go around Espousing theoratical bullsh*t About feminist stuff” ~ Cindy Sherman,2003

Artist Cindy Sherman is an American Photographer and Artist who established her decades-long career by focusing her work on a very specific person- herself!- by Jackie Zimmermann, April 11, 2021 Awomensthing.org/blog

I’d like to transform myself using media makeup, textiles, paint, amd I’m playing around with different Ideas, for artistic props to make in pottery, to hold or even wear within this 3D piece.

Actors transforming into Van Gogh’s paintings.

One of my findings within my research on this is that of Actors being transformed using media makeup techniques into some of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings, in an animated movie called “Loving Vincent”.

Here are a few examples

Douglas Booth as Armand Roulin|Image credit: Breakthru Productions and Good Deed Entertainment.

https://scroll.in/reel/851787/watch-vincent-van-goghs-paintings-come-to-life-in-film-on-the-great-artist

Eleanor Tomlinson as Adeline Ravoux|Image credit: Breakthru Productions and Good Deed Entertainment.

Grayson Perry.

Grayson Perry’s” Mum and Dad” 1993
Contained anger, by Grayson Perry
I watched many videos on the YouTube – The Pottery Wheel. As I had never made a coil pot before I found this so very interesting. (screenshot I took of the first video I watched, by The Pottery Wheel YouTube channel.

Experimental practices with ceramics.

Planter made with soft clay. Thumb pot.

With this, I took a piece of soft clay, I rolled it in my hands into a ball, then with my thumb I pushed a hole through the top of the ball of clay and used the pinching method to pinch with thumb inside and finger. All along on the outer layer of the thumb pot. I did this all around until the desired shape. Then with a metal comb I stroked and pressed out lines, then left to dry and put in the kilne (hot oven type device for firing clays).

Clay Thumb pot planter before firing.
thumb pot planter made with soft clay then fired in a kilne at …. degrees

This planter was inspired by a book in my tutor Bill Kelly’s workshop, i will refer back to which book when im back in class.

yet to be painted, made for putting little cactus plants inside.

I painted this with the underglaze slip, they were meant to be neon colours but I think the kilne was at too high a temperature.

Tile & Tile mould

Clay tile

A mould made for a clay made ceramic tile design .

My Tile made with plaster of paris.

yet to be painted, I aim to get this painted and fired.

‘No Straight Lines’

Coil pot.

coil pot vase, before design and paint.
A sculpted out design on coil pot vase, practising with coil clay, This piece I’ve named ‘no straight lines’

With coil clay, I made a round base for the bottom of this experimental Vase, I then measured with a peice of string the circumference of the base, and use the same length of string as reference for the coils of clay, and cut the coils to size. I scored the underneath part of the coil and the base of the vase, and painted slip on to stick it down then smoothed the edges, and repeated this process until I got the height I needed. I then with my thumbs and fingers made the top of the vase a wiggly shape. I tried to get the vase as equal all around and smoothed out ready to dry, then paint and fire.

My coil vase painted in black underglaze before being fired.

I added yellow to the rim of the vase I like the contrast between the black and yellow.

Thumb pots ready for the kilne to be fired

The workshop kilne.
The stonewear glaze I used after painting the pebble planter. I am not a fan of how this piece turned out after being fired. The colours have gone very faint and mucky looking.
Coil vase in painting process

Practise for my planned 3D ceramics peice.

One of two thumb pots made with soft clay to join together and make a head like shape.
The other thumb pot ready to be joined to the previous one.
Thumb pots joined and smoothed out the joins, patted it with a wooden paddle to get a better shape. Then added a peice of clay and sculpted it into a nose.
The joined thumb pots with added facial features in a
Hair added, I want to improve the ear ands add a mouth. The hair won’t work as the ends will break off, so I rectified this.
The ears are not to my liking or on balance to one and other. I hadn’t created a mouth at this point. I had also recognised that the ends of the hair would most probably snap off, so adapted that.

I worked on the ears a little and pierced them as they’ll have real earrings hopefully. I also left a cavity in a line above the eyes for some fake eyelashes.

Beginning of confirmed final Piece

The beginning of the coil pot I have began to create.
I am going to add more height and bring the clay up and out, more rounder shaped in the middle then going further upwards, reducing the circumference to a thinner one than that of the middle.. going up into a thinner neck.
I laid out slabs of clay that i had rolled flat and shaped them inside a bowl to create a rounded look, I intend to join both of them and create a better version of my previous experimental self representational sculpture. The Idea was given to me by my ceramics tutor. I hope it works!
Scoring the clay with a metal comb tool, before adding slip to join more clay onto this piece.
The rough beginnings, when the height and shape is to my plan, the clay will be smoothed out using a rubber kidney bean shaped tool, which will give the outer hape a much more perfected smoother form. Then i can fire it and begin adding mixed media to create and paint my planned design onto .
progression?.. in progress….
I made my own slip which is clay mixed with water for joining clay to clay.
I shaped the face a little more with a metal. Sculpture tool around the cheek bones and chin, I made a bit of a dent in the head handling this piece which was later rectified. I also changed the ends of the hair to a more solid part of the sculpture so it did not snap off after being fired in the kilne.

Studio B- Portraiture Arts Research.

Marina Abramovic.

Within My research on performance artists, I came across one of the worlds most famous performance artists, Serbian Performer – Marina Abramovic who is a conceptual and performing artist, philanthropist, writer and film-maker who employs duration,pain,danger, exhaustion and viewer participation.

One of the most interesting and quite frankly in my personal opinion haunting, shocking, surreal findings of Marina Abramovic’s art work is that of the piece named- Rhythm 0 pictured below.

Marina Abramovic, Rhythm O, Studio Morra, Naples, Italy.1974

In Studio morra, Naples, Italy in the year 1974 Artist Marina Abramovic left instructions for the viewers present at the studio. The instructions read as follows ” There are 72 objects on the table, that one can use on me as desired. Performance. I am the object. During this period I take full responsibility” (Marina Abramovic-MoMa)

Some of the Objects Marina Abramovic chose to to include on the table were, a rose, a gun and a single bullet, nails, an axe, kitchen knives, scissors, a hammer,perfume, chains, feather duster.

Once all the items were laid on the table Marina Abramovic stood still in the room without speaking or moving. Viewers gathered around the table, amongst the various objects, they began to apply the various objects to her body in anyway they desired.

The 6 hour performance, Rhythm O was created through the actions of the audience, and the lack of motion or movement from the artist Marina, also the 72 objects on the table provided for the Gallery.

Marina Abromović, Rhythm O, in 1974, Studio m orra, naples Italy. The artist Marina and an audience member wiping away the artist Marina Abromović’s tears.
Marina Abromović, Rhythm O, 1974, Naples, Italy. After her studio audience used the objects. Featuring Marina’s real blood and tears!

“Art is not just about another beautiful painting, that matches your dining room floor. ART has to be disturbing, art has to ask question, art has to predict the future”

Marina Abramovic,(serbian 1946)Moma chair for the spirit chair for man.

Alastair Maclennan.

In my research I found Alastair Maclennan(1943,Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland) one of Britain’s major practitioner of live art/performance art. In This artists work I found a distinctive form of performance art which he terms ‘actuations’ (art360.org) ,but hisatristic practise embraces drawing,installation and the use of found objects, materials and artifacts, that are very often combined within his actuations.

“A primary function of art is to bridge our mental and physical worlds. Through crass materialism we’ve reduced art to cultural real estate. ‘Actual’ creativity can be neither bought nor sold, though it’s husks, shells and skins often are. It’s possible in art to use meta systems without over-reliance on physical residue and attendant marketplace hustling, jockeying and squabbling.”

Alastair MacLennan(1943,Blair,Atholl,Perthshire, Scotland) High performance magazine, 1984, ameclennen-archive

Below is an example of Alastair Maclennan’s work.

Alastair MacLennan (1943,Blair, Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland) Alchemist. Still taken from video. A MacLennan-archives. 2010.