Last night, I had dreams of new shapes I have discovered. Taken from abstracted blood cells, bone tissue, muscle fibers and cancer cells. There is an overwhelming amount of information floating around in my head today and I have to get it out. So, to the sketchbook I go. I start drawing fast sketches of these images, just to get them out of my head and onto paper. The first, a grotesque cancer cell I see created with metal, surrounded by these ominous blood cells. The second, an installation, thousands of blood cells (perhaps made from clay or casted) forming a sort of growth up a gallery wall and flowing down onto the floor. The third, this blanket-like sculpture made out of paper that somewhat resembles what bone tissue looks like under the microscope.
My themes for today are:
-Beauty vs. viscerally offensive
-Materials, Materials, Materials!
-GET IT ONTO PAPER
How can I use material to evoke a sense of the body without directly representing body parts or bodily functions?
I found a prepped canvas that I had made months ago and started mixing paint. I had the image that I saw among the thousands of microscopic images I looked at yesterday, that was a close up of bone with osteoporosis. I can't seem to get that out of my head. So, I grabbed the canvas, mixed a little acrylic paint with clear tar gel medium and started dripping and piping the paint onto the canvas to play with how I could create a nice texture resembling this bone. I used my palette knife to dig and carve a little into the paint. To say the least, it did not turn out how I had hoped. I guess I will leave it be for the day and see what I can do with it after it dries a little.
Artists inspiring me today:
Andrew Kudless: "Cells"
And the work that came out of that today....
Acrylic, Clear Tar Gel on Canvas
Oil on Canvas