My final piece is an installation in the format of a basic room that would normally be found in a home. It features a side table, a book, drinks cup and coaster, a photo frame, and a newspaper as interior features, with newspaper wallpaper and flooring and cardboard walls. For the table, I used an already existing, second hand, wooden table and used papermache to cover it in newspaper. The book is made using a soft book binding method, all pages from newspapers. The cup and coaster are moulded from plastic containers, again using papermache. For the photo frame, I also took an already existing piece and covered it in news print lettering. The picture inside the fame is news print printed onto a piece of metallic plastic packaging. The process of making involved mainly collage, sourcing lots of recycled and unwanted items and assembling items together.
The main aim of this piece was to create a ‘newspaper room’ to a likeness of an ordinary room, but to have it concealed and only in view from the outside window and gaps through the cardboard. This way, the viewer needs to peer through to be able to see, creating an element of curiosity as to whats inside.
The main themes that are concerned with my work are to remove monetary value and materiality from art, as well as themes of recycling and not wasting materials. This came from my original impossible sculpture concept; using rubbish from endless landfill which would be ‘enough to build a house’. The final installation could also be seen as a political piece due to the newspaper articles that are displayed, but this was not the primary intention. I also wanted to explore and challenge how the viewer would interact with the traditional gallery space. This was through enclosing the ‘room’, only allowing it to be seen through small spaces. I want the work to achieve in making people realise that money isn’t nessecerily needed to create art.
This type of work interests me because of the opportunities there are to present an idea. I didn’t want my concept to be completely obvious as I think the piece could have many meanings, therefore it is intriguing to leave it open to interpretation.
My main idea and materials link because everything that was used was second hand, found objects, recycled materials, or rubbish, therefore removing any materialistic element from the piece and keeping costs low.
In terms of research my main artist influences and works were Hew Locke, Windsor Reliefs, 2005 , Pascale Marthine Tayou, Plastic Tree, 2015, and Fiona Tan, Ghost Dwellings, 2015. Locke and Tayou’s pieces originally informed my work through the concepts of using recycled materials and the emphasis on environmental problems. I found Fiona Tan’s work particularly useful to look at, as this gave me knowledge to develop creating a room in the gallery space. Also, how the relevance of what objects placed in the room and what newspaper clippings were used, impacted the meaning behind the piece.
To give the cardboard walls more strength, on the inside I used paper mache with newspaper. The outside of the walls I decided to leave as I think colours contrast the black and white interior, as well as showing its recycled, handmade element. They are made from flattened cardboard boxes, all from shops.
When the card walls are stood up at a slightly curved angle, they do stand up on there own but they are not very sturdy. may have to possibly fix them to the gallery walls some way, still not sure how…
On the walls of the gallery I have used sheets of newspaper as ‘wall paper’. These have come from the Metro, the Spark, a local news paper from home, and a local Reading newspaper. I think the arrangement of these could be quite interesting as certain news stories contrast others.
As I had never heard of this artist before, I found this task particularly beneficial and researching him was interesting. I like his concepts, methods of working, and how he sources and uses unlikely materials to create unique pieces.
My task within the group was to find the artists website and answer the set questions. As well as this I also found the following videos very engaging, and useful in developing my understanding of the artist.
When thinking about presentation, my original plan was to create a ‘doorway’ so the room would be completely open and on display.
However instead I decided to make use of the window, and to see the installation, viewers would have to peer through to see inside of the room. This way, I can enclose the space giving it an isolated and eerie atmosphere. Maybe an abandoned lived in space?
Things to consider-
- what if it rains!!!!?
- Do I leave the window open or closed?
- Do I leave gaps on the inside cardboard walls that people can also look through?
- Create a window on the inside instead?
- Clearing the outside space
- In the end I decided to print newspaper lettering, using an iron onto plastic/foil packaging as something to put into the frame.
- The cup and coaster were moulded off of containers
- The book uses a simple soft book binding technique, joining together sheets of newspaper
I managed to find a second hand side table for free! from the free cycle website.
I am begining to cover the outside in newspaper lettering with a simple paper mache technique. The original varnish from the table when mixed with the glue over top of the newspaper tints the glue, giving it an added antique effect!
This website is ideal for me to get hold of furniture items for free, that would otherwise probably be thrown away! This way I can stick to my goal of not spending money to create art pieces as well as reusing ‘trash’.