This past week I finally got a chance to get in the studio and start printing! It was a complicated process as I had to remember how to create a repeat print again. It got a little messy at times but I’m overall happy with what I came out with. Here is a little sneak peak!
This semester I have been looking at patterns – there historical relevance as well as the meaning that is created within them. I have been creating my own designs and layering them together. I am experimenting with how images interact with each other and what they can create together as a whole as apposed to separately. I am almost at the finishing stages and am excited to have everything hung up and together! I think everyone can agree this semester has been a lot of writing so it was nice to be back making things in the studio!
Something that has always interested me is the idea of the grotesque within art. The exhibition in the Glenbow Museum titled Fairy Tales, pilule Monsters and the Genetic Imagination deals with artists that are inspired by fairy tales, buy characters and thoughts that have been provoked from childhood about monsters. There is a large range of works that vary in content and medium but all carry the same grotesque aesthetic that is delightfully engaging for the imagination but also has a serious and almost frightening undertone. I have always been drawn to exhibits like these that create a more sinister mood and reflect darker aspects through art. For the most part I engaged with many of the works and was excited to see how many artists were inspired by Francisco de Goya as I have always had a strange appeal to his grotesque drawings.
An artist that stood out for me within this exhibit was Kiki Smith’s rendition of a classic fairy talk, Little Red Riding Hood.
Born. Kiki Smith
Born and Rapture are alternate endings to the traditional fairy tale. Kiki takes on a more violent reading depicting the wolf with the little girl and her grandmother emerging from its stomach after being eaten. Her interpretation of the story implies salvation and rebirth.
Rapture. Kiki Smith
Like many of the other works in the exhibit Kiki Smith takes on a more grotesque version that explores more complex issues from just the simple childhood fairy tales. I enjoyed her work because of it’s darker nature and undertones of rebirth and feminism. Along with Kiki’s work there were a number of other works I found engaging and interesting. Overall I enjoyed the exhibit and found it intriguing how different artists use their childhood experiences to create and channel their imagination, hidden anxieties, and irrational fears.
The exhibit runs till January 2nd so if you haven’t checked it out do it!!
Welcome back everyone. I know I’ve posted this video before but I think you may agree with me that sheep + led’s + clever herding dogs = magic!
I want to tell you about some recent updates and changes to the Fibre blog:
Of particular interest to fourth-years is the FIBRE GRAD PAPER RESOURCES page (accessible on the right sidebar). This page is password-protected. Email me for the page password.
The ARTISTS + SUPPLIERS links page has been updated.
A new DOWNLOADS page will soon be populated with course handouts and other useful Fibre Dept documents.
We are also looking for your links. Students are invited to send us your studio-related website or blog. If you have any questions, epilepsy suggestions, help or if you’d like to contribute to the Fibre blog, email Tara or myself anytime. Have a great semester fibre friends!