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Making and Breaking Narrative

Introduction/Initial Idea

When watching the pre-recorded lecture, I was initially quite overwhelmed with the possibilities of this new project. From basing this project on anything from a building to a song,  I had to find some way of narrowing my ideas down. I reflected on childhood, and though my memories – like most people – have unfortunately faded somewhat, there were a few small things that for the meantime have stuck. My grandmother’s tea she would make me at 5 o’clock is one of them. It varied slightly from time to time but one of my favourites was a fried egg, chips, peas, and a glass of Highland Springwater.

Secondary Research

I wanted to look at artists that produce quite child-like artwork like that of my childhood tea. I found a blog post that was researching the same thing by Iris Chen. Joan Miró was one of the artists mentioned in her blog post. His pieces are mainly composed of primary colours, simple shapes, and loose lines- similar to the work of a child. Although I am aware that his work will have a lot more intent behind them, he still manages to maintain the childish appeal. As Miró once said, “I try to apply colours like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.”

Carl-Henning Pedersen

Danish painter Pedersen was well known for his spontaneous method of expressionism. I was fortunate to visit Copenhagen, Denmark, last winter. I remember loving the freedom in his pieces. His pieces, in particular, remind me of drawings that youth would create.
Recreation of Children’s Drawings

I remember a while ago I crossed an Instagram post where an artist was recreating drawings that children had made into stuffed animals. I couldn’t find the original images of this idea, but I did find several examples of kids drawings being turned into unusual looking characters. 

Childhood drawings

Recreation of two of my own childhood drawings from 2005 – keeping the colours and shapes the same but simplifying the image. My first attempt (top) I believe is less successful. I think this is partly down to the original image itself as it is less random than the one below. I think my second attempt (below) was more successful for the opposite reason. I’m not too sure what the drawing is meant to be, but I quite like that. Therefore I think my piece created from it has much more childish/nieve feel to it, which is the kind of work I want to produce.


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