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Butterflies are very mystical creatures with different myths linking towards them, such as a white butterfly means an angle is looking over you. The life cycle of a butterfly is also very well known, the transformation from an egg to a beautiful animal is incredible. From another butterfly layer an egg on a leaf then that hatching into a caterpillar. For a small caterpillar to enter its next transformation it will need to eat plenty of leaves and grass to become strong enough. Making a cocoon along a branch and then sleeping for 10-14 days for it to emerge from the cocoon into a colourful butterfly. Then the life cycle starts all over again. Some butterflies can live up to 12 months others can only last for 24 hours.
I recreated the life of a butterfly using Trisha Brown’s style, using my feet shown in the time-lapse below. I used Brown as she captues movement in an abstract way so I wanted to show the movement of a delicate butterfly, using ink as its delicate liquid to work with. Working quickly to produce a messy abstract piece then making prints adding colour to the piece. From bottom to top shows the transformation of a butterflies life. The video below shows how I made this piece using Browns’s style.
Morton Feldman is an American composer, looking at how he presents his music through art. Using a prospective type of drawing to show where the notes of an instrument or in his case multiple instruments connect, you start to understand his music in a different form rather than listening but seeing. I found Feldman’s ‘Violin and String Quartet” to be interesting, drawing were the different angles of the bow hit the violin with notes and lyrics on the line to exaggerate the lines. Incorporating his work with my personality, I picked the song ‘Follow You by Bring Me The Horizon’ and looked at notes creating a prospective drawing showing depth to the music. Then looking at people who play the violin created my own version of lines with lyrics, understanding the process Feldman went through. Adding sound to create a fully immersed atmosphere around the artwork.
Trisha Brown looks at dancing and how we move through the medium of dance, Brown is a choreographer and likes to show movement on life-size pieces. She focuses more on the feet, drawing with her feet or them becoming a stamp. I recreated one of her pieces using my foot to create movement around a centre dot (heel). Taking this into photoshop adding layers on top and playing with the special effect filters to show different levels of movement, then turning it black and white to be in the same style as Browns. Then using my feet to draw using charcoal, pencil and ink to see what would pick up the most movement. I like the idea art doesn’t need to be made with just a paintbrush or pencil, you can use anything from week 1 looking at Joan Eardley using natural materials, then using grass and stalks to produce abstract marks. Now using my feet to produce marks and artist copies.
‘the colour of movement’
Rudolf Labon is another choreographer, looking at movement in a very different way to Brown. He looks at how the different parts can connect to show the different structures of people moving, which reminds me of a long exposure. Labon also uses red, blue and green to show the different moves producing a free piece and makes you focus on the contour of the bodies. The bottom right is a quick contour sketch using ink to look at different movements of getting into that position.
I used my own photographs as well as other sourced photos, mainly used for the biological images. I went to the National Museum of Scotland visiting the Science and Animal gallery’s, I looked for different sized objects and parts of animals. I concentrated on textures and different colours of the animals, linking from work that I have researched, over the last few weeks. I particularly like the Moon Jellyfish, with the strains of stingers falling down from a vivid outline creating a structure for it. Also from the Botanical Gardens, I visited the ‘The Hidden Beauty of Seeds and Fruits’ as well as the garden trail. Levon Biss captures macro photographs of seeds and fruits, which creates a new perspective on the life of a plant. You see the intense colours of the Lancepod, producing an abstract photograph the one above looks like an inhabitable plant from above. Finding Biological items was more difficult than I thought, I tried to look for DNA or petri-dish in the Museum however, there was none. So I looked for galleries and photographs that did microscopic photography and came across ‘Small World Competition’ looking at all sorts of little details. The Crab is interesting as it shows the exterior of the shell and then the interior of its respiratory system, using unusual colours to represent this. Small World Competition – https://www.nikonsmallworld.com/subjects