I have lots of exciting things coming up in the next month or so as my exams get into full swing! I have my art and graphics exams in mid-May and my English exam in mid-June, so you expect a lot of art and graphics work to be uploaded in the coming weeks.
I'm really getting into portraiture and mental health in my next topics and I need to enthuse about my ideas as well as give you an idea of the coming uploads!
So first of all my art exam is going to be based around trichotillomania - if you haven't heard of this before, it is part of a group of obsessive disorders called Body Focussed Repetitive Disorders. These disorders consist of chronic repetitive habits that are often considered taboo, repulsive, and there is generally very little public knowledge about them. I suffer from a few of these disorders, most notably trichotillomania and onychophagia. Trich is the pulling out of hair, and for most sufferers is focussed on the scalp, and for many the eyebrows and eyelashes, like me. It can also be focussed on pretty much anywhere on the body which grows hair. If you want more info about these disorders feel free to ask me because there is little knowledge about them and there is a lot of misinformation and disgust surrounding them.
As such my art project is going to involve lots of portraiture and experimental studies of trich sufferers, as well as likely including self-portrait studies. I'm pretty excited to get to work on this because I love making my work political and exploring areas of health and social conditions through art.
My graphics project is also based around portraiture, which anyone who watches me will know is my favourite area within art. Through this project I'm going to explore portraiture through three major lines of enquiry, namely asking 'what is portraiture?' To answer this I will look at artists like Jenny Saville and Shin Kwangho and explore the idea of conveying emotion rather than accurate facial depictions. Expect some oil paint experimentation and lots of Photoshop work while I create responses in those styles. I'll also research into Cubism in the second part of the project so my artwork will veer into that realm slightly, as well as collaging and more Photoshop abstract work.
For my last perspective on the topic I'm going to do a complete 180 and look at photorealistic forms of portraiture and photography and potentially combine the two through methods of Photoshop and collage that I'll experiment with in the other two areas, and this will likely culminate in a final piece where a photorealistic portrait is made abstract.
Basically I'm really excited to start work on these projects!