Can you believe it's this time of year again?
I've finished art school - it's finally the holidays. At home, I'm working on something big and overambitious. At work, I get to pimp out the blackboard!
Nov 7, 2011
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Sep 22, 2011
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Sep 11, 2011
I thought I'd spend heaps of time painting these holidays, because I just miss it so much during the semester - 'it' being free time, time to do my own work in my own style. Like this little piece. But as always this free time mostly turned into a break from art itself, especially because of how easy it becomes to procrastinate and avoid working in my studio when I know that if anything I should be doing all the holiday homework we were set for painting... but I'm over abstraction, and the fact that I can't take it seriously is so demotivating. So the past couple of weeks were spent on lots of road tripping, tramping, experimental vegan cooking/baking, reading, and catching up with people I haven't seen since art school swallowed me up.
It's been wonderful. And although it's not much, the handful of little paintings and drawings like this one were so refreshing, and I'm feeling somewhat inspired again.
Aug 24, 2011
Aug 18, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 9, 2011
Schoolwork: A performance/video piece for Time Based.
"It is an exploration of discomfort. It is about how uncomfortable it is to interact with someone who has smudged make up or lipstick on their teeth; about the discomfort of the participants when asked to create something usually accidental and avoided; about the uncomfortable relationship between a make up artist and the their subject, the vulnerability involved; and about my own discomfort regarding make up, and how clownish I feel when I wear it."
Posted by ali at 5:59 PM
Aug 5, 2011
(sketch of my grandpa, charcoal and white pencil)
My goal right now, for schoolwork and my own work, is to get out of my creative comfort zone. To use media and techniques that I'm not used to, nor good at, nor that I even necessarily like. Make mistakes. Learn from them. Failure is great.
Aug 3, 2011
Aug 2, 2011
My series of 3 drawings, for the second week of our CSI project. I've been taking inspiration from Susan Collis' macro-sculptures and Shaun Tan's illustrations. And I've made myself the criminal.
Aug 1, 2011
I began playing around with collage in the holidays, after Megan gave me a foot-high stack of her old magazines. Which I promptly mutilated, completely. This little piece was done as a thank you - tailor-made as she's mad about photography, tea, and macaroons. Yumm.
Recently I've been doing drawings on the bakery's blackboard during my shifts, so I can almost convince myself I'm a paid artist... of sorts. I was so glad when they introduced these pies: the picture before this was the new sticky date pudding, which were much harder to make seemingly appetizing, as they look like sticky brown lumps.
Jul 28, 2011
Back to art school, and it finally feels like art school. We're doing a drawing paper this semester. Yes, actually doing drawings - carrying around portfolios and rolls of giant paper, pinning them to the walls, getting our hands covered in charcoal, rubbing our tired sleep deprived eyes from late nights of sketching and ending up with conspicuous bruise-like facial smudges, or maybe that's just me... awkward. But anyway it's wonderful.
Our first project: CSI. We need to invent and draw a crime scene, and mine is shoplifting - the crime scene being the local art shop, and us as the criminals. I'll keep ya posted.