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Uncharted Fog/Dream Walk

Posted by: CSHoldsworth

Tagged in: Unknown , traditional , photography , original artwork , Mist , landscapes , landscape , landscape , Land Art , Highland , forest , Fog , fine art , Eco Art , Dream , dramatic , contemporary , art , animals , amazing

CSHoldsworth

'Uncharted Fog/Dream Walk'

As part of my research towards exploring the Landscape and how I could influence/change it, I decided to explore an unknown region to me to see how such an experiment could influence myself and my art. Around two years ago now I had my dad drop me off in moorland of which I'm unfamiliar with. He did this around 7.30-8 AM. It was around winter time, possibly January-February. The temperature was unbearably freezing and the fog was so thick it was difficult to see further than a few feet.



I was dropped off at the top of the moorland and had to make my way back using a map. The further I travelled the moor the wind dropped and the air warmed up.



After a while I felt the map wasn't helping as the fog was too thick. The way the land had formed and with the fog thick on each side of me I was forced to choose one route down. Being forced in one direction with the eeriness of the fog and lack of wind made the whole process feel almost dreamlike. I feel like the 'dreamlike' feeling I had was satisfyingly captured in the photographs which taken.




After around an hour of walking the fog lifted. There was a few signs directing me in the right direction, however they were still hard to follow. I eventually came across the cairns you see above. After following these cairns which sprawled across the landscape I eventually did find my way to more familiar land. To find these markers on the land was a pleasant surprise and further pushed the notion that this peculiar experiment I had taken was incredibly dream orientated.

I had initially intended this walk to change this land as I passed through for my own artistic gain. Once thrown into this scenario I couldn't help but just take in the amazing walk I was part of. Discovering this moorland and being part of this experience ended up being more important than what I had initially intended to achieve.


'Hagwood Hybrid Installation' (Final Resting Place)


For me 'Hagwood Installation' is a piece of work about another piece of work I had made. Originally I had created the item above influenced by the artist Chris Drury. The piece consists of two found sheep bones bolted together to resemble pliers. After they had served their purpose it was left redundant and of no use, which I felt was a misuse of a creatures former bones. Using another creatures bones never sat well with me and to just discard them after their use felt wrong too. I therefore decided to re-use the bones one last time, with the idea in mind that I could return them to their original resting place from which I found them.


I began to reuse the original bones by casting them in clay and pouring plaster in to the left over moulds. The process had a very archaeological  feel to it, with the way that every time I removed the clay, I began to unveil what felt like undiscovered and odd bones. This was a factor I'd hope to capture in the end product. After a while of casting these new 'bones', I began to piece them together and what formed seemed to be a cross between sheep and human bones. I felt that through the sheep bones I had used and the influence from myself, I had formed an almost hybrid of the two species. This new 'Hybrid' was  a successful representation of the  journey the original bones and I undertaken.


As I stated previously, I wanted to bring the original bones back to the location I found them, to put them to rest. As well as placing the original bones back from where they came, I wanted to place the new hybrid there to, as a way of signifying the journey they had been on. The bones were embedded into the clay beneath were I placed the plaster bones. I had the idea to take this sculpture to where I had originally found the bones.
The sculpture was far to big however and could not be taken to where I intended it to be. Placing the bones in clay was unnessacary for the idea I had and would of worked better leaving it as it was. I had to find a new location which could work well and still be relevent to the piece, I chose a rumoured burial site close to where I live. The piece didn't work well in this location, it didn't have the 'archaeological dig' I had hoped for, but more of a grave. I left the bones there for a week. When I returned they had been smashed. I salvaged what I could from the 'Hybrids' bones and took the original bones too.


This mishap was what ended up making the piece successful. Although a lot of the 'hybrid' bones had been smashed, the salvaged bones were adequate enough to form the 'Hybrid' again. I took the remaining and original bones to where I had first found them and where I first intended them to be placed. To capture the archaeological element I wanted, I dug a foot down into the earth. I placed the sculpture in the position that fit best then placed the original bones next to it. This also worked better as the passing viewer/traveller should get a better idea of what it is they are seeing, or at least it should raise more questions and thoughts than where it was placed before.

I wanted ensure the viewer doesn't mistake the 'Hybrid' bones for anything other than the plaster sculpture it is. Over the top I placed a plastic pane and covered the outskirts of the piece with surrounding soil. The camera captures more reflection then there really is. With the added plastic it feels like the wood has become a museum for these bones for passing walkers to investigate.

'Hagwood Hybrid Installation' (Final Resting Place)


 


Lights, camera....pencils!

Posted by: gringrimaceandsqueak

Tagged in: pencil , original , drawing , crows , charcoal , art

gringrimaceandsqueak

For those busy avoiding getting on with their own work, a peek at some of what's been going on here at Grin HQ :)

Our ggsarts shop on Etsy is our corner for bits of creative doings that aren't masks. It's generated a gratifying amount of interest for what we've done with it so decided to ramp things up in the hopes of generating more bead funds.




Our latest scheme is to build on the popularity of our black and white cards by adding some mini sketches for sale. Crows are a particularly popular theme and fit our goth image so they were the first things to be chased round with the camera - with some help from next doors' cat :)





The drawings are very small which means we also feel a great sense of achievement having finished three already this week amongst other things - normally, drawings take weeks to complete!


We're just waiting on the frames now- we've chosen ones with acrylic panes rather than glass so they are safer and lighter to post whilst protecting the charcoal from smudging.

Will let you know how it turns out :)

Adventuring on,
Karen and Rich


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