Thinking: Vasilisa and alter ego Jan 7. 2012
New year, new tricks and kicks. I’ve got fresh new sketch book where my ideas can grow and develop. So far I have thought only about Vasilisas look while my sketching and drawing, but now I have thought about a lot her character: her nature, falls, and strenghts. How I see her in my mind and how it makes me feel. It annoys me how she is descriped being fragile and sensitive. Scared little lamb! Why so wise and beautiful woman needs to be so humble and modest? Why she needs to be so ordinary? I feel like she doesn’t have very strong persona.
Vasilisa is a beautiful, wise and calm young woman who confronts most magical and terrefiring things during her adventure in a forest and at Baba Yagas. Ocassionally she is playing desperate and sad, and in these moments she sinks in a depression. Weeping and praying help from her doll.
I want her to be more tough! Stubborn, strong, and brave character!
She might look very feminin and fragile, but deep down there is a soul of a fighter what keeps her motions controlled and forces her het fear to step a side.
What is her worry doll’s meaning? Magical protecting powers against Baba Yaga? Protecting innocent young spirits? This is just an though, but what if she is her alter ego? Maybe Vasilisa is imaginating the doll? This bring another mental disorder ideas: schizophrenia and multipersonality.
- little helperThinking: Vasilisa and alter ego
- hard worker (like santa claus on xmas)
- keeps all together
- controlled and organized worker
Cinderalla complex Jan 8. 2012
I don’t want to bring up prince charming in my work. Why not I asked from myself?
I find this kind of happy ending quite repulsive. His character is useless and it’s only meaning is to give false image of happy ending for young children (and adults too some cases). “Only a man/happy relationship can fill your needs and complete your life and happiness”. And this is called Cinderella complex (Zipes Jack (2006) Why Fairy Tales Stick, Roudledge, London).
I do have my horsemen tho, but only cause they are riding these marvellous creatures called horses. I am afraid of horses, but at the same time I admire them. Big and beautiful animal with gorgeous poster and speed.
A horse once bit me when I was 7 years old. I was feeding occasionally this horse who which was owned by local drunk man. One day instead of carrots the horse wanted a piece of my cheek. Luckily I’ve got only few scratches and nothing less (or more). I remember that I wasn’t even crying when that happened. I just stood still thinking and wondering how big that horses head and teeth was next to my small body.
Kitsch- what is it? Jan 9.2012
I wrote my both literature and contextual assigments of kitsch, bad taste of art. In my essays I tired to define what means kitch or what is it. I think I did quite good in this certain limits (1500 words only), but still I didn’t quite get all my opinions and thoughts about the subject. In my own opinion I like kitsch products and subjects, but I don’t accept anything. I go often in a charity shops to see what have they got. I often have noticed how much I like pretty and cute things, such as bunny picture. Last saturday I bought this useless tiny bunny frame. Just a round frame a bunny picture in it. I didn’t need it. It wasn’t even a real huge art investment. I just liked it. Haven’t even hang on a wall. I’m just admiring it in my bookcase.
I feel storngly that kitsch exists. Even I am NOT sure its definition. Things what I like suits in typical kitsch definition, but can you split kitsch in a different levels (of tackiness, price, where or when is it made, needfullness, prettiness and such). Does kitsch define my own taste? Or does taste define kitsch?
I saw a televison program after my assingments where people were interviewed of art taste and kitsch. One artist said that he doesn’t believe in kitsch. That made me think again kitsch, and my own taste. For the first time I thought what if there is no such thing as kitsch? If there isn’t why such meaning/word even exists? Who invented it? Is it just a crazy marketing plan? What if does not have anything to do with a taste. Maybe it is just a style?
I use kitsch word often of things which I find cheap, tacky and repulsive. Especially when something looks cheap and ugly. I have seen also expensive and ugly things too, tho. So cheap is not necessarily the key area. Or partly it is, cause it doesn’t matter how cheap an objet is for buyer, the making process and costs are!
What if there is no kitsch? What are the arguments of this opinion…have to watch that program again…
Whole picture becomes clear(ish) Jan 10. 2012
In my head I have gone through a giant mind map of my project and how many pieces it consists of. All my writings have been so far useless until now. Last night everything just started to feel and look crystal clear suddenly. There is lot to do, and it might be that I won’t be able to do all the things what I like to. Now it is time to make decisions which ideas I leave behind and what are the most importants in this project.
MIND MAP (sort of)
Slipcasting (serial) –> decorating by painting
Installation –> Relief decoration with sellac
Sculpture(s) –> mixed decoration techniques –> black ink and sgraffito OR/AND decals, enamel, uderglaze etc.
Illustrations from fairytale!
2. Chicken leg house:
Sculpture –> mix techniques –> illustrations from the fairy tale
tiny models –> blacko except paintingh eyes and door with ink
Slipcasting (serial) –> decorated by decals and paintings
modern rocking horse
??? WHICH ONE????or both????
4. Worry Doll:
TOVE Jan 21, 2012
Tove Jansson is best known as the author of the Moomin books. She was a great novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author. She has illustrated also Alice in Wonderland story. Her way of draw and paint is a style which goes very well also on ceramic surface. Black and white images I can see as a sgraffito decorations, and nature colors goes very well with ceramic.
Jan Pienkowski’s illustrations: The Kingdom Under The Sea Jan 21. 2012
David (my tutor) gave me a book of retold Slavic fairy tales by Joan Aiken. In this books there is a beautiful black illustrations from the stories. The illusrator Jan Pieńkowski is a Polish-born English illustrator. He has graphic style and Pienkowski’s idiosyncratic silhouettes have charmed generations of children…including me.
Magical Chicken Leg house
Museums in NYC, 29. February 2012
Museum of the City of New York:
National Museum of the American Museum:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Vase, Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Porcelain painted in uderglaze blue.
Erte (Romain de Tirtoff), Russian 1892-1990. “Neige de printemps” from Harper’s Bazaar, 1923.
Gallery tour in Soho, New York 2. March 2012
I was one week in New York. This trip was sort of excursion for art and performance students. The fact is that most of the students were more or less 20 which meant that the program was more suitable for these youngsters: shopping, views, shopping, couple museums(walked through fast and furious) and some MORE shopping.
My interests were completely different. I was there for culture, art and adventure. So after first few disappointing days I decided to go Soho and see galleries and museums by myself in my own terms.
In one day I went to 6 to 7 different galleries and Bowery’s New Museum. One of my favourite galleries were Mimi Frezt, Animazing and Ingo Maurer.
“Since 1999 Ingo Maurer and his team have also been experimenting of LED technology and continually surprising the public with new design” .http://www.ingo-maurer.com/products/
This gallery was filled the most beautiful lights all over the walls and roof. Birdie was one of my favourite. I have never seen any where else anything like this before. Check the website, you’ll love it!
Mimi Ferzt Gallery represents contemporary art of Russia, since 1993. The focus of the gallery is to present a definitive view into this field of world art history.
The exhibition was called ‘Extraordinary portraits. Extraordinary artists’. Marvelous self portraits from Russian artists. I noticed that portraits were very intensive, almost scary and depressing. I think Russian art is known of it’s sort of darkness. One of my favourite portraits there was Alexander Zakharov’s, coloured pencil on black paper. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of those, couldn’t took any pictures at the gallery. But have a look at this site http://mimiferzt.com/#/artwork/
I also had a nice talk of Russian art and illustration with the gallery owner. He gave me few Russian artists names which might inspire me: Lianozovo Bruvp, Valentina Kropivnitskaia and Oscar Rabin. Owner wasn’t sure though how to spell these names, so I have had to played little bit detective plays to find out artists behind these names…
Last but not least Animazing fine art gallery: playful and quirky art pieces since 1984. This gallery’s exhibition was called ‘We’ve Grown’. AFA is inspired by wildly imaginative artwork that indulges the senses and engages the emotions with layers of symbolism and dark complexity. They exhibit paintings, drawings and sculptures created by extraordinary established and emerging artists who are highly skilled and have a unique vision. (no photographing in this gallery)
- Lin Esser’s ‘Unconvitional tableaux’
- Nicolette Ceccoli ‘Beutiful nightmares’
- Bill Carman ‘Unbalanced’
- Tim Burton ‘Film Art’
- Kirk Reinert ‘Hooch, hooch…’
William Bennet Gallery: original sketches and aquarelle paintings by Salvador Dali (prices between 3000- 30 000 dollars…)
Brendan Keim- Starwars candel sticks at MAD’s artists studios 3. March 2012
Javier Perez, b 1968. Carrona 2011. Murano glass chandelier, stuffed crows.
Shopping at Anthropologie 4th March 2012
Visual look of the Anthropologie:
Vasilisa Sculture 1. May 2012
David Binns making for me a model for the mould (Vasilisa sculpture’s base). Scale was so big that I could not make it by myself. Thank you David!
A big slap settled on a concrete mould.Next is to build a rib to build the base sustainable.
Ribs made, time to do some coiling. Next to base stands Vasilisa figurine. You can see the scale difference between the figurine and upcoming sculpture.
Vasilisa figurine- decorations tests 8. May 2012