One of the ideas for my FMP was inspired by David Hockney. I want to experiment with montaging and collaging photos from different mountainous landscapes that have captured my attention. For example, Yosemite, The Sierra Nevada, CA, Salisbury Crags and The Rocky Mountains to name a few.
So the theme of my final major project is Western American Landscape and for the last 3 or 4 projects I have covered various aspects e.g. Native American Indians, horses, the geography of the land, Californian Animals.
I have whittled my ideas down to three possible areas that I’d like to develop; Native American Tribes and their traditions, a David Hockney inspired idea featuring aspects of photomontage and collaging and rock formations.
The red deserts of Utah have been of best influence for me because of the weird colossal standing rocks and canyons. I’ve been investigating the effect nature has on the shapes and sizes of formations like the Monument Valley as well as studying the patterns and shapes in the rock from up-close.
In terms of artists I have been studying the work of Frank Stella and Robert Rauschenberg. I printed off some of their collages in black and white and they gave a sense of rocky ground or mountain, so I have began creating a few small collages using cardboard, plaster, white emulsion and plastic and working on top to see how the texture helps demonstrate the texture of the rock. I’ll upload a photo later but left my phone at home :(
Unfortunately, the recent weather has caused me a small mental block and driven me to spend the last few days in the sun…
"I like living, breathing, better than working… My art is that of living: each second, each breath is a work which is inscribed nowhere, which is neither visual nor cerebral, it’s a sort of constant euphoria." - Marcel Duchamp