field projects contexts to work

. A post that indicates a key contextual reference you have found

through your research during either of your Field projects, with a brief

description of how these have influenced your studio practice.



Paul Nash, Artist for landscape

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Landscape of the Moon’s first Quarter
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Wood on the Downs, 1930

Paul Nash’s landscapes are fresh and also feel textural to me.

After having lectures on the conscious mind, Nash was an interesting artist as of his spiritual connections to landscapes and using animism for the things in the landscapes.

  • He was a founder of the British modern art movement, having a deep attachment to nature and landscape ‘founded in the English mystical tradition’.
  • Nash was caught in-between two dominant styles of modern art, which were Abstraction and Surrealism.
  • He evolved a unique neo-romantic vision of nature.
  • Framed by two world wars, this was a time of rebuilding national pride and reinforcing a sense of national identity. (page 9 from Tate- Nash Nash)
  • In the 1930s and 1940s, the British government set up a range of schemes, recording and to celebrate British Culture:
  • In the early 1930s, as film became a ‘propagandist medium’, The Crown Film unit and the General post office film unit were commissioned to make films that celebrated British inventions and traditions.
  • So, it was the Romantic artists, those that were pre-occupied with landscape (William Blake, Samuel Palmer, J.M.W Turner and John Constable

Is there another self I am not aware of?

  • A core self and an autobiographical self – Antonio Damasio 
  • High order self – Rosenthal
  • Descartes
  • Metzinger
  • Pearl theory

Damasio says that there are two self’s – the one that is there in the moment, where I am now, what I am thinking right now and what I am doing. The other self, is an inner-like self: a historical background of myself, my past experiences and past emotions or life events and special memories…..

However, is there another self, inside myself that I am not aware of? What about Demons – are they real and do they exist? – are they parts of ourselves that we have not been able to scientifically prove yet?

Demons – they say that they can ‘possess’ others – control human beings with disturbing thoughts and sometimes unusual actions and sightings, injuries and sometimes death, and also personality disorders as we can see in ‘The three faces of Eve’ …




Sherman’s Self

  • Continuing to look at the SELF and our self-awareness and consciousness,
  • – A favourite artist/photographer of mine uses her self in a variety of ways

    Cindy Sherman 

Cindy Sherman is a photographer and also works independently to create her art works – she dresses herself up in her studio, and also in public, into specific characters that often depict stereotype figures, and sometimes draws on influences from original Renaissance art work  and film/the media. We can also relate her to comedians like Catherine Tate featured in The Catherine Tate Show; and Matt Lucas and David Walliams in Little Britain and Come Fly with me, as well as other British sketch comedy shows like The Mitchell and Webb look. These examples may explain that perhaps comedies and dressing up as specific stereotype characters, that these actors and writers/producers are more self aware – the fact that they can seperate themselves from others eccentric personalities, and noticing fine details of these people and also changing themselves visually and also in an oral sense.

Sherman’s works:

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Catherine Tate transforms herself into the Gay man stereotype – as Derek – 

Animism —-

— That objects are souls and are living beings with feelings and personalities and are spiritual beings. 

For example, a tree has a soul……

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The right – The Temptation of St. Anthony – Hieronymous Bosch


Using animism in this painting, and Entopic imagery :

  • St Anthony sits next to a river, where small goblins work around him (carrying a pot, stuck in metal pots, swimming in the water, others in the background) – maybe this painting demonstrates the things going on inside St Anthony’s head –
  • Animism -: The tree that St Anthony sits under may have a special meaning to him – perhaps the tree is his friend and talks to him



And Paula Rego‘s use of creatures in  ‘the golden legend’ also Bosch uses the golden legend as a reference for his figures and creatures.

rego rabbit.jpgRego uses animals into human culture – a rabbit with a pregnant bump and a dress and bow tie, that shrugs at a green and brown figure that’s not made clear to us – and has a cigarette in his hands

the spiritual realms and dark themes in art – U.F.Os and other mysteries

  • Some of the things in the mind and our world will never be understood by science…. for example, Madge Gill’s work and Guo Fengi’s work that were inspired by their spiritual connections.
  • In recent collages and my own paintings, I like to create imaginary landscapes and use creatures and dark themes in my work to create atmospheres and sometimes fear and emotion.

I am interested in these spiritual realms in my practice. – Taking a look at artists such as Goya, Botticelli and Goya.botti

Above, Athene and the Centaur by Sandro Botticelli – Botticelli uses mythological creatures in his paintings ; another painter that was popular in the 15th Century was Hieronymous Bosch :

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Above, The Garden of Earthly Delights – that features nude slim figures, like clones of one another, and a heard of animals that circle a watering hole in the centre of the painting. There are birds on the left side of the image, that are bigger than the ‘human’ figures, which makes the painting confusing and un-real. Perhaps the figures he had drawn are not humans in his brain, and the large birds are not actually birds he wants to present. – Bosch makes it hard for the viewer to understand a concept and this can be scary but also fascinating because of the painting’s originality….atropos.jpg

Above, Goya – Atropos/Las Parcas; Goya also creates imagined landscapes by making a unrealistic world…. As he places floating figures in this dark, hilly environment – where one holds out two humans in the cup of his hands facing a few trees.

Talking about entopic imagery and hyponagogic imagery….. MUSIC

  • Things that are not externally in the environment and cannot be seen, only seen in the head; – When closing eyes for a certain period of time and seeing shapes and patterns
  • A weird moment in time that was only imagined

Things that create hallucinations like the above:



Foods and drinks

Sleep and mental illness

What about MUSIC?

  • Music is really important to me, and affects the world dramatically. Music can enforce different moods and heighten specific senses and different memories’nostalgia’.
  • Music is a form of entopic imagery I think, because it enforces us to be creative – e.g. if  I listen to a song I have never heard of mostly, I will create images and movements, or a music video inside of my head
  • I also feel that music makes us become extremely self aware – and music tends to relax us…
  • Music is a form of art itself:
  • Music can be a hallucination  – sometimes giving us goosebumps; makes us cry; and have extreme  emotions.
  • Music follows around, and creates a CULTURE or SUB-CULTURE: e.g. Punk and punk/rock music; K-pop music and Kitsch and Korean dress ware…
  • – cultures inform visual arts and personalities.

In my practice: My dissertation at the moment (the plan so far) is about how hip hop music and hip hop culture are related with spiritual art.