Desperately seeking…

I am aware that I’m a slow blogger. Except by definition I’m glacial.

I’m pretty prolific when it comes to drafting posts though. There are lots of draft posts in the pot. 29 draft posts abandoned. This is one of them.

I came across this never-finished post from February last year. The title ‘Desperately seeking..’ pertained to gaps/wants/needs in my art practice and here is the list I wrote back then:

Technical foci looking for a SUBJECT:
oils, layers, use of transparency, [representation of ] folds, fur, weaving

Expressive/aesthetic obsessions looking for a FORM:
Fibre (texture, pattern, colour), digital (layers, textures, objects), painting (surface, texture, objects, Pareidolia)

Symbols and images looking for a PERSONAL METAPHOR
Rabbit, flower, kikyo, moon, fish

At the time I was reflecting on what I was doing and wondering how to resolve some of the many threads that I was working on.

Post my exhibition SPIN I can look back on this list with some pleasure. I understand the things I was seeking then and can now say that I have found some solutions.

Regarding Technical foci looking for a subject: oils, layers, use of transparency, [representation of ] folds, fur, weaving
I continue to build technical skills. Back then I was testing how to achieve depth in my paintings, together with stylisation in representation of surface and form. Right now I am focused on using transparent layers in my oil paintings and continuing to develop mixed media layering in acrylic and collaged works. The subject matter I have found revolves around water, spherical forms and still life. These objects and materials are an obvious choice for technical studies. Here are some examples:

      

Regarding Expressive/aesthetic obsessions looking for a form: Fibre (texture, pattern, colour), digital (layers, textures, objects), painting (surface, texture, objects, Pareidolia)
This list of ‘things’ are endlessly intriguing me. I play with textures, patterns and shape in felted forms (I need to take good photos and will dedicate another post to that). My current digital works have more depth and detail and I am experimenting with dimensions and materials to better represent atmosphere, surfaces and objects. Digital and fibre forms have proved worthy to play out these obsessions.

Regarding Symbols and images looking for a personal metaphor: Rabbit, flower, kikyo, moon, fish
These symbols still appear throughout my works and have now been joined by new fetishes—such as pineapples, bugs, mist, stones, crows and the colour yellow. Through my series of digital works all these images have become compositional threads. But they’re more than just visual devices. These things appear and reappear in my real world. They appear in unexpected ways thereby always drawing attention to themselves. If some of my works border on the surreal it may be because the real and the imagined are dancing together through time. 

      

From all of this comes a new push to explore all these things further.

Deidhre Wauchop: Spirit Lichens

Deidhre Wauchop Spirit Lichens (WIP) Paper, acrylics and pencil on board

PS I don’t know what day this is of my 1000 days but I have a year to D-day!

Experimenting with the maths muse

Yesterday I posted on my TooManyPies blog about strategies for deciding what to work on each day, since I have so many things on the go at the same time. A while ago I was experimenting with line drawings that can be placed in any pattern combination—images that can be flipped, mirrored, rotated and even staggered—they aren’t constrained by a single orientation. As I was writing the post I decided to give it another go and this is what I came up with.

Here are 3 of the original drawings:

They line up to make a pattern whichever way you turn them. It’s a simple idea but loads of fun when you digitally manipulate them in photoshop:

A bit Cubist, a bit Futurist and very satisfying mathematically! Now I need to try the idea with more complexity—I’d like to create a more intricate network of lines that can be arranged in multiple ways.

Day 911/90 (approximation?)—I have to get an app that will countdown for me +×÷=∞