Inspiration of the Week – Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese artist whose works normally involve some sort of protest, especially against authority and governments.

The piece of work that I am going to talk about is his installation and video titled “Remembrance”

The main aim for this project was to have the names of the students who died whilst in school during the Sichuan earthquake. More than 5000 children died due to schools collapsing and corrupt governments and shoddy construction companies were blamed.

The metal from this exhibition came from some of the collapsed schools and Ai Weiwei straightened and arranged them to form waves.

Just after the aftermath he also went to the areas where the schools collapsed and photographed the debris left behind.

However what I think is the most poignant part of the piece as a whole is the audio recording of the names of the students, to listen to the whole thing would take 7 hours and 22 minutes and it makes you think of the lives lost and the families attached to all of these names.

Ever since I saw the video (link below) talking about this piece of work I immediately loved it as it has layers of sadness, anger, grief and protest all mixed into one.

NB – all photographs here have been taken from these sites:

http://www.aiweiwei.com/index.html

http://www.aiweiwei.com/projects/5-12-citizens-investigation/remembrance/index.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDwTjPsG4b0

I do not own any of the pictures on this post.

Until next time

byyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Róisín -x

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Inspiration of the Week – Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese artist whose works normally involve some sort of protest, especially against authority and governments.

The piece of work that I am going to talk about is his installation and video titled “Remembrance”

The main aim for this project was to have the names of the students who died whilst in school during the Sichuan earthquake. More than 5000 children died due to schools collapsing and corrupt governments and shoddy construction companies were blamed.  

The metal from this exhibition came from some of the collapsed schools and Ai Weiwei straightened and arranged them to form waves.

Just after the aftermath he also went to the areas where the schools collapsed and photographed the debris left behind. 

However what I think is the most poignant part of the piece as a whole is the audio recording of the names of the students, to listen to the whole thing would take 7 hours and 22 minutes and it makes you think of the lives lost and the families attached to all of these names.
Ever since I saw the video (link below) talking about this piece of work I immediately loved it as it has layers of sadness, anger, grief and protest all mixed into one. 

NB – all photographs here have been taken from these sites:

http://www.aiweiwei.com/index.html
http://www.aiweiwei.com/projects/5-12-citizens-investigation/remembrance/index.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDwTjPsG4b0

I do not own any of the pictures on this post.

Until next time
byyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Róisín -x

Beginning Developments

So the weeks that I have dedicated to research are now over, however I still think I should have a bit more so I am planning on continuing with some research but put it a bit on the back burner but still keep it going. This week I am going to really concentrate on developing my ideas and going on walks this week as I have more time.

What I m planning on getting this week is a small sketch/notepad for me to do drawings of marks people have left behind when I’m on the go.

I’ve also started my image transfer marks so I’ll let you know how they turn out next week. I’m also planning on starting my Instagram account for the marks that I make etc and try to get them noticed by following the advice and steps that I have in my research file.

So here’s all the sketchbook pages that I’ve done this past week.

That’s all I’ve got for you right now
See you next time
bbbyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Róisín -x

Beginning Developments

So the weeks that I have dedicated to research are now over, however I still think I should have a bit more so I am planning on continuing with some research but put it a bit on the back burner but still keep it going. This week I am going to really concentrate on developing my ideas and going on walks this week as I have more time.

What I m planning on getting this week is a small sketch/notepad for me to do drawings of marks people have left behind when I’m on the go.

I’ve also started my image transfer marks so I’ll let you know how they turn out next week. I’m also planning on starting my Instagram account for the marks that I make etc and try to get them noticed by following the advice and steps that I have in my research file.

So here’s all the sketchbook pages that I’ve done this past week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s all I’ve got for you right now

See you next time

bbbyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Róisín -x

Inspiration of the Week – Chiharu Shiota

Chiharu Shiota is an installation artist whose work I really enjoy as they can be quite thought provoking.

The piece that I am most interested in here in terms of my project is her piece “Over the Continents” where she joined together different shoes with red wool.

Why I am looking at this piece in particular is because I want to look at the marks we leave behind as people and I think that what Chiharu Shiota is representing here with the shoes is human traces. The different shoes represent, to me, a wide variety of different people and what possible lives they could have.

I think she also explores similar ideas with these other pieces too.

What I like most about this artist’s work is that these installations tell some sort of story about people, their lives and who they were, without any use of faces or any sort of personifying features.

NB – all photographs here have been taken from the artist’s site:

http://www.chiharu-shiota.com/en/

http://www.chiharu-shiota.com/en/works/

I do not own any of the pictures on this post.

Until next time

byyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Róisín -x

Inspiration of the Week – Chiharu Shiota

Chiharu Shiota is an installation artist whose work I really enjoy as they can be quite thought provoking.

The piece that I am most interested in here in terms of my project is her piece “Over the Continents” where she joined together different shoes with red wool. 

Why I am looking at this piece in particular is because I want to look at the marks we leave behind as people and I think that what Chiharu Shiota is representing here with the shoes is human traces. The different shoes represent, to me, a wide variety of different people and what possible lives they could have.
I think she also explores similar ideas with these other pieces too.

What I like most about this artist’s work is that these installations tell some sort of story about people, their lives and who they were, without any use of faces or any sort of personifying features. 

NB – all photographs here have been taken from the artist’s site:

http://www.chiharu-shiota.com/en/
http://www.chiharu-shiota.com/en/works/

I do not own any of the pictures on this post.

Until next time
byyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Róisín -x

Inspiration of the Week – Seunghwui Koo

Seunghwui Koo is a Korean artist, in her statement on his website she speaks about how her family had a butchers shop and how a pig’s head was a regular sight for her.

In his pig series she uses the symbols of the pigs heads to represent her experiences from living in New York City. The heads themselves draw connotations of greed and gluttony.

The series that I am looking at is her pig series titled “Narcissism” as I am interested in this idea for my upcoming project.

I like the artists use of colour in this series as I think they make the piece very striking and represent the loud, bustling city life that exists in New York. These bright colours also remind me of the large billboards and advertising banners that I’ve seen in parts of movies set in large cities in America.

For my next project I might use some sort of symbolism like this artist has used to represent parts of the human ego and also this idea of narcissism.

NB – all photographs here have been taken from these sites:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AcSvzHnuEo
http://kooseunghwui.com/
http://kooseunghwui.com/paintings/

I do not own any of the pictures on this post.

Until next time
byyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Róisín -x

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