So, I've done a few more prac. sessions, which I'll post tomorrow. Something else I've been doing is listening to music and just doing a sort of 'automated scribble. The rhythm is a sort of relaxation/meditation mechanism, as well as allowing me to explore certain shapes and forms without thinking too hard on what to draw next.
I have been getting inspiration from watching the following videos for inspiration. Rhythmic music there too.
Museum of African Culture - The Spirit Masks: masks, dancing and really a sense of bringing tradition back to 'community'.
"... when you put this mask on, you feel a chill go all through your body. You are aware of yourself but know that something has changed in you.
From then on, you are not in control. And whatever the mask wants to do, you will do". Unknown
Afro-masks - an image gallery of masks from all over Africa
"The only difference between us is, I embrace what I am. I don't hide behind some cheap mask...
When you learn that you will see how much of a difference it really is. Until then, get a better mask..." Masks around the World
On a different note, I've been investigating the prints of artists Edvard Munch and Paul Gauguin.
Munch - (1863– 1944) - mostly known for his painting of The Scream, which he transformed into prints. He has an intense ability to portray similar subject matter and moods/emotions in a variation of mediums.
Influences: Depersonalization Disorder
The environment of The Scream is often compared to that of which an individual suffering from Depersonalization Disorder experiences, such a feeling of distortion of the environment and one's self.
Of course the irony with The Scream, in terms of masks, is it's now one of the most recognisable Halloween masks in Western culture...
(Image: The Scream)
Gauguin (1848 - 1903)
Gauguin was inspired and motivated by the raw power and simplicity of the so-called Primitive art of those foreign cultures.
Picasso as early as 1902 became an aficionado of Gauguin's work when he met and befriended the expatriate Spanish sculptor and ceramist Paco Durrio (1875–1940), in Paris. Durrio had several of Gauguin's works on hand because he was a friend of Gauguin's and an unpaid agent of his work.
His bold experimentation with colouring led directly to the Synthetist style of modern art while his expression of the inherent meaning of the subjects in his paintings, under the influence of the cloisonnist style, paved the way to Primitivism and the return to the pastoral.
Gauguin also translated his paintings into wood engraving and woodcuts as art forms.
(image: Human Miseries)
My themes: Transformations >> African traditions and masks >> Fetish Traditions + Fetish Today >> Plastic Sexuality