Our brief suggested we consider perspective, viewer proxemics and ‘empathy’ for our pieces, as well as choose to focus on one of three topics (a historical event, a current/recent news story-ebola,Syria,NHS,etc., or a personal story which could appeal to others.
I’ve had several approaches to this project and still haven’t decided on a final piece. My ideas so far…
At first I decided to explore a historical event and ended up producing a quick piece of artwork based on the invention of mauve. I had a quick read of Simon Garfield’s book, Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World, and came up with the general idea for a piece.
After being ill for about two weeks and experiencing a hardcore art block I realized I could no longer work on the same idea and turned over to a new page and new (or maybe old) inspiration.
Last year I bought a small sketchbook which I later on filled up with some interesting lyrics from songs I like. With a short sentence on each double-page spread, I get immediate inspiration for a one-shot artwork, which allows me to explore a wide range of ideas, textures, media, composition, colour, etc. I believe this personal development fits perfectly into the project outlines. Here are some of the finished spreads.