So it’s a new semester only one week in, I’m am sitting in my studio listening to Yiruma trying to be more profound in writing.
Also, It’s been a while I posted about my view on the art world, in fact, all this time helped in my understanding of the art world because I got to learn about more contemporary artists’ in diaspora; how they see the world through art, there was a good progression on my body work and I was opportune to show it to the world and I experienced some of my favorite art from contemporary artists’ one on one while I was in Miami for the Art Basel fair. At this fair which takes place once a year, I became the judge of what I wanted to see which made my trip awesome. For instance, an artwork is successful when it is not a total mirror of the society but shares the same intensity as the society visually. I’m intrigued by a work of art when it is ambiguous, this makes me ask questions as a viewer and a maker. In addition, these are the choices I make when approaching a conceptual art and an aesthetic art, I tend to spend more time on the former than the later not because it is better than the later but because it engages my mind as a viewer.
During this period, I commenced the act of looking back into art history where I was fascinated by Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio. Caravaggio was a big influence on the baroque and early renaissance era, his art greatly influenced artists’ that practiced after him during this era. Also, Caravaggio’s style of pictorial composition was quintessential to his era and even now; this is because “he wanted the canvas he worked on to define the limits of pictorial space; he wanted to create a real presence in his own real space.” (Working space, Frank Stella, pg. 23.)
In the light of this, my projects were centered on the notion of creating a real presence of an artwork in space, transforming my canvas into an object so the viewers become more aware of these objects. To illustrate, in Caravaggio’s painting “supper at Emmaus (c. 1600 – 01)”, the painting does more in relation to the pictorial space, it becomes part of the viewers own real space because of the artists’ use of space. Likewise, in my projects, the sculptural form I use creates the presence of the artwork in space.
This term my work is going to progress on using this notion of a painting as an object to explore more on my subject of the tranquil and chaos. How do I achieve this? Hmm!!! I would definitely experiment more. Sit tight and enjoy the ride.
Happy Founders Day!
Hi there, I'm an MFA candidate at Georgia Southern University. I enjoy creating and when I'm not, cycling is the therapy. Have a good time reading.