Holy Bonds of Matrimony

Before I embarked upon my honeymoon with my beautiful new wife, I spent the day creating a self-portrait photographic composite in Adobe Photoshop CC. Soft and dreamy or grungy textured dimensionality. Which version of my ‘Holy Bonds’ do you prefer?

Photomontage Images by Vicky Reisima (2014)

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Post processing fun

Using various iPad apps I have begun to manipulate the self portraits digitally to open up possibilities. I am excited by the results, and here a a few examples.

Self Portrait Photography

These are a follow on from the thumbnail sketches in the previous post.  After learning about how the photography studio enhances my ability to capture professionally composed images, I actually preferred to be without any flashes, rather only using the lights in a subtle fashion so as to not get hard shadows in the background. I was nervous to be shooting self portraits, but actually I really enjoyed the confronting process, feeling as if I am coming to know myself in a deep and profound way. I am curious to explore body language, emotions and gestures to speak my voice. It will be an intimate and insightful experience, hopefully not just for myself but also the viewer. The images may even reflect and mirror their own human emotions to consider. That would be the ultimate outcome for me.

The stances were purposefully created to highlight the subtle energy centres within our body – the Chakras (rising up from the lower chakras representing earthly elements and our human existence, into the upper chakras representing ether and spirit). This was a practical yet meditative experience where I felt absolutely in my element, whilst expressing my inner values and manifesting the symbolism of them into form – through my form. Very profound! I wonder if this idea will extend the furthest and lead me into creating my final piece this semester?

Figurative Photography

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A sideline idea that I have considered for a project brief this semester is photographic images featuring dance and expressionist gestures in Self Portraits, to either paint from, or manipulate digitally to take to print or as stand alone pieces. These are thumbnails that could be possible poses for me to try.

The Sum of Things

Painting of Dancers on stage by Nik Helbig, 2009
20x90cm, acrylic on canvas

To sum up the year of Level 5 Bachelor of Visual Arts & Design at Ideaschool in a few words is tricky. The short story is that I now perceive myself to be a new artisan who has not yet acquired her entire tool kit, as apposed to only being a ‘wanna be’ (Just like I’m a ‘wanna be’ dancer on stage).

Although I thoroughly embraced the briefs of Pattern Universe and Self Portrait, my future steps started to become really clear during the Documenting Arts module, where I found creative possibilities opening up before me. Prior to this, I found myself meeting brief requirements with comparatively little belief in my ability and direction.

I find meaning in the handcrafted and beautiful functional objects combined with philosophical or poetic concepts. Topics of surrealism, fantasy, whimsy and mind/body consciousness intrigue me.  Keeping this in mind, what I intend to create next year are pieces of work that are for purposes of adornment and decoration of home and hearth, and of the person in the context of hard and soft sculpture.

The technologies I plan to apply include; photography, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for digital art and photographic manipulation, print technologies, small object sculptural methods (soldering, enameling, heat treatment of metals), and fibre art. I will be enrolling in a correspondence paper in Photoshop as an additional elective in Semester one 2014, to extend my limited knowledge of digital media. I also plan to continue my blog postings, drawing practices and document my creative ideas and art research over the break.

Although I have many ideas to explore I will be mindful of avoiding any predictable outcomes. I have learnt that unique and interesting works of art always come about as a result of play and exploration. This is my primary focus for level 6, to develop a signature aesthetic that is one of a kind and appealing for customers. Speaking of which, I am looking forward to developing a business model and embarking on the journey of becoming a Mixed media Handcraft Artisan and colleague to many talented artisans in the local and global communities of the Arts.

Thanks to the many at Ideaschool and our wider community who contributed to the success and enjoyment of Level 5  2013! I curtsy to you all in respect and admiration.

Self-Portrait – Inspired by Marloes Dukyer

I'm all stitched up (2013) Sewing machine with thread on paperIn response to being inspired by my research on Marloes Dukyer, I drew with my sewing machine for the first time. Being a semi industrial machine, I found it very difficult to turn corners fast and smoothly enough. My Bernina 850 is only familiar with going at top speed! However, I am so excited by my results and how I may be able to create in the future using this media. I find the organic nature of the ‘sketch’ has a definite sense of freedom from constraint, enhanced by potential movement of the hanging threads and the lack of contour lines used. Every thing about this self-portrait is suggestive of me: the texture, expression, combination of colours, and unruly curly auburn hair that decides to go in a different direction from one day to the next. A great accomplishment in my books.