The movement of the human body through dancing, action and poses

I have been recently looking through the idea of movement within the human body through the idea of dance, action (warrior’s, samurai’s, manga, Muay thai and martial arts/poses). This has interested me lately because of the way that time and movement submerge together to create lots of elegant, capturing and interesting movements within the human body. I have recently been looking at artists such as, Matthew Barney, Mike Kelly, Rebecca Horn, Antonin Artaud, Kiki Smith, Oskar Schlemmer, Robert Morris and John Wood/ Paul Harrison. By looking through these artist’s it has inspired me more due to the idea of the extensions of the human body that they show through the idea of drawings, marks, extensions, performance, installation, sculpture etc. This has allowed me to look more into the deeper qualities of the human body and see in what ways I can extend the human body through the idea of performance which could both be seen through the idea of drawings, mark making whether harsh, smooth or soft.

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/jun/16/matthew-barney-river-of-fundament-film

http://www.carrollfletcher.com/artists/29-john-wood-and-paul-harrison/biography/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eS50mYKCL_M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0uNnmAudmk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3DfebecTcQ

My ideas have developed by, becoming more experimental with the materials that I am currently using such as, charcoal, oil pastels, pens, coloured paper, black paper etc. In my view by using a range of different materials or two materials together it has allowed me to create a variety of stories within my artwork to see how the viewer can communicate to my work. Furthermore what I have learnt from the materials and processes that I have currently used is that, it has allowed me to take a variety of pathways within my work and see how the outcomes change and develop when you look closer into the artworks that I have created. Within the ideas that I have been working on it has allowed me to make decisions within my project by reflecting back on current interests and see in what ways I could connect that to my work.  I have also decided to take risks within my work, meaning that I have broadened out my ideas no matter in what form or shape they develop into. In this way it has allowed me to become less restricted into the works that I do and have more expanded ideas into how I would like to present my work towards the audience. While I have been working on these pieces of work it has allowed me to see that I would like to use these processes and techniques within the final piece (s) that I decide to create. These are some examples of the current works that I have recently created.

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Furthermore I have been inspired by some of the art students at Chelsea College of Arts such as, one of the art students in cg11 (Jack Yates) who has amazing techniques and processes when he uses oil pastels within the figurative structures. From looking at his work I have started to try out different techniques and processes with the use of oil pastels and see how my work develops when using this medium/material. I love the way he smiles because positive people like that always motivate me to do my work and in a way make me feel that I should never give up on anything, keep on trying and reach to your ultimate goal.

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I’m going to try out a range of oil pastel techniques on different types of paper and materials to see what the outcomes come out as. In addition I have also had another inspiration from one of my other art friends who studies outside of UAL and is very interested in different ranges of both art and photography. I became fascinated by the photo-shoot Michile Khan created because it relates directly to the styles and techniques that I am currently working on. I like the way that she positioned herself in a range of different positions and see how each one who adapt or contrast with the particular environment that she placed herself in. Here are some examples of her work.

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