December 2014 archive

Dec 30

A Face to the World – Laura Cumming

In her book on self portraiture ‘A Face to the World’ Cumming discusses the Vasari corridor at the Uffizi gallery in Florence (which houses a collection of Self-portraits by many famous artists). On p67 she describes many of the self-portraits as “Formal to a fault, but rigorously avoiding anything personal, they end up in opposition …

Continue reading »

Dec 23

Assignment 3 – Self Portrait

Triptych: Father, Husband, Son   A brief introduction for my tutor is given in the linked document, Tutor commentary Assignment 3, full details of the assignment are given below.     As required in the brief for this assignment I kept a diary for a few weeks. When I came to read through it at …

Continue reading »

Dec 23

Exercise: Nigel Shafran

Nigel Shafran’s series is the only one in this part of the course to be taken by a man – did this surprise me? The subject matter – washing up – is one which past gender stereotypes would suggest being taken by a woman. But in this case the subject matter is not who did …

Continue reading »

Dec 23

Exercise: Masquerades

Nikki S. Lee Is her work voyeuristic or even exploitative? There is a sense, perhaps, that whenever other people are being used (not paid models) then there is a form of intrusion involved This is the same with Trish Morrissey. Other people are being used by the artist – models are employed, but these people …

Continue reading »

Dec 23

Exercise: Autobiographical self-portraiture

Reflections on the work outlined in the Project 1 of Part 3 – Putting yourself in the picture.   How do the images make me feel? I think that the images of Francesca Woodman and Elina Brotherus are completely honest and revealing whereas, to me, Gillian Wearing’s images in Album conceal more than they reveal. …

Continue reading »

Dec 04

Feedback on Second Assignment

The feedback from my tutor on Assignment 2 was critical but fair. The assignment was praised for its interesting approach to the topic, but a number of technical issues were raised, in particular; motion blur in some images and others out of focus washed out highlights in some photos I submitted this assignment as prints …

Continue reading »