A WALK THROUGH THE STUDIO NISHA MALIK

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE
'Ceramics', 2016, 8.5" X 11"
Process of Creation

For my technique, I first took a block of clay and kneaded it to remove air bubbles. I placed the kneaded clay through a rolling press to flatten it to a half inch thickness. To build up the face, I rolled pieces of clay and scored the back of it using a spoolie brush. I did the same thing to the surface of the slab and applied slip onto both surfaces before attaching the two. In order make the attachment more secure, I smoothed over the edges, merging the two together. This process was repeated for all pieces attached to the slab. At the end of each day, I would wrap my clay with a damp j-cloth and place it on a metal tray and cover with an air tight plastic bag. The last step for making the sculpture was adding the stand. The slab was to be put on an angle which was made easier because the stand was cut at an angle. After the basic sculpture was done, it was bisque fired in the kiln. For the painting portion, I used an under glaze and painted at least three layers of the colour to insure opacity. After that, the final procedure was adding the clear glaze. I made sure to leave a small edge of the bottom untouched so it won’t stick to the kiln’s surface and then it was glaze fired.

As part of the ‘Power’ theme, I chose Napoleon Bonaparte. He possessed military power and later political power over France and some parts of Europe during his time. He was extremely skilled in military strategies which is why he was very successful. This project came up while I was learning about the French Revolution in History class. I was really amazed at Napoleon’s success and believed that he was the perfect person to represent power.

EVIL CORPORATIONS
'Digital Illustration', 2015, 11" X 17"
Original Collage and Drawing

I started off by cutting out pictures from magazines to use as a template for my final image. I ended up with a silhouette of Alfred Hitchcock, a milkshake, a hand and a penguin. I then guled these images onto a legal sized paper in such a way that would create an image – an image using other images essentially. I scanned this onto the computer and used Adobe Photoshop to add color, shading and texture to bring the image to life.

I started this project with nothing in mind but eventually this turned into a message about the environment. The image clearly shows a penguin being taken away by an armless hand. The penguin represents all the animals that are endangered due to companies destroying their habitats. The hand represents the actual destruction that happens to the environment. 'Alfred Hitchcock' represents the large companies who destroy the environment to earn more money. His drink shows the luxury he has because of his business. 'No one' (written in the speech bubble) refers to the general public. Overall, this image shows the reality of the environment and how we care for products over nature.

CLASSICALISM REIMAGINED
Charcoal and Chalk on Kraft Paper, 2015, 18" X 18"

Chiaroscuro - I started off by drawing a light outline of the picture based on an image printout. Then I began using charcoal to begin the process of shading. The colour of the paper itself served as the medium tone. The charcoal was the shadow and the white chalk was the highlight. I used a larger, chunkier piece of charcoal for the intense shadows as it was the most pigmented and a thinner piece for details. I used all these tools in the same fashion I would a pencil. Long and short strokes were used and then my fingers to blend and smooth everything. The same thing was done with the chalk. I made sure to blend the charcoal with the chalk while keeping the colour of the paper as the base.

I had an entire selection on photos to choose from, all of which were Renaissance sculptures. This one stood out to me the most because of the unique angle that it was photographed from which gave it a more sincere, mourning feel. The Renaissance was about the rebirth of art and that included the use of emotion. This piece that I created is representing intense emotion, very Renaissance like.

NIGHT OWL
'Drypiont Ethcing', Ink on Stock Paper, 2015, 9 3/4" X 13"
Original and Flipped Drawing

I drew my initial drawing onto white paper with a lead pencil. The drawing was then scanned onto the computer and printed. The copy of the drawing was placed underneath a clear acrylic board and served as my guide. Using a metal nail, I scratched the drawing onto the acrylic board. Once I finished scratching in the design, I used a brayer to place screen printing ink on the acrylic board. Then I used a paper towel to rub the ink into the scratches and wiped the rest away from the surface. The board was placed on white stock paper, ink side down. I rolled it through the printing press which transferred the ink onto the paper.

My name means 'night' and I wanted to represent myself through this artwork. One of the requirements for this project was to include an animal. The first thing that came to mind was an owl. They are nocturnal creatures, which is why we refer to humans awake during the night as 'night owls'. I chose a barn owl in particular because they have a softer, more elegant image than other owl breeds. I also included a crescent moon into my Drypoint Etching because it further represented the night. The moon was made from tree branches which worked well with the theme of nature. Plus owls are always standing on tree branches. The jewel was added to for a touch of elegance.

MARK THE ACCUSER
'Waterwolour on Paper', 2015, 11" X 17"
Close Up Shots
Inpsired by Mark Twain and Ronan the Accuser

I drew a rough sketch and used that as a reference for my final drawing. I then photo copied my final drawing to use for the actual watercoloring as my original would bleed as water doesn't mix well with lead. Instead of actual watercolor, I used tempera paint and watered it down. The process of painting the picture was the same as any watercolor painting. The challenge was not using white paint to lighten colours and I also had to mix my own hues since I only had the primary colours available to me.

This project’s guidelines instructed me to get a person and give them superpowers. I used Mark Twain as my person as I really enjoy his work. The superhero I chose is actually a villain, named Ronan the Accuser from the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. I chose him because I like his costume and character. Having a well celebrated writer with a fiction villain was an odd combination but this painting reminds me of Mark Twain every day as it hangs on my kitchen wall.

STREETS OF CHICAGO
'Paper Cutting', Stock Paper, 2016, 8.5" X 11"

The particular technique I used for this artwork was paper-cutting. The first step was to get an image, place it under a blank sheet and use a light table to draw the photograph. I wasn't simply drawing the image, instead I was locating the highlights and shadows to assist with the cutting process.Once the image was drawn, it was photocopied as lead tends to smudge. I then used an X-Acto knife to cut out the shadows and dark areas in the image, leaving the highlights on the page. This left me with a page with multiple cut outs in all different shapes and sizes. Once the paper is placed in front of a black background, the image is formed since the background replaces the shading that was previously cut out.

I chose a photograph by Vivian Maier taken in 1961. This photograph was among many of her street photography portfolios, this one depicting two women walking along the streets of Chicago, Illinois. The image represents the common people you are likely to encounter in the 1960’s. Their unique fashion choices and lit up signs along buildings to the vintage cars and busy sidewalks. Maier is able to show us everyday life in one image. This particular art piece attracted me more than others. While choosing photographs, the one thing I looked for was people. I wanted to have people present in my art because it gives the artwork a certain personality and sends a message. A person’s attire, posture, facial expression etc. is able to show the viewer where the art was created and in what circumstances.

Created By
Nisha Malik
Appreciate

Credits:

Created with images by Arturo Espinosa - "205/11 - M.A. Wakeley" Penguin Drawing Header: Unkown. Retrieved from http://www.easy-drawings-and-sketches.com/draw-a-penguin.html Mark Twain Photograph Header: Unkown. Retrieved from www.biography.com/people/mark-twain-9512564 Napoleon Painting Header: a painting by Paul Dearoche Renaissance Sculpture Header: Unknown. Retrieved from www.aarome.org/it/content/sculpture-rome-rethinking-classicam-and-questioning-materiality Photograph Header: Untitled. Photographed by Vivian Maier

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