The restorative process is highly intricate, and can involve many stages of unique processes. ‘New Meaning to Old Material’ evokes the thought of what other stages and uses materials such as cotton, linen and lace doilies can have. Intricate abstractions and ceramics applied by the process of cyanotyping and photography into an exploration of purposeless materials with new and engaging uses. The complex and visual nature of doilies including its, material, color, shape and size are reflective of the the restorative process allowing the artwork to be personally interpreted differently to each person. ‘New Meaning to Old Material’ aims to convey the ability of old materials to restore itself through it's new meaning.
Critique: I personally am not fully happy with the name of my body of work. I think I could actually create something better than that.
The focus of my work is the figure within the environment. I refined my ideas by focusing on specifically restoration within the environmental world, such as exploring, materials to enhance the meaning and shine light on the impact this processes have on the environment. This has then led me to explore the idea of using porcelain slip to create ceramic pieces and give new life or rejuvenate old materials. Although I began by focusing on ceramics and materials I have evolved my focus to acknowledge and discuss the ideas of the environment through chemicals of cynaotypes and photography to express the rejuvenation of old materials and distort and alter these materials to give new purpose.
Critique: A critical analysis on my focus statement I have come to the conclusion that it is likely that i can come up with a better focus for my work that will be more fitting. My focus is probably still yet to be finalized.
The context of my artwork is formal and contemporary. My art can be interpreted through a lens of twenty-century art ideas and issues. Testing the boundaries of traditional art and experimenting with contemporary and modern practices. My art also reflects a traditional process with cyanotyping, which is a process used in the twentieth century to produce blue prints. However, I have manipulated this process for it to be interpreted in a modern era. My art can also be interpreted through a formal context as it shows the elements and principles of art such as the application of materials to transmit my ideas.
Restoration is defined as the return of something to a former owner, place or condition. It is the process of restoring to bring a new meaning to an object.Restoration can be personally defined as the restoration of old material giving it new meaning. The restorative process means altering the objects to give new life or new meaning.
Jessica Drenk is an American artist raised in Montana, where she developed an appreciation for the natural world that remains an important inspiration to her artwork today. Tactile and textural, her sculptures highlight the chaos and beauty that can be found in simple materials. Drenk’s work is also influenced by systems of information and the impulse to develop an encyclopedic understanding of the world.
Drenk’s work can be found internationally in private collections, as well as corporate and university collections within the US. Drenk has been the recipient of several awards, including an Artist Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. Her work has been pictured in Sculpture, Interior Design, and Curve magazines, as well as The Workshop Guide to Ceramics. Her work has recently become a part of the Fidelity art collection and the Yale University Art Gallery.
Drenk has created over 16 bodies of artwork, the one that caught my attention was her work which she names 'Porcelain Skins'. Created with a non-traditional ceramic burnout technique, the pieces in the Porcelain Skins series are experiments in which familiar, store-bought materials are transformed into shapes that suggest coral, shells, or calcified remains. This process involves dipping groups of cotton material into liquid porcelain, letting the liquidized clay penetrate the surface of the cotton balls, Q-tips, or napkins, and then firing these materials and clay together in a kiln. During firing, the cotton ignites and burns away, leaving only the porcelain as a husk of the original material that shaped it: a skin.
The mood of Drenk's work is abstract and quite scientific. her creations have reflected the mood of abstract biological pieces. My inertial reaction to her work was amazed, her creations are beautiful. They also look like coral or some sort of object found in the ocean. Drenk has utilized the elements of texture and shape and created really abstract ceramic pieces.
The way I have interpreted her art is like a scientific piece such as an organism or object found in the environment or even in the human body. Drenk has been successful in her techniques and methods using porcelain slip and firing her pieces in the kiln. Drenks cultural and social context is reflected through her art.
My opinion on Drenks art is that it is really pure and organic, she has created some really beautiful objects.
Designer Romi Hefetz specializes in the art and science of clay and porcelain slip casting, and she makes and finishes each unique piece by hand at her studio in Long Island City, New York.
The long, narrow openings of the Envelope Vases allow the flowers to fan out, creating a sense of added volume even with a thin bouquet. The design is elegantly simple, and yet distinctly eye-catching. Choose from three distinct sizes and proportions to accommodate a variety of possible flower arrangements.
The mood of these vases reflect simple elegance and class. My initial reaction the ceramic pieces was they were very simple and could come across and boring. But after spending more time researching Heftz work, they are pieces of paper delicately dipped in the porcelain slip and folded to make beautiful vases.
I have interpreted the vases to feel they are very simple, and elegant. They are gentle and although so simplistic there has been spent many hours creating its wonderful shape. Heftz has been successful in presenting and synthesizing the elements of composition with the overall content of the artwork.
Dipping cotton doilies in porcelain slip to create beautiful ceramic bowls.