Personal critique restoration Tayla Smith


1. identify and describe the refined focus and subject matter of the folio;

2. identify, explain and provide visual evidence the selected potential directions;

3. explain how materials and techniques will be used to create the finished artworks;

4. explain how aesthetic qualities will be used to create the two finished artworks;

5. explain how the finished artworks will communicate your ideas;

6. discuss, at this stage, what are the parts of your artworks that will make the folio cohesive.


concept of body of work is chordae tendineae (heart strings health after a relationship)


The body of work will have a personal context


The chordae tendineae, also known as heart strings, are tendons that connect both the papillary muscles to the tricuspid valve and the mitral valve. They resemble small strings in the heart that help hold the heart valves together while blood is pumped through the body. These tendons, when put under immense pressure, can snap and brake, resulting in what is known as ‘broken heart syndrome’ that affects the mind and body individually.researchers have concluded through extensive testing using MRI results that the areas of the human brain that register physical pain are directly linked to emotional and social pain; the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex and the anterior insula. It is believed that the brain cannot differentiate physical and emotional pain from one another, resulting in varying levels of pain felt from the subject experiencing heartache. When someone experiences a broken heart, blood pressure increases as well as your heart rate which in extreme cases can lead to cardiovascular complications such as a heart attack or stroke. Heart break causes stress hormones to rise and an overabundance of cortisol results in too much blood being pumped to the muscles, causing tension (swollen muscles – headaches, stiff neck and pressure in the chest).

“It is easy to put aside touchy-feely stuff as less important, but it can literally kill people because human beings depend on social connection for survival”. - Geoff MacDonald

problem solving

influential artists

In 2012, Benjamin Shine created the 'Hands of Time', a tulle installation standing at over 3metres tall. The artwork has been created by intentionally ironing 50metres of tulle in specific patterns to create tone and texture in the layered fabric. He describes his work as willowy and floating in the wind, capturing the essence of the images he creates. 'They're just much more splattery and raw, it's much more ambiguous. It's about a fleeting moment,'' he says. Shine chooses to focus on portraits and parts of the human body in his art, further supporting this idea of heartache. His piece, Hands of Time, feature elderly, withering hands in which are formed from clusters of blue tulle, layered countlessly on top of one another. Though not much is given on the meaning on the installation, it can be interpreted as the toll that love has on the body after years of unhealthy relationships. Though the subject of the art may only be in their 20's, the art depicts their character as one of wisdom and maturity through the wrinkles in their skin. The loose weave of the fabric can also be linked to the tendons inside the heart, the chordae tendineae. This fragile element of the human heart is perfectly represented by the delicate fabric used to create the image. This idea of using delicate fabric such as tulle to represent the heart strings will be followed through into my body of work. Although I am going for a more abstract approach with my pieces, the chordae tendineae will represented in a similar way to Shine, highlighting the tender nature of love and heartbreak.

Benjamin Shine - Hands of Time

Andrea Graham, felt-maker and fiber artist uses wool to magically transform the fibers into installations that express the environmental paradox of the living organisms that inhabit the earth. The majority of her pieces are abstract and free forming with holes abundantly present throughout to represent the wounds the consumer driven world creates on the planet. She chooses to use wool in her work as it is a sustainable material that bridges her focus and context through both metaphorical and physical connections. Though Graham and I have different focuses, her method of using such a delicate medium (wool fibers), can be translated into my body of work. The way in which she manipulates the fragile material into organic installations is something I want to replicate in my body of work. Though her art is more representational of the destruction of the environment, her abstract approach to the focus is something that inspires me in my own work.

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