Invisible End of Year Show

June 14, 2016



Would you believe it but my first year back at college is coming to an end and the End of Year Show is looming! I plan to show the work I have been doing on the Subject of Invisibility. 


I set about looking at materials that would render the artwork  more or less invisible.  I began drawing with a glue gun having found that once set the glue can be peeled away from silicone.   (See previous blogs on drawing with a glue gun). I explored different scale, mark making and wether to colour,  noting that different glue sticks had different levels of invisibility. I, of course, preferred the more expensive glue.   I also liked the use of glue as a metaphor as often us women are the 'glue' that keeps families together.  The glue images have  a fragile element  but are also very strong and the marks that I have made bring to mind doilies, lace.



 I photographed myself using iPhoto experimenting with different expressions.  Eventually settling on a side on view looking directly out with a fairly blank/calm  expression faintly confrontational.  I also used the ‘Scream’  which I  am layering underneath representing my frustration. The layering has created a blurring of the image and a faint shadow is cast. I intend to  suspend the pieces from fishing wire quite high up on the wall.


Through my process I became interested in the word ‘Invisible’ and how I could render the word invisible itself.   I made a stencil leaving out the ‘I’s  and used the cut out pieces from the stencil to add and take away  building up the image.  I ran it through the press to create embossed prints. As a result I was left with tissue paper which had also been imprinted with the words and have decided to use these as well.

I am going to use the embossed print as a  label for my work. 


I am going to wear my HIVIS top to the show to see if it provokes debate.



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