I found this painting ‘Beach Girl’ by Peter Lanyon in The National Museum of wales. I find the use of both figurative and landscape elements very inspirational. This painting has inspired me to explore abstract paintings in more depth. Lanyon, himself, described the painting as “a picture about girls on Sandy Beaches” and specifically referred to “a gorgeous Norwegian. Like a Viking in a Bikini”. As Sheila Lanyon, the artist’s widow recently recalled: “it is a roly-poly blonde turning over on St Ives Beach… My daughter Jane always wished it was her – so I gave it to her in 1984. It took a year to get to her in Australia, as it somehow managed to be in Shanghai on the way. Blondes do get around.”
Responding to an artwork
Below is a self-portrait by Francis Bacon. I chose this painting from a selection due to my personal interest in the artist. I also find his figurative work very interesting. In the painting, like many, I am drawn to the abstractness of this facial features. I feel that this year I’m being drawn to the abstract elements in many artists work and have enjoyed responding to them.
Below are images of my response to this piece of art work. I have taken the human form and destructed it. I’ve taken apart the body to look deeper in to its construction and to create a more abstract approach. I have used string to represent the veins and how they tie the body together. The material to show the muscles, a pipe to show the spine and obviously a manikin for the form. I’ve kept the idea of having a chair in the focal point of the image. This was great for practical reasons as well for keeping the structure in place and supporting it. I think this piece was a success as it made the viewer and also myself think about taking the original painting apart and bringing new ideas to the table. For example people were connecting the chair leg and the manikins leg. Having one leg to stand on and how in the original paining he seems quite relaxed sitting. Is this a change due to modern day life and how the modern day person feels?
Response to my chosen artwork
Below is a fellow students response to the painting ‘Beach girl’ by Peter Lanyon. I think this person has shown the colours perfectly and also tired to represent the rolling of the colours shown in the painting. This rolling of colours represented what Lanyon witnessed at a beach during his research. The male and female form represented by the shore and the sea in quite a sexual way, rolling with one another. The different uses of materials I also agree with, I think show both the softness and roughness of the sea. This could also be used to show the relationship between the figures in the painting. This person has also stuck relevant words to the long flash coloured pole she pushed in to the wired cage. This word picking was based on the actions she used while pushing the pole in to the cage. Thus bringing another sexual element in to the making of this sculpture.
My response to an artwork
Below are images of my response to a fellow students artwork. I played around with the idea of the tumbling motion of the sand and sea in the original painting. This lead me to think if a more interactive way of bringing this motion across to an audience. I feel that visiting a beach is very much about the sounds and how they make you feel. I decided to create three jars full of Water, sand (crushed up pasta) and stones. These materials represent the natural elements found at the sea shore. By picking up these jars and shaking them or rolling them across he floor, they all contribute to a similar sound heard at the beach. This way the viewer is experiencing the art work. I’ve kept the same calm pastel colours throughout the jars. By using pink, blue and yellow they reminded me of gender issues and that of children’s toys. This was an unusual thought but reminded me of children’s spaces in art galleries and shows, and that children remember art they experience.