Portraits of me in Italy

Last summer I went with my boyfriend to Italy. I have a film camera with a manual lens and my boyfriend took me some photos. He has never before used a film camera. I told him several times what he had to do and how to focus to what he wants to photograph. After we return to Athens I took the film to developing and scanning. These are all the photos I have of me in Italy. At the beginning I got really upset, after a while I found it really funny. In almost all of the photos the background is focused and I am blurred. What is the main subject of the photo? In the beginning we want the main subject will be me in Italy. This is the obvious think, right? But why is it obvious? A photo is for us to have a memory. What do I want to remember? Me in Italy or Italy? These photos look like they are not correctly shot, because we have used of a certain way of photographing certain things. I believe that this is also linked with space and how we perceive things.

                

Is getting bigger and bigger

I hope I will finish it until the exhibition day. I am really enjoying the process of making it. I talked with Will, that I met at the day we did the sound capsule at CG11, and we will meet on Monday to talk. I want to help me with the sound I will put inside my sculpture. I have already talked with some friends from Greece that are making music and they have told me that my idea could be done. It’s a bit difficult to explain what I want because I don’t know exactly what I want.

     

Test with fabric mache at the maquette

I experimented with different materials to find the one that I thinks it fits better. Packing foam didn’t work because I didn’t manage to harden it. This is the result of the fabric mache. I have put three big pieces of fabric, different kind and colour. After a chat I had with Broghan from my group at our studio, I decided to put a red coloured fabric inside and a plain coloured fabric from the outside. I really liked this idea of the unknown. The viewer won’t see the interior colour of the sculpture until he will go inside. It reminds me of “The Little Prince”‘ s drawing of the boa digesting an elephant. They both have similar shape, but also you can’t understand what they are or what it’s inside them.

work•in•progress•

I wanted to put a representation of veins on my sculpture but it will changed the subject of the piece. Sometimes we are drifting by capturing the image and the substance is lost. After the group crits and while I was talking about this project at my group and my tutor, I told them that I would put something like veins at my sculpture to look more realistic and fleshy and a few students asked me if I wanted my sculpture to be disgusting or creepy. I didn’t really thought that it will maybe be disgusting for some if I put a fleshy element on it. I believe that it would totally changed my idea about the comfort space. I affected a lot from the documentary “In The Womb” that I saw and I stuck in this form.

Tests of materials for my installation

Packing foam? The texture of this material is similar to the skin. I put pva glue to stiffen it but it didn’t work because it couldn’t absorb it. I will also paint it with acrylics to see the result. I am not sure yet, I have to do more tests. I don’t think that is the right material for my installation because is made from plastic and I want the material that I will use to be more natural because my artwork is a representation of a womb that is a body part. Something alive with flesh and blood and movement. Not plastic.

Tests of materials for my installation

 

These are my first tests of materials. Paper mache? I want a material that the light can get through it and also natural if possible.

I like the lines that created from the red crumpled napkins, they are look like veins. But is it the right material? Will it be stable? Is it going to have the sensation that I want? I have to do more tests.