Jennifer Letchet Paintings
Thursday, 28 August 2014
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
For my next body of work I have been researching man made and natural events across the globe which have created a change in the Earth's topography. I have been looking at news sites, the Earth Observatory and NASA's images of the earth to source new material.
In the photograph above you can see my research wall in progress. When doing my initial research I make lots of initial tracings and drawings which are heavily annotated for future reference. I also take screen shots. This is to ensure my work is as accurate as possible, and by making quick rough sketches I can also start thinking about compositions and how future pieces/paintings would appear.
I am currently interested in the volcanic activity on one of the islands off Tokyo. This has been a slow evolving event which started in December 2013 and climaxed in July 2014. Historically, this volcano has created similar incidents.
My next step will be to start playing around with drawings and paintings to work out how I will convey the event and the change in topography.
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
The Endless Stair designed by Alex de Rijke is made of 187 stairs and 436 metres of interlocking paths beside The Thames.
De Rijke has designed this piece using 11.4 tonnes of American tulipwood, an abundant material which he predicts will be the dominant building material of the 21st century. He called it 'the new concrete’.
From a distance this piece is visually impressive, and for anyone who saw Labyrinth with David Bowie, an absolute dream.
The dream unfortunately dies as you step on Endless Stair. It soon becomes apparent your interaction options are fairly limited and due to the high volumes of visitors, the experience is more akin to queuing on the Underground. My excitement was fairly shortlived, and despite admiring the concept and design from a distance, I was unable to revel in the materials and form up close.
Therefore, this piece works better as a sculpture or a photograph, but fails as an example of design or even as an installation piece.
I think they call this Marmite Art. Unfortunately, I have more hate, than love for it.