Category: Practice Based Research

Reflective writing about the pieces I create or experiment with in studio during this MA, along with samples of sketchbooks and notebooks etc.

Experiment #4: Mosaics with acrylics on canvas?

Making a pure mosaic was… exhausting. Was it because it was so time consuming? Was it because it was my first time ever and the fear of failure was gnawing away at me even as I worked? Was it because work isn’t work when you are doing what you love, and what I love is painting? All these questions rose restlessly in my head when I worked on the piece “I capture the desert”. At the end of that artwork I did feel a sense of triumph. I had trudged my way to completion and even though the piece was …

My new year resolution: Keep a visual journal!

Wow, I have been away from this blog quite a lot recently. But, I do have a very good excuse. I recall during my first tutorial I had only a very vague idea of what I was meant to be doing during the course of this MA, let alone being ready to formulate a project proposal! Now, however, I feel as though I have made significant headway. I’ve conquered my doubts and fears and am ploughing ahead; whether I will reach a productive resolution or not remains to be seen. So, yes, more posts on what I have been up …

Experiment # 3: Acrylic pour painting

Experiment # 3: Acrylic pour painting

The biggest dilemma I was left with at the end of experiment 1 and 2 was how to incorporate canvas and painting into the idea of mosaics and pieced-together sculptures. When I ran into a pour painting video online, the cells that emerge reminded me of the bits and pieces that comprise a mosaic and it gave me the idea of trying to create a mosaic using paint. And that’s how I came to experiment 3. Experiment 3 will likely be a very long process of trial and error followed by practice as I see what combinations do or do …

Experiment # 2: It’s what they whisper

Experiment # 2: It’s what they whisper

My first tutorial left me feeling interested in how objects could spin a narrative. That week, I decided to experiment with water and glass paints to marble porcelain dishes and mugs and see what kind of art it would create. Here’s the video of the whole process: At that time I added the touches of gold simply because they felt right when I was creating the pieces. But later, I felt they reminded me of ‘Kintsugi’, the Japanese art of mending pottery using gold instead of throwing the broken pieces away. It kind of emphasizes the breakage and subsequent repair …

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