Tuesday, 4 April 2006

Essay Part two

Fig. 1. Summertime: Number 9A  1948, Jackson Pollock.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />



Fig 2. Painting No. 1, 2005, Elaine Sayers


When I visited the Tate Modern for the first time, three years ago, it was Pollock’s Summertime, Number9A (see fig 1.) that attracted my attention.  I recorded my first thoughts of this painting in my journal,


“This space is pulsing with energy; it is made up of endless filaments, tentacles, and flecks of paint, all springing and flying together.  It felt like a star map, maybe the nerve paths of a brain or a tangled primeval forest. The feeling I have from this painting is uplifting, elating and a release into space.”[1]


Looking back at that quote now seems ironic that I am now actually painting and photographing forests! I believe that my painting in Fig. 2 is greatly inspired by Pollock’s work. When comparing the two paintings there is a lot of similarity in the movement of the paint and the energy that has been put onto the canvas. This painting I created at the end of my first year in HND Fine Art.  I submersed myself in painting that year and experimented using emulsion paints, acrylic paint, twigs, toy cars, sticks, in fact anything that wasn’t a paint brush to apply the paint! To create the painting in Fig 2, I used black and white emulsion paint, twigs and the wind to create the feel of outside. This painting worked for me because it was dancing before me, like the leaves on the trees, like the branches swaying over the canvas. The wind was in this painting.  It reminded me of Pollock’s work and I was suitably satisfied with it.


[1] Journal of E V Sayers,  2003


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jeadie05 said...

Clever little bud arent you ?well done ....keep it coming ,loving it .....Jan xx

ally123130585918 said...

Lainey enjoyed the 2nd part waiting for more ~ Ally

gdireneoe said...

Hey chica?  Got it this time...hehehe. ;)  LOVE your painting...I can see the movement.  Jackson Pollack is one I enjoy looking at just for the study.  Well done doll. ;)  C.  http://journals.aol.com/gdireneoe/thedailies

jmoqueen said...

Looking good the paiting and your right it definitely looks like Pollack's painting :-)

jlocorriere05 said...

Great entry, you can see the similarity between the two paintings. Jeannette.  http://journals.aol.co.uk/jlocorriere05/Welcometomytravels

sazzylilsmartazz said...

Interesting. I've seen much of Pollack's work and I agree.

mtrib2 said...

Pollacks work is in the detail.   It is strange that his life was in a mess, but when he painted he was able to concentrate on the finest detail.   When he did representational in earlier work he did not have the expertise that he found in pushing the boundries of art.    I can see where you have created the energy in your painting and that is something that is not easy to do.   The one thing that I do think is that art should represent life and not fantasy.    Try doing sketches of landscapes and people in the classic style so that you have a jumping off point to do abstraction in a style unique to yourself.   Other artists will encourage you when you are feeling like it is not going well.   I am at the same point right now, as I just don't see the meaning of art, so I am not painting.    Thanks for visiting my journal.    mark