From the Mind to the tip of the brush

In recent times,  I’ve been exploring the 3 dimensional representation of thoughts, I’m exploring the use of 3D objects as canvases, this has led me create a three stage process:

Stage 1

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After defining an specific concept for the piece, I start by creating a narrative oriented shape. As I create this shape I try to focus on the different possibilities of the overall shape avoiding going into to much detail, in this stage I also avoid thinking about specific images I want to use.

Stage 2

I use this object´s faces to place images and color in order to compose a “three dimensional image”. Although I keep thinking on the concept I try to let it evolve by not focusing on an specific narrative but only on the formal value of the piece until I reach a point where I feel it is completed. So far, I always print the piece before starting this stage.

Stage 3

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When I’m satisfied with the sketch I start to paint on the object, so far I’m trying to paint an accurate copy of the images I used for the sketch.

Reflection about Stage 1

Creating 3D shapes as a way to represent concepts is an exciting challenge for me, I can’t explain it but it just feels right, is like giving voice to a part of my brain that is able to do this without giving me a conscious and structured feedback. I’m definitely want to explore this further more.

Reflection about Stage 2

I think that in this stage is like a game in witch I present images to my mind in order for it to arrange them while mixing conscious and less conscious decisions, although I know I’m thinking, I’m not able to fix an specific outcome. Working with both Illustrator and Blender has created an unsuspected additional challenge for the visual composition; on one hand, working with the vector UV map forces me to arrange elements in an order that is dependent on the 3D model, so I have to change into blender in order to see the end result, this is not a direct process and this separation forces me also to work from memory. On the other hand, because of the properties of the 3D environment, my end result is an ever changing 3D image, so maybe my mind switching on and off from consciousness has to do with the fact that my brain recognizes the impossibility to find a fixed narrative, so then I have the opportunity to see the piece as an abstract representation.

Reflection about Stage 3

At the moment I’m trying to control the outcome by doing a faithful painted copy of the digital sketch, I guess this is my way to avoid getting lost or even destroying what I have accomplished in the other stages, and even though this seems logical, I have a feeling I can enrich the final outcome by letting physical expression take its part, for this I want to create bigger canvases to see if I am able to use paint strokes to blend the apparent edges between abstraction and representation.

Sailing is part of the fun!

 

Sailing is part of the fun

Reflection:

Back at the studio we had a discusión about the way we are facing our MA, at some point it was all about dealing with a lot of questions about the right way to do things so I drew a sea with 5 islands and a little boat sailing from one place to another. At the end I understood that it is all about dealing with uncertainty as a really important part of the process then I made a connection to what Jonathan says about the end of the MA; he suggest that the best thing that can happen to you at the end of the MA, is that you get frustrated and overwhelmed by the feeling that you are just starting to figure out where to go.