Emma Brassington

Emmajanebrassington at gmail dot com

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Studio Practice September 2018- 2019

 

Fieldnotes Sketches,

My work arrived here after flowing through a  vast amount of visual stimulation.

 

For my final show I made a series of field notes so that they fit into my overall concept.

For my concept I have created a fictional world of the Renodnol tribe. Dr Amme Newington, anthropologist reasearcher studies the Renodnol culture. as they go about their morning rituals. The Masked Movement ritual has been her focus whilst she also recognises their other activities as having cultural significance. Dr Amme Newington is at the beginning of her research.

The  work uses the scientific and ethnographic devises.

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Screenprints, found objects, paintings, drawings, fieldnotes, field sketches start to build up an image of the Renodnol tribe.

This page  delivers a brief overview of my Studio practice from September 2018.

This is NOT an exhaustive overview of my practice nor does it deal my Research or critical practice, instead, it is a brief overview.

 

 Not listed in this document:

 

An ethnographic film of the Renodnol tribe

My soundscape recordings of the Renodnol Tribe.

My interviews of the Renodnol Tribe

To understand my research and development process, got to: projects--> Renodonal tribe --> Research and Development

Other works not included from this year: 

My Parkup Project

My drawing workshops, painting workshops and masks workshops. Also not included 

Various exhibitions and work with the Indonesian embassy.​

Start from the bottom of this page to view my studio practice in a linear fashion..

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But my face stays the same... The Polk-a' Mask 

Screen Prints

Combining patterns: graphic shapes that the I have used during the studio practice. I made a series of prints., with over  10 different designs:

To make the different designs I made 15 different small elements that were all quite graphic like those drawn for the Nunnery show,

separately I made der rent screens and then as part of the printing process I layers up different screens creating numerous combinations of prints!)

Referencing the Museum and institutional contexts

 

Using objects, archives, display cases vitrines and labels and posters.

My work combines drawings, text, found objects, paintings and carvings. This installation introduces the Renodnol tribe, their drugs, their morning rituals, their sacred objects as well as ethnographic notes and diagrams that explain how the culture operates.

The line and the Diagram

Drawings and performance

Structural anthropologists used lines in diagrams to divide, categorise and organise cultures.

- Performance about a line with supporting diagrams.

- Diagram made from performance.

Performance went as follows:

When people enter the room asking a series of questions without giving a context. Separate the participants accordingly without explanation. Draw lines around their separate groups.

These Drawings were made from audio files about daily routine.

Drawing and lines​

I became interested in the line as a method and as a concept. Reading definition of lines across fields: anthropological, architecture and musical interpretations of lines and surfaces. In indonesia the line drawing is sacred and pure.

Lines become sacred in British culture when we start to understand the importance of the line in design, diagrams and architecture. The attention for detail in many things, like typeface becomes extremely important. Like the Typeface of the Tube. Typeface becomes important for my MA final project as I use the Tube's Johnson's font throughout to reference the tube.

Sacred Symbols

As I look at the toothbrush, part of the ritual of the everyday I abstract their shapes and patterns.

I am reminiscent of the Rerajahan, the magic drawings are

sacred symbols are found all over  Bali, Indonesia

I have made a series. Each series takes about 10-15 layers of paint to build up the pigment. Much like the technique of miniatures.

These one's are unfinished but I have selected a few for the final show.

Combining drawing onto of shapes- 

I made a series of drawings that were made from audio tapes of people's daily routines, 

Nunnery Show

For the Nunnery Show I make a series of drawings and layered paper that creep up the wall, identifying areas of descent ascension that tune off into fine whispers.

The language of drawing...

line, mark, gesture, Rhythm

Around the same time I start utilising MOVING IMAGE

I use a variety of papers, gauzes, cloth, Glue ( a material mesh made from glue) 

to see how the ink plays off of each surface.

I bring back the toothbrush as I intend to to return to abstract and geometrical patterns found in the everyday.

images become more interesting when elements of drawing and painting overlay, when things are revealed and concealed: when patterns repeat and create a rhythm.

Images reference Hannah Hoch, Wangechi Mutu

Who's work traces the political nature of identity. Their material sources take from ethnographic photos and beauty magazines: which draws attentions to how people are represented and identified through media, photographs and institutional documents

 

Collage reinforces the notion that the everyday has a political dimension. 

as assembling elements together massages our unconscious minds.

abstract patterning and layers, becomes more interesting than facemasks and collage cutouts 

Post Assesment

I Consider the EVERYDAY

After the Assessment I source a 1970's catalogue of wallpaper to first look at the patterns that would have been the 'wallpaper' of the everyday and I collage.

I want to continue with the abstraction and repition of patterns.

I make masks from the wallpaper.

I make masks from the wallpaper continuing the theme of creating a wallpaper from pattern. I move away from collage as I start to find the patterns more interesting when abstract. the layers of windows and patterns reminds me of Miniature paintings

January Assessment

Analysis

Post Canada,

I have written my essay: which talks 'Cultural exoticisation and the other and I fiish by asking what role the institution has to play in being a cultural representaive and gatekeeper for other's art's practice.

For my assessment I exoticise my own culture by creating ht eguardian of the underground. A totem like figure with large white teeth. 

the teeth reference Horace Miners 'Nacirema's Tooth rite ritual that I introduce in my essay.

I further reference the tooth-rite ritual, teeth brushing, by filling the cracks with green plastic (the same colour as toothbrushes). In the background I abstract and reference the patterns found on toothbrushes.

I use traditional woodcarving techniques and visual abstractions.

Pushing the uncanny phenomenon- I exoticise the familiar and make it feel unfamiliar.work that straddles the boundary between art and artefact.

For an essay on the Uncanny See Blog

December- Canada,

I spend Christmas in Canada, I am restricted by materials.

I take watercolour and make a series of watercolour paintings of repeating patterns and everyday observations.

This Trip informs my work both materials and references:

Materials: Watercolours and repeating patterns

observational drawings and a series of paintings with repeating patterns:

After these series I start to look for geometric patterns in the everyday that can be abstracted to create rythms and patterns. A theme that pushes my work.

 

First Nations exhibition, Restriction of materials,

First Nation Exhibition

First Nation Exhibition:

This Exhibition combined ethnographic and historical details, artefacts, cultural presentation and preservation, Learning and engaement displays and

importantly

attention to theatrical and spectacular

lighting design.

Walking around this museum was a spectacular experiences.

With sound, Light and music.

This exhibition I used as a reference for My final degree show.

For more information about the exhibition Click

First Nation Exhibition in BLOG

December- Callaboration in Amsterdam

Music and performance

Callaboration with composer

See Nausica for more

Collaboration and performance start to become an important element of my work

For Proffesional Practice the masks start to work by them selves

November

First Fieldnote Sketch

For more and go to Masked Movement Ritual or Fieldnote Sketches

October

Use a different material to create masks

thinking about disguise, carnival,

Using natural materials

Seasonal movements, and ritual.

Devising, performing and leading a ritual,

See More Click: Samhain

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Masks on the underground,

start to question the relationship between masks and the underground, phones, interaction and using my own experiences as a subject.

Themes: Masks, Ritual, Daily commute, grotesque

Referncing Bosch paintings

See More Click: Bosch

September

Improvisation in the woods

Masks as a methodological tool for character formation and disguise; Project: Into the Woods

I later use these images as the Renodnol, Masks and Learning poster (Final Project)

Sand, finish and paint collection of masks

To see more Click: Mask Gallery

With so much single use platic, which is toxic to the environment... think about the materials I use....

Think about collections and carving, craft skills objects and artefacts

The relationship between craftmanship and culture

August