So… since the finger injury in August (if you need a recap I as good as amputated it whilst preparing for an exhibition! see this post
Anyways this has been the motivation (necessity is the mother of invention) to do some smaller condiment dish style items & jewellery pieces since I can’t go on the wheel or handle large pieces of clay.
Some of these smaller items are now available in my Etsy store.
However, I have also been exploring some drawing exercises. My intention though was to try to capture some of the texture and depth of my ceramic sculpture….
I have been living in my current house for about 12-13 years : the longest I have ever lived anywhere. The floors in the kitchen and bathroom are tiled with slate, a very textured tile, and for years I have been staring at this slate and seeing images emerge and mutate before my eyes.
For a few years I been thinking I wonder if the same images would appear on paper as those I actually see?? But I have always been too busy (kids, etc) to sit squat on the floor and give it a go.
Well my kids are teenagers/young adults now and the second one is about to spread his wings, so its now or never!!
I was further motivated by my partner giving me a pencil drawing set & visual diary for Christmas… so all the forces are converging…
So, squat I did… and rubbed those tiles for all I was worth.
The results have been interesting. Most tiles do not produce what you think you see with your eyes… but some have, such as “Pole Dancer”, below.
Also, different paper gsm and different pencils, drastically different (and often unpredictable) results… I experimented with various soft pencils, charcoals, coloured pencils, layering up the coloured pencils…Also, different paper gsm and different pencils, drastically different (and often unpredictable) results… experimented with various soft pencils, charcoals, coloured pencils, layering up the coloured pencils… some are shown below:
This technique I am using is referred to as Frottage and was developed by Max Ernst during the Surrealist period as an ‘automatic’ method of artistic creation. Ernst explored the method in 1925, whilst observing wooden floorboards & the grain worn away after many years. He took to it with soft pencil, and a new artform was created : as so many were during this early surreal/expressionist period…
Well, its working for me!! Thanks Ernst 🙂