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Reflective Journal Part 1

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Reflective Journal

 

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Project 5: Out of Space

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Monday, 3rd November

I had a class at Kings Cross. The tutors were Atsu and Bea. They explained about this project, Out of Space, and let us brainstorm at lunch. This project is to make a space, and it can be painting, sculpture or photograph etc. When I was listening and reading about the project, I felt a better understanding of what I should do. However, the more I thought about it, the more I got confused. I asked Atsu what the "physical space" was, and he said "physical space" means the place which actually exists, but it can be the "imagined place" or the "remembered place." The "remembered place" can be the "imagined place" because when I think of a place that I have been/visited, it is my imagination, so it is the "imagined place" as well. If you think about the universe, it can be "physical space" and an "imagined space" because I have never been to space so I can only image it. It was very complicated, but I think I understood it (hopefully). And he advised me not to be nervous, just to relax and think about my ideas. I brainstormed with words at first and also thought about a "space" that I can actually create as my final work. In the afternoon, we had a conversation about this project with Atsu, and after that we went to Archway to see a presentation about three pathways, Painting, Sculpture and Fine Art Practice. I have not made up my mind but I feel like taking the painting route right now. I have 2 weeks to decide my pathway, so this gives me enough time to weigh up the options.


My ideas for this project now are to make a small model of the sky or the heavens with mirrors and cotton, to paint a seabed city or a city that humans live in the universe, or to paint/to make a small box of a bedroom which is full of water, etc.. Or the other ideas are to paint something like a golden fish tank, a class room in Japan in a nostalgic way, the universe etc. If I have a fish tank, I really want to make a small bedroom in it and run water into the tank. To think about the possibility to make artwork actually, I should paint a space of something/somewhere or create a small space with some materials that I can get. Actually, I might have misunderstood about this project, so I need to ask a tutor about this. 

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Tuesday, 4th November

I got to Kings Cross at 10am and added some pictures on my sketchbook. Today's class was development of the ideas, and the tutors were Alex and Emma. We chose a place where we are going to display our final works. I had not decided on my final work yet, so I was mainly thinking about this. I drew some images of my ideas on my sketchbook and thought how to make the pieces, how big the works are, what materials I should use etc. The first idea was to paint a room or place and put transparent boards and a flame of a window. And the second idea was to make sky, like painting the sky on a board, making it stand, putting it between mirrors and spreading cotton over it. I felt the first one is better than the second one and started developing the idea.

My idea for the final work is a window of "eternal slumber." The concept is "death" The "death" is always next to us. The image of it is a bed on a beautiful flower field. In Japanese language, we have the expression of death, saying "sleeping forever." Because of the conception, in my mind, death equals to "sleeping forever." That is the reason why I use a bed for this image. The way of making it is to stick some images which is cut off on transparent boards and to put them on top of each other.

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Thursday, 6th November

I got to school at 9:30am and started to work for the project. I printed pictures on normal A4 paper and tracing paper, cut them, stuck them on transparent boards and put the transparent boards on top of each other.

I made this sample slightly differently from the idea I thought initially thought of. Mainly the concept is about death, and on the previous day, I was thinking "the death is always next to us." But my new idea is "we are walking on a road of our own lives," and it has also the meaning "we do not know the end of the road." We are just walking on it to the end. As changing my mind, I stopped to use a bed, instead of that, I made a road on the image.

In the morning, I heard of my friend's death. His early death was extremely surprising and sad for me and my friends who know him. I was shocked and cried when I heard it, but I have been alright because I was thinking about "death" so much as this week's project by chance, and also I quite often think about our lives and death, so I accepted his death the same day. Saying like the way of my work, his road of his life has ended.

When I heard the news, I was thinking the reasons why he died, what made him die or what he was feeling before he died etc? We might have been able to save him. We could we have done for him. Even if I was thinking about this event, nothing can change it, so we just should accept the fact and care about each other as much as we can.

I do not have any thoughts like there is a heaven or his soul is around us etc. Of course, I believe there is the heaven in the mind of the people who believe there is, but in my mind, the heaven does not exist, so I feel his life has just finished. My opinion is that he became nothing else, so we can not tell him anything, and we can not do anything for him. The thing we can do now is to support the people who have been left. We should write messages about him for them or making something which can be memorable. And we should also support each other and live for the future, happily, with the strong minded in the world that Tetsuya can not experience.

The weird thing I found is that I was thinking about death for some reasons all the while, I was unaware of Tetsuya's death. He passed away last weekend, and when I was thinking about the concept of this project, I had no idea my friend had died. I mentioned I do not have any thoughts like a heaven, soul or ghost etc., but I believe the human mind has a deep/dark ability within us to somehow reach these 'senses'. 

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Tracing papers, transparency boards, paste and paper fastener for this samples.

I liked printing a picture on tracing papers. If I put the tracing papers on top of each other, the colour of picture deepen. It looked very beautiful.

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I printed a picture of a flower field on tracing papers, cut them for each layers, pasted them on each transparency boards, and put the layers on top of each other.

But it did not work very much on this way, because there were not enough space between each layers, so it did not have perspective to the work and looked like just a photography. I need to think how to make a space.

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Friday, 7th November

I had reminisced Tetsuya. I had tea with mutual friends of his and two counsellors in the memorial and talked about his death. Many of them thought this meeting was like talking about him and appreciate his life. However, the counsellors treated it like it was for the friends that Tetsuya left and not so much about himself. This made my friends angry and blamed them. I understood both sides and kept my thoughts to myself. My friends wanted to say thank you to him. The counsellors wanted to take care of us and not to depress ourselves. The meeting finished with a bad atmosphere, making me feel saddened. But I just wanted to say it was no one's fault. After that, I had dinner with my friends and we lightened the mood with each other's encouragement.

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Monday, 10th November

I had Atsu and Bea's class. Today was mainly to make our own works. I was glad to see Bea in this class because I was very worried about her after we got to know Tetsuya's death. On Thursday, she looked shocked, and I did not see her in the afternoon class. I heard the tutor of his progress tutorial was Bea, and most Diagnostic students' had an unsparing advice, so I was thinking she would be shocked and upset. She talked to me and had a conversation this morning, and I felt she was feeling down although she pretended not to get depressed. I told her I was worried about her, and then she was moved to tears. I am so sorry to see her face like this. I guess she might think she advised strickly. I really do not want her to blame herself. She has taught me since I was in the orientation course in April, and I really like her so hope her feeling will be better.

I was working for my final work. When I had the interim critique on Thursday, my friends gave me an advice to make spacing between each layers. I was thinking the same thing, so I decided to do it. I put thick papers between the layers and made a stereoscopic effect in the work. The layers were not very different from the sample that I made on Thursday. I am working without any troubles, so I will keep this and want to finish as soon as I can.

My plan for this week is to finish making this by Tuesday. I think I could make this sample up during the las Thursday class, so it is not difficult to finish it.

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Tuesday, 11th November

I got to school before 10am and was making my final work. I put cardboard between each pictures, so it gave perspective to the image. In the morning class, we went to the place where we display and put masking tapes on the wall which we want to use. I did not mind any walls because my final work is a two-dimensional piece. I was working without any troubles, so before the end of the class, I finished to make my work. Many classmates talked to me and liked my work, so I was very glad. As my work is about "death" and unfortunately my friend died during making this piece, I guess they are misunderstanding that my work is influenced by his death. But in any case, they are very kind and attentive, so I am really happy to have such lovely friends.

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Thursday, 13th November

I went to school a little bit later than usual. I put my work on the wall and looked around the other people's works. Everyone set each works up when I was seeing them, so I left the place to display and went to the library.

Our critique started after 2pm. I was interested in a work which is making a space in the emptiness. He focused on it and made a space without any objects. His way to create a space was to made a square area with tapes and play a sound when people were in the place, and then the people noticed there was a "space." We normally do not care about the emptiness, but if there is an action like making the sound, we find there is something in the area. When I was going to the library, I did not know there was a space. And when I walked through the area without noticing, he played the sound. I was a little bit surprised, but actually I found there was a space. It was only taped with a square but became an actual space even though there was nothing on the floor. That was very clever and impressive.

The point I struggle was to make a space between those layers. When I made a sample, the piece did not have enough spaces between the layers, so it seemed like a normal picture of a field. I put card board between each other and made distances between them. It worked very well, so I really like it.

Today was the last day as a Fine Art specialist. I love the classmates and tutors, so I am going to miss this class. 

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I used tracing papers, transparency boards, paste, cardboards and masking tapes.

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Process

I printed a picture of a flower field on tracing papers and stick them on pellucid boards. I put cardboards between each layers in older to make a space. The space that I made with the cardboards, worked well as giving perspective to the work.

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Through this project

I liked my final work which was made with some layers, especially printing on tracing papers looked very nice. I have printed on it as a black and white before, but it was my first time to try colour print on it. It was successful and looked beautiful, and the layers also worked well with the tracing papers as I put cardboards between the layers, so I want to make it again on the different way at some point.

Another thing I found was that the size of artworks was important. My work was quite small, and Some people made huge pieces. Small works like mine are mostly sensitive and detailed works. Conversely huge works were bold and dynamic. Both has advantages, and we can not say which is correct because art does not have a specific answer. However as I said, the size make the artwork different impression. Some big works in this project caught a great deal of attention. That is very important point to show the works. I think if I want to create small piece like my final work., I should make a large amount of works. It would look better than just one.

I am proud of my final work, but the location was difficult to find, and also it was a small piece, so these elements did not make my work conspicuous. I had already thought the size was a worth point to consider when I took the Human Being project, and this project also taught me this, so from next time, I should think about the size of the work or the quantity of the works.

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Week 7 & 8:

Progress Tutorial and holiday

 

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Monday, 20th October

It was Progress Tutorial. I had a meeting at 2:30 and talked with Hannah about my workflow and sketchbook. Before it started, I was so nervous, but she was lovely and kind and gave me some good advice, which calmed me down. She also told me what I should do for the assessment. I went back to my house as soon as I could and changed my workflow. There are more things I need to add, but I have plenty of time to finish it.

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Since Monday, I watched some films, read some books, went to a museum and thought a lot of things.

The films are O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Billy Madison, DianaThe Boy in the Striped PyjamasGrave of the Fireflies and Saving Private Ryan.

Even though Diana was my second time to watch, it was still moving and made me shed tears. This story is about the last two years of the life of Princess of Wales, Diana, and she seemed like a perfect lady and was treated specially, but she is a human being and a "normal" woman as well. At the end of the film, I could feel how much she was loved by people. I do not remember when she died so I only remember her in global news or history books.

The Boy in the Striped PyjamasGrave of the Fireflies and Saving Private Ryan are the films about World War II. They made me think about war. I think war never stops because there are the people who earn much money from war. I cannot do anything for the place where war still occurs, but the thing I can do now is just to hope that it will be less.

The books that I read were about politics and religion. The books' authors wrote about war because politics and/or religions are sometimes related to war. As it is similar to the topic earlier, war never stops. We are keeping war endlessly. the people in Europe, East Asia and America are living peacefully (actually terrorism might be aiming for us, so we cannot say our place is completely peaceful, though), at the same time, the people in Africa, Middle East, and other places, including women and children, are lives in battlegrounds while being afraid of their death. Although the reasons are various like different nationalities, thoughts, races or something like imperialism, many of wars, especially nowadays, are because of religion. I think, the people who started religions like Jesus Christ or Muhammad, wanted this world to be peaceful. Human nature is such a difficult existence. One of my friends who is Christian said, war was not because of religion, religion is often used by someone who wants a conflict to break out. I do not know what is truth. It is a very difficult question for everyone.

I went to White Cube, a contemporary art museum, with Masako and saw an exhibition titled The Last Great Adventure is You. It was my first time to visit the gallery, and as the name suggests, it had very clean white walls and ceilings. The works in the exhibition were mainly a repetition of naked ladies in various ways such as painting, drawing, sculpture and stitching. The stitching pieces were powerful and forceful because of the size. From a distance, I first thought they were paintings.

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Halloween has come. This is my first time to spend Halloween in London, but I felt it was not popular in London as same as America or Japan even though U.K. is the birthplace of Halloween. The Celt people in UK and Ireland started the event. I went to a gig with my friend, Sakura, who is in Graphic design specialist. Although the gig was contemporary music, the concert hall seemed like a historical place. I really enjoyed the gig and had great time with her. 

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Saturday, 1st November

I can not believe this year, 2014, will be done only two months. I wrote my opinion and put some pictures on my sketchbook in the morning, and I am editing my workflow. I feel like I am doing well for my sketchbook and workflow. I have nearly finished the part which Hannah told me to do. I am going to work more and want to have a rest at some point.

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Project 4:

Process Process Process

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Monday, 13th October

I had a class of a sculpture tutor, Karen. It was our first time to meet her. I felt she was a cheerful, talkative and friendly person. In the morning of her class, we made artworks with something ready-made as much as possible. I did not have anything to use for my work, so I went to a 99p shop and got rubber bands and plastic forks, spoons, knifes and cups. At first, I made a sculpture with plastic cups, knifes and rubber bands. The image of this work was a wedding bouquet (bunch of flowers.) I found that forks and spoons were very useful for making sculpture. The cup has fallen over and the plastic spoons and forks represent the "wave" of the water that has spilt. After I made it, I was reminded Anne Thus' work (I put her work on Information File, so check it out if you are interested in), a wave of over 3,000 barbie dolls. With the same materials, I made a sculpture of "appetite." I put plastic forks together and stabbed the object in a muffin. The forks looked like someones hands who wanted to eat the muffin and showed his/her "appetite." I was hungry when I made it. I think that is why this sculpture was created. I created another sculpture with a plastic cup, forks, spoons and a paper bag. The theme is "expand." After lunch, I got hooks and pegs as new materials and created new pieces. I put hooks on the wall and hanged rubber bands on them. It seemed like a geometric pattern. The next work was a sculpture with a plastic cup, clothes pegs, a hook and rubber bands. It looked like an alien or a space ship. As the last piece, I made a sculpture with a plastic cup, rubber bands and clothes pegs. It does not have a special meaning. I found it was a architectural piece. 

Before this day, the image of sculpture for me was like using plaster, clay, or wood, etc.; however, this class taught me that we can create something with ready-made goods as well.

My friends made their own works with a lot of things I have not tried to use for this project, and it was impressive and creative. Thanks to them, I discovered there are many ways to make sculptures with various household items/things.

Through making works in this class, I found a new way which I can use anything for sculpture. Art can be anything. Everything can be art. This is the thing I found. And this project reminds me an artwork that I saw at Tate Modern several months ago, Everyday made by Subodh Gupta, using stainless steel and stainless steel utensils on marble bace. I liked using forks and spoons for my work. If I had masking tapes, it was much easier than rubber bands. I want to experiment with metal cutlery.

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 Plastic cutlery, plastic cups, rubber bands, clothes pegs, and hooks

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Tuesday, 14th October

Our tutor was Kaori and showed us how to use plaster. I am always in the class room before 10 minutes at least, but on this day, I left my flat later than usual, and in addition to this, the northern line did not stop between Camden Town and East Finchely because someone tried to kill himself. Therefore I took a bus from Camden Town to Archway and got to school late. Fortunately, Kaori did not resister yet because many people were not in the class, so I was not late officially. But I think, if I went to school on usual time, I could get to the class room, so I should be careful not to leave my flat late.

When I got to class room, Kaori was asking people what we found in the previous day's class. After that, she gave us a paper to each table and let us think which words were related with the each pictures on it. After Max, Paul and I took a memo of some words we came up with on the paper, we made an easy art piece which was related to the words we wrote.

After that, we learned how to use plaster and made something with clay or plaster. I did not have any ideas, so I just made something without thinking. And then, suddenly I started to make a sushi with clay and put it on plaster. 

Through the class, I again realised that I am not really good at sculpture because I have no idea what I should make when I am in front of materials. I like to make three-dimensional pieces, but against my feeling, the works are not that great, and actually I prefer making two-dimensional works. Therefore I quite struggle with making them in the class. I think it is also good experience that I found the feeling.

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Clay and plaster

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Thursday, 16th October

Karen was our tutor and talked about today's class and progress tutorial. We needed to show our own works in the end of the class, and I forgot my piece in my house and decided to put the photos of my work on the wall. And also we had to research an artist or work that related to our works, so I chose Annette Thas who is an Belgian artist. She collected so many Barbie dolls and made a big wave by the sea in Australia. 

From 3:30pm, we started to look around the each works that we made. Everyone made great sculptures, so I felt embarrassed to show my work. I found everyone had individuality, and our works showed our personality. This resonated for me.

What I failed in this day was I did not bring my works to the class. I did not think about anything, so I did not expect I needed my works. If I checked the brief out or think about what we were going to do, I could find out whether I need them or not. From next time, I will think about what I need or what I am going to do in the class.

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Through this project

I found a new way which I can use anything for sculpture. Before I had this class, my image of sculpture was just using clay, plaster, wood and so on, but actually we can use ready-made things. Art can be anything. Everything can be art. This is the thing I learned in the lessons. And this project reminds me an artwork that I saw at Tate Modern several months ago, Everyday made by Subodh Gupta, using stainless steel and stainless steel utensils on marble bace. I liked using forks and spoons for my work.
I again realised that I am not really good at sculpture because I have no idea what I should make when I am in front of materials. I like to make three-dimensional pieces, but against my feeling, the works are not that great, and actually I prefer making two-dimensional works. Therefore I quite struggle with making them in the class. I think it is also good experience that I found the feeling.

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Friday, 17th October

It was the first day of English class. After that, I went to Holborn and finally became an official member of the Urban dance society. When I was little, I was in the dance team in Tokyo, so I have always been interested in dancing and that is why I decided to join. The dance was very enjoyable and I especially liked the break-dancing lesson. On the previous day, I went to Yoga society, but the instructor wan not there and the lesson did not start for ages, so I decided to go home and come again next week.

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Saturday, 18th October

I met my friend who is a student of an art university in Tokyo and now an exchange student of Loughborough University. She came to London and I took her some places. In the evening, we went to see The Phantom of the Opera. It was very beautiful and had various gimmicks. I thought the Phantom of the Opera was a complete classic, but it was quite an alternative way to play music. It has inspired me to visit the West End more to watch plays.

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Project 3: ReEdit

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Monday, 6th October

We had Alan's class at King's Cross, and he taught us how to use Adobe Premiere Pro that is a software to edit a film/video. This is my first time to use the software, and I found there were so many options in it. It was a little bit complex, but I understood some simple edits. If I could memorise short cuts, it is going to be easy to make something with the software. After his presentation for the software, we looked for videos that we want to edit on Prelinger Archives and made an easy and simple video. I chose the video some men and women were singing and edited it in the comical way. I enjoyed using it and making a short movie. I uploaded the short film on YouTube. 

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If you are interested in the video, please click the link and watch it on YouTube.

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Tuesday, 7th October

We had a class at the same place. We are going to show our own works to everyone on Thursday, so the class was just making our own films all day. I finished making mine during the class.

I used a ballet dance video that I found on YouTube and edited it. Actually I finished to make my work before noon, but I opened another sequence and reedited the video. In the afternoon, I could make a better film than the one that I had finished in the morning. The video that I edited was hypnotic and made me crazy when I was making it. I found that I like editing films; however, at the same time, it made me very tired and was concentrated hard to make it. Therefore I went back to my flat as soon as possible after the class.

Even though the thing I learned in this class is simple and basic, I am glad that I am getting to know how to use Adobe Premiere Pro. If I have a opportunity, I want to make a video work at some point. 

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This is the first video that I made in today's class. I changed this video to the final one. It is different in the middle of the video from the new work.

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Thursday, 9th October

Our class was just to show and critique our own works. Alan said everyone should have said something. I always do not say anything because I am a shy person and also do not have confidence to speak in English, especially in front of everyone. However, this time, I encouraged myself and sometimes mentioned my opinion to the class. Still I felt embarrassed and my English skill is not good enough, but I could do my best. Thankfully, Alan is a very nice and kind man and made the effort to understand what I wanted to say. His attitude made me happy, it gave me a little bit of confidence to speak in front of people.

Some students in my class made political videos, especially seemed to be about the United States, and I am actually interested in politics not only my country but also foreign country, but unfortunately my English is not that great, so I felt I have to study English more.

I made a video of a ballet dancer. I found the video on YouTube when I was randomly looking for something I like. I changed the colour to black and white and twice quicker than original one. And I repeated her dancing in the video and made her dancing unrealistic. My friends mentioned the dancer in this video was sculptural. I was really glad that my classmate liked my work.

 

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If you are interested in my final work, please click the link and watch it on YouTube.

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Through this project

I learned how to use Adobe Premiere Pro and that I should check my work which I have done again. When I finished making the video at first, I did not know whether my work was good or not. But I watched it in the afternoon and found a better way to show the film. I was conscious of the repetition in this project; however, if it is repeating too much, it is long-winded and boring. It should be moderate times. If I finished making my work, I should see it again an hour later or a day later. Then I can see the work objectively and find something different.

During this project, I was thinking about my best friend, Anna, who is studying film making in Massachusetts, Boston. We have been together for fifteen years and used to draw something together or write something on our exchange diary. She went to an American school in Switzerland when she became a high school student. Every time she came back to Tokyo, she talked about her experience of her school life, which made me interest for abroad. It is the reason why I went to America after graduation from high school. She was interested in Fine Art or Illustration, but for some reasons, she is making films now.

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Project 2: Altered Space

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Monday, 29th September

A painting tutor, Hannah, had a presentation about this week's project for FA1 students and explained what we should do. This project is centred on representation and image making, and so has particular relevance to the fields of drawing, painting, printmaking and photography. I did not know the meaning of "Alter", and it is to change. 

We made some collages and some ideas for the final work. I did not have any pictures for the collages, so I looked for them on the Internet randomly and printed them out. And at first, I drew the pictures I printed out and considered what I can alter the space of those photos. After that, I actually cut them or painted on them. Hannah gave me some helpful advice, and I tried various ways with the pictures. The time passed so quickly, and then the class was done.  

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Tuesday, 30th September

Our today's tutor, Gary, showed us how to use Image Maker, and after that, we were making our own pieces all day. I was interested in Image Maker and tried it because I have never used it before; however, I could not make it very well. Following, I printed out the pictures which I used previous day and put acrylic painting on them. I liked two pictures, one is a photo of a forest which the sun light comes into, and the other is a photo of a room which seems like a historical building. When I painted on them, I want the colours to be straight, so I used masking tapes and painted on the tapes. However it was strongly adhesive and teared the pictures. I asked Gary how I should do with them. He showed me how to make the tapes' adhesive force weaker and also recommended to use Acrylic Canvas Sealer. I tried his way and succeeded to make the works that I wanted to. I am satisfied with my works today and I am going to continue making my final piece tomorrow.

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Wednesday, 1st October

I went to Kings Cross and printed the pictures of the traditional building in various ways such as on black papers, tracing papers, nice quality papers and so on. I painted them in a lot of ways and tried to find something nice. The way I did at first was on normal printer's paper, but it looked poor and does not look proper work. I put colour on a thin pellucid board and put on top of the photo. As the paints did not put on the board well, I felt it failed as a work. The next trial was to paint on cartridge papers and put the pictures, I printed on tracing papers, on tope of the cartridge papers. I printed on black papers as well, and it looked already nice even though I did not put paints on them. Eventually, I found the way I did firstly was the best way, so I painted as the first way on a nice paper.

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Thursday, 2nd October

Unfortunately I was under the weather and absent the class. Before this day, I have never been late and absent the lesson, so I was a little bit down about it. I asked my friends about the class, and it was a critique of works and read each other's exhibition reviews. I took much rest and got better.

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Materials

photographs, papers, transparency boards, tracing papers, black papers, Image Maker, masking tapes Acrylic Canvas Sealer and acrylic paints.

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Progress

I printed some pictures on several papers and put acrylic paints.

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Through this project

I found even if I have an idea which I am thinking to make it as a final work, I should work in various way. Then I can find which was the best way. In my case of this project, I had some pictures and painted on them. After that, I chose which picture is for my final piece and painted it as my first idea, and I tried to find different ways of the work and created various works such as using a transparent board, tracing papers and black papers. Eventually I felt the best way was the first one. It is very important to find out the best plan of the work.

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Project 1: Human Being

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I finally understand how to set up workflow. I appreciate my friends' help.

Fine Art specialists' class was at Archway this week, and the class was about human beings/being human. It was the first time to meet students who were in FA2, because FA1 and 2 were in different classrooms.

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Monday, 22nd September

We drew an object which tutors gave us, swapped our drawings with each other and suggest what the drawing could be and what it could be used for. We then returned the drawings and shared everyone's ideas. Following that, we then drew new inventions from the list of ideas. It was a little bit difficult, but at the same time, a good way to create something new because another person's thought helped to make it, inspiring me to come up with ideas that I have not previously thought.

In the evening, I went to a lecture of Julie Mehretu, an American artist, at Tate Modern. It was difficult to understand for me, but it was also interesting to hear her lecture. I felt bad to be there because my English was not good enough, so I should start to study English.

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Tuesday, 23rd September

We drew and made samples of our artworks. I did not have enough materials to make samples, so I was just drawing and writing my ideas. In the end of the class, some students, who were chosen by tutors, presented their works, and everyone had various impressive ideas. Fortunately (I do not know whether I should say like this), I was not chosen by tutors to present my ideas. I am not really good at speaking in front of everyone, especially English is my second language, thus when I was listening to my friend's presentation, I was really impressed by them. If tutors had chosen me, I would not have spoken very well. I feel I need to study English more since the start of this course, therefore I have started to read articles related to art on free newspapers and London TimeOut. Of course, there are some words which I do not understand, then I look them up in my dictionary.

I am not sure whether this is a good way to study English or help my understanding of the class, but I want to keep doing it.

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Thursday 25th September

Our tutors, Kaori and Alan, talked about how to write an exhibition review at the beginning of the class, and after that, we started to make our art pieces. We had to finish it by 2pm. I had already made a sculpture of a human's brain on the previous day, so fortunately I did not have anything to do. I was quite bored and had enough time to start a new work, so I took pictures of people's faces, and made a new piece. from 2pm, we held an exhibition, showed our own works and commented on friends' works. Everyone had very different and interesting ideas, so it was an exciting time and made me want to make artworks more. 

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Human's brain

I made a sculpture of a human's brain for the 'human being' project. I constructed the base of the sculpture with clay, put acrylic paints and drew many circles with a black pen on it.

I came up with this idea when I was brainstorming about human beings/behaviour. I found every special action is related and effected by our brain. It is the key point of the differences between humans and other animals. The other animals can walk, run and eat without any help when they were born; however, human's babies can not do anything by themselves, they are just breathing and need someone's help to live when they are born.

The reason why human's baby is like that is because our brain is bigger than the other animals'. We have a very big brain and mothers can not give birth to babies if their head grows; therefore, we have to be deliver babies before their heads become big. The human baby is a similarly premature animal that is helpless. 

Human has two different parts of the brain, one is the right side, and the other is the left. The right brain is creative, we are using it when we are imagining or dreaming. The left brain is logical, we are using it when we are reading, talking and so on. These elements inspired my art piece on this subject.

After I finished it, I felt I should have made this brain bigger. I found the scale of artwork was important because it changes its impression. The next time I make sculpture, I should consider the size of it.

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Material

Clay, acrylic paintings and pens

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Process

I made two circler thing with clay and put them together. After it dried, I painted white paint on it. About an hour later, I painted colourfully on the one side of the work and drew a lot of circle on the other side.

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Human's emotion

The another work which is about Human's emotion.

I took photos of people's faces, printed out, folded the pictures and change their emotions. We can see their emotional expression on the other side.

When I was thinking about humans' emotion, the smiling face and sad face was interesting for me, and then it reminded me that I used to play with paper money to fold like this and make happy and unhappy faces.

I was glad my classmates had good reactions for this work. But I felt I should think about this work more because it was a straight way to think the idea from my brainstorming.

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Photograph

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Progress

I took photos of my friends and myself and printed them out, and after that, I folded them on the people's face.

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Week 2: Ideas factory

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Tuesday, 16th September

Our class started 10:30am, and we met two female teachers whom it was the first time to see. One lady, Kaori, was calm, and the other lady, Susan, was cheerful and funny. Also our group got a new member, so today's class was quite different from the last lesson.

We brainstormed for our own works and got many ideas in every 30 seconds. To draw my ideas in short time was quite difficult, so I straggle to do it. But I got a lot of ideas in few minutes. This is a good idea to brainstorming. After that, we showed each other our own sketch books. Everyone had a lot of creative and interesting ideas. It was exciting and stimulating for me, and I felt like I also had to make something interesting. Thus I want to practice to do it.

I mentioned about "The Elephant Man", a British film about a deformed man, on my first journal, and actually I watched it on Sunday, and today, when I was talking about our own ideas with my new friends in the class, one friend, Max, showed me the idea inspired by the Elephant Man and liked the film by chance. It was unexpected and surprising.

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Friday, 19th September

Masako, Paul and I went to Wellcome Collection, and we saw an exhibition named An Idiosyncratic A to Z of the Human Condition. I found it really interesting and enjoyable.

Also the next day, 20th September, we went to Tate Britain and saw various artworks there. It was too big of a museum to see everything in one day, therefore we saw some of it and had dinner together after that. Turner had so many paintings and moved me very much. I was wondering whether Turner painted everything by himself. I think he had some pupils, so he let them help his painting.

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Week 1

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Hello.

I am Aiko Taguchi from Tokyo, Japan, and my pathway is Fine Art. I had studied English and Fine Art at Thiel College, a liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, since I graduated from Joshibi High School of Art and Design. As the name suggests, I studied various types of art for 3 years. When I was in the final grade, I chose a Design course, and then I found I am not really into design. I love creating something with paintings.

I am fascinated with oil and acrylic painting, so if I can go, I want to study in 2D pathway as BA in UAL.

The course at CSM started from this week, and I have already struggled with everything in this course, especially because of my English skill. I felt I had to study English more if I want to study art as hard as I can. Along with the fact, I am thinking to take the English class for international students.

Last night, the wifi in the flat which I am living in was not really great, because of it, I could not use the Internet. I gave up to write my journal and started to watch a film named The Elephant Man which is British film in 1980. I fell asleep during watching it because of my tiredness, so I want to watch it again on this weekend and will write about it on my journal. 

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Saturday 13th September

I went to the Saatchi Gallery with my group members, Paul and Masako. Our purpose of the day was to go to the Saatchi Gallery and research the artist, material and process from a list we were given in CSM's library for our project. However, we could not enter the school because of the preparation for Paul Smith's fashion show, therefore we just saw the gallery, talked, and went back home.

I saw many contemporary and interesting works in the Saatchi Gallery and found some art pieces I'm very keen on, especially the work of Vincent Michea's. He was born in 1963, Figeac, France, and works in Paris and Dakar. His works are painted by brightly coloured acrylic painting and operate as souvenirs of Dakar's past glories and visual documents of the city's contemporary glamour.

I had a great time with my new friends and felt I should go to galleries or museums as much as possible.

 

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