Affection without Limitation
My Project was always going to involve some form of Photography and 3D Sculpture as they are the Two mediums I respond to the most. The theme I selected to explore was the relations between identical Twins, their equality and diversity and their unconditional love for each other and unspoken ease of communication. I wanted to use my identical Twin daughters as this offered instant primary resource material. To initiate this, I used photocopies of old photographs from when the Twins were younger and took inspiration from my Initial Contextual references Hockney, Rauchenburg, Ostmo and Messager. I explored ways of transferring these photographs into sculptural outcomes, standing, layering and hanging these by constructing a small-scale model and producing a broad-based selection of images that incorporates the photographic and sculptural outcomes. On my Journey, I have been consistently evaluating, planning and providing evidence on my blog through images every evening. I explored Layering with Acetate and Digitally using Photoshop and other digital software apps.
I further researched Projection, Artists and Photographers which helped to inform me and inspire me further with my exploration. I came across Tony Oursler a projection artist. I was inspired by the way he distorts faces on his video projections by separately recording audio and closeups of the mouth and each eye and then stitching them together for projection. I liked the distortion and was inspired to not inhibit distortion the Twins images because they are my daughters. I planned informal photoshoots with the Twins to further my photography and 3D exploration.
Following a Tutorial which I had on a weekly basis, I researched Photographer Dianne Arbour and her famous photographs involving varied sets of Identical Twins and It helped to inform me of some direction for how I wanted the Twins to pose for the images and even tried to reconstruct a pose she had composed herself of identical twins faces next to each other with one twin side on and the other face on.
I further explored Projection of Images onto simple Forms such as pencilled silhouettes on card, Torn card, paper and cardboard tubing. I cast my whole face in Plaster and constructed cubes and projected further onto them using Digitally Manipulated and distorted images that I composed. When I cast my face, I had hoped to cast the Twins faces but I felt the experience would have been a bit distressing for them and I didn’t particularly enjoy the experience and chose to cast the Twins holding hands as they have done so naturally since they were little girls.
I researched and took further inspiration for my Digital Manipulation from Fine artist photographer’s Susan Hillar and James Welling mostly their use of layering digital photographs and the use of colour and distortion as I felt they provided a sense of mood and energy that I wanted to capture in my manipulated photographs to help inform the equality and diversity of the twins. I further constructed simple wire silhouettes of each of the Twins and investigated further projecting onto them with the Manipulated images changing the environment and projecting onto a dark background and in a dark room it was at this point that I felt most successful in my exploration. I produced some beautiful images that I felt captured everything I was trying to convey and so I sought feedback through posting the images on Facebook and my idea of what outcome I wanted for my exhibition piece changed from my initial idea.
To further inform the narrative in my work and help develop my ideas I constructed a list of Questions derived around various misconceptions about Twins and video interviewed them together, recording their responses and capturing their perspective, and unique relationship. I went on to take photographs of them in a relaxed but playful way and asked them to semi reconstruct the manoeuvre of the continuous circle video that was in the pool that inspired my subject in the first place. The newly gathered material prompted me to think about how I could use it and take it further but also how I could use the images I had gathered throughout my journey as I felt that most of the Processes, techniques and outcomes were successful. I decided to look at Photobooks as a possible presentation piece.
After much deliberation, I decided that along with the photobook I wanted to recreate the response from the projection on wire sculpture and make a life size sculpture of the Twins doing the handstand shown in the photoshoot photographs, incorporating the manipulated photographs, photographs of them from when they were younger and audio from the video interview of the Twins for my exhibition piece to convey the narrative.
I knew this wasn’t going to be an easy task as I have never made anything on this large a scale before. I would never have dreamed I could do something so complex when I commenced this unit but felt confident enough as my technique with wire has developed in a range of configurations from simple sculpture to structural sculpture. I was also aware that I had deviated from what I expected my outcome to be when I developed my concept proposal. If I had carried on further with the Francis Willi’eme and Oliver Herring concept then I don’t believe I would have had the same evolution and been content with my conclusions.