Sasha Waters Freyer (above left), teacher and filmmaker, delivered an excellent lunchtime lecture on film and following ones artistic instincts. The medium of film is uncharted territory for me, so all the information she gave was new and enticing. It was interesting to learn about her process and how it differs from film to film. Her experimental pieces are more personal and spontaneous. We had the opportunity to watch one of her videos and I was intrigued although slightly confused, but I am fairly certain that this was her intention. She provokes us to take a deeper look into everyday things by compiling and layering her own work with archived footage. Her long term films are documentaries and she has recently completed one on Garry Winogrand (above right). These documentaries require extensive organization, funds, and support. She is thorough and spends around five years for each project and I have a newfound appreciation for all those able to produce such films.
Though film is not my media of focus, much of the advice she gave relates to all art. She intertwines long term endeavors with short films similarly to our class’ projects and play pages. She also integrates her knowledge of photography, the field in which she received her degree, into her film teaching and creation. It assures me to know that no matter what path I choose to follow, what I learn can funnel into my work later in life and assist me to become a more well rounded person.
In my search to understand more about experimental film, I found this helpful resource explaining terminology and genres within the category of experimental film.
Here is a website which has compiled a collection of avant garde short films. Feel free to sift through the list and find something that speaks to you. The meaning of this art seems highly dependent on the viewer and what is effective is very subjective. I am personally out of my comfort zone as I dive into the sources and while I did find some interesting pieces it is up to you to decide what holds meaning for you.
The painting to the left is my final piece and the painting to the right is my practice piece. In my opinion, they share the same general feeling, though the final piece seems more controlled while the practice was more sporadic. I do like the spontaneity of the first piece, but the practice allowed me to plan for the next piece. I like how in the final piece, I preserved more of the dark under-layer and utilized different textures.
My favorite parts of this piece are when you can see all the different layers of paint built up over time and scratched together. It gives the illusion of depth and layers of trees which alludes to my title: Birch Trees.
At this point, I'm doing more of the same thing and adding finishing touches. I added a bit more bright blues and white. Next time I want to paint the edges and sign it, but other than that, I believe it is done.
I added a bunch more white lines to give the piece more depth and begin closing the bigger black gaps. I also took dark values of my color palette to add detail into the remaining dark space.
Mrs. Mosley gave me a giant bin of string so I dipped different sizes in paint and printed and dragged them onto the canvas. This allowed me to get thin and straight lines across a wide area. I also used the palette knife to create the textured white lines. It was looking a little too vertical so i scraped horizontal lines into the paint already on the canvas.
Just getting started! I painted down a dark base and was going to leave it there but I also added some white marks that I could build on top of later that can peak through. I know I want to bounce off of my practice painting by creating a pattern of vertical lines but I haven't decided what method I should use yet.
I am a Maggie Walker art student in Richmond, Virginia. This blog section is a little window into my art process, research, and experiences. You can follow along with my journey as you scroll.