Alexander Calder

alexander-calder-red-blue-black-cascadeA couple of weeks ago I visited a retrospective at the Tate of Alexander Calder’s art work. At first, this was just a personal artist interest to me rather than an influence for my practice. However, going round the exhibition it came to me that a lot of his famous and earlier work was influenced by movement and amateur dramatics. This got me thinking of how I could combine my theme of movement with kinetic art, which he pioneered.

Artist Statement 2

My practice is still about movement and how we display and manipulate movement. After going to the Alexander Calder exhibition this has inspired me to develop another diversion in my practise of movement. Calder’s work is all about the engineering and balance created by suspension. However, I am more interested in how we can create things that can be moved manually or mechanically to make an art piece. I would also like to explore how I can combine this with my mark making and how these creations could possibly make marks from their movement. In terms of the filming element of my work, I would like use film as a form of documentation, as this is a successful way for me to record my work. I think of this as my electronic sketch book – a way of being Independent in how I can record my thoughts and ideas. I also have my own blog, this allows me to research and document my research on other artists and relate this to my own work.

Artist Statement 1

My practice is all about movement and how we portray movement. Even though it can be delicate it can be seen as a very strong and striking art form. I have been looking at performance artists and dancers as I would like to explore how we can be immersed in the movement as it’s happening. Artist such as; Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Tricia Brown Heather Hansen These are all dancers who combine their dance with mark making. Heather Hansen is a trained ballet dancer and uses delicate movements with charcoal. By using ballet movements and stretching her body she is able to cover the area with charcoal patterns, leaving a trace of her movement. I take inspiration from this as I have very limited and delicate movement myself. I like to use my chair for big and bold marks to cover a large surface area. I also use my hand for more delicate and intricate work. As well as movement with the chair, I am exploring how I can manipulate materials to create different forms and explore how movement can change shape. Eg, using tin foil, water, bubble wrap, plastic bags can all have a different effects and outcome. From these experiments I would like to learn more about how to capture movement on film and how best to display final outcomes. I would also like to expand my knowledge on Final Cut Pro and the editing process. Ideas I thought about for extending this project further and moving forward are to film my hands through materials that move, eg, grit and sand. Also to film my wheel chair moving through different liquids to show the movement of the liquid. Quote: Adrian George says ‘ ….. Disabled artists to this day who use their bodies to extraordinary visual effect to communicate their unique perspectives on contemporary culture’. Art, Lies and Videotape: Exposing Performance. Page 11. Keywords – practice, current, origin, art, objects, images, performance, film, discourse. Bibliography * Art Lies and Videotape: exposing performance. ed Adrian George: – 2003 – Tate Publishing * Perform: Jens Hoffman and Joan Jonas – 2005 – Thames and Hudson.


This is a video of manipulating materials. The final materials I have chosen to use for the video are materials you can see a severe change after manipulation. These materials are Tin foil, tissue paper and newspaper.

I love working in this medium because it is something I can do independently and use as a documentation tool. I may not use it as a final outcome as the finished videos may not be to a high standard.

Film Trials

As it was pointed out it would be nice to see documentation of the work I was creating I decided to explore the film side of my work.

Trial Film first session – After brainstorming a number of materials I decided to select three to record myself moving them with my hands. The materials I had selected was due to the shape they would create when scrunched. During filming I had my camera on a tripod underneath a light source and tilted directly above my tray on a white background.

Trial Film second session – On review of my first films, I decided that the white background did not look affective as the light was bouncing off the white card. So I decided to film them this time on a black background. I also changed one of the materials, the bubble wrap, to newspaper as it wasn’t creating the shapes that I wanted.

Heather Hansen

Heather Hansen is a drawing artist. She started very late in her art career as she was originally trained as a ballet dancer. This now though, inspires her new passion which is charcoal drawing. To create these pieces she lays on a large sheet of paper on the floor with charcoal in her hands and between her toes.

She then creates her ballet movements stretching her arms and legs to draw these magnificent pieces.



Drawing Trials

As I wanted now to explore movement I started thinking of the ways that I could portray movement through mark making. This was inspired by the artist Heather Hansen that creates large charcoal drawings.

I created all these drawings by crushing charcoal with my chair and moving paint around. I am happy with the pieces I put up for final display.

On feedback from my friends and peers, they thought it would be a good idea to document and film the creation of these pieces. Another thing that was mentioned was the dislike of slogans on one of the pieces. However, I did point out to them that this was supposed to be a creation of a “STAIN” rather than a final piece.