Category Archives: Abstract

Abstract Reflection

This is my favourite piece of work I’ve created in a long time. I love it because of it’s scale and the attention it attracts. This piece of work has several dimensions to it. The first would be because of it’s colour and scale and the second is because you’re not quite sure what you are looking at.

When displaying this piece of work, I wouldĀ like to have lights shining off of it. This creates a wonderful 3D effect due to the light bouncing of the reflection of the mirror. As you can see from the picture below, I photographed it on a white background to get this effect. However, after giving it some thought I think it would be better done on a black background because the lights reflect off the white background and you do not get the effect of the 3D light.





Erasing the Abstraction

With my trials complete for this part of my portfolio it was now time for me to decide how I wanted to display them for final outcome.

As I really liked the act of layering and taking away, I decided to make a final piece based on the trials I had created previously. I think this works well as a final outcome due to the colours and vibrancy of the work. When displaying this work, I will put them up on the wall. The order I have chosen to display can be illustrated in this image below.



Mirror trials

I wanted to experiment with different ways of creating abstract work. After further research, I came across British artist Jack. For his artwork he creates large abstract paintings on to Perspex and then layers them on to walls to create a 3dD effect.

Taking inspiration from this I decided to print my manipulated photographs on to acetate and then place them on to mirrors. I did this because I thought the mirrors would give a 3D effect as the mirrors would create a reflection when something was placed on top of them. This worked really well. As you can see, I don`t think the trials worked separately as a piece, however I would like to put these two ideas together and see how it works.


Abstract – collage 3

This is the last of the collage trials created in this style. It is the last part of this collage process. It is the remains of the cut out squiggles from the previous collage. I love this set of three but I will wait until I have done all trials for this section of my project before scaling the ones I like the best as final pieces.


Abstract collage 2

I used the leftovers from collage 1 as I really like the whole shapes that were left in the full image. I stuck these down and then layered them with S shapes from other acetate images. Whilst doing this I remembered an artist called Mark Barford his practice is to layer and then strip away and without realising it this is what I was doing.


Abstract collage 1

After my photos were very successful, I wanted to see how I could present abstract images in a different way so I came up with an idea of experimenting with collage and its techniques. So I decided to first print manipulated flower images onto acetate to add to the abstract affect, I then took a load of there images and cut them into circles then layered them together on a piece of paper. I think this works very well as it is very powering to look at and with acetate gives a see-through effect.



After the inspiration of Sean Rakttkey, I decided that I wanted to try my own version of his techniques. I went to Wisley gardens to photograph flowers as I have a big love of nature. When I selected the best from the photo-shoot I then used the painters tool on Photoshop to make them look abstract. This was successful as it made the plants and flowers just have anĀ outline also made the colours to stand out.

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