Now that it’s all over, it’s time to sum it all up!
- Outline how the studio workshops informed your own mapping experiments and processes.
Engaging in several different workshop lessons was a beneficial experience for me as it furthered my individual perception as to what mapping could entail. Each instructor embeds different philosophies and approaches which were introduced to us, contributing to my own understanding. Following each of these workshops, I began to elaborate on the information and methods being taught in order to extend such concepts into my own experimental maps. The introductory notice walk workshop through the Botanic Gardens caused me to explore the processes of observation in my very first experimental maps, as well as the detailed process of documentation which followed in all of my other experiments and continued throughout my major map as well. In week 2, Jo and Derek both shredded insight on perspective. Jo had us breaking down line/tone/texture/collage and viewpoints in order to create and rearrange images in different ways. Derek focused on concepts, titles, and words, which can be analysed and communicated in many different ways. This allowed us to consider the meaning of things and how this varies by the addition/subtraction/arrangement of a singular word. Both workshops were an exploration of perception, which I incorporated into my own viewpoint polaroid picture map as well as deeply considered during the production and layout of my major map. By Week 3, I had began to find a grasp on the nebulous notion of mapping which made Angelina’s approach an intriguing workshop, especially because I rarely work with digital mediums. These methods and techniques were furthered by turning my illustration into a gif. The lessons of design elements also affected the way I have arranged and edited my blog ever since. Nathan’s workshop was my final workshop, which informed my understanding of mapping by comparing and transforming different senses to paper. I elaborated upon this in my own experimental map featured in my blog, as well as stimulating thought into my major map by considering other senses other than the visual, such as tactile (soft textiles, stitching, etc). Other lectures exploring example maps as well as the one delivered by the guest lecturer also sparked interest for my own possible experimental maps and concepts, as demonstrated in my blog posts. Overall, the information which I absorbed throughout each lesson embedded me with knowledge, stimulated inspiration for my own experimental maps throughout my blog, and contributed to the production of my major map and my art practice in general.
- Identify and describe three things you have learnt from your mapping experiments.
1. INTERPRETATION: Following the research, lessons, and observations made to develop concepts for each mapping experiments – I have gained insight into the notion of interpretation. Most specifically, in relation to linking concepts to that of other artists or drawing on inspiration from other workshop activities and productions. There are many different ways to appropriate or recreate works, and the ways in which one develops these concepts is open to interpretation. I have learned this after engaging in my experiments, then comparing them throughout the blog forum and amongst peers.
2. PERSPECTIVE: While this was initially pointed out to me through workshops, I have embedded this lesson throughout the rest of my practice. It is not just fundamental as an artist to consider perspective while creating and planning your work… but it is as equally imperative to place yourself as the viewer towards your own art in order to ensure that people with different perceptions will be capable of understanding the concept being communicated.
3. DOCUMENTATION: The idea of mapping is a foundation which allows us to explore the literal details behind a person, place, idea, situation or event. The need for precision and research allowed me to truly document things like I never have before. I feel that it was a beneficial element to incorporate throughout my experiments and mapping processes as the facts are the basis or backbone from which everything else stems.
Overall, although these skills were mainly honed in on during my experimental processes and assessment production – they will also become useful for me as an artist and student in the future.
- How could this learning be beneficial to your own creative process?
Interpretation is important. While some people may find themselves with similar ideas, it is all dependant on the way that you as an artist can interpret them which makes your work stand out, or take on unique properties. The lesson of perspective is also paramount as it can now allow me to consider different approaches I wouldn’t normally think of, therefore gifting me with several possibilities and varying insight. Finally, documentation could be beneficial to my own creative process as it allows me to be thorough with the information and concepts being delivered throughout my works. The more research and facts being incorporated in my processes can allow for a more honest and elaborate finish and/or more possibilities. Overall, these lessons as well as the experimental and reflection process is beneficial for me as a creative student as it allows for me to explore new pathways, compare and contrast ideas, and refer back to my lessons in relation to methods/manner/matter.
Until next time, thanks for reading!