Finished Main Piece

I felt this piece need an injection of something so I added a scene from a modern prison scene. With the over layer this would become more blurred.




Here below is the final piece. There were originally four layer however I took one of these away. I felt it over powered the the piece somewhat.  I am pleased with this piece overall.



Third Stage of Painting

Here is the foundation layer, and below is each transparent sheet onto of this painting.


After paying particular attention each layer I need to take away some heavy areas particularly the last sheet. (It is quite easy to wipe away excess paint on this sheets).  I also want to give the piece another dimension, another lease of life.

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Workshop- Craig Thomas

This workshop was delivered by an artist who focused on our consciousness and how this could extend out to a particular environment. This for me was the most interesting of all these workshops. I was very interested in how ones environment is very much an element of consciousness. An artist Craig mentioned to us was Richard Serra. This below is a piece of his titled ‘Promenade’.





“He wants people to experience the art in a particular time and setting: ‘It’s about apprehension, how you apprehend the space and the piece,’ he said. ‘It’s part of the experience of walking around the space in which the art appears — you implicate yourself in the space, and the experience is in you, not in the frame or on the wall.'”

This work is especially appealing to me people of it’s likeness to the panopticon scene.

Craig then showed us a work of his titled ‘Labyrinth,’ which is essentially a site specific installation. It is totally dependent on the onlooker to engage with the work and experience it. To fully appreciate the work walking through the curtains is a must.

The projection was directed towards the hanging curtains and continuously beamed in upward and downward motion. This created a rather strange effect and we found that it effected different people in different was. I found myself in what I thought was an unstable environment and experiencing a loss of balance. It felt like the effects of gravity were lesser in this installation. Furthermore it reminded me of an alien abduction scene. The piece was also quite hypnotic, I found it very meditative and overpowering in a sense. This workshop opened my eyes to new ways one’s environment can effect there current state.


Second Stage of Painting

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First stages of painting

This below is the first layer on the wood panel, which will form the base of the piece and ultimately the foundation of the piece. Throughout the art and the conscious mind project the aspect of illusion within painting was something that particularly interested me. Here I am trying to display this. I wanted to achieve this Gerhard Richter effect in a more subtle way perhaps.



This is the first transparent layer, this layer will essentially be a representation of the individuals in the prison.



Painting preparation

My idea is to paint a Victorian prison scene on a wood board and then have transparent layers or sheets. I have got the materials now.

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I have three acrylic sheets, which will have a painted image on them. The whole point of this piece is to glorify the panopticon and the power of an environment. I am going to paint the Victorian scene, I felt it was the most successful painting out of the A1 paper studies. Here it is below.


Art and the Conscious Mind- Lecture 4

One of the most puzzling things about consciousness is that it creates the possibility of reflecting on itself. This can be regarded as the self-awareness of the conscious mind.

The mirror test is often seen as a indicator of self-awareness. It is not only humans who have this ability to recognise themselves.

elephant intelligence mark test mirror test

Antonio Damasio outlined the fundamentals of self-awareness, these being core self and one’s autobiographical self.  Counter arguments to this include Thomas Metsinger who denies the existence of self.

“No such things as selves exist in the world. For all scientific and philosophical purposes, the notion of self- as a theoretical entity- can be safely eliminated” Metzinger, 2005, Precis for Being No One, pg.3

What we imagine to  be our self is just a model of the self we imagine exists in order to explain our day to day existence.

Can you think about yourself, thinking about yourself?

Paradox of introspection (Schooler and Schreiber)

What we believe we are thinking can be different from what we are actually thinking. People do not realise their minds have wandered, or are not aware of mental responses that are given away by physiological behaviour.

Self-consciousness is not part of the mind but the result of different parts of the mind reflecting on each other.

Self-awareness in art.

597px-Self-portrait_by_Johannes_GumppJohannes Gumpp, 1646, self portrait

“‘Someone is watching him over his shoulder’ and catching him in the art of painting. He is painting him while he is painting. This someone is the fictitious author of the whole painting. ‘Fictitious’ because he is presenting himself as another; ‘author,’ because he has left us a painting which is none other than Gumpp himself. It is ‘Gumpp’ who claims to be an ‘other’: the one who is looking ‘over his shoulder,’ the ‘Gumpp’ painting the image of himself.” Stoichita, pg.245

attempting-the-impossible-1928(1)Magritte, Attempting the Impossible, 1928

“Magritte’s love of paradox was not merely capricious. It was motivated by a profound metaphysical distrust of all non-paradoxical assertions about reality. Such assertions are always the product of a limited and partial experience.” Robert Witkin, pg.184