Original Post Here: http://www.cassfashion.co.uk/juxtaposing-cessation/
As a continuation from my last post ‘Bam. You’re a Graduate.’ I
decided to create a post, soon to be a series of posts, which I hope
collectively will give readers an insight into my creative process and
how I personally work from turning an idea into a finished product. I
want to introduce you all to some of my sketchbook drawings, as in my
opinion these small experimental, development pieces are just as
interesting as the final outcome. I really enjoy seeing the journey the
artist has gone through and I like to try and understand different
creative processes and see how they work in relation to myself.
I began the project looking at surrealism and explorations of the unconscious.
“The surrealists aimed to liberate the human imagination, and their
vision, expressed in the works of some of the greatest artists and
writers of the twentieth century, has had a major influence on modern
Surrealism explores ideas behind and including, objective chance,
dreams and eroticism and aimed to depict and visually explore the deeper
recesses of the human psyche, especially the sexual aspects.
As I began looking at surrealism I began to notice the careful use of
juxtaposing imagery and how it was being used to tell a story. It was
at this point that I decided that I wanted to create some imagery that
told a story and had another meaning beyond its aesthetic. Therefore I
had the idea to take two juxtaposing objects, in this case bones and
flowers and see how they could work together to tell a story. The first
thing that came to me to explore was that of life and death, so I tried
playing around with the imagery in different ways such as within a tarot
card or within a circle (which I will explore further in another
It was very important to me from the beginning of this project that
all the work was hand drawn, as I wanted to try and create a collection
of prints as hand-made as possible.
I created these line drawings from a collection of photographs I took
at Kew Gardens. I tried simplifying the structure of the flowers as
much as possible without losing too much structural detail, so that I
could potentially create some more abstract prints using the line forms
and so that it would create a clean and graphic image.
I then created some sketches and illustrations placing the images
together. I wanted to place them together in a way that represented a
process or cycle. After looking at images of Tarot cards I began to
notice a repetition of circular imagery, as the circle ‘commonly
represents unity, wholeness, and infinity’ and so it emphasises the idea
of having a narrative behind my images. I also began to develop some of
my own tarot card images, which I can also explore in another post.