This second post focuses mainly on the surrealist movement, with strong influences coming from artists such as Max Ernst and Salvador Dali. The project was titled “The Imaginary Forest” and flowed through a number of forms, from sculpture and zine prints to painting and paper cuts.
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a big fan of Disney and all things fairytale (huuuge understatement). So inspiration for my imaginary forest came from the old school Brother’s Grimm stories, leading to the creation of my very own surrealist world filled with all sorts of ethereal creatures and shadowed figures.
This was my finished piece! After about three months of building up the background and cutting out the tiny sections of paper I ended up with the central piece to my ‘imaginary forest’ installation. The little dude in the top left hand corner was my central character featuring throughout the rest of my work as the ‘forest spirit’.
For the background, I used fine liner for the details of the tree trunks, oil pastels for the larger photography montage, acrylic paint and (this is the weird one) some bird seeds to create texture. The central feature (the tree paper cut) was the most time consuming and frustrating part of this project, I can’t tell you how many times I broke the damn tree. But, when it was finally complete (and my hands looked like they had been slashed from the paper cutting knife) it was mounted onto the glass frame to create an extra dimension and produce an eerie shadow.
Whilst the background hardly resembles a forest at all, it eludes to a deeper surrealist essence. The fluidity of the paint strokes and the blending of the warped trees with their surroundings resonates with Ernst’s earlier works. Ernst mocked social standards and conventions in his imaginative works and was a strong contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements that revolutionised Art. (Click on those links to discover more about him! He’s a pretty cool guy).
Whilst taking photos for this blog, I happened to (by mistake) produce some pretty surreal pics, take a look! I love how they turned out, the glow surrounding the trees and the print like effect it gives to the final image induces an ethereal feel that works so well with this piece.
Finally, I took to photoshop to add my creepy little forest spirit to some imagery and this was the result:
I think i’ve bombarded this post with enough of my own work, now the rest is up to you, set your imagination free and see what kinds of weird and wonderful worlds you can create! This type of art is definitely the most freeing – you can make no mistakes, it’s your world!
Feel free to comment what you think down below or ask any questions about this project! And if any of you have done anything similar, I would love to see! Email me through the contact page!
That’s enough from me, I hope you are all starting 2016 wonderfully and making the most of the fresh start! What are your resolutions?