Tutorial with Pip

My tutorial with Pip was more focused on better establishing the context of my ideas and how i can further the research of them. We discussed how having the face pushed back into the head creates this idea of mind and true intention. And these face masks fulfil are an extrusion of our desire to self fabricate our image.

I was left thinking about whether or not these pieces create emotion? and how the size of the pieces can create a supposed sense of vulnerability in them.

Pip wanted me to look at making more finalised prototypes and to create and print something that exemplifies the physical idea of my concept.


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I wrote down a few statemnets that may help me understand the fiction of my work better

The body is an extrusion of the mind,

our identities are an extrusion of our intensions

these masks are an abstraction a shift in perspective.

and in identity

these masks are an exclusive fit to each face

how we choose to represent ourselves is never false, but never truly ‘complete’, this is natural and to be expected. nobody shall divulge every facet of there beings in a public space. and yet, we divulge something. we are very carefully selecting what goes out the door and what stays in.

as we curate this entity which is an abstraction of our reals selves something entirely new is born.

this makes me think of masks, and identity and who we always try to be. traversing the internet can be like a giant masquerade party, you are never yourself but always alleging this abstraction of intention.

when we enter a digital environment and some can behave and introject this solipsistic notion that we are solely apparent. and we disassociate that there is a person on the other end of these digital interactions.

the internet for all its wonders and incredible facets are yet so like the world a true extrusion of the world and its inhabitants. a collective synchronisation of so much that makes it so appealing. but in many dark corners there still lies so much ugliness.

my work are portraits concentrating on that abstraction of who we become in this asynchronous space.

the true face of who we are is pushed backward becoming a passenger in the digital consciousness of ourselves

these masks that we wear they are formally less than who we truly are never conveying every detail of of what makes us the person we project in life. we are made up of good components and bad components . removing either would provide a false idea of ourselves

thinking about this. i decimate each face at different levels and create masks in different materials (the material by proxy may represent those various networks and and worlds we inhabit) just as the we are made up of many different materials and so is the world so to are these digital masks.

these masks at different polygon decimations, are by extension what we become and what we do to ourselves when this false sense of self is portrayed.

this in turn poses the argument of individuality and how we can truly align with those whom we

these masks which have pushed back our true faces and covered our real beings pose this idea that we are not wholesomely there in our endeavour to convey the best possible version of ourselves for all to see. we are just.. less. when we inhabit this space.




Because of many emotional and psychological dynamics, people can be reluctant to interact online. By evoking a mask of identity a person can create a safety net. One of the great fears of online identity is having one’s identity stolen or abused. This fear keeps people from sharing who they are. Some are so fearful of identity theft or abuse that they will not even reveal information already known about them in public listings. By making the mask available, people can interact with some degree of confidence without fear.

Glazing test tiles and Trying Lustre

Ive never really tried to glaze before, I am very new to it and I found the precision of all the measurements and the amount of ingredients a little intimidating.

Not to mention the different firing temperatures the correct types of clay, lustres etc etc.

I made some porcelain test tiles and cut up some earthen ware piece i had. Got them Biscuit fired and applied some glazes, I found In a glaze book. Mixing the glazes felt abit tedious, as i had to push everything through a fine siv to make sure they all properly mixed.

Once mixed I applied them to each piece, by dipping them all upside down onto a shallow bowl.


Here are what the glazed tiles looked like, The colours were not indicative of the final result.

They were all porcelain so i can high fire them at 1280 degrees in the test kiln. Getting used to using the kiln, was just a mater of setting hour timers on my phone and marching up and down the stairs all day not to bad.

IMG_3237Super happy with the results, I had turquoise which really applied itself to the faceted shape which was nice. and the glossy black which though applied a little thickly really worked nicely, i also did a dark “dusty” blue which when light hits it shows the blue. and lastly a simple transparent glaze all worked well and were great tests.

Next to be fired was the lustre pieces, this was earthen ware that has been glazed with transparent. and brushed with platinum and gold lustre.


and the results were not so good. I got preoccupied and didn’t pay attention to the kiln reaching temperature and i over fired the pieces.


The results, well, were petrol..and rather horrible brush marks, next time a soft brush shall be required.

these first attempts weren’t bad, and were important for me to get to grips with the process.

Artist research for ways to display and form heads

Trying to figure out how i want these heads to be displayed is a bit of  a struggle. I’m trying to avoid making them look like masks. But the issue is if they become to ornamental they straddle the decorative and and functional fence.

I decided to look at other art of heads and see how they are displayed, and how they serve there purpose in the ways they are shaped and displayed.

The first artist that came to mind was H.R Giger, mainly because i recalled some of his art previously to have various heads in them. So in looking at his art, I was looking for what could appear sculptural or something that adopts the environment of the painting as if it were a sculptural/3d piece.

I found many pieces that actually were tribute pieces to Giger. Still usefull though

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The Ex Machina faces were my favourite, though the issue with those heads in the faces point down, and that wont adjoin the bronze masks well. (as i may be having to leave that up to gravity)

The Female Biomechanoid Head by  Martino Catalano is interesting, its also ceramic, and free stands as an ornament. Seems to work quite well being elongated as it is, though that may make it kind of easy to knock over.

Dissertation PDP

in approaching the thought process for what I wanted to write about I enticed what truely made me think, and although too much honestly makes me think. what I wanted to learn more about, explore and write about was heroes. heroes interest me in many ways, all types all shapes all sizes. and in that was the seed for my dissertation.

I spent a lot of time thinking about how I would approach writing about heroes, I had already invested in a book by Joseph campbell titled the hero with a thousand faces, prior to engaging in discussions about my dissertation so on a personal level I was already engaged. in researching one particular image reached out to me and that was Washington crossing the Delaware by emmanuel lutze (this painting really captured my interest because it portrayed Washington so out of himself but so embedded in his accomplishment. and it made me wonder how much of art reflected this thinking. and as I researched further I found that many artworks really spoke to me, such as art form antonio pio saraccino and mauro peruccetti. I have discovered art that I can utilise and relay back into my own practice.

I struggled a lot with how to formulate my argument, I really found that although heroes were so prevalent in art I was not without a mountain of research.

In formulating my dissertation proposal I explored a variety of ways to approach the topic and found myself truly spreading the topic very thinly over a variety of subject matters some of these were reflected in the titles I was considering, I really wanted to make Joseph Campbell’s book the hero with a thousand faces so prominent in my work, but it needed to be expanded beyond that, and it was for me looking back especially diluting and thinning out the subject matter. being initially ill suffering from severe migraines through extenuating circumstances I was presented with more time, this did help me to think about the topics I wanted to explore, however it also delayed where my peers would be as they had already begun writing chapter one, so I was set behind them and found it very difficult to relate to there progress.

In speaking to my dissertation tutor about my proposal she was concerned that although the topic seemed interesting and unique and also that it was such as personal one for me, it lacked underpinning contextually to use her exact phrasing. I found through extensive conversation we eventually used masculinity as a way to bind all of these heroic pieces of art together, so I was given some research and book to look at.

I will admit it is upsetting to me on  level that the heroic topic is so focussed on men, because it is a non gender specific trend in my eyes, and I think towards the end of writing my a lot some of that thinking leaked out onto what I was writing about.

though I did find the actual method of research rather enjoyable,  think the idea of reading an entire book front to back intimidated me, but that was not how I approached this, I highlighted key chapters and points and did it that way, this for was providing me with a lot of research and also using e-books searching for key words phrases and quotes enabled me to source and gather a lot of information quickly.

I did find that being behind hindered my research efforts however, it was a conscious effort to put the research down and start writing and in doing that I feel the research isn’t fully formed or at least the writing isn’t all it could have bee.

I enjoyed establishing my dissertation as a chronology of sequenced events, writing in this way made jumping through time enjoyable and made the key areas of what I was looking at all the more relatable and easy to see. I have discovered some incredible new art and some very interesting facts about art I have already seen.

I don’t think I have given this topic full justice, but that isn’t entirely surprising to me, essay writing to an art student who isn’t particularly practiced in the matter can find this process abit intimidating and it was.I think that having to approach this again viewing each chapter as its own mini essay is a great way to round off each piece of research and that way when gluing everything together in the conclusion I have a great formulaic way of tackling each point which I found hard to do this time. in writing my conclusion I had to leave it ill dead last evaen after writing my introduction do just coming so far in the research I found that I needed to rediscover what I had written

this was enjoyable for me though as I really do enjoy the topic.

in all I am not wholly satisfied but I am not entirely shocked by what I have produced, I hope I have satisfied the criteria enough that it can help me pass my degree and I am realising that this type of writing is probably going to become an inevitability in many career paths. I found it comforting to know that my lecturers even today still have to write such essays. I can identify that I cannot focus for long periods of time on writing due to my headaches and in fact I suffered form an infected eye on the final week of the deadline which made writing very strenuous, luckily I had some software that read the words out to me without looking directly at my screen. I feel this can be enjoyable, a lot more enjoyable than I initially thought, especially if that topic is engaging to me on  a personal level and that has helped me along massively, not having a topic forced upon me has contributed massively to the breadth of research I did and I am hoping that really shows in my writing.

Cleaning up my head scan

Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 20.32.48I need some new models of heads to work with. So i’m going to scan myself and some friends. I had a preexisting model of myself that I spent some time cleaning up on Zbrush and mesh mixer. The results were promising. The hair didn’t scan great, and my nose doesn’t look very good either, the ear on the right also is half missing. so some work needs doing on this model.

Though in the original scan the top of my head didn’t scan properly so I had to spend some time working in and filling in the empty areas.

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So I closed the areas off and then i used the inflate and sculpting tools to work in some new new shapes. My hair is pretty sporadic and random so it worked to just go for it and not think to much.

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Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 17.51.19I spent some time sculpting the nose, and trying to bring the symmetry back, It was definitely improved, though not perfect.

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