The project was a mess, if I’m being honest. There was little in the way of a continuous understanding of the ‘class/taste’ title, as I moved from little area of knowledge to something else, i.e; the act of owning wallpaper, to power depicts the ability of your opinions, to the cost and effort of paint vs wallpaper. I did not enjoy the project, I think the topic made me nervous, and I’m of the opinion that you can see my response in the work. Overall, its is a project put together of little bits of doodles and exploring bits of different media and processes.
In comparison to the previous project, in which I developed the pigeon images, namely only using the bird shape as an easily identifiable motif to properly focus on the drawing aspect, it lacks any thought in direction, and has, I believe made me realize I am part of a society made up of people from all walks of class and backgrounds, that all think the same. We all make those snap judgement, those immediate responses to something; for example if you mention pigeons to someone they are more than likely to express disgust. By which I mean, the class project has colored my drawing project in my shame for thinking in such terms.
However the class project did point out that practice was far from ordered, I flounder in what media and processes and information I already know, before attempting anything outside my comfort zone. It has made me realize that if i think i know something about a topic I will bleed it dry before even thinking of anything else, I lack the motivation to do so, I lack the confidence in exploring something I don’t know. As if I don’t know what I should do next, I end up not doing anything. Basically I should start making a timetable and planning out bits of my project beforehand.
The only thing I think I understand now, aside from how to make stencils for a three toned image, but that everyone makes judgments without knowing anything of the topic; and although I did try to understand the awkward subject of class, as it seems to be something no one wants acknowledge that has any power of us ‘civilized people anymore. The project has changed how I see other work I’ve done, and made me question what I really knew about the situations.
I took a look at Charley Peters’ blog and how she makes her work; and her practice is similar to the way I work, in that its research, sketches, redrawing, getting larger more detailed works as I get more comfortable with the project topics.
Overall, I’m going to stop panicking about the work I make and how I make it, I’ll keep in my ‘comfortable’ style of working, after all It can only get better no I understand.