Over the field module, we visited three different places, these included; Pembrokeshire which was filled with beautiful landscape that I adored and which inspired by Subject module, Neath Valley which was full of nature and waterfalls and Port Talbot which had the most influence over my work within Field.
The hard machinery and industrialisation contrasting to the natural lines of the beach, sea and rock formations inspired to look at human involvement in nature and the effects that has on landscapes.
I began by monoprinting, basing textures of nature on my previous 100 images from Pembrokeshire. However, because I did not feel as though I could actually represent nature without using it itself, I began experimenting with using wood and the textures it naturally has. The more I worked with wood, the further I drifted from print and began experimenting with sculptural art work after being inspired by Betty Mcgeehan. I found this very interesting as I am a painter and haven’t worked as a sculptor before. Because of this, I was able to experiment in different ways and expand on this skill, which I wouldn’t have done if I had not been doing this module. I would like to continue to look into wood work as I develop my work as I find it a very interesting material to work with.
On the wood that I had required, I started to experiment with how to create man-made textures to create contrast, such as sawing into the wood and burning it while focusing on my thoughts of industrialisation and deforestation, which I believe are key examples of humans influence over nature. The burning and wooden logs represent deforestation, where the sawed lines embody industrialisation. All of these marks contrast greatly to the natural marks and curves of the wood.
Putting all of the wood together, along with the contrasting man-made textures I have placed into the wood using assorted tools, I believe that it represents deforestation as the wood takes the form of cut down trees.
I plan on taking this forward and exploring wood work in more depth. I like the idea of turning the wood into a forest or a tree with harsh man-made edges and influences showing that after humans have been involved in nature, that there is no way of getting it back, once it I gone it is gone. Almost like a jigsaw puzzle of a forest landscape, highlighting the idea that the damage we cause to nature and landscapes is irreversible.