Into The Water (Women In Water Series)
Series of artworks
The inspiration comes from the contemplation of some of my favourite artists: Joseph Cornell and his boxes; Yves Klein and the beautiful aquatic sensations in some of his artworks, Francesca Woodman and her recurring use of the female figure and the surrealist treatment of her photographs, and also the photographs by Wynn Bullock and Barbara Morgan. Even Hieronymus Bosch is always present as a referent for his narrative. There is also an obsessive need to express, in a subtle way, the idea of transparencies and unreal atmosphere into the artworks, establishing different levels of perception. Finally, it was found a minimalist way to show a desired mysterious environment.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
"Into the Water" is a very thought-out and highly polished series, from the first moment of its conceptualization to further implementation. The series experiments with two concepts: a surrealist narrative and visual poetry. On the technical side, the experimentation and research process granted the pieces a unique personality that the artworks as delicate collages. These collages contain very expressive characters, figures of great proportions emerging from the aquatic environment, unknown and hostile to most of them, helpless victims of fate. The art pieces convey an ethereal idea of mystery through visual experimentation with different levels of transparency achieved in a minimalist way. The final result is a surreal feeling of immersion.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The innovation and originality of the technique used, together with a minimalist approach in every piece of the collection, ensure that the interaction of the viewer with the artworks is very intense, provoking an instantaneous attraction to these pieces with a personality of their own. All the works of the series "Into The Water" try to convey an intense ethereal sensation, full of mystery and fragility, when looking at the bodies fading subtly under a translucent veil that brings depth to the pieces. This aquatic, neutral and minimalist background adds to the work a strange feeling of unreality that disturbingly combines with the situation of extreme expressiveness that the characters are experiencing.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in February 2014 in Lleida with a short collection of five pieces (230 x 230 mm each). The final artworks (500 x 500 mm) were completed in November 2016 in Lleida. One of the pieces, called Into the water, was selected as a finalist at the World Illustration Awards 2016 (backed by the AOI): currently, it is part of the exhibition tour all around the UK.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
For the production and realization of the artworks the following materials have been necessary: First it was necessary watercolor paper and cardboards of different shades for the trimmed figures. These paper figures are inked with black ink and, after that, painted with watercolors and colored pencils in a subtle way. On the other hand, polypropylene sheets were used for the aquatic environment. Some of the pieces also include wool that was placed under the polypropylene sheets in order to add different textures. Once the different pieces were assembled in a inner frame, they were inserted into a outer frame with a height of 45mm. Thus the pieces have enough depth and, through the polypropylene, we obtain different degrees of blur.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
500 mm x 500 mm x 45 mm each artwork
surrealism, minimalism, illustration, mysterious, art, water, blurred, atmosphere, symbolic, collage
The research has two sides: one that is artistic and another, technical.
The aim of the artistic research was to give life to a poetic idea in a three-dimensional environment, since the flat drawing could not express the lyricism and poetry that was desirable. It was based on artistic references such as Joseph Cornell, Yves Klein, Miquel Barceló, Francesca Woodman, Wynn Bullock or Barbara Morgan.
On the other hand, the objective of the technical investigation was to create an aquatic environment that allowed to visualize different degrees of transparency and to give tridimensionality to the artwork.
I experimented testing several materials: paper of different qualities and shades for the figures and, also, materials with specific textures and levels of transparency for the background. Tests were also carried out for the composition of the seabed with other materials such as tulle, cloth or wool, representing different textures.
The tools used were watercolors, ink and collage basics.
The results of the whole research process were very positive, as the definitive collages are artworks that convey the feelings intended at the beginning of the project: a surreal and minimalist sensation of mystery and visual poetry.
Behind some seemingly simple images there is a demanding search job. On the one hand, it was necessary to find a material that offered different degrees of visibility depending on the proximity or distance between this and the figures in the composition. After several tests with tracing paper, the final solution were the polypropylene sheets, perfect because of its consistency and a suitable degree of blurring.
It was also difficult to find a perfect solution for the coloring of the background and the figures. Finally the parts of the bodies were painted using one color or another depending on whether they were in or out of the water.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Assistant: Juanjo Barco
Sonia Alins, 2016.