Fine Art - Collection Project Research

Visit to Tate Modern

Carrie Mae Weems - From here I saw what happened and I cried

This piece of work is exhibited through a series of photographs. The photographs presented the experience of African Americans clearly and she used this method as a way of showing the audience the dark truth vividly. She used a red tint on most of the photographs apart from one which was the start and the ending of this series, which was really interesting for me as it caught my eye and I am sure many people felt that way about that specific photograph with the blue tint as well. I always enjoyed putting a unique and different form of work in a piece just to make people wonder why it is there and how is it related/distinct from the rest.   What I really liked about her work was the written texts etched onto the glass with powerful notes; this grasped my attention especially one with the piano notes on it. I felt like that was a private message or a delicate matter which could not be put into words. I can implement this in my work by using symbols/ private messages for a specific work in order to make it more personal/ emotional. 




Mark Ruwedel 

Ruwedel is a landscape photographer  and he takes series of photographs. in his interview, he mentioned that he chose 72 of photographs out of 500 that he " really liked"; that really helped to think about collection differently, and how the more I collect or practice, the wider my range of choice would be. I believe photography is a great way of collecting information. for this project, I may look at photography further, as I was mostly interested in the collection of photographs during my visit to Tate. 


Jenny Holzer 

Holzer's focus is on the words that she uses in her work. she uses sentences and sayings that can be quite controversial, however, it makes people think and interpret it the way they want to which was really interesting for me; because this gives the information to the audience, however, it is the audience's choice to find the meaning in it. 





Marina Abramovic - Rhythm 0

Marina's work was one of the most outstanding out of all that I saw in Tate. Her work was collected by video and photographs, however, it was a performance for 6 hours. In my opinion,  creating art in the moment and being a part of it is very different from other types of art pieces. I was shocked after watching the video of Rhythm 0; this work showed how people can only limit themselves by their mind, not their body. This work was a collection of objects used on another person and how it can affect an individual by how it is used. The idea of trying something which you don't know how it is going to end is very interesting to me. 


Lisa Milroy

In Lisa Milroy's work, there is a pattern of repetition., which is one of the methods I can use in my future work. repetition can change an individual's perception of an object.; therefore, the repetition of the same form can put an importance on it or simply just bring a new idea and shape to that place. Personally, I could not connect with Lisa Milroy's work, however, I will explore and research her work further to try and understand it better. 

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At first, I thought this piece of work was a photograph, but it is a painting. the pieces are all very shiny and after breaking the vase, each piece has its own identity and is presented in a different way. 

Francis Alÿs: The Fabiola Project

his project consists of more than 450 paintings of a lost painting. I was really fascinated by how Francis has collected paintings of another painting; this shows different perspectives and the ways people look at another painting, as they are all similar, but no two paintings are the same. collection in general really shows what people are interested in. the repetition of the same image really changes the meaning of it and with the repetition, the image is not the same anymore. there is a feeling of mystery in this project which makes it really interesting. This project was presented on one panel which is really unique and seeing the whole wall filled with the same images, makes the actual image look so important. the loss of that image is very prominent, and I feel that if it was only one painting, it wouldn't have the same effect on the audience. 

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Rene Magritte

Rene Magritte, a surrealist artist, really inspired me with his famous piece, The Treachery of Images (this is not a pipe), for this project, as this work made me really confused and I could not understand at first what the meaning of it is. After researching about it, I could feel the ambivalence in that work and how different people can interpret different meanings from his work. 

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The whole point is to question the environment and everything around us and try to get a better understanding of our unconscious mind. Personally, my work was meant to make people think about what is the reason that they smile in most of the photos, or pose in a certain way and the way they are looking at the camera... 




Richard Wentworth

Wentworth captures pictures of improvisation, where the objects are used for a different job and removed from their context. For me, this is questioning the use and meaning of objects, and how they are "supposed to be" compared to other creative uses of them.