Studio Blog 01 / by Ilyssa Harrington


In the studio this week...

This week in the studio my main objective was to just get something on the page. I put the pressure of concepts and meaning to the side and just started making! The first thing to go on the page was fields of COLOR! I wanted to incorporate multiple mediums so started by printing different blocks of color with panels. I then moved to watercolors making large panels of color. Finally I painted color swatches onto scraps of canvas.   


This week I was consciously thinking about a couple artist. One of which is Heather Day, and the way she uses color and movement is really powerful. Mostly as I was doing the watercolor I understood how one could get so entranced in how the color can move across a wet surface. 

Heather Day's, It's a requirment to disappear #2

Heather Day's, It's a requirment to disappear #2

The other artist that I thought about this week was Joseph Grigely's. Particularly his installation White Noise. In this installation Grigely uses little scraps of conversation layered over each other to create an entire covering of a museum wall. The aspect that intrested me was how he uses all these pieces to capture moments of time.

Joseph Grigely's White Noise 

Joseph Grigely's White Noise 

Both of these artist capture movement and time beautifully. Each approach is different, this upcoming week I will be thinking about how I can begin to show the viewer small moments of time like both of these artists have.


Reading The Critique Handbook 

This week reading The Critique Handbook, I thought it was interesting that this was a physical how to critique. When starting college I was terrified of critiques, I would just hold my breath till it was over. Yet this book breaks down everything about a critique, from what is being critiqued, who is in the room, the general different view points of the people who would be looking at your art, and even the language of critique. It was really comforting to read. This reading also serves as a handbook on how to absorb and take into account the many different people that critique.