Contextual Research

Contextual Diary 1

My contextual research tells of my inspiration of artists in sculpture, like Mick Peter’s work of cartoon models in line drawings and to help criticise my talents of doing something humorist for my colourful manipulation into structures.

Peter’s website:

Peter’s exhibition:

By absorbing Peter’s talent of cartoon modeling in hard materials, they seem to interact with props in their own world like being alive which allows me to reflect his technique. Followed with combining creative shoes in foam and blend them in spooky-arts used for Mexican culture.

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Here are my basic cartoon patterns used in my foam models then to sketch all-over my shoes/telephones, using painting in a humorist way I experiment on two prototypes in aesthetic colours that helps me to transforming old artifacts into something excited and scary to work on.

Searching on Frida Kahlo’s connection to Mexican arts from her self-portraits, because they showed me vibrant effects of her inspiration of bonding with animals particularly with monkeys and to absorb her culture into my foam-craftsmanship.

Website of Kahlo:

Frida Kahlo endured constant pain but was so full of life
The Enduring Appeal of Frida Kahlo | by Jessica Toale | Medium
Frida Kahlo, The Broken Column - - Art History Stories  | Frida kahlo art, Kahlo paintings, Body art painting woman

At my critical point of Mexican influence used in doodle arts, because I am fond into cartoon colours to paint both Dead of the Dead shoes/Simpsons-telephones and to continue my next theme of mixed media of recycled objects/foam into hybrids.

Reading on Marcus Coates who has an unique ability of mimicking voices of various animals, as if he is becoming an humanoid being and it helps him to perform rituals of spiritual effects, which Coates channels his inner voice into Shamanic reactions and to communicate between human and animal worlds.

Methods in Coates’s mimic-voices:

  • Shamanism-development
  • Chanting, drumming and dream-catcher
  • Wears different array of animal costumes

Coates’s website:

MARCUS COATES - Kate Macgarry
MARCUS COATES - Kate Macgarry
Marcus Coates - Exhibitions | WORKPLACE

Planning on new hybrid diagrams once I drawn them, looking into artists related to my recent theme like Jane Alexander who is one of an important contemporary artists. Which helps to criticise on Alexander’s models by their expression of an unexpected twist, to examine on a person’s fearaphobia of becoming a animal because it felt on Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein and are putted together of our differences of each other in the outside-world.

Fear of becoming a animal: Xenohabilzoophobia

Shelly’s Frankenstein’s website:

Alexander’s website:

Jane Alexander
Jane Alexander, Butcher Boys (article) | Khan Academy

Reading on Ken Little who works on mixed media of animal models, used from old-artifacts like shoes or many kinds of recycled textures to assemble his creations as replicas compelled to real animals. Furthermore, he carves his designs of animal masks from bronze material as if they are a reflection of a wonderland theme and how Little’s technique can affect my inspiration of hybrid arts blended with foam modeling.

Key elements in mixed arts in recycled animals:

  • Influenced by American-entrepreneur Walt Disney
  • Experimented on old items into reassembled models
  • Used in wonderland arts on animals also in bronze masks
  • Textures of skin/hides used in fabric materials
  • Related from paper-mache or modroc
  • Manipulated on shoe leathers

Little’s website:

Portfolio | Ken Little
The Animal in Contemporary Art II – Stremmel Gallery
Artist Couples Team Up to Collaborate on the Group Exhibition 'Synthesis' |  ArtSlut
Red and Turquoise Elk | McNay Art Museum

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I have always been interested in various forms of art, even from a young age. I developed my interest early on through sculpting with Blu Tack when I was eleven years old and would model figurines from films and TV programs. I had a specific interest in modelling the army of soldiers from the Lord of the Rings using Blu Tack and toothpicks for the armory and weapons. And from the film Avatar, creating Na'vi people using toothpick to create the texture and ripple effect bodies and tones.

It was in my second year at college when I decided to switch from IT & Media to Art & Design, leaving South Leicestershire College to start the B-Tech Enhanced Diploma at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College. I was granted to enter at Level 2 and worked hard to achieve two distinctions in my first year. The switch was the best decision I had made that year and it set my focus to select Fine Art at university. The only university I selected and wanted to study at was DMU, a dream come true!

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