Different ways of making marks by the same person.
Different types of making marks can be achieved by using different types of art materials. In the first collection we see rubbings made by using leaves and bark that have given the patterns by rubbing wax crayon or pencil over the objects. This is typically an exercise that children find fun but as adults it can also be fun to do as a warm up exercise before doing a more serious project, especially if you feel a little stuck.
In the second set of images the use of making marks (using blobs, dots and lines) was accomplished in black ink. The series of images, portrays Africa by showing the different curios that you could find at that time. The images are symbolic.
In this third series of images, the use of mark making in graphite pencil becomes more about depicting the textures of different man made objects such as plastic packaging, paper bag, glass, metal, and bricks. Underlying the depiction of the ordinary man made objects is the exploration of materialism.
In the last two images the use of making marks the use of household products was to be included as well as normal art materials in creating our images. I chose to use coffee, boot polish, bleach as well as chalk pastels, oil pastels, and black ink in my mark making.
Making marks is also about how we show up in life, how we make our mark and who it impacts, for good or for bad.
The first image, Social statement, is a comment on how society benefits the wealthy and overlooks the plight of the poor: the more wealthy climb the ladder, stepping on the rungs of life, while the lowly worker is unable to climb the ladder.
The second image, Our Collective Junk, is a comment on how we as humans who are cleverly creating material goods are also piling up more and more junk that we can’t get rid of. On another level the title is a play on the Jungian term “collective consciousness.” The question is how conscious or unconscious are we about what we are doing to the Earth?
So briefly, I have shown you how making marks, or making art can be fun, or just a portrayal of an image or say a lot more. You can use just about whatever you want to to make your mark. In the end while the artist might express one thing it is up to the viewer, who perceives the images in their own way to respond to the images personally too. That, for me, is the beauty of art: there is an expression from the artist and a response from the viewer. In this way making marks is about the actions we take and how we impact each other in life as well. I would love to hear about your thoughts.
Take care till next time.