Blog, Doodles, Portfolio

Otherland Part 1

In 2015 I decided to base my final degree project on a fantasy landscape, called ‘Otherland’, from a story I was writing. ‘Otherland’ is like a bridge between life and death. If a spirit strays onto this land, there may never be a chance of escape. The creatures on ‘Otherland’ consume any spirit that crosses its path, which isn’t a true death, they become one with the creature, share its thoughts, experiences and hunger. This could be a¬†good or bad thing depending on the creature and spirits compatibility. The bad combinations become distorted beings, only longing for the hunt. In the story line, a woman combines with a white fox, which becomes the part of her she was missing her entire life. Their compatibility is so high that they do not become one twisted being, but can shape shift from human to fox, inspired by Kitsunes in Japanese mythology. (And foxes are my favourite animal)

Below are doodles I did while trying to plan out the landscape, but I ended up liking these images so much I included them in my degree show.

Night Castle, Indian ink on Watercolour paper, made in 2015.
Night Castle, Indian ink on Watercolour paper, made in 2015.

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Blog, Painting

Bloom Paintings

In 2013 I went through a feminist art phase in my second year of Fine art. At the time I wrote a poem called ‘Bloom’ and thought it would be a good inspiration for my art. I spent ages attempting to impress my Fine Art tutor, but she did not agree with any of the approaches I took. After months of scrapping photographs, drawings and paintings my tutor did not like, I found I only had one week to do an entire semester of artwork. In a state of panic I took to Photoshop, edited bits and pieces I had gathered throughout the semester and ended up accidentally making the imagery that helped me pass my second year of Fine Art.

After deciding on my imagery, I thought about the style and mediums I could use to impress my tutor. She always praised the students who painted in one particular way, using specific flesh toned and neutral colours. As much as I despised my tutors preference for one particular style, I decided to experiment with it. I originally painted all of these in watercolour, but ended up using oil paint.

'Dance to the Hum' inspired by poem 'Bloom'.
Dance to the Hum oil painting inspired by poem Bloom in 2013 by Inky and the Pen (Aine Kelly)

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