Cristina ?active 1 year, 6 months ago
Beijing National Stadio (the nest)
I let the Beijing National Stadio (the nest) to inspire me for my bread sculpture (Herzog and De Meuron, & Al Weiwei). Firstly I was attracted by the structure made of many many empty spaces, that made the structure lightweight. The second thing that attracted me was the organic inspiration of the Stadio: the bird nest, and by its apparently random, but also consistent, contruction lines. Looking around I've noted that bird nest structure or pattern have been source of inspiration for artist, designers and architets, but also for crafters. But more interestigly, it seems that the Nest Stadio has become source of inspiration itself.
The bread nest (night version)
The structure of the bread nest is highlighted by the tea light put inside the nest.
The bread nest
This bread "sculpure", Inspired by the architecture of the Beijing National Stadio, is made of many strips of bread lead over a glass bowl and then cooked into the oven. The shape of the nest was limited by the shape of the only oven safe bowl I had. Nevertheless, I like the final overall effect empty/filled spaces, light/shadows.
Claude Monet's original work
For the first part of the assignment I chose to copy Claude Monet's "Essai de figure en plein-air: femme a l'ombrelle tournee vers la droite". I've seen it recently at an exhibition on impressionist and post-impressionist works from the MusĂ©e dâ€™Orsay at MART (Roverto), and I was impressed how much Monet beatifully focused in rendering on the canvas the light. The details of the subject are blurred, but the real protagonist of the painting is the light. Moreover, if you are so lucky to see this work live, you can notice how Monet not only uses the colors but also the thickness of the color media for attracting your sight to salient points: for me, in this case, the sight went to the lady's scarf, its movements and light effects...
My version of Monet's work
Differences: there are so many! I'll try to focus on those that were more challenging for me. Monet's work is a oil over canvas painting, but I was more comfortable in making my copy with water colors. I've tried to keep a similar palette, but colors are different. I also didn't fill all the paper sheet, keeping just the parts of the the original painting that attracted me more (for example in my copy there are nearly no vegetation details). Also shadows and lights are more accentuated in the original work, while in the copy contrast are more soft (in part, it was partially due to scanning). I was not able to render the white spots of color/light, even if I would like.
Blind contour: Self portrait
Blind contour of the reflection of myself on the glass door of my closet. I really loved this assignment, I left it for the last one but it was the one that I enjoyed most! I took less than 1 min to do (actually it needed more to scan and upload it). It was the first time I tryed to do a blind contour, and I found it really powerful!
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