Having had a seminar presented by two RCA students studying MA in Fine Art, I then had a fabulous tutorial with one of the students about my degree work.
Sounds strange, but I was struggling to really believe the connection of my concept for creating large scale water droplets to my perception of space theme. To merely try and recreate clear cast resin ‘droplets’ resting on actual water droplet paintings wasn’t sitting at all comfortably with me.
Talking about various theorists relating to our understanding about space including Henri Bergson and Immanuel Kant, this tutorial helped me re-evaluate what I was doing and refocus my ideas.
While researching artists working with resin I came across Chicago based artist Bruce Riley. He paints, or more specifically he pours, a psychedelic array of coloured resins to create his art. The way he works resonated with me. Like him, I allow the materials I use to interact and so they kind of create the art, but also his use of resins made me rethink how I’d present my resin ‘water droplets’. I noticed from shadows produced through the layering of the resin emphasized the creation of space within the depth of his paintings.
This re-evaluation gave me the idea to use the space I have in the resin ‘droplets’, rather than adding colours and forms to the base only.