Great OGR! I really love your thumbnails :)
OGR 05/11/2015Hi Becky,I enjoyed your travelogue very much - moody, cinematic - it put me in mind of the room of requirement, as depicted in the Harry Potter movies:http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/harrypotter/images/5/54/06_harry-potter-set-design.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120109213400Your big challenge is going to be to actually 'design' something; in your city, found objects are the lego bricks, but lego bricks build to make more than a mass of themselves - they still need a shape or rationale; your city isn't a city of 'heaps' or 'piles' - it is a city with buildings, and I think, to make your next phase easier, you need to get more an idea, not of the lego bricks, but of why they're brought together in the shapes that they are.What I thought as absolutely fascinating was the idea that your artist was seeking to transmit a sense of her national identity becoming fractured or splintered; might it not seem logical that, with Nevelson as your architect, the buildings themselves might seek to transmit some of that cultural heritage? If Nevelson regards herself as something of a cultural 'mongrel' (not quite Russian, not quite American), perhaps the buildings of Antiqua might reflect that too - so, in terms of the shapes all those found object lego bricks combine to create, maybe you could splice iconic Russian architecture with iconic American architecture, so fragments of this architectural profile...http://townsofusa.com/travels/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Kremlin.jpgcombined/spliced with:http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/0927/chrysler_building_1930.jpegIt feels like your important next step is to stop drawing assemblies of things, but deal instead with the design and shaping of the things all those things might make - and to ensure those shapes are also transmitting Nevelson's ideas of fragmentation and mash-ups. Personally, I think it would be fascinating to get a bit Nevelson yourself and work, not with line or drawing for this next stage, but actual collage; for example, take these iconic buildings that associate strongly with Russian and American cities, and literally cut them up and kit-bash them together into new forms to create new silhouettes; blend them together, but not in some super-neat way, but rather in keeping with Nevelson's own way of working. Don't worry at this stage about the whole 'everything is black' or indeed on all the lego bricks - find a way to start thinking about the actual design of your Nevelson-inspired architecture. I think you should get arty, 'collagy' and experimental! Let's see you try a different work-flow - I guarantee it will stir things up and push your work into different places! Onwards!