Initial ideas for me were looking at the using of materials in the traditional construction of buildings as part of a formulae for clothing or rather as attachment to supporting garments. I was particularly influenced by the building site paintings of Frank Auerbach who was working in London after the second world war and pushing paint into new directions. He was using heavy dense thick layers of paint to simulate an excavation from the ground from which was emerging a new life, a new London of modern forms out of the debris and detritus of the rubble strewn city. I was interested in the basic elements from which a final construction began or the creation of modernist forms from traditional materials.
I used this as a starting point to explore ideas within the module further. I ultimately abandoned this idea as I wanted to push myself more from a personal perspective and explore thoughts about the body as a platform for statement rather than a particular desire to refine a certain aesthetic which might share a wider philosophical resonance but for me wouldn’t challenge me enough personally to create something I felt was new and deliverable. I thought I had a deeper set of statements I wanted to make and hence I explored ideas further over the coming days. I was particularly enthused with my personal approach after Monday’s PowerPoint where I understood more clearly the module was something there was no restrictions upon, as we looked more closely at the work of several artists who were already experimenting with the body in innovative ways.