Helen Chadwick

She is one of the artist that Jo recommended me to look at. I borrowed this book from the library: Helen Chadwick, Essays by Mark Sladen.

One of her main work: the Oval Court, using photogram to present mythological bodies. I don’t know yet what is my work ‘s connection with her, but indeed it is a beautiful and impressive work.

P.10 marina Warner: “When she recasts Narcissus’s pool, in work such as The Oval Court, she is looking through herself to search out something on the other site. “img_1744

P13. Chadwick:" right from early on in art school, I wanted to use the body to create a set of inter-relationships with the audience.

What will I use to create inter-relationship with the audience?

P15. While the object, places and poses which feature in the sculpture had autobiographical resonance for the artist, the overall impression of the work is not confessional, and Chadwick’s decision not to show her face in any of the photographs emphasizes the work’s universal.

P16. Throughout her career, Chadwick used form of collage and juxtaposition-overlapping, fragmented and reconstituted images – to disrupt the representation of the subject and to demonstrate the inter penetration of the self and the world.

An artist I found recently has similiar attemp: Rosie Emerson, whom I found in an art fair.


Book-From Selfie to Self-Expression

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Juan Pablo Echeverri, miss fotojapón http://juanpabloecheverri.com/

Juan Pablo Echeerri, a collection of ID photos taken from photoboots. Althought the person in the photos is the same one, but the quality of the photo paper, the style of hair and costume, all makes him look so different.

It’s an exhibition catalogue for Saatchi Gallery. I did not go to this exhibition, but it has much information of western artists on it.

“Artists were the first selfie-takes because they were the only creatives in the past who could actually do them. What is now easy used to be difficult. Before the advent of smartphones and mirror functions, only those who could paint and draw to a high standard were capable of preserving a convincing likeness. Not only did you need to stare into a mirror for hours, wrestling with your own reality, but you needed also to say something meaningful. Looking like you was never enough. (p18, Januszczak, 2017)

Nowadays, through the technology, everyone can do it. Just click, few seconds, no need to spend hours and stand still. The moment you are laughing is sincere, no need to make too much effort.

Note: great portrait artists from the past(from the book):

Parmigianino, self-portrait in a convex mirror

Diego Velázquez, las meninas

Rembrandt Van Rijm, Self-portrait

Vincent Van Gogh, self-portrait

Pablo Picasso, self-portrait

Egon Schiele, self-portrait


Cindy Sherman

Tracey Emin




He is famous for his interactive art by using mirrors. It’s like CCTV but present the images in various material like mood, pumpum, toys…The “reflection" has become very obscure.

“The self-portrait" is unlikely any other form of portrait. It appears to offer an insight into the way an artist sees themselves or wishes to be seen and at the same time it is an artwork that, by its very nature, involves the viewer in an intriguing game of looking." p.45 Roberto Marrone

“Multiple personalities, doppelgangers and alter-egos also play out a major part in the self-representation of many ther twentieth century German artist: Ludwig Meidner, George Grosz, Otto Dix, later Sigmar Polk and Martin Kippenberger." p.45 Roberto Marrone

Exhibition-selected MA show by Atkinson Gallery

I and Kay were selected by Jo and Atkinson gallery for their MA show in Febuary. It was great chance to see what other MA students are doing.

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The work I got selected is this photopolymer print. Because of this exhibition, I framed it. To be honest, I am not sure about this frame, and they forgot to cut the mat into circular.

I never learn photographer professionally, and I am not sure how to represent it in a most suitable way.


This is Kay’s print on hand-made paper. She has series of works that print from some cardboard. It is abstract with abundant texture on it. The way she framed it made it looks a bit like some sort of archeological object in museum. I probably prefer it looks more like a standing sculpture, which she showed in the group crit before, by making her paper thicker.


Our peer from Last year, Christian Soukias

It’s a combination of etching and screen print. A combination of basketball board and some classical painting. In his paper, he did the research of uncanny. It says “The works explore and manipulate imagery that often produces an “uncanny’ sensation upon the viewer as well as to ask how this aesthetic can be re-thought and remade for a contemporary audience"

Atkinson Gallery

MA & Other Postgraduates Exhibition

25 February -23 March 2019

Term6-Week3-Symposium 2

We have done the symposium this week. 17 of us present our works using PPT.

I like Giovanna Petrocchi’s work, it’s neat, intriguing, and cute. It’s 3D printing,probably the most advanced method of printmaking.

I also think there’s connection between my work and Ellen’s work. She is interested “The in-between",such as life/death, internal/external, strength/fragility, and she mainly uses her body as the medium… I am very interested in movie like Muholland Drive, can’t tell what is dream and reality, therefore I think I am quite related to surrealism.

She mentioned a noun called “Archaic Space": “Our sensory experience of the world originates in the interior sensation of the mouth, and the world tends to return to its oral origins. The most archaic of architectural space is in the cavity of the mouth. “-Juani Pallasmaa, Eyes of the Hands 2012

I feel like we are looking for the connection between our society now and this traditional method, but for me, I like how it is. When I first time see an etching painting, I just fall in love with it, the material and the texture within it.

I think I have tried few things below during these semesters:

Etching, aquatint, Mezzotint, photogram, lithograph, photopolymer, photoplate…

I have been concentrating on reflection series, was doing two dead animal before. Overall, I think I am not brave enough, I think I did not use my time well for I have too much other things to think about including how to earn money and getting married…etc.


I was planning to add more layer on this project. Brain suggested me to print more good print, so I can sell or apply for exhibition later. I am bit more worried about I will have time to finish it before head and frame them. I also think I should put another layer for other two lithograph. I just realize there’s not many offset press in London, bit worried now.


My own symposium: Here is the content for my symposium. I just find it impossible for me to talk in front of more than three people, and I kinda stop trying. (not only in English, I found it difficult to speak even in my own language)


I am interested in my personal experience of daily life while traveling, led by my desire to understand the experience of selfhood. In these two years, I am focus on the reflection that happens unpredictably in my journey.

I get inspired by some literature like ‎Murakami Haruki, which use Surreal method to describe a self and a space. For example, the protagonist climbs down a stair on a freeway, and when she is reaching the ground, the world has become one with two moons on the sky. I also like David Lynch’s works, using the most conventional daily scene and event, to explore the subconscious.

I started from the series of looking myself and my surrounding to explore the sensation. For I still find it strange, the truth we can actually see ourselves.

It is a process from ‘Exteriority’(looking from the outside or back in time at the moment), through ‘Moment of connection’(seeing yourself seeing), to Interiority’(projection of self into future)

RESEARCH: 1,2 artist, book, theory, talk, film?


Lacan’s mirror stage, a theory of how infant starts to build identity through looking at their image in a mirror. At the beginning, they see the image and themselves as a whole, for they can’t separate themselves to another. They see themselves in somewhere else, therefore, they learn from “I am complete” to “I am separate” and then realize their individuality.

And this process causes a mixture of feeling, from confusing, exciting, naccistic, accepting. Think about it, it can be interesting if we are trapped in it.


Selfie and self-portrait is common not only in art world but also in our daily life. I have looked at some photographer’s work like Francesca Woodman, John Hilliard,

Not only as a recording of one’s appearance, the glaze also giving messages.

American street photographer Vivian Maier’s works have impact on me, I like how she look at herself, her expressionless looking, as she is searching herself, and she could be everywhere but no where. Photography is her tool. It makes me feel like we are sharing more or less similar experience in our life. However, I have tendency to blur my image. I don’t have desire to see myself clearly, I am more interesting to see the hidden movement underneath the photograph.

Dorothea Tanning

In this painting, it looks like a sunflower is looking at herself by using a sunflower mirror, and all of this is a reflection from another mirror, or it’s reflection from the surface of eye ball. The floating of the glazing, to see and to be seen. The latter painting, she is more concentrate on colour combination, her stroke is more loose and abstract. But it also inspires me another way to see reflection. Which I will talk about later.

Experiment Material:

I have experience sort of material. Nowadays, using phone as a camera is the most convenient and quickest way to record a self and the moment. I think I don’t want to just take a photo. I have tried to make an intervention to the photo by drawing on another plate, thinking to combine the dream state and the reality. Later, using the physics of CMYK, to constitute a colour picture. To combine different selfie, situate in different time and place, to see if I can constitute a complete me.

I can’t say what I did is successful, or not successful. I think I just need to try more. However, overall, by using photopolymer, the deep and the dark black, seems surround me and trap me there. The process of printmaking, stencil and the paper, also like a viewer and the reflection, has different nature, and somehow link together.

Now, I am back to the drawing. the process of drawing, it’s like a ritual. In these two years, I am looking for what is the best way to express my idea. I still fond of this traditional practice. Lithography and etching. In here, I draw those snapshot on the streets. In the view, it’s some stuff in another side of the barrier, I can see my reflection, the back ground behind me, and the environment surrounding me. They are blurry, showing ,replacing, and merging.

Echoing the character of printmaking, layers and layers.



Term6-Week2- work process and group crit

Return to do etching plate.

  1. etching by stages, to see if it is in the right dept.


2 photoetching, trying metalic paper


Right is heavy weight matalic paper. I am also thinking to use silver leaves on paper. Brain showed me Paul Morrison’s work who use gold leaves. However, I think it might be difficult to combine gold leaves with photoetching for its shallow dept.


Having group crit this week. I was surprise that Jo and Leona seems happy with my drawings because I thought they suggested not display too many stuff. I am also happy that I can at least display some drawing, so my godfather won’t say this is not art.LOL

When I looked at Tanaka’s work, the long roller, I was thinking if there’s a machanical setting, can allow the rolloer rolls like musical box, that will be cool. I felt I can feel the music from her works.

Term 6-Week1 & work in artichoke

I have working on this lithography for a month in Artichoke

It is based on one of my photograph from phone, it’s a shopping window that you can see the displaying and my reflection. (My reflection is not very obvious)60949341_2031533800481615_2283354989948567552_n

Was thinking maybe I can put each layer with different stencil. Howevr, I think it is going to be quite complicated.

Like what I did for previous work, I choice ink for lithography. I really the watery texture on the stone. For the first etching, I etched light and dark area with acid of different strength. Later on, I started to use the same but strong acid for second, third etch. It went wrong again, and everything is darken again. Colin used lot’s of acid to bring it back, that’s how I spent whole month working on this.

Colin(Artichoke owner) told me, ink on lithography is more unstable. Therefore, if I want to do something as complicated as this, I should use chalk.

Although I fail on doing lithograph and waste/spent lot’s of time on it, I still quite like it, and might use it in the future, for I really in move by Munch’s lithography works. I would like to do something as moving as his works.



This is the version I have not put grey photolithography layer on it



Think above about the color(dreamy) and black and white(darker).

pixel vague (more photography), and dot vague (more printmaking)

Black and white is quite powerful, but color is quite dreamy. Need to think about why I use color.


Different scale of gray

Try black chine collé/silver ink/white paper

Need to make edge clean, use same paper

Look up filming color

Scrying mirror

4D model shop

Hobby craft


Visit Slaughterhaus printstudio

it felt so embarrasing while I found out I was the only second year student, probably I did not go there while I was first year.

It is a nice studio with etching and litho facility, and it offers a bit discount for recent graduate. However it’s far from my home, maybe I can think about it a bit after my graduation.

Workshop- Monoprint

I wanted to try monoprint for long time, but in the studio it’s almost always busy, so I went to this workshop hosted by east london printmaker.

Host by: Ann Norfield and Fiona Fouhy


This is my result, very quick. Very “material" and painterly.  We used seaweed, plastic wrap, feather, and combination of teared paper to create the shape. Not sure is it suitable to create tangible image, it might look like abstract painting. (it’s pretty rush, so I did not do a good job, however, it’s good to experience though.  )

Aritst Helen Clark from artichoke studio
Aritst Helen Clark from artichoke studio
Monotype by my peer: Sam Heath

Some works that base on tangible object, such as flowers and the self image from a mirror…

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Fiona Fouhy shows how she create a scene of forest by simple steps by using smaller rollers. By using one plate, go through the press multiple times to create layers.

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It is an interesting approach. I was thinking maybe I could apply it to my current work, but I am not sure now, it seems like the ink dry quickly. I probably still prefer engaging more time on my works.

Film: Documentary of Francesca woodman + Sally Mann

It’s a documentary about Francesca Woodman by interviewing her family and friends. It is interesting to compare her works and she as a person and an artist. From the film, she seems like an introvert and melancholy young woman, but from her parents, she is more ambitious and brave and exciting to try new ideas. Probably from her childhood, she already absorb lot’s of nutrients and thoughts from her artist parents,  therefore she seems non stopped thinking.

From the document, we can see her parents’ art, too. Through, very different from Francesca’s.

Although I have seen some review of this documentary saying Betty Woodman (Francesca Woodman’s mother) is irresponsible and self-fish mother, for probably someone thinks her comparison for fame influence Francesca’s dead, I quite like her works. It’s playful, formed and deconstructed, transition between 2D’s and 3D’s, and it looks pretty much like painting on sculptures, or mix of them.5610

Her husband, seems have get more influence from Francesca after she died. Black and White photos and nude girls… it’s hard to not make connection with Francesca, maybe this is how he memorize his daughter. Different from Francesca, he is not the performance and the protagonist of his photos, he set up a scene, and let the models to post. He especially likes to compose the model and a/few photographs and make some connection between them.


Here I watched another documentary of photographer: Sally Mann.

She lives in a country side and she uses this big giant camera to do her shooting. At first, She mainly photoshoot her children. She asked them to post, and set up a scene. When she wanted her dog does certain things and stand in certain place, she would even smear some jam to lure it.

She started some series, taking photos of human faces. In the film, she let her model lay under her camera, and it took long time to expose the camera. Because the monochrome and the film quality, they all have some sort of “dead atmosphere", or you can call it uncanny, I supposed.


Alice made something similar in the last term. They are all a bit creepy.

Later, she even visited a cemetery, where let the dead body rot and decay naturally.

Sally Mann, Body Farm, 2000-2001

The similarities of Sally Mann and Francesca Woodman are obviously they all use black and white photography, and they all deliver uncanny atmosphere. I like both of them, but I probably more perfer Francesca’s works. However, my own practice probably more close to Sally Mann, or maybe closer to Vivian Maier.

I don’t create a scene much. I am more like observing what is there already, and use my instinct and way to describe it, just that simple.



Went to a free workshop host by Kathy Anne Lim, her works is mainly photography. Here are some of my experience…


I am not sure why and what my idea is, just curious how it looks when it packed with people… For my photograph is always quiet.



more and more stairs



this is what I did in the workshop. The theme are mars and society…

She recommended a good book: post photography