Oscar Wilde – Results of an Unique Temperament


Oscar Wilde – “A Work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.”

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More digital manipulation.

Each artwork is unique is its own right, and so is its creator: the artist. This quote I feel appeals to the styling and the variety of practices that any artist might have chosen, in which medium to make, the sizing, the performance and the delivery of the artwork to the audiences. And of course, I have created and experimented on different ways in which I express the thought.

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Francis Bacon – Wire Quote


Substituting embossing powder for black wire, the quote I used is The Job of the Artist is to Deepen the Mystery, this quote is by Francis Bacon, which is painstakingly hand stitched. This quote reminded me of the way art has changed over time, particularly abstract art, and how the Modernism has changed how art is seen and paving a way for new art and new exciting formats and experimentations. I felt this quote was appropriate as this is another of my experimentation of the visibility of text and how readable it can be. Like the canvases mentioned before, they make the viewer or reader to concentrate and get close to the piece in order to completely understand and decode what is written there, the words are near invisible when looked upon at a distance.

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A5 Black Canvas


I have a fascination in the visibility of text, and how readable the text can be.

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This series of small A5 black canvases is the product of that fascination and experimentation. When face to face to them, they aren’t as visible as the images shown, rather their visibility and ability to be read depends on the height in which they are displayed and the shade of the lightening, as well as the angle in which the viewer in peering from. Its good to note that reading the text upon this canvas is near impossible at a distance, to be read and to be understood, the viewer would have to peer close to the pieces. The text has a sort of shiny reflection when gazed at from certain angles, which is sure to catch the viewers’ attention.

Those pieces were created by experimentation of minimal approach and construction, an example of this would be the small sized canvases were constructed with only two materials, paint and embossing powder, both of which is the same colour. Like Edward Rushca, the piece is only of colour and text, and still manages to portray its text and message in a bold sharp fashion.


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Michelangelo – Wire Quote




This is the next series of my experimentation of texts which I had been working on for a few months now, in which I move away from my earlier work of digital manipulation and start working onto something more physical. But that doesn’t mean that I have moved completely away from Photoshop, this is just how my work has been evolving. Particularly using the power of technology to destroy and then trying to mend using different materials, and how has that effect the pieces.

With Photoshop I am able to alter the text in ways that I have never done before, such as taking away and stripping down, which is difficult to achieve when physically altering it by hand. By doing this I am obscuring the viewers’ ability to read the quote, which in turn questions the purpose of the text, if it cannot be read then is it still regarded as a piece of text, or has that changed the text into an unlikely image. However if the audience is able to decode the text and is able to read it then does it still keep its purpose? Or does it take on the role of an image as oppose to being just texts.

Michelangelo was known to be sexist and completely is obsessed with the male beauty, to the point that he would use only male models even when painting or sculpting female figures, he thought that males were at the top of the food chain and females beneath. From my earlier experiments I used Photoshop to perform a series of different experiments in which I either stripped the text apart or layered on top of it to the point of difficultly in reading.


Using technology to strip away the power of the text and then attempting to mend it back, by using the old way of fixing clothing, which is stitching; by stitching I am bringing back the old traditions. Stitching is an important tool that we still use today. The whole point to stitch is to fix and mend, which is an important trait for women up until the 20th century, to weave the stitching into an attractive pattern is an added bonus, making them more attractive and eligible for marriage.

When stitching with wire I intend to mend the faded, barely-there text but instead of choosing sewing thread the material I choose was beading wire, as I didn’t want the final results to appear perfect, therefore breaking the tradition that the roles and intentions of stitching and sewing and of women.

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Leonardo da Vinci – A Painter Should Begin a Canvas with a Wash of Black


Leonardo da Vinci – “A Painter Should Begin a Canvas with a Wash of Black, Because All Things in Nature are Dark Except Where Exposed by Light.”

This quote is by another known artist from the same period of Michelangelo. Da Vinci has created one of most beautiful and most famous pieces of art, as a curious and intellectual person he is always seeking, striving and trying to understand the world. Here is a quote regarding what it means to be an artist, to look for inspirations in the world and in nature and to bring that into light. The first image can be difficult to read unless tilted a certain way in the light and in the right angle.

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Yow! – There are no rules, only materials.


Yow! – “There are no rules, only materials.”

This quote I’ve chosen rings true to the modern approach that now is what and may be conceived as art. This piece has been manipulated to look like physical material and a physical process have created it when it has been made digitally. The piece below holds the same principle, but appears to have been created by using different means of material in substance.

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Arthur Schopenhauer – Treat a work of art like a prince. Like it speak to you first.


Arthur Schopenhauer – “Treat a work of art like a prince. Like it speak to you first.”

This quote I find interesting because it speaks and reflects both the artist and the viewer alike, and both having different reactions. As the manipulator I have paid attention to the word ‘speak’, presenting the quote to be loud and merging perhaps too much in with the background, while the next experiment is loud and somewhat bashful, standing and shouting to the viewer.

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