Scanography Edits

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Using my scanography and cyanotype work I created a series of images collating the work together. I experimented using various overlay and filter features on Adobe Photoshop and created this final effect. I particularly like the subtle tones in the pink piece with the yellow of the alstroemeria petals.

 

 

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Botanical Artists: Anna Atkins and Elizabeth Blackadder Influenced Responses

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As well as coming from an arty background, I also study biology and so wanted to incorporate science into my project. Atkins and Blackadder are examples of botanists who use art in order to convey their findings and to collate their work. Atkins was fascinated by botany and created cyanotypes of pressed plants in order to document her specimens. Blackadder on the other hand used traditional fine art practices such as sketching and painting to create biological, anatomical drawings of exotic plants in the Amazon Rainforest and was one of the first individuals to bring attention to the devastating effect of deforestation on this particular rainforest, particularly where flora and fauna are concerned.

Although I have taken inspiration from both artists in terms of a scientific perspective on plants, I have used Atkins cyanotype process as the medium for my initial responses. In order to respond the Blackadder’s work, I used acetate negatives of photographs that I had taken of flowers in order to articulate her precise, scientific style. I superimposed script text in order to name the plants using their binomial Latin name as well as the state they are in as both artists use this in their work

 

 

 

Georgia O’Keeffe: Response Development

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I was inspired by the controversy surrounding the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe. Those who have seen works by O’Keeffe will have probably at some point compared it to certain “female regions”, particularly “Black Iris III” and “Red Canna”. The artist herself denies this claiming:

“I made you take time to look at what I saw and when you took time to really notice my flower, you hung all your associations with flowers on my flower and you write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and see—and I don’t.”

It is interesting that people suggest that these flowers are meant to represent areas of the female form as generally plants have both male and female sexual organs. It is almost trying to associate the flowers with a certain sex, when flowers themselves are not usually one sex. This is quite interesting seeing as the tulip I have painted here actually seems to be quite a phallic looking plant, with its long style and bulbous stigma. I wanted to play with this concept, fragmenting my oil painting into different layers to represent the complexities of plant anatomy and to show it’s not so simple as male and female.

I added the text “Gender is False” as not only were O’Keeffe’s works compared to the human form, but flowers are seen as feminine despite their male and female anatomy. Gender does not relate to someone’s sex, contrary to popular belief, rather, gender is more about social differences between stereotypical male and female characteristics rather than biological ones. In a way, gender in itself is false when looking at something scientifically, and I wanted to show that the flower is just a flower, it isn’t a “boy” or a “girl” it doesn’t represent male or female form, it is a form in itself and in this case, and in the case of O’Keeffe’s work, “Gender is False”.

Oil Painting of a Purple Tulip- Georgia O’Keeffe Response

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I was inspired by the detailed, close up oil paintings of flowers created by artist Georgia O’Keeffe. I started by taking a photograph of a tulip and from there I created this oil piece on a canvas board. I like the subtle shading however I would have liked to spend more time on it to make it more detailed, but hey-ho that’s A-Level art deadlines!

Tang Chiew Ling Responses