In preparation of creating our own artefact I decided to look at a few artists to influence my designs.
Hari and Deepti
Hari and Deepti are Indian light box artists who believe stories have many layers and shades. Great believers in imaginative ways of stroy telling, they use paper as a medium in which to relect this. They beleive “Paper is brutal in its simplicity as a medium. It demands the attention of the artist while it provides the softness they need to mold it in to something beautiful. It is playful, light, colorless and colorful. It is minimal and intricate. It reflects light, creates depth and illusions in a way that it takes the artist through a journey with limitless possibilities.”
They began eperimenting with coloured watercolour paper. However, they found that when they shone a light through the layers, the colours disappeared. Over time their work became more intricate, yet simple. And they have grown into using this style as a medium of story telling.
I feel that this ties in with Birdy very well as the use of shadows in the film is very clear. Lightbox art gives a very ethereal atmosphere to the pieces show above, which I feel could work well in capturing the flashbacks and dream sequences used in the movie.
Tim Noble and Sue Webster
Tim Noble and Sue Webster are contemporary artists who create a variety of interesting works. I am looking at their shadow art. What they do is create scultptures out of rubbish and trash and then shine a light which causes the shadows to create portraits and tell stories. What I love about their art is that it always symbolises soemthing, or their inspiration comes from real life stories.
The artists have always “played with the idea of how humans perceive abstract images and define them with meaning. The result is surprising and powerful as it redefines how abstract forms can transform into figurative ones.”
I was inspired by their work once again because of the use of shadows in Birdy, but also because of how they used lighting in the Stage Play.
Monica Lacey is a multi-media artist and I always love how the majority of her works start with a question, which then prompts her to create art around this question.
The particular work I’m looking at concerning this project is ‘The Sky is Always Moving’, which is a dance piece with sculpture and media elements. It started with question ‘when we feel moved to dance, what keeps from actually dancing?’
In particular the body cage:
This really reflects alot of Birdy for me. I beleive that both Al and Birdy are trapped. Both are traped by society’s expectation of them. Al, even more so than Birdy. He wishes to hold the world down and create a perfect life for himself as that’s what he believes he should have and what he believes society wishes him to be like. Where as Birdy is trapped by his human body, he wishes to be a bird and be free, yet he cannot fly.
A quote from Monica Lacey that I really love is:
Our protagonists are broken, however their uniquness is what drives us to want to understand them better, and thus understand each other better.
I breifly looked at dream catchers, because I thought that they could tie into our artefact in some way becase of the dream and flashback sequences.