Dancers and Artists
One of these two subject areas will hopefully progress to Assignment three submission.
My thoughts on Dancers are:
The dancers that I have chosen are very serious about their work. One couple has recently won the UK Senior Latin American championship and the others are intent on reaching similar goals. My idea to try and harness the notion of the transfiguring process of performance, the condition whereby, during the act of performance the dancer adopts a new persona, becomes someone else. Unlike Marion Gronier’s work where she attempted to capture that in-between moment immediately after performance, I want to try and find that expression, that mask that is worn as part of the change in character.
I know from experience that performance artists can ‘become’ the person they are ‘playing’, it comes almost as a sense of grace whereby there is an almost an psychological embracing of the character being depicted. Different dances require different characters, elegance, aggression, seduction, playful all have distinct places in the dancers repertoire. I hope to able to connect with these performers in this way. My plan is to utilize a dance studio space and discuss with the dancers how their choreography could harmonize with both where I plan to have lights and ensure that I catch them whilst still in character.
My thoughts on the Artists are:
None of the four artists I have chosen are full time artists, by that I mean that none even hope to survive financially by their art. They are a range of disparate genre’s, water colour and oils, textiles 3D and 2D, they have geography in common and me. They all sell their work at various public and private events and have different expectations regarding the work they create. All value the work they do in creating their works and are serious about their intents.
I plan to engage them in portraits within their studios, hopefully in the act of creation, these studios range from the very small, though purpose built to the much larger adopted space, albeit full time studio. Light will be a strong variable, one has very large windows allowing for the probably ease of north-light capture, others may need some assistance from lights.
I am a little unsure how these artists can depict their identity, other than through their art, and it has occurred to me that I may decide that one of the portraits could be a piece of their work describing them fully as an artist. Final decisions will probably be made after the initial interviews which start this week.