Through my research and development I have discovered that I want to go on to combine the ideas of isolating body parts and using words with images to reflect my experiences with people in the tattoo industry.
When I was tattooing I was asked to copy the handwriting of someones child that had passed away. I would like to create a series of paintings with the powerful messages behind some of the tattoos I had the privilege to do.
When I was studying the landscape in Pembrokeshire, I collected shapes and patterns to use in my paintings. I have done a similar process here with childlike forms. Considering isolating body parts. Ive revisited previous painting techniques I’ve learned in both the field trips and now have begun to combine everything I have learnt to develop my own unique painting style. Using background perspectives from the landscape feel trip and the human form from experiences with the moroccan people.
while touching on alternative means such as sculpture, photography and conceptual ideas and challenging what I want to achieve from every angle I can think of, I still primarily consider myself a painter. I continue to paint scenes from memory of my experiences in the tattoo industry.
Encouraging expression and allowing the tattoo to be subject to experimentation which is in contrast to the tattoo industries strict rules and regulations and precise artworks. Ive tackled this issue in my current topic previously by making existing tattoo styles painterly with expression and experimentation.
Collectively my work is about what you dream to be as a child – looking back to where my artistic journey began and holding on to that idea – being rebellious and focusing on stigmatised art forms.
I have been inspired by Wylies painting style and the use of words with images. Her simplistic paintings have given me new ideas for my paintings. I have drifted from using words with images since the Morocco field trip but I think words can give my paintings more validity and relatability. I plan to use words to describe peoples tattoo choices as this eliminates the issue of copying tattoo styles. I plan to combine these words with images of isolated body parts.
Once removed from the skin, what does the tattoo become?
Here I’ve created a tattoo removal machine – represents regret that can relate to both the tattooed and tattooer.
The sculpture of a tattoo machine is made from found materials – a reoccurring theme/interest that has run throughout my work. It could be received by the viewer as a historical artefact – decay – represents the past and brings up how the industry is changing – possibly moving on to high art.
Using words instead of images to avoid summing up the tattoos history in a particular style. From collecting tattoo business cards I came across a tattoo artist that uses humour on his cards to grab the customers attention. Ive taken one of the things he has written on his cards and used it here while taking inspiration from Richard Prince and David Shringley. Ive also touched on writing tattoo confessions on interesting facts about myself making my work personal.
After experimenting with words and images in the Morocco field trip and being inspired by Bastiat, I have been looking at how other artists use words to convey a message. I have been considering other ways of getting across the message of raising the status of tattoo art. This is something I haven’t looked into much yet and have found challenging as I haven’t used words in art in the past but I am inspired to use techniques such as humour and mystery and develop this side of my art in the future as I believe it could have a powerful effect with the particular topic I am interested at the moment.
During my research into raising the status of the tattoo I came across one issue of presenting the tattoo in a gallery- other than using photography. Thinking beyond photography I have attempted to represent the tattoo as an object by isolating body parts for the purpose of display. This has been a challenging aspect, to think of how I can capture everything the tattoo is and represents and display it. Taking the tattoo out of context raises further issues to do with tattoo styles and the link to the human skin.