MA 2 testing practice
Tutorial with Karl Foster and Caroline Wright
Our task to write about an object for 10 minutes. A creative description of an object and share in pairs.
Keywords: taking in, absorbency, blending, homogeny.
My sponge- absorbency in the best way possible.
My sponge sits alone, on the pale cold floor. It’s intact, it’s a shape, it’s a square, rectangular actually with a couple of grooves in the sides. This is most probably to help the handler, the human to grip the sponge- to make the most of its absorbency in the best way possible.
Hmmmm… Absorbency- in the best way possible. My sponge is yellow, a sort of marigold colour, the mix of yellow and orange. But my sponge is different. It’s half black. It has absorbed black acrylic paint. The absorbency of my sponge helps me to prime the drawing surface of my canvas. The absorbency of the sponge creates streaks and lines, divisions and grids.
It sits alone, but only for a moment, it will be used again. It will take in more, it will allow more to penetrate its porous surface. The colour will become the fabric of the sponge itself and when the time comes to wash the out… some, no doubt, will remain.
My sponge is intrinsically linked to my practice. It’s an importance element in the genesis of my artwork.
I’m humoured that my creative description of this brings me back to my theme from my first year, of cultural homogeny. The blending, the absorption, the taking in of another culture to ones own.
How different my sponge looks from this angle. How altered the image when the picture is desaturated. A lonely sponge waiting for the time when it’s human will use it again. It waits patiently until it’s taken, and embraces the next challenge. It has its own journey, it’s own route and its own pathway to follow.