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Name: Eve Archer
School: Tiffin Girls' School
Year: Year 13
Inspiration: Art gives fluidity to communication. Decorative or minimal, art is a constantly evolving form. The wildly different variation within the mediums intrigues me; from the construction of installation pieces to the photography that I feature on my blog. An early interest of mine has been Japanese manga; over the years this initial intrigue has led me to individualise my own style of illustration. This has created a love of observational drawing; to take from life a subject, and through abstracting it via my own vision and imagination, create a new perception with line, crosshatching, charcoal and ink, as well as the simplicity of pencil. For their personal renditions of the human body the styles of Egon Schiele and Arthur Rackham continue to inspire my illustrations.
Description: I found that the voyeuristic nature of Gregory Crewdson’s work intrigued me; I wanted to create a piece that focused on creating questions and a strong visual statement on the history surrounding the photos, through body language and atmosphere. The photo was taken in the four month period when I was an inpatienting on an eating disorders unit; and for me the photo encapsulates the weariness of travelling to and from hospital, and the claustrophobia I was experiencing. Though I am collapsed within a car, physically restrained, and protected from the rain outside, I am in a mentality, which has imprisoned me; draining me of my will. I had never previously worked with oil paints before, so this canvas posed as a new challenge. I found the change from acrylics allowed me to explore new depths with my painting technique and blend colours as I had never done before. I found a fluidity to my strokes and soon developed a vertical direction in my gesture, which lent itself well to developing the sense of drizzling rain and a distorted, drained perception.
Medium: Oil on Unprimed Canvas
Width: 183 cm Height: 122 cm
Keywords: Figure on the Interior & Exterior