Vanessa Mitter // Artists Lunchtime Crit

Some of the themes, concerns and questions that arose during the artists’ crit were:

 

How drawing can be used in painting

 

How to determine what one’s real interests are, in terms of making/constructing an image

 

Is focus important, as an artist?

 

What brought you here today

 

What kind of work was made in the past

 

What work is being made now

 

Is the journey more important than the destination?

 

How to free yourself to make what you really want to

 

Cut-outs and collage

 

Graffiti

 

Basquiat, Turner, Yayoi Kusama, Niki de Saint Phalle, Mary Heilmann

 

Being tangential

 

Is self-belief important, as an artist?

 

Finding a voice

 

Still-life, cityscapes, life drawing/painting, seascapes, landscape, portraiture

 

Embracing idiosyncrasies

 

Using line to draw

 

Obsessive repetition of gestures and/or lines and/or circles as a methodology for making work

 

Small clay sculptures

 

Drawing from the top floor of a car park in Croydon

 

Drawing/painting from life

 

Alienated figures

 

How figures relate to space in a particular painting

 

Colour relationships and their emotional charge


 

Many thanks to Frivolous Convulsions exhibiting artists Vanessa Mitter and Ben Westley Clark for leading the crit and for this writeup! Turf’s next free crit will be on 28 April, led by artist Jennifer Martin

 

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