The Animals as Elements art series started for me, like some of my art as a reaction to another similar art project another artist was doing. In there case, so they were depicting the elements anthropomorphically as humans or human-like animals or as mythical generally human shaped animals.
I thought, hey what if I drew the elements as if they were animals? And so Animals as Elements was born. In the beginning, they started as A5 cards that I used to depict the element and the animal in an abstract or surreal depiction. I never felt that made it real enough. These elements are as real as the animals I am using to relate to them. I want people who see this art to get that relationship between our real world, our abstraction of the real world and the strange world that exists in-between. Eventually, I was led to me depicting each element as related to an animal.
Elements as Animals wasn’t a great name for the series, so I decided to make the series named Animals as Elements.
Within my art, I try to depict connections, as well as the subject. I also try and bring a certain rawness, an unspoken truth of the reality that is faced.
I hope you enjoy each elemental depiction and my reasoning behind each one. This art series has been a work of love and taken me five years to make and will appear as a zine for purchase in due course.
Yours in art,
Just thought I would let you guys know that I now have a red bubble account. This is basically to help with expenses. I don’t expect to get a whole lot, but a little will help. I will be putting some Hammersmith and art stuff their. Anyway if you want to look and happen to like something you can now buy it, if you happen to have some spare change.
Over the years I have found that giving people my art is something I throughly enjoy. My xmass cards are one of those things I make to give people to enjoy every year. The past few years I have given out individually designed cards to each person. This year I decided that the cards should all be part of the same art work.
This is the raw sheets of A3 card (my big hand for scale):
I then drew a plan for the framing for the card, I am going to put a similar frame around each. The framed artwork is part of the card. On each frame is a window panel, then two text panels. Each text panel will have the persons name and of course xmass 2015 on it. As well as other numbering:
This is a basic plan of the cutting for the art into each frame. The sheets were going to be 3*3 cut but I decided against that when I did the tracing for the cards. Each one will now be a 2*3 cut, two vertically cut, one horizontally cut:
I got that down pat, so now an onto the art itself. I will do a post about the frames cutting when I get that done.