Research Diary #2
Annemarie Szeleczky - Research Pages
Master of Arts by Research Project

Coloured tissue paper
Several colours of tissue paper were torn into a number of circular shapes of varying sizes and then smaller circles from within these. These shapes then placed on three layers of glass and moved about between every two frames that were shot on film. The vibrant colours and soft edge of the torn tissue paper as they almost bleed into each other gives the impression of a brightly coloured watercolour painting. This work reminds me of paintings by artists such as Robert and Sonia Delaunay of the "Orphism" movement in the early 20th century and others like Malevich and Kandinsky. With this experiment the idea was to rapidly change the image with a continuous movement by shooting two frames at a time, thus creating a rich and exciting visual experience . I found this particular work visually a beautiful and vibrantly colourful means of expression. I can think of a variety of ways in which this medium could be incorporated with other media.

Cellophane, twigs and sand
Cut cellophane shapes with drawing in sand on top glass layer can work most effectively as in this piece . The total transparency and clean colours of the cellophane used in one or more layer gives a clear an precise image which then can be incorporated most successfully with drawing in sand. The sharp cut out shapes are connected by the lines drawn with sand to give the image a clear definition.The idea of this mixed media needs more work to fully explore its possibilities and to which I intend to revisit.

click to see animated example

Vegemite - (a strong tasting Australian spread made from yeast)
I was not particularly keen to try working with vegemite on glass as I previously only thought of it as something you spread on bread. However since it has a good spreadibility,like oil paint and is not likely to dry fast, I thought I may as well give it a go. As it turned out, it was a most pleasing image which had an almost fluid painterly quality which I did not expect. Given time to practice, this technique could lend itself to successful gestural line work suitable for the animated image.


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