Lino to ice

Anything can be art. In communication class we re-make – but not quite – another student’s art work. Using different media, re-interpreting, distorting and of course misunderstanding, result in surprising new works. This week I transformed Victor’s work by turning linoprint into video. I used my own imagination and associations, but tried to remain true to the simple composition and atmosphere of the original work.

Waiting for….

This summer I took this picture while waiting for my boat ride along the Amsterdam canals.

wachten op twootje

Just a few days later I shot these

wachten op de buswachten op de tram

– and ever since I can’t stop. Is this how projects are born?

waiting for

For Kicks

My iPhone accompanies me everywhere, keeping me connected to my social networks. I love taking pictures and sharing and discussing them on Twitter, Mobypicture and Flickr. The iPhone also records video but  until recently I had not made an effort to creatively explore film making. I just never had this itch, like the one I have when I see something and want to – must! –  shoot a photograph. Guido van Troost’s assignment to add video to a given soundtrack gave me an awkward feeling because I had no idea where to start. Silly, but there it is. Not starting anything was the result. No creative process, no film, but lots of guilt. Wasn’t I supposed to be this creative person, enjoying making things?

I’m fortunate to be blessed by a small army of friendly ass-kickers and one of them did his duty and  made me go out and GO FILM! There was little time left to film and edit the movie, but all of a sudden my brain cells were stirred, tickled and and bubbling. I had great fun shooting several bits of movie in the familiar streets at less than five minutes from my home. Ordinary scenes happening every day like people cleaning the streets, a building project, animals in a pet store and a toy shop display were suddenly not so ordinary anymore. Best of all I had a great time. Editing with iMovie also proved to a lot more fun than I had anticipated. I’m pleased with the result, but even more with this lesson of just doing it. OK, also liked the butt-kicking.

Ugly

‘Make an ugly drawing’, was last week’s assignment for drawing. Sounded easy enough… but it wasn’t. I tried and failed. Not that I made a particularly beautiful picture, but the result was boring at best and it was obvious I had made at least some esthetic choices while drawing. Is it even possible not to make such choices? How conciously are they made? I certainly can not remember making them.

Consequently I spent a lot of time pondering why ‘ugliness’ is so hard to achieve. It turned out I hadn’t been the only one struggling, because every drawing presented by my classmates was greeted by a heartfelt ‘but this isn’t ugly!’ from the others. So did we fail? I don’t think so, because the journey towards my not-so-ugly picture has taught me a lot about the way I work, think and feel, and I’m sure most of us have had similar experiences.

When I was a little girl I absolutely adored the illustrations in a children’s book by Gilbert Delahaye. Those same illustrations now seem way too pretty, almost nauseating to me. Beautiful or ugly? How can a pretty picture be so repulsive to me? A strong emotional reaction appears to be important to experience either beauty or ugliness. Next week’s assignment is to make a beautiful drawing, so the journey continues.