First Walk in the Snow

I try to go walking as much as I can. I like to go walking as it helps me to think and also I can get inspired by what is around me.  These images were taken when we had the first snow fall on high ground.  It was fine where I lived but 20 minutes car drive up into the hills close to my house and you enter a totally different world!














Special Collections

I went into the Special Collections department in the library and found a few books which inspired me for the next project.  I really like this idea of cutting out pieces from the page.



Manchester Museum Object – Task One


Interesting Surfaces & Textures/Exploring Pattern for Task 2/Exploring ideas for 3D work Task 3

These images have been taken using my digital SLR and using the black and white function on my camera.  The subject of these images is the interesting texture and form of coral which has died creating these facinating imprints.




Some Lace, A Scarf & My Camera/Looking at Pattern for Task 2


These images were taken outside in my garden.  I pegged a piece of lace and a scarf together on a washing line.  It was very windy and I used the black and white feature on my digital slr camera.  I enjoyed experimenting with the wind blowing the lace and the scarf and trying to capture that moment with my camera!



Eva Hesse



A video explaining the process of using latex which was an experimental media at the time for Eva Hesse.  It helps to expain how shes uses the latex as a liquid, by dipping rope into buckets of latex and then hanging them to create her sculptures.



A video of Eva Hesse and her work.

A set of slides taken from New York Times online which shows Eva Hesse’s work as a series of pieces.


In 1936 in Hamburg, Germany Eva Hesse was born.  Her country was at war with the British and in 1939 her family had to flee the Nazis.  They immigrated to the United States where the family began their new life in New York.

Eva Hess began her art education at the School of Industrial Art, and then the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1952.  From 1954-1957 she attended the Cooper Union.  She won a scholarship to the Yale Norfolk Summer School in Connecticut, and attended the School of Art and Architecture at Yale University.  This is where Eva Hesse studied painting with Josef Albers and she received her B.F.A. in 1959.  She began her career as a textiles designer.

Eva Hesse’s paintings were included in group exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum and at the John Heller Gallery in New York in 1961.  In 1962 Eva Hesse had her first solo show at the Allan Stone Gallery in New York. 

Eva Hesse married a sculptor called Tom Doyle and she had a studio in a factory in Germany.  During the early to mid 1960’s she started her experimentation with various industrial materials which included mesh and cord.  This period of time in her career became the catalyst to international success.  She then started to use Latex, and in 1967 she made a sculpture, and soon after a piece in fibreglass the following year.

Her drawings were usually in ink and washes, incorporating organic and geometric elements with opposites for example inorganic, rigid and mechanical forms and shapes.This series of work gave her recognition and an accolade as as artist.  In the late 1960’s her work was including in many solo and group shows at respected galleries in New York.

Eva Hesse died of a brain tumor in 1970.


“Are we worthy of this struggle and will we surmount the obstacles. We are more than dilettantes so we can’t even have their satisfactions of accomplishment. The making of a ‘pretty dress’ successful party pretty picture does not satisfy us. We want to achieve something meaningful and feel our involvements make of us valuable thinking persons.” (Lippard 205)

Lippard, Lucy R. Eva Hesse. New York: New York University Publishers, 1976.

This Biography and Feminist Artist Statement were taken from the following website:


Dirk Dzimirsky



I want to capture and describe a persons precence and specific inner self. Similar to what a detailed writer might employ in their analysis of an individual, I portray not only the physical attributes, but more importantly the subjects inner presence of life. It’s not too obvious as my work appears most detailed, but I understand my approach as both representational and lyrical, using marks like words and textured areas like paragraphs. All parts of a whole, telling a story about a human being.

I choose drawing over painting as this allows me to create many layers over layers of lines and dots which react to each other in order to create a vibrant texture with directions and movement. This approach enables the finished work to be viewed more by the “senses” as opposed to the standard visual observation of a photo. Personally, I view the practice of drawing as reminiscent of scratching on a surface to observe what’s hidden underneath, where as the nature of painting projects more the inverse, covering and hiding details and forms that might have contributed to a sensuality of a work.

I use photos as references for my drawings but I am not after a perfect reproduction at all. I use a photo very loosely once the proportions are established. I usually work as if I were drawing from a live model actually. I work with movement and expression, working fast on larger, more unimportant areas, and slowing down on parts that need more attention. I am actually improvising a lot. My main concern is to capture the essence and substance of forms in order to get close to a perceptible presence of the subject.



Lemonworld, 2010 Pencil on grey paper, heightened with white, 19.3″ x 19.3″


Black Sun, 2011 Graphite on paper, 25 x 20 in.


Drawn Face VI, 2009 pencil on paper, 42 x54 cm Sold – Private Collection, Mountain View CA, USA

 A short video of the artist at work.


I find Dirk Dzimirsky’s work quite astonishing and beautiful.  The images themselves look as though they have been taken using a camera.  I can see a slight difference in the picture above, Lemonworld 2010, which makes me think a slight mistake has been made, as the two girls are drawn perfectly but the trees behind look less detailed. 

The picture, Black Sun 2011, is probably one of my favourite images by the artist. The elderly gentleman in the picture looks very life-like and the picture interests me.  The artist has drawn the skin, the texture and tonal quality of the surface of the skin beautifully in this image and it does take a few glances back,  just to see if it the picture has been taken using a camera or drawn by hand!  What do you think?