Library Research

Library research session with our groups of 5. Researching 1 practitioner, 1 material and 1 process. 

MARLENE DUMAS

Marlene Dumas is my chosen artist to research, and throughout the day in the libary i studied some books of hers, but I didnt have a lot of time, as many people were using her books. So, i used the alternative and used the internet to find out some more inforomation on her.

Dumas is a South African artist, who know lives and works in Amsterdam. Dumas' main art focus is paintings, generally oil onto canvas, and ink onto paper. She has created many forms of art, such as collages, printing and drawings. 

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The Cover Up

(first image) The Cover-Up, shows a corruption of innocence. Her portrayal of a young child with its clothes lifted over its head immediately gives way to dark thoughts of sexuality and exploitation. The controversy isn’t in the images Marlene Dumas paints, but in the way they’re subverted by an implied knowingness.

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Die Baba [The Baby]

(Second image) Bathed in sickly blue-yellow light, Marlene Dumas’s baby is almost repellent. Instead of love, like a lot of Dumas' paintings, a more alien feeling is given off here, from looking at the baby. Marlene Dumas confronts the reality here of motherhood, and shows us all its natural and terrifying implications.

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Young Boys

(Third image) Dumas' painting of the young boys really represents her main technique that is shown throughout her work. A sketchy, dark, constrasted teachnique. Also, another of her main aspects, the body. Here the emotion that i can feel is a very scared and worried one, from the boys in the image. 

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LETTERPRESS

Letterpress was created in the 15th century, to print text. Now as the technique has evolved, it can now be used for patterns and designs also. Once the deisgn has been created into the bed, you can then ink the bed, press it to the paper and the design with transfer onto it. 

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Originally letterpress was made for printing texts and made from blocks that had been cut into. These blocks are so special nowadays as most were discarded when new printing techniques were found. Some still exist, but they are very rare and very unique, as everyone is acustom to technology nowadays. 

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Original letterpress

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Here is an example of modern letterpress designs. The design has lots of colour, and it is very defined and exact. Much more developed than the original technique. 

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