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Elsa Loker

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 2019 / 20

'Under the Skin'

In my previous projects I have focused on the human form, however I found myself becoming more intrigued by the inside or underside of objects such as body casts and sculptures. I decided to develop this further by exploring the inside of the body and researching cells and aspects of human anatomy.

After much experimentation these three pieces are my interpretations of cellular structures; they are not so much accurate representations as abstract impressions. Working from an initial sketch of stem cells transformed into specialised brain cells I decided to explore new mediums that I had previously ignored. Using new methods to create these pieces closely tied in with my new perspective of the body. I have never embroidered before, but I quickly found it to be a medium full of potential; I love its tactile nature and 3D possibilities. I had also previously overlooked watercolours, but again an unfamiliar technique that I had been uncomfortable with proved to be a joy to work with and I’m delighted with the quality watercolours offer.

This project was a real exploration for me, I scratched beneath the skin of my own art practice, which has led me to new materials and exciting future possibilities.

'Under the Skin'

In my previous projects I have focused on the human form, however I found myself becoming more intrigued by the inside or underside of objects such as body casts and sculptures. I decided to develop this further by exploring the inside of the body and researching cells and aspects of human anatomy.

After much experimentation these three pieces are my interpretations of cellular structures; they are not so much accurate representations as abstract impressions. Working from an initial sketch of stem cells transformed into specialised brain cells I decided to explore new mediums that I had previously ignored. Using new methods to create these pieces closely tied in with my new perspective of the body. I have never embroidered before, but I quickly found it to be a medium full of potential; I love its tactile nature and 3D possibilities. I had also previously overlooked watercolours, but again an unfamiliar technique that I had been uncomfortable with proved to be a joy to work with and I’m delighted with the quality watercolours offer.

This project was a real exploration for me, I scratched beneath the skin of my own art practice, which has led me to new materials and exciting future possibilities.