Positive and Negative space.

Positive and negative space in art refers to the difference between the objects and the shadows that they cast by treating them as two separate entities. Positive being the actual objects themselves, and the negative referring to the space Β that is occupied or affected by the shadow. Treating them as two separate spaces immediately opens an invitation to manipulate the two planes to merge, separate … Continue reading Positive and Negative space.

Artist Critique: Debbie Smyth, Rosie James, Kumi Yamashita. Contours in cotton.

  Debbie Smyth. The one thing that struck me about Debbie Smyth was her original take on a rather old technique. Something that was often taught to school children which gradually fell out of favour, Smyth’s simplistic and playful use of this medium is taken to a whole new level with her black and white thread depictions of everyday street scenes and people. I feel … Continue reading Artist Critique: Debbie Smyth, Rosie James, Kumi Yamashita. Contours in cotton.

A closer look at still life.

As I understand it a still life consists of an arrangement of inanimate objects as the subject. This can be anything that is not alive or moving. There seems to have been different themes throughout the ages, however popular subjects include food, (especially tables set up with meals, flowers, chairs, plants, shells, water glasses, and more popular in the 16th and 17th century, dead animals, … Continue reading A closer look at still life.