From the selection of images, I develop worksheets that then focus on specific areas. This helps to define the character and amosphere of an area. For the artwork it is important that the images are not just set illustrations of buidings in a typical style. The process is to develop the images through colour and some abstraction to make them collage, then make them link and flow to visually work together. The aim being to create piece that is recognisable in terms of "Place" but diverse and contemporary in feel as an artwork. The intention is also that the work gives the "sense" of belonging and something the veiwer can link into and feel part of.
Here are some Examples of worksheets > not all images will be selected, these are "theme" sheets to get an impression from so that they can be discussed.
Sefton Park House, a stunning light filled space, and a particulary great spot to take in a free afternoon concert.
Refections of the Big Wheel at the Albert Dock.
Some of these refections seems very rich with potential ideas to me now as I took them after viewing the Monet/Turner/CyTombly exhibition at the Tate Gallery Liverpool.
Here is Sefton Park Bandstand, which was apparently the originial inspiration for Paul McCartney's Sergent Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band Album. Knowing this now makes the refections here seem reminisent of the sixties with its pop-art and that surreal vibe in the Beatles music.
Althought the composition of the artwork is settled as the grid tryptyc, I've included this worksheet here as I like it as an idea for another format. As part of my research I visited the Walker Art Gallery which houses the Ben Johnson Painting titled "The City of Liverpool" and also the Maritime Museum where there is a painting of early liverpool illustrating a similar view of the city > view these images here.
I was taken with the idea of the the structure of the city, and enjoyed the thought of having mapped blocks. The city grows outward from the waterfront and it would be an interesting concept to follow up at some point. On this sheet there is also a photo of the "Yellow Submarine" Boat Hotel and a print I love by Peter Laurence, these two images also have a block format. They are geometrical but more organic than my blocks and I'd like to oneday follow this avenue for some self directed future work.
NHS Broadgreen Commission
Copyright Ruth Ball