Studio work, How Statues Die – Friday 6th October 2017 (Week 2)

We had to choose another topic from the first brief that we were given on our first day. I decided to focus on How Statues Die. I felt somehow familiar with the topic as I am from Poland and I know that even now, many years after the World War the Second, Polish people demolish statues and monuments left in Poland by the Soviet Union. During doing my research on the following topic, I’ve discovered that it is also a common case in the Ukraine. At that time, it was clear to me that I want to base my final outcome on this, the changes in Ukraine and Ukrainians’ feeling to the monuments left years back by the Soviet Union on their land.

My final outcome for this project is a painting. I was always asked to go out of my comfort zone and so did I. It was my very first time painting. I’ve also got one digital painting that I really wanted to use but I think I feel more committed to the painting. It’s done with acrylic paint. The word at the back means ‘DICK’ in Ukrainian (as far as I checked in the dictionary like three times).

I discovered, what wasn’t shocking for me, that many people got a very brutal approach to the monuments. I focused on how could Lenin – a masculine and charismatic politics of the Soviet Union, loose his actual masculinity. I thought to do it by taking away from him his pride. I took the pose he’s always in on the statue, I took the suit he’s wearing and most importantly I took away his masculine look that made him very important in the eyes of the people.

During last Friday’s studio session we had few tasks to do. First was to somehow describe and define what is a drawing and we had to choose one that we find most interesting. As a definition I found two matching ones; one on Victoria & Albert Museum page and one is from Oxford Dictionary:

  • The term drawing is applied to works that vary greatly in technique. It has been understood in different ways at different times and is difficult to define. During the Renaissance the term ‘disegno’ implied drawing both as a technique to be distinguished from colouring and also as the creative idea made visible in the preliminary sketch.


  • ‘the formation of a line by drawing some tracing instrument from point to point of a surface; representation by lines; delineation as distinguished from painting…the arrangement of lines which determine form.’

Later during the session we had to draw any character that came to our minds. I thought of a tiger. First we had to draw it for 3 minutes using one medium, next we had 1,5 minutes to draw it in a different position. Third drawing had to be made with three different mediums in 3 minutes, however the last piece had to be done with a medium that we never normally use and we had only 1,5 minutes for this as well. I think this was a good exercise as we had an exact time to work on our drawing, what is more we had to work under pressure and experiment with mediums and stuff.


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