Studio shot

*This blog post has been back-dated for continuity purposes. Photograph was originally taken in December 2011.

Melting wood

Here are some photos of my carving and sanding skills. Onto my next idea, a combination of 'Meltdown’ and 'Collapse’s site failure, I’ve taken inspiration from these two and am incorporating and developing ideas…

Spiral sketches

*This blog post has been back-dated for continuity purposes. Sketches and text were originally done in December 2011.

Dystopian Situation

- find the closure within it. 'Collapse' - the collapse of the gallery wall. - the inside providing safe shelter. - a place to hibernate. ...sublime inside *This blog post has been back-dated for continuity purposes. Sketches and text were originally done in November 2011.

Collapse models

This was where it all began. I got some cardboard, white card, small bits of wood and some plasterboard. Without measuring anything, I used the piece of cardboard as the wall and worked to that scale. I couldn’t plan it or measure it, as the whole point of the installation was to look like random bits were falling and flying everywhere in a chaos flux. Once I had my model, and could see that it worked well using the plasterboard and I was ok to go ahead and start building the bigger version.

Collapse abstract observational sketches

Perspectives Layers - Storeys - Stairs - Labyrinths - lost / searching / routes / maze - routes to escape / freedom - ultimate place - haven / Utopia *This blog post has been back-dated for continuity purposes. Sketches and text were originally done in November 2011.

Collapse evaluation

Having the opportunity to be a part of this amazing student exhibition, I wanted to create a specific piece which would fit into a white walled space, an installation that would work within it and give it life. I didn’t want to exhibit something that wouldn’t relate to the space, and also to my practice of distorting landscapes. Working with a white cubed space, it was difficult thinking of something that could be viewed without the idea of the prestigious gallery in the back of the viewer’s mind. The idea of ‘Collapse’ carried on from my previous installation, ‘Meltdown’. Although both installations are different, 'Meltdown’ was my first installation piece which I created using the idea of

Collapse sketches/designs

Playing around with composition to represent that of my installation vision and drawings/plans. The extreme perspectives in the installation represent the flux of chaos and time in this dystopian world. The points facing outwards in a kind of attacking position creates a dystopian, danger, angry feel/affect, like spikes. The frozen moment of the collapse leaves you suspended in time and motion waiting/anticipating when the moment comes when it all collapses on top of you with the pressure. *This blog post has been back-dated for continuity purposes. Sketches and text were originally done in October 2011.

Collapse initial sketches/plan

Distorting the landscape - representing that of a dystopian landscape of an imaginary world. - chaos / fluxuating ambiguity of time and movement destroying the structure of balance, reality, gravity. - turning landscape into a world of chaos and dystopia. *This blog post has been back-dated for continuity purposes. Sketches and text were originally done in October 2011.

by Hollie Mackenzie

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