Following a group tutorial on my work so far, I was left with these ideas/questions;

  • Why am I painting?
  • Experiment with different media – don’t stick to painting
  • When trying out new media – why is it important to the theme? Is it important?
  • Consider making stained glass
  • Start recording stories related to theme

I began researching Catholicism in art and took note of some information which I found important to understanding the early use of religion as subject matter. I think it is vital to know the history behind what I am doing to further my knowledge on the subject. While researching, I learned that;

  • Art until est. 600 years ago had been dominated by religious subject matter.
  • Art was used as a form of communication and documentation – e.g. documenting stories of the Bible.
  • Painting at that time was the best medium to document/communicate these stories and beliefs in art.
  • Over 100 of the National Galleries paintings are Christian Art.

Researching the Renaissance period in art also gave me further love and understanding to some of the most famous pieces we know of today. Renaissance art means ‘Rebirth’ art and emerged in Italy around 1400 until 1600. During this time, painting and sculpture were used by acclaimed artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo. This period gave us the notorious works such as the Mona Lisa, Last Supper, Statue of David, the Birth of Venus, and The Creation of Adam.


After being suggested in my tutorial, I was interested in the significance of stained glass in Catholicism and how I could create my own.
I started trying out a myriad of different materials to do so.

I began by creating geometric shapes using tape on clear wrapping paper. I created these individual sections to experiment in each with different media which I thought would best resemble stained glass. The media I used included; watercolour, ink, Sharpie pen, glitter pens, glitter paint, glue mixed with acrylic paint, and printing ink. Each of these mediums did not fit the outcome I was hoping for for their own reasons which I documented in my notebook as seen below.

My next plan was to use glass as my base as the wrapping paper was too thin and flimsy.

I carried on further with using glass after this. As stained glass is usually made by welding shapes together, I wanted to try this out using cheaper and easily attained materials. To do this, I smashed a pane of glass using a hammer. I then attempted to construct the pieces of glass together by scraping pollyfilla into the cracks of the glass. This however was not successful as it was too dry, thus not sticking together.

Although I enjoyed using glass and glitter for its aesthetic properties, it was a very time consuming way to work. I also wasn’t sure my theme of miracles was being represented enough through this.

As sculpture was a huge part of Renaissance art, I thought that I should try it out in my own project. I was hesitant to start with, but planned to create my own bust of the Virgin Mary using clay inspired by the stories of weeping statues.

Before starting, I created a sketch of what I was trying to create and why. I found that the sculptures of Mary often had prominent facial features in common – a long thin nose, large eyes, thin eyebrows and a pointy thin chin. I wanted to include these features in my sculpture.

From this, I wasn’t sure which direction I was going to go in next. I was happy I had tried out sculpture, but did not feel like it was a successful route to continue due to the quality of my work and the time it took. I also worried that my work was not contemporary as I was inspired by the Renaissance period. I developed on this by recording myself pouring glitter tears onto my sculpture inspired by the miracle stories of Mary statues crying blood. I then edited this video using an app called ‘Hyperspektiv’ on my phone.

This influenced my work from here as I began thinking more about how I could use video in my project as so far the experiments conducted were not successful as pieces on their own.


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