Project 13: Research – Edward Hopper

I’m still thinking about the concept of or phrase ‘feels like home’, just pondering what do I feel about this home, what is it I want to convey through the print. As this project requires a series of prints I think that allows for different prints that represent different response to home. As I was considering this I came across an article in a magazine I was given that shed some interesting light.

If I consider this drawing for a possible print and in particular focus on the doors and windows of the image they give off a certain feeling or evoke a certain response:

New design idea - page 18 of A4 sketchbook

New design idea – page 18 of A4 sketchbook

The black and white used in this context make a strong contrast. The open door doesn’t feel inviting as it opens onto darkness, there’s a feeling of uncertainty as you cannot see what lies inside. The darkened windows seem menacing too, even threatening. Thinking about it, it’s very rare to see a window like this in a house as there are so often, curtains or netting or objects you can glimpse through a window. Whilst this is an interesting take on what home can feel like, I’m not sure it’s what I want to say?

Or perhaps it’s just a part of home can feel like. And by that I mean home isn’t always a place that feels warm or safe to me, sometimes when I am ill or feeling lonely home feels like a place I’m stuck. Home becomes a place to escape from rather than a welcome place of rest. Perhaps that is something I could convey through the above design for a print.

Anyway back to the article that helped me think about this, the article was taken from ‘Varoom! Magazine, Summer 2010, Issue 13’

It’s called “Inside Out” written by Derek Bainton. The opening line should explain my interest in the article:

“Fear, anxiety, security, pleasure, the image of the window rouses strange emotions. Illustrator Derek Bainton goes on a personal journey and meets Maurice Sendak, Edward Hopper and his own past along the way” (page 72 of Varoom Issue 13).

I’ve scanned in the article and the pages are visible below:

Inside Out pg.72

Inside Out pg.72

Inside Out pg.73

Inside Out pg.73

Inside Out pg.74

Inside Out pg.74

Inside Out pg.75

Inside Out pg.75

Inside Out pg.76

Inside Out pg.76

I think the most interesting outcome for me reading the article is the discovery of Edward Hopper. I had not heard of Edward Hopper before reading the article, and was interested to see an artist whose work often explored windows and homes and conveyed a sense of the loneliness of people through depicting window scenes. I don’t think I have time to do masses of research into him at this stage but I did find this interesting you tube video about the artist.

It refers to an exhibition called “Edward Hopper’s New York” displayed at the National Gallery of Art:

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I think really my next steps before I can get into cutting and printing and lino is to look again at the elements of my house that I want to include in my print and how to get light/colour to display certain feelings about my home. I think it’s back to the sketchbook for me!

 

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