^Above from left to right: 'Tiger' (1985), ''Madonna' (1986), 'Stag' (1983-1984)
Sarah Edwards Charlesworth (1947-2013), was an American conceptual artist and photographer, concerned with how images shape our everyday lives and society as a whole. The 3 pieces above are all from her collection titled 'Objects of Desire', in which Charlesworth isolated/juxtaposed pop culture imagery taken from print sources (versus the non-existent internet at the time), and collaged and photographed them against '"lush fields of Cibachrome colour".
I chose to look at Sarah Charlesworth as I felt like her use of negative space and monochrome colour draws focus and attention to the subject so powerfully. The colours she uses compliment the objects, yet simultaneously creates a sense of visual impact too. The technique of using a single piece of collaged imagery makes her artworks have a retro or vintage feel, which is very popular in today's culture. Allowing the backgrounds to be completely blank and absent from any detail enables the viewers imagination to create the landscape that the object/animal exists in, rather than this piece of the story being told to you. I think that Charlesworth's artworks would work perfectly as cover art for an album/single, and so I'm going to take inspiration from her to influence my ideas.
Aurore De La Morinerie
The source of this image was hard to trace, but I think it is by artist Aurore De La Morinerie (although it doesn't feature on her website). Morinerie is now a fashion illustrator based in Paris, and her artworks are all created using fluid ink lines and contrasting bold shapes.
The reason for selecting this above image is because I love how simplistic and organic it is. The way that she has used the unique qualities of the ink to create the stripes of the tiger is particularly effective. Further, the way that it is composed (like Charlesworth's), is effortlessly presented on a clean, blank backdrop, which highlights the details of the image. I plan to experiment with watercolour and ink in the same way that Morinerie has, in effort to create something equally as beautiful.
Leah Reena Goren
Leah Goren works primarily in gouache, and creates illustrations that range from surface pattern design, editorial, book covers & homeware. She has worked with clients such as Anthropologie, Penguin Random House, Kate Spade, and Vogue.
Again, unintentionally, this particular illustration like the others, is very simplistic when it comes to the use of negative space and block colour. I love the boldness of the tigers and how they have been arranged to loosely fit a square format - perfect for cover art! As with the other two illustrators/artists, I plan to take inspiration from Goren's work to develop my own ideas.
There are loads of interviews online with Leah Goren where she talks about her practice, so I would also like to revisit her and research her career a bit more in depth.