THE IMPORTANCE OF MATERIAL SELECTION IN REALIZATION OF ARTISTIC WORK - WAX AS A BASIC MATERIAL
The purpose of artistic dissertation The importance of material selection in realization of artistic work – wax as a basic material, presented in the exhibition It’s all about love, is an examination of the mutual influence of ideas and materials chosen for performance art work.
Structure on which I base my research and conclusions are personal artistic production in wax on the first place, but also some of the previous works have influenced that wax becomes main medium of my research. The other level of my research refers to study of literature (internet sources, encyclopedia sources, literature that is about poetics and symbolism of artistic work, thematic essays, professional literature) of different fields that determine dependence on material and on artist’s work.
Methods applied in research are theoretical and practical. Theoretical part of the project is divided into introduction, four key unities and conclusion. In the first unity I scrutinize the relation between material selection and social conditions throughout the history. In the second one, by selecting the particular authors and non-artistic materials such as waste, organic materials and chocolate, I refer to the importance of materials in artistic production. In the third one, in particular, I analyze wax, as a basic material, through its plastic characteristics and chronology of usage. The fourth one is dedicated to analyze of practical work throughout doctoral exhibition It’s all about love. The exhibition is an example of interaction between the idea for work and the material in which it’s performed. T he setting is considered in all the aspects that are relevant for its determination, i.e. to determine the importance of material selection for realization of artistic work. Practical work is related to five years study of wax as a basic artistic medium and chocolate as parallel medium. The exhibition It’s all about love, as well as the topic of dissertation stems from this research.
The aim of the research is to determine the manner in which material supports the particular idea and participate in its further development which is what I verify in my work. I think that contribution of this research could be summation of data about the importance of material selection for realization of artistic work, wax on the first place. By analyzing data I place this doctoral exhibition in contemporary discourse of art what is also one of aims. By practical research I come up with innovative methods of wax usage in the process of painting.
Conclusion, derived from the research confirms that material influences the course of the process and the definition of the solution in certain extent, as well as that it has potential to alter the main idea. Material selection depends on artist's affinity, and on social factors.
Key terms for reading the work are: wax, medium, material, idea, process, artistic, poetics.