Research papers and the ‘Sublime’

I have been reading up on Tate papers online, gathering the language to help me fathom what sort of experience I want to give to an audience. I have taken excerpts and compiled them together, best describing what inspires and strikes to what I am thinking. Making a analytical explanation of the sublime; to strike the mind with a sense of grandeur and awe.

A space modelled into the likeness of a crater – literally, a bowl-shape – that is nearly eight feet wide: such a space will invite the viewer to step in close, and then do its best to engulf him in a fiery embrace. I needed a painting that would make a firm, strong impact on anyone who entered the room, before they turned to other works of mine with other agendas. Showmanship, in other words, gets inextricably bound up with an artist’s desire to deliver the sublime.

Julian Bell, ‘Contemporary Art and the Sublime‘, (

Viola reminds us what it is to be alive and embodied, conditions we often suspend in the fast-paced hyperreal world of peak experiences.

Rina Arya, ‘Bill Viola and the Sublime’, (


Other Inspo: Mori, Björk and Atoms

Some other side research has led me to discover Mariko Mori, a renowned artist known for her diverse portfolio working with the idea of crossroads between Art and Science, reality and fantasy, futurism and Utopia.

An example is Dream Temple, a spiritual recreation and basis on an existing Japanese sacred site. The work is an experiential ‘end’ and self-discovery to a cumulative journey such as a pilgrimage.


Mariko Mori, Dream Temple (1997-99)

  • The familiar imagery taken from Japanese culture fused with hi-tech design is uncanny
  • A formal entrance into illumination or termination?
  • Taking that element of an ‘intersection’, the mysterious meeting between something
Bjork (Vulnicura Promo)

Bjork (Vulnicura Promo)

Björk is one of my favourite muses, artistically and musically she is comparable to no other. Her heavy and extensive collection of work over the years has demonstrated her boundless approach to making Music, applying innovative and experimental ways to present herself and her sound.

There’s something about the extraordinary and unearthly themes she has explored across particular work. She presents herself as if open to interpretation, the work deeply personal yet the experience somewhat universal?

One of my favourite things is the feeling of going into the unknown

Björk, (Crack Magazine interview, 2016)

Atomium (Brussels, Belgium)

Atomium (Brussels, Belgium)

The Atomium was originally built for the Brussels 1958 World Fair. This now renowned building/museum can be seen as a photographic equivalent and remembrance of the Atomic Age. During the 1950s the atom was seen as an iconic image of modernity and power, given the events of nuclear bomb droppings and testings.

  • The scale of the magnified iron crystal transforms how the audience thinks and observes according to their size
  • The juxtaposition of human and Atomium measures the human’s apprehension and self-realisation

Examples of Current Art: Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson has created a plethora of artworks over the years, notably one of my favourites Contact. However he has created a piece of public Art entitled Your Star which strikes as my main source of inspiration.

A helium balloon encased in aluminium hovers into the Stockholm’s Winter, night sky; shining a bright LED which was charged using solar panels from the previous Summer.

The idea of a single beacon of light (resembling a star) symbolises hope and achievement, celebrating a year of new knowledge.

Your Star is equally about the everyday inspiration and dreams that we should all nourish


I am fascinated in the idea of a light source as a positive yet unknown symbol. Key is the interaction with the audience, how we as humans envision light as a magnetic force. How can this relate to what I am creating?

'Contact', 2014-2015

‘Contact’, 2014-2015

'Your Star' (Above Stockholm)

‘Your Star’ above Stockholm (

‘Your Star’ (Up close)

A couple of notes for thought follows:

  • Beacon
  • Hope
  • Pure light of anonymity
  • Symbolic
  • The ‘image’ of single light capturing imagination
  • Focal point
  • Hypnotic/mesmerising 

Examples of Current Art: Kurt Perschke

Perschke’s ‘Redball Project’ is a non-specific site piece in the form a giant ball, acting as a haphazard encounter within the everyday bustle of city life.

It’s flexible shape and rich colour entices passers by to approach and interact with it, changing their mindset and resurfacing their childlike curiosity. The concept brings people together, disrupting their everyday routine to discover something new.

Through the Redball project I utilize my opportunity as an artist to be a catalyst for new encounters within the everyday

Perschke, (

Kurt Perschke 'The Redball Project' (

Kurt Perschke ‘The Redball Project’ (

Some short notes follow:

  • There’s something interesting about the juxtaposition of its abstract nature yet referential familiarities (E.g. A Red Nose).
  • It’s non-permanent/specific structure means that a vast amount of people can see the piece, also seeming as if the ball has a mischievous nature, taking on a life of its own.
  • (Also consider the size of the ball, enough to engulf a person however not building stories high. Enough to be noticed by the eye but must be discovered first) 


    Notebook Research

Examples of Current Art: Richard Serra

I’ve delved into my knowledge of some artists that inspire me, firstly Richard Serra. This piece shown below is located in the Qatar Desert. Each steel plate is parallel to each other in height, a measurement of the Gypsum Plateau around it.

“If one is open to the possibility as a work of art in the landscape, it might actually change how you see that landscape”

Serra (‘Richard Serra unveils sculpture in Qatar Desert’, Youtube, 2014)


Richard Serra ‘East-West’ (

Serra’s idea of a sculpture appears to be minimalistic, uneasy on the eye, blunt yet mysterious. His large architectural curves and linear elements are sublime and disorientating, making the viewer examine and subconsciously move around to see in full, thus inventing an path of interaction.

Some small points I made:

  • The solitary location creates an isolated experience between the piece and viewer
  • Using walking as thinking
  • Distance of piece encourages movement of interaction
  • A Journey
  • Contemplation
  • Uncanny

Notebook Research

The Brief/First Thoughts

The module is as titled,

Introduction To Design

We have been assigned to create a public artwork, gathering research and the appropriate information to explore and develop a wide breadth of potential ideas to put forward and evaluate. Some initial thoughts come to mind:

What is and is not a public artwork?

Are there any examples of Art on display today? (that relates to my ideas?)

Where is it going to be placed?

How does a sculpture’s purpose have a relation to it’s context?

Does location have an impact?/ is key?

To understand these questions and more looking at current structures and sculptures should help me to build a plethora of ideas and see what is possible.