After numerous discussions with tutors and multiple peers, I decided, on advice, to include my watercolour paintings in the show. So now, I have begun to think about how they would be best displayed. My initial idea is to display them in a rough book on the floor to encourage viewers to maybe sit or crouch beside them and flick through the pages. This would entice viewers to interact more with my piece and would have the advantage of drawing them towards my work. Next I thought about how I want the piece to be presented. I feel that I want my paintings to be exhibited in an informal and random style, but also be contained and confined within a space, in keeping with my piece. I know that I want to tie the book with some found material, in keeping with the reclaimed theme and have taken the decision to hole punch the paper to allow the pages to run smoothly as they are turned. So, to make this exhibit, I am going to try removing the paintings from their origional books (with a clean cut), hole punch each page and then assemble the sheets together. I will do this all in an ad hoc fashion, in keeping with the natural environment which first inspired the paintings.
I felt quite pleased with the end result but felt that I would benefit from some second opinions from my peers. The general feedback I received was that the edges and hole punched areas were possibly too cleanly cut and as a result out of keeping. They understood the concept of trying to encourage people to sit by my piece and turn the pages, but they pointed out that this might not be accessible to everyone. They also were concerned that this work could go unnoticed by being displayed on the floor and that people may feel uncomfortable about touching it.
Some people also commented that my wall space looked very bare and that it would be more effective to hang my paintings to be more accessible and more obviously displayed, to all. I feel that these discussions raised some valid points, leading me to the conclusion that I will display my paintings at varying heights. I have now decided to collect as many frames (all different shapes and sizes) from charity shops (reclaimed) to see how I can fit my work into them. This would give each painting its own space and would make them more readily available for everyone to view. I feel that with a bit of clever composition planning and by setting the frames below eye level, this would require viewers to peer closely and bend down, to fully appreciate the art. This may entice people to draw closer to my work and observe it in more detail. Some may then realise, that this piece is one of the ‘studies’, in my title, as they study the flowers in close proximity.
As the paintings are an important part of my work, I feel very comfortable with my decision to move them off the floor and give them a whole wall!