Alberto Giacometti – Philosophy

What attracts me to Giacometti’s work is the unresolved aspects of it.  Both in his drawings and his sculpture.  What I mean by unresolved in this context is that you can acknowledge Giaometti is sharing with you the journey he is going on.

As Giacometti states in the video below, (Alberto Giacometti Reveals, Kenisman Hommage, accessed 7 Nov 2020),  the canvas  is not for him an area on which to create a finished painting or even a painting that the viewer responds too in some benign appreciation of aesthetic but a tool on which to solve a problem.  The paints and brushes used are also simply tools on which to help resolve that problem, not necessarily tools to create ‘art’.

Giacometti expects to fail and that is what drives him forward.  At each iteration he may succeed in part but it is never his expectation to find all the answers.

His philosophy on art as a whole is also worth noting.  In Giacometti’s view every one is an artist in so much as we all use the vehicle of ‘art’ to resolve and make sense of the world around us.  Art, as Giacometti, states can take any form – the anecdotes and stories we tell other people when reflecting on previous events, story telling for example.  Some prefer other ways to resolve and reflect on  their life experiences – this could be through song writing, composing a piece of music as well as sculpture and painting etc.

Art in other words is not about finding all the answers but to explore and share with others the problem that you are trying to resolve. The viewer or participant of the piece should be invited to ask their own questions as well as draw their own conclusions.

Treading Water

Got back into life drawing today after a brief break.  I am disappointed with myself.  My drawing is going no where – I need to focus doing more and not just life drawing – any drawing will do.  Its time to experiment with different papers and more materials.


4 Hour Pose – tomorrow

I haven’t been drawing for a while.  Its a bit like going to the gym – you start missing a few sessions and then apathy hits.  I discovered a four hour session in Cardiff organised by Dave Daggers and thought hell, I am doing this.

I am apprehensive about the four hour session – it will be the longest session I have done.  I suppose the best way to manage it is to be as structured as you can – have a firm aim before you get there.  So the plan?

  • Focus on areas I don’t normally get the chance to work on in the shorter sessions such as:
    • Hands and feet
    • Head
    • Muscle tone
  • Start the session with a brief reprise on scale an proportion
  • Use larger scale paper – A1
    • Try paper with a bit off tooth in it
    • Get different shades (6 sheets)
    • Use softer materials – try some conte crayon
    • Experiment using blues, sepia and ocher colours to build up the form