Simplicity of form
ella mcdowell

MEDIUM: DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND DRAWING
INFLUENCES: RACHEL WHITE REED, JAMIE NORTH, WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

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My artwork aims to explore and investigate the relationship between positive and negative space in architectural forms as well as celebrate how the natural environment can enhance and mimic the structural form of buildings. 


I have always found architecture interesting, specifically the designs which reflect the simplicity of shape, and the geometric lines which make up the bare bones of architecture. The clouds in the photographs mimic and mirror the curves of the buildings further emphasising their shape. 


The audience’s focus should be on the formation and structural design rather than the texture or pattern of the surface materials of the buildings, which is achieved through the black and white monochromes and the minimised texture of the photographs. 


The photos are accompanied by line drawing interpretations of the buildings themselves. These simple drawings outline the strongest lines of the building and have softer, extending lines. These lines act as vector lines, drawing the audience’s attention to the centre. 

The overall display acts to demonstrate the progress that develops from the mind to the paper before the construction. By taking inspiration from architectural blueprints for the drawings I was able to display the initial progress and then have the photographs next to it show the final product. 


My Body of Work aims to explore the empty carcasses of architecture, removing and stripping the buildings of any colour or material to ensure the audience focuses on the raw structure and the simple lines of the buildings. Specifically revealing how lines connect and intersect to create form from nothing.