Thursday, 30 December 2010

sarah lucas

Since the early 1990s Sarah Lucas has challenged sexual stereotypes in a variety of provocative works. In this series of self-portraitsshe turns against the art-historical tradition of the female seductress or muse, and presents herself in a deliberately androgynous, and occasionally aggressive, series of poses. She adopts masculine gestures and stances, and shows herself in unisex clothing like jeans and T-shirts. These images also raise questions about the role and appearance of the modern artist. In contrast to the cliché of the artist as an anguished male, Lucas shows herself as an ordinary person in emphatically ordinary surroundings.
 (From the display caption August 2004)
Sarah Lucas from Self-Portraits 1990-1998, Human Toilet Revisited 1998

Saturday, 18 December 2010

gillian wearing

 I had to say that a part of me was inspired by the Tate Liverpool exhibition that held Gillian wearing work sighs. In comparison between my work and wearing is that i have encouraged people to write in their own language and our subject matters are different. However visually our work may look similar.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

let the toilet speak for its self!

I enjoying getting the public involved in my work, so I had decided to ask the public what they thought about the toilet and write it down and had taken a photograph of it. For me personally I had seen this social experiment and a good form of public art.

Friday, 26 November 2010

wafa hourani

I have been Inpired by wafa hourani piece Qalandia 2067 . 
When I had first seen this piece of work in Saatchi I had that aesthetic quality in a quirky way. it seemed full of culture .it was the building looked like a Muslim settlement. there was even Arabic music playing within one of the small room. I  didn’t really know what the work was about until I had seen all of the buildings. Whereby one of the buildings had a great wall and contained a small solider guarding it. This is where I had realized that it was connected with the Gaza and Israel conflict. Hourani was suggesting the future of Palestine in relation to Israel. whereby Palestine had many refuge camps along side Israel lived in luxury. 
I had created a piece of installation whereby it contained small sectioned rooms. Each room depicted a sense of culture almost a tour of the different toilets in the world.i had used Britain as one of the rooms which consisted of cigarettes as I remember at school we use always smoke in the toilets. They he has inspired is not his subject matter in fact the layout the whole idea of a miniature world . 

Monday, 15 November 2010

my lotah

Marcel Duchamp fountain inspired me to believe that readymade objects are art, so I have taken that concept as part of my work. I have created the lotah as a piece of art. The lotah plays a significant part in my life as a child and even up to now. As it is usual to be in Muslim toilets, it’s there to provide hygiene.Basically I have used a found object being the lotah as a tool in my work as a piece of art just like Marcel Duchamp however I’m not copying his work because the message that I am conveying to the audience is that the lotah plays just an importance as the toilet roll. i had also created a toilet seat which had paints on it which partly inspired by the canvas with images on. 

Wednesday, 3 November 2010


 I have done so much primary source research as in taking photographs of toilets whereby I haven't looked at any.
so what I have done now is look at different types of toilets and stuck them down on a piece of canvas to help my inspiration build up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, 1 November 2010


he fountain had revolutionized art through the invention of ready-made as he was successful to destroy the dominance of painting .many young artists were greatly influenced by him and would be inspired to use his fundamental concept.
Fountain is an industry produced urinal in which Marcel Duchamp had made three changes:
1.Marcel Duchamp had placed the
urinal on a base or plinth.
2.Duchamp had sighed it R.Mutt and dated it.
3.Duchamp had entered it for an exhibition of contemporary art.
Marcel Duchamp was trying to justify his point that any object can be declared as art as long as it contains the characteristics mentions above.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

toilet project

i have been looking at toilets at the last few weeks, it might seem like a typical shock art project at first but actually there is more to it. i have a short preview of my project time line that i would like to share:

Toilet project timeline
Duration: 8 weeks
Week number
Week  1
Find the meaning of toilet, search in depth of terminology. Find out various uses of the toilet. Research the toilet in contextual sense, in terms of images which represent the toilets significance for example: Sarah Lucas sitting on the toilet photograph. Start to understand the cultural aspects within having a toilet in the home for example: looking at different cultural environments like Japan compared with united kingdom. Also search into toilet adequate for example: Islamic point of view of toilet adequate.
Week  2
Now as having knowledge of the toilet start to seek inspiration within other sources for example: Marcel Duchamp’s urinal.  Looking at articles and books about how the toilet has revolutionised human kind, How the toilet has created difference social class system for example: how some domestic houses choose to have him and her toilets.
Week  3
In this entire week I will be just concentrating on taking as many photograph of toilets for example: restaurant, domestic home, shopping mall, public toilets, mobile toilets etc.
Week  4
From my collective imagery I will be presenting it in a creative manner. Then start to compare images in affect to aesthetic quality and hygiene.

Monday, 11 October 2010


I have started to create doodles  in a sketch book which is whereby I'm just drawing everyday in the sketch book. just to show my thinking process.
here are some bits n bobs

Saturday, 9 October 2010


i had decided to do my project based on toilets . i have always been fasiated by the cultral and religous diffrences within toilets.
This was triggered of by my visits from Lahore (Pakistan) to Peshawar (on the border of Afghanistan) then finally to my nana’s homeland Jalalabad (Afghanistan). I found it amusing that how in one country toilets can differ as from modern electric flush toilets to squat toilets. So I started to brain storm the toilet, I came up had a lot of ideas whereby there were strands that suggested social questions about toilets within the community. I had also come up with artists that I could look upon for inspiration.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

hen/stag party project

our party theme was a hen/stag party, my first initial reaction was that it should be pretty much straight forward. as we were grouped up with the second years we had created a mind-map of different ideas i had suggested that maybe we could have a split screen in the middle separating the male and females, whereby 1 side would only have the hen party and the other side would have the stag do.we as a group looked at all the ideas,and agreed on having an old fashioned back drop with a modern twist of today's typical characters you see around. which included pimps, tarts ,vicar and so on.
i think our back drop of leaves and branches looked great and had a rich contrast with our costumes.
overall i enjoyed this project and learned a lot from the second years which were very helpful and friendly.

summer project

game project
title of game: 80p
objective of the game is the first player who find their matching items from the box 3 in a row win.
there are six players required .
each one will pick three random items from the bag.
each player takes it turns to find the perfect match,
by opening the miniature parcel.
if it doesn't match they will need to put it back in the box and shake the n shake the box, and so on.

review of game
in my personal opinion the visual outcome is good and quirky especially the rule book with urban embellishment of copper coins, pegs hair clips buttons and price tags.
however listening to my fellow group members comments the game was quiet easy to play and their was a lack of competitive  drive .
what i have learned from this experience is that planning is essential even if I had 1 week to create the game I should have actually planned more and looked at different types of other games that require players to think more and apply skill.