Robert Rauschenberg

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Rauschenberg similarly to Schwitters, worked with a lot of mixed, found medias. Using techniques such as silkscreen, was able to layer images so that you wwere still able to define what was beneath. With his radical blending of materials and methods, Rauschenberg was a crucial figure in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to later modern movements. Much of Rauschenberg’s work become this abstract outlook on the Modern world and as well as relating to the general aesthetic of the artist’s work, I’ve found i’ve been able to relate his work to the world of ‘Marrekech’. Having a new lifestyle for a week enabled me to take a step back and re-consider how I went about my collages and the structure of them. Within Rauschenberg’s collages there’s this tendency between roughness and the structural and this got me thinking, why not look at the beautiful buildings in combination with the rural, dirty looking streets! This also helped me in coming to realise how much my field has started influencing my subject with considering more printed marks and adding slightly more structured areas.

Employing both traditional media and found objects within his “combines” by adding appropriated photographs and urban surroundings amidst standard wall paintings, the scales of his work are rediculous and it’s simply remarkable how effective and well layered they truly are. I’ve also been able to relate to subject through this work, continuing to layer I’ve used cellotape rubbings to emulate the screen prints and build up structure and depth.

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