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Study Statement II.

Working Title

Exploring nourishing & kind relationship elements with one's self, nature and others as an artistic perspective.

Research Question

I have been connected and inspired by Sailing ships from an early age. My father used to take me on the lake Balaton where we would look at the waves and tie a small paper ribbon on the edge of the sail to see where the wind blew from. He passed away in 2020 and ever since then I am even more drawn to ships. The warm wooden materials of the deck, sails taking on their curved form as the breeze starts blowing. Spending time on the water, especially in these years represents a kind of freedom and the space of a timeless place.

I have also been asking questions about the need to cultivate healthy human relationships in the last few years. Many relationships ended during the pandemic, which has made me investigate the buried dimensions of human relationships, their well-being, and the possibility to regenerate.

Aims and Objectives

As my first tutorial with Jonathan, we have agreed that it could be useful to set myself a constraint for this semester. My aim with this project is to investigate how ships can be relevant in today’s digital age and what message they can provide. My aim is also to investigate other techniques rather than painting that could open new perspectives and make my topic investigation more interesting and to dedicate time to experiment during this research period.

My objectives are:

1. To find inspiration to start experimenting with new techniques and tools

2. To find additional perspectives of the visual presentation of ships rather than a „boat on the sea view”

3. Looking at the process of building ships, collecting interesting material for collage building

4. Since we are writing a blog, I aim to explore interesting artists who still blog on a daily basis

5. Explore ways how I could connect my life with my small daughter and with my research material and find interesting ways of playfulness and insight to my art practice even as we are present together in our everyday life

6. Collect poems, look at boat installations from exhibitions, speaking to other contemporary artists to broaden my perspective of the subject matter given as the working title

7. Words I wrote down that are for me interesting to explore further: “an escape”, “recharge”, “nourishment”, “sanity”, “purpose”, “freedom”, “playful” ,”kind”, “witty”, “resourceful”, “harmony”, “beauty”, “connection”, “loving“, “physical touch”, “hugging”, ”healing”, ”noticing”, ”kindness”, ”acceptance”

3. Context (Including Historical, Contemporary and Theoretical Contexts)

Historical: Part of my research will focus on early 19th century until present day Naval paintings.

Highlighting the history of ship and boat paintings and looking and choosing favorite artworks by J.M.W. Turner and other artists in his era.

Also looking at various artists making subject-related artwork in the 20th century, with the interest in observing Vincent van Gogh and the Hungarian artist Egry Jozsef life's work.

It is important for me to look at how contemporary artists use vessels in their art practice including artists Gerard Richter, Chicharu Shiota and the Hungarian artist Váli Dezső.

It is also important for me to look at various photographs of boat building projects in order to familiarize myself with the shape and form of vessels.

Furthermore, it is necessary to research other forms of visual art related to my subject, which includes installations, montages and collages and mixed media techniques.


I plan of writing down my most relevant findings from the library databases and Google Scholar search engines. It will also be useful to keep the vast majority of artworks on my computer and external hardware as well. Speaking with Hungarian contemporary artists, taking notes, and researching work of recommended artists will help me in deepening my understanding or other techniques and tools used.

Contacting museums and finding recent exhibitions, artist installations relevant to my work, then applying various new tools to my current work is a methodology I am for in this project.

This process aims for finding ways of building a contemporary visual language of an old symbol and finding new meanings and symbolizing the old meaning in a contemporary setting.

5. Outcomes:

The final outcome will be a collection of new drawings paintings, collages and mixed media work of the research chosen field.

I am aiming that my work will have some elements to it, which I find interesting and can therefore further develop. Furthermore, it is essential that I gain insights in order to improve elements of my current work practice as well.

6. Work Plan:

First 15 weeks

1. Collect relevant historical paintings of boats and sailing ships

2. Collect photographs of boat building processes

3. Start with drawing and sketching

4. Then move to collage making or different process-based painting techniques

5. Research installations of boats or sculptures

6. Research poetry, film scenes and songs that you find inspiring

7. Changing viewpoints, looking down on a ship, standing in the front of the ship and looking ahead

8. Checking different type of sailing canvases and sailing ropes and other tools used during the sailing journeys

Second 15 weeks

1. Looking at old boats standing out of the water, either being built or fading ones

2. Looking at videos how large ships are torn apart

3. Looking at ships at night (changing daytime light and looking at nightime lights)

4. Looking at boats as symbols used throughout history

5. Looking at boat propellers and drawing them

6. Looking at the shades and reflection of boats on water

7. Exploring the symbol of boats and death and longing

8. Experiment with photoshop to make a print that can be used on an everyday object

9. Experiment with mosaics

10. Using my own photos for collage and montage making

Third 15 weeks

1. History of human touch and connectedness in paintings and photography

2. Looking at the shades and reflections of humans

3. Sketching humans and exploring the same techniques I used with boats

Third 15 weeks

1. Making collages and montages exploring human connectedness

2. Making paintings and using other tools as well exploring the chosen subject

7. Bibliography:

Þ Talking directly to artist Csaba Filp, and Bukta Norbert

Þ Looking at Kaspar David Friedrich Ship

Þ William Turner paintings

Þ Nemi lake ships

Þ The sinking warship of Saint Steven King of Hungary

Þ Reading blogs of hungarian artists Váli Dezső and Csiszér Zsuzsi

Þ Reading blogs of my peers and former students

Þ Reading blogs of establsihed artists in other countries

Þ Looking at boats used in paintings of hungarian painters in history

Þ Findig the film where Robert Redford remains alone on a ship

Þ Looking at different boat types used by contemporary painters

Þ Ask Hungaria Kunsthalle about the italian artist making a boat installation during a recent exhibition

Þ Looking at Tolnai Imre’s work where he used an Old boat for his exhibition installation

Þ Checking montages of hungarian artist Vajda Lajos


Egry Jozsef - Lights on lake Balaton

J.M.W. Turner: The Fighting Temeraire Tugged to Her Last Berth to Be Broken Up, 1838

Url: Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica

George Philip Reinagle A First Rate Man-of-War Driven Onto a Reef of Rocks, Floundering in a Gale 1836

Váli Dezső Ship journey towards Crete 86x51 cm oil on wood url source: Vincent van Gogh Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries June 1888, Arles oil on canvas, 65 x 82 url source:

Gerard Richter: Motorboat 1965 oil in canvas 170cm x 170 cm Kunstmuseum Basel print: Artmagazin 19. year 2021/ 5.issue page 9.


Richard Parkes, An Estuary in Northern France

Ritsart Gobyn,

Untitled, 2020 , Oil, acrylic, spray paint on canvas, 30 x 40 cm

mixed media and collage works:

Andy Warhol : Jack Niklaus1978

Lorna Simpson: Reunite & Ice , collage and ink on paper

Vajda Lajos - Tolsztoj és Gandhi, 1930–33. Photo montage, wooden panel , 610 x 500 mm, Budapest, National Gallery Hungary

Vajda Lajos - Houses of Szentendre, 1937, tempera, collage, cardboard paper 620x460mm , Ferenczy Museum

Max Ernst , La colombe avait raison, 1926 Oil and assembly on cardboard, wood and wire 42 × 35 cm url source: Kurt Schwitters , Paper collage on board , 30x20 cm

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(Documentary film url source: )


Chiharu Shiota: Where are we going

url source:

Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hill , Projects

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Csaba Filp, Data Est Defectus, Kiscelli Museum

mixed media on canvas , 100 cm x 100 cm , NG


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