Art Work Techniques by Thomas Wiegandt
(NT marks the use of new techniques to my knowledge)
Drawing, painting (NT like pyro-painting), printing (NT), etching (NT), mixed media (NT), assemblages (NT), ready mades (objets trouves), sculptures from many materials (NT), photography (NT), experimental Polaroids (NT), Japanese ink zen paintings, Nature Art spaces (Magic Forest)
Photography and darkroom practice (since 1970)
Black and white, color photography, photograms, infrared film photography, experimental Polaroids
Mixed Media and assemblages (since 1977)
Working with many different materials, often from urban waste disposal or the dump as a valid antithesis to expensive fancy art materials as an accepted artistic standard.
Mixed media etching techniques, sometimes layered or with other added media. Diploma book illustration work for H.P.Lovecraft "At the Mountains of Madness": 7 square non-figurative etchings printed white on black absorbent paper, depicting the subterranean murals, the art work of a lost civilization, mentioned in the book. (de facto 28 illustration as they are square and can be turned in 4 ways!)
The Infinite Picture Book (1985) 41 pages or pictures - a unique new concept
Instructions how to use it:
Fold right page to the left and then fold half of this page back over again to the right, thus forming a square picture, and so on. Have some endless fun with lots of new beginnings. In the beginning there was a blank page and also at the end and this is how it links up. This should be made into a short video with using the music "Flowers In The Wind" from TW - A Minor Love Affair (TW-MP3)
Nature Art (since 1987)
Nature Art is a concept I developed in 1987 on my beautiful land here at Ballybane, Ballydehob, West Cork. It is the magical alchemy of nature and art in one space and how both enhance each other and can be used for the human wellbeing. Between 1996 and 2002 many workshops and also some performances took place at the "Nature Art Centre for drumming, art and healing".
Magic Forest in Ballybane (started in 2012, a big work in progress)
A healing recreation and transformation space in West Cork, Ireland.
The Magic Forest is a beautiful 4 acre nature reserve, mainly an old sally grove, with twisted pathways and special spaces with sculptures, works of art and also a sound space, the "Ballybane Gamelan" with recycled sound objects. It is a space to spend time in and get away from human civilization to relax and connect with your body, soul, and spirit and the natural surroundings. It is a philosophical reminder that the two-legged animal called human being can have a fulfilling experience without money. It's a healing experience to get out of our four concrete walls and the restrictions of human society and just to be and connect with our own true selves. It is also meant to be an inspiration for other people to set up similar spaces.
The Magic Forest is ultimately a healing space, a space to experience pure nature and to make contact to the ancestors who are still around as spirits and watch over us, and to honor the ancestors who need to be remembered as our life givers and guardians. In that way, we can realize that we are just a link in a chain that reaches from the past into the future.
The sound space is a space of various melodic percussion instruments for the visitor to try out to produce different sounds. It is inspired by the Gamelan music from Bali, which is an orchestral rhythmic music with a spiritual and communal purpose played on metallophones.
The various musical instruments of the Ballybane Gamelan are all made from recycled material and all need different beaters. It's the chance to listen and to find out what sounds best, as one says 'different strokes for different folks.'
The sound space can be used by individuals and groups. In a group, people have to listen to each other to relate musically so that the music created sounds pleasant and in tune with each other.
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Experimental Pottery sculptures sometimes incorporating glass, copper and mechanical bits from clocks and watches.
Bog Oak sculptures sometimes incorporating copper, brass, glass, bone and turquoise.
Driftwood sculptures neatly assembled, sometimes painted afterwards.
Contrast sculptures from natural materials and electronic circuit boards, computer boards and other found objects.
Random sculptures are found object placed in a random combination outside in nature which sometimes resemble a shrine. Discarded thrown away civilization junk becomes a treasure and a counter point to nature. and creates an interesting contrast. Random sculptures are surprisingly decorative and nicely absurd, especially grown in by surrounding plants and eventually being conquered by nature.
Magic Forest in Ballybane The "Magic Forest" is a living and ever changing Nature Art sculpture.
Jewelry ("miniature sculptures")
Nature Art jewelry from bog oak, yew and other wood and other natural materials like bone or stone and copper, but occasionally also electronic bits and found objects.
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Nature Art - a personal musical journey (film, 2004, 75 min.)
Music Performances and Sound Healing (2004, 55 min.)
Thomas Wiegandt - World Music Improvisations (Ballydehob Jazz Festival 2007, 62 min.)
Thomas Wiegandt + Ailin Becker: Going Back To The Beginning (life performance at the Ballydehob Social Club 2012 + Bonus material, 72 min.)
SoulScape - an intriguing 70 minute shamanic art film of a tribal multimedia performance
by Thomas Wiegandt and friends
at the Ballydehob Social Club in 2013
combining poetry, ethnic music, dance and painting
various performances on:
Thomas Wiegandt-Salam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k05XPV6WN-g
Short Films (since 2011)
some shown in the Schull Short Film Festival in 2015
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various buildings from low budget to no budget, including a heptagonal studio space.
Copyright © Thomas Wiegandt 1974-2019. All rights reserved. Any music, text and pictures are for non-commercial, personal or private use only and may only be used otherwise commercially or publicly with written permission.