I’ve looked at many artists’ methods of portraying movement. I initially thought I’d like to try multiple layered images such as the method used by Marcel Duchamp for his various Nudes Descending Staircases, but the more I look at, the more cluttered they feel, which is not what I want to explore.

I wondered about a more subtle variation on this idea but my first study of this put me off completely because of its cartoon quality:

I also tried the same study but with blurred lines on ‘trailing’ surfaces. This also seems crude but could be developed:

Another way to portray movement is by portraying a subject with stored potential energy.

“An object can store energy as the result of its position. For example, the heavy ball of a demolition machine is storing energy when it is held at an elevated position. This stored energy of position is referred to as potential energy” (physicsclassroom.com)

What I mean in this visual context is that the eye and brain recognise that this stored energy has been established by movement and also must be released by further movement; ‘what goes up must come down’. Therefore the image is perceived as movement in progress. The most striking, and beautiful, example I came across was a body of work by Karolina Szymkiewicz portraying a Japanese dancer:

I find this idea very intriguing.

References

http://karolful.com/portfolio/ma-exhibition-2/ (accessed 11/05/18)

https://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/51449.html (accessed 11/05/18)

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/energy/Lesson-1/Potential-Energy (accessed 27/06/18)

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