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.
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)