Some initial key words to search for: looks rather blank at the moment!
This is the page of notes I made as a checklist for starting research.
The areas I am interested in researching in particular are:-
The Op-Art Movement
Her process for producing art works
Her body of work – range and development – including some key artworks
Definition of ‘Pointillism’:- “technique of neo-impressionist painting using tiny dots of various pure colours, which become blended in the viewer’s eye. It was developed by Seurat with the aim of producing a greater degree of luminosity and brilliance of colour”. Source:- Google search for meaning of pointillism
I decided to see which, if any, colour theory might apply to Riley’s paintings and consulted David Hornung’s book “Colour: A workshop For Artists and Designers”.
Thoughts on the day’s research: disappointed that the library didn’t have more books available on the subject (just one). The most helpful source was the BBC documentary, which had some excerpts of Bridget Riley herself speaking about her influences and inspirations. Hoping to find out more from the exhibition on Saturday, when I will be doing my primary research. The more general art books were of no or little use. The hardest thing is trying to focus in on the questions you want to find the answers to, so good to start the research with those in mind. There is so much information even in one book that it is easy to go off at a tangent. I am particularly interested in Riley’s inspirations, process, the reason for making her artworks; and to learn something about Op Art.