Once upon a time….
There was a story. The first story; exciting, mischievous, daring. It danced about the world, flitting from mind to mind, whispering its secrets into the ears of those who would listen, always expanding, growing, teaching. Where it alighted, it left a part of itself behind and all these parts also went skipping out across the world. Women told the stories to their children to give them knowledge, guidance and hope. Men told them around their campfires to give each other courage and strength. Lovers whispered them to each other to deepen their bond. They were told in the lowliest hovels and the grandest palaces. And always the stories were free; free to change and grow. Throughout the world new stories sprang up and danced.
But one day men came with nets and spears and hunted down the stories. They caught them and pinned them into books, crushing their spirit and bleeding their lifeblood. They moulded them to suit their own thoughts and beliefs, sanitising and crippling their power. The stories could no longer change and their strength and meaning soon passed into history.
But the stories remained there, waiting, biding their time.
And now there is a rustling, a soft susurrus as the stories awaken and return to life. They are peeling themselves from the pages where they have slept for so long and are preparing to dance…….
Thought I might as well write another blog post, since its not like I have a dissertation to write...
It has been strange this Christmas holiday to have handed in all my work from last semester and know that its all sat there, waiting to be judged whilst my new focus is entirely on my dissertation. Most frustratingly I have been typically been coming up with new ideas for work at roughly exactly the moment this year when I don't realistically have time to be making them.
The word count has been slowly inching forward as the deadline moves closer.
I have promised myself shopping if I have a first draft by the end of Monday.
Wish me luck!
Right! So its been back to hard work after Christmas this week! I have been knitting my cheese plant and finally videoed a performance with my knitted suit. Its been labourious, but the work has paid off I think. I will post some photos!
The highlight for me in 2012 was the Q&A sessions with the AA2A artists which were organised and hosted by myself and Zara.
They were arranged at short notice, but they still all accepted our invitation to attend, which we really appreciated.
The first one was held on Tuesday 4th December with Jenny Purrett and Matthew Hearn of Spectrum and hosted by myself. They spoke very openly about their journey as artists and their practice up to date. The one key point to emerge and invaluable advice to all art students was 'networking' and how important it was to make contacts and be part of a wider art community. They talked about the different types of residencies available and mentioned that they are often advertised in art magazines like a-n, which if subscribed to, offered free insurance for public liability if staging an exhibition. One other tip given was if leaving a card with contact details on, try leaving it in places like a hairdressers as it can be surprizing on how much work can be got from non- art environments.
Jenny and Matthew were equally generous with their time by allowing the students present to talk about their own practice, their hopes and aspirations after graduation, which I would like to thank them both for on behalf of all of us.
The second one was hosted by Zara with David Lisser, Rebecca Travis and Sebastian Trend
It was the first time a Q&A session had been arranged, so hopefully it will go from strengtht to strength and next years AA2A reps will be able to build on this year.
Both sessions were recorded and I have included links:-
Glad to be back.
I did a lot before the holidays. We ended the year with an exhibition with the main purpose to introduce myself (and the other aa2a residents) to the students and it was a success. I had some really great positive feedback and had one student even go as far as saying how "inspired and impressed" and that seeing my work had helped to get him out of a rut he was feeling he was in. No one has ever complimented my work in such a way so I was incredibly flattered but so pleased that I am actually HELPING the students in some way.
I also had to do a dreaded presentation for the first and second year students about the things that they can whilst whilst at uni and after. Things like promoting themselves, social networking, networking, open call outs and volunteering. Was very nervous, but again its to help students out and from that I have arranged a few tutorials with students who had similar art practice interests to me. So Im very much looking forward to interacting one on one with students. We're now past the 'honeymoon' period of being new and students adjusting to a new year etc. So its kind of like get down to business now.
I have a lot of plans for work at the moment starting with more screen printing on monday. But this time Im working with two layers. A first layer being a found image and the second layer will be a drawing of mine over the top. So hopefully it works well.
I also got to thinking about how something very small or unplanned can change the course of ones research of practice. I found a book in Waterstones with such an enticting and provocative front cover I had to get it.
I paid quite an amout for it but later on realised the book was actually worth £2,000 online. But its rich with imagery that I can make full use of and I know this will change the feel of my collages in terms of playing with compositions and structure. The book is a collection of photographs by Guy Bourdin whos images are found primarily in Vogue. I later on read that hes heavuily inspired by Francis Bacon who is one of my favourite artists.
I was also very flattered and pleased to have my work featured in the AA2A fund raising email. Its really nice that my work is getting some recognition and is actually just liked by people. So yeah, a big thumbs up for that!
So yeah, thats all for now. Hopefully more to come!
finally, have found the library I need to make this thing happen...
been a long day...
but good to have found it..
not much else to report..
good to hang out with Rachael and Vikki this avo'
and arranged meeting with sound geek for next week..
slowly, slowly catchee monkey..
also looked at this:
which is awesome - but too much for what I need...
be good for a game idea I've got though..
For over a year, I've been planning to install a "doily diary" at the Clay College in Millville, New Jersey, USA. I was invited to do this solo show before I moved to the United Kingdom, and I'm in the States this week getting it ready. I've crocheted almost 400 small doilies -- one for each day of 2012, plus a few extra just in case -- and will be sewing them onto fabric monthly "calendars" for installation. But first, each and every doily gets dipped in porcelain slip and fired.
My latest image album shows how it's going. The show opens on 15 January, so I better get back to dipping and slipping this morning!
Once this show is up, it'll be back to Hereford College of Arts and further fibre/clay explorations. I can't wait!
Looking forward to being back at university where will get that opportunity again to travel that road with AA2A students and Katherine fellow Student Rep at Coventry, hope to see you soon.
Started to engage with art practice by being pro-active with entering visual images into other outlets out there in the art world by finding a firmer grounding in building up art practice, this should help in networking. It has helped re-focus an otherwise stale art practice meaning a new start to 2013 has helped me become more open to unexplored journey.
'Red Dot' is the second screen print I have produced on the subject of land around the Itchen Water Meadows. This makes a second print specifically on the theme of trees and the woodland/forester's marks for management. A red dot on the trunk, I understand, signifies that surgery is needed, whereas a short stripe indicates felling.
The look of my prints is not my usual hand drawing. It has turned out this way because it has been so wet to work outside in the field. In its place I took photographs of areas that are designated for tree clearing and, for the sake of moving the project forward, I have used close-ups of the photographs to create colour layers for the prints. This method has challenges in pre-deciding areas and boundaries of the colours (no more than four) and to overlay them successfully.
Over the last few weeks I have read 'Water Meadows', History, Ecology and Conservation, Edited by Hadrian Cook and Tom Williamson, published by Windgather Press Ltd, 2007.
Whilst studying the subject and starting again to draw on location, I am also mindful of how I am going to artistically interpret all this information. Some trial sketches of men working are shown with this entry and artists I am looking at are Bruce McLean, Josef Herman and John Constable. Stephen Chambers' recent show at the Royal Academy, also, has helped me considerably in creating the layers for the screen prints.
The pieces taped to the wall have fallen to the floor and lie untouched.
It is a glorious day... -3c but the sun is out and the hoar frost shimmers.
No one in the MA space...some quiet sessions up and down the corridor.
Good, I am in a state of not knowing...wondering...questioning...this is what life is. When we know the answer that is when we stop exploring..stop growing.
Actually why not go back to those pieces from the very beginning...revisit them knowing what I know now...mmmmm
Can't be bothered
Here and now
Scratching the surface
It's nice to be up in the sky
Just get on with it
In response to
"They remind me of industrial landscape"...I hesitate to agree...landscape..yes...industrial?
But I reflect on the comment and of course she is right... our landscape is that of agricultural industry