Welcome to my online Journal where i hope to share my thoughts, feeling, inspirations, processes, problem solving, and completed works as well as works in progress.
Lowdown: The two pieces have been facing each-other on opposite walls all week whilst i decide how best to combine them. Do i tear them, weave them, glue them, over-lap? The best thing for now was to see them meet and touch and see what happens organically (i know it sounds like i am introducing a potential couple, but that is what it feels like) A group of us decided to do a pop-up show together as we felt our work explored similar themes and questions. Our work was about man meeting the natural world, Maggies photographs were about abandoned houses, where nature had taken over, Katies paintings were exploring the flow of paints and how process could effect it, mine is a mix between the two, when man meets nature. I wasnt ready to allow them to mingle totally but i was interested to see how they would work as a set visually, when they overlapped even a little. When hanging them i decided to hang them low on the wall so that they could be stretched and folded to the middle of the room, i felt this gave them more presence in the room and forced the viewer to engage with the work. We met and positioned the works as seen in the pictures below and invited our tutor Greig to critique the show as a whole and the individual pieces.
The crit: As a whole the crit was good, we were told the pieces had been put together succinctly. It was felt that maggies photographs may have been more effective as a life size projection and kates paintings more exploratory. With my work Greig felt the work needed a third piece instead of joining just the two together in some way later. The idea was that another one should be made combining the two techniques (nature and nurture) to make a consolidationary piece which then could be hung as one constructed work.
Where Now?: I am undecided as yet where to take this further......it will go further, but i dont yet know in what direction.
Part of me wants to make an enormous ceremonial clay orb and have three pieces gathered in the middle of the room by it, but space is a limit here. The work is made in miles of woodland but must be shown in a small space for now....do i adapt my work to the spaces provided to show it, or let it grow larger into the vast space it is made in? My main excitement here has been the process of making the work, which can still go a lot further and bigger....it seems a shame to make something less vast (almost compromised) to fit into the urban space it so questions. I think at the moment i should present my work as a whole and let it fill and spill and intervene.......as it should.