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Jane and Joanna arrived this week! Wooooooh! Not that Niamh isn’t fantastic company! Speaking of Niamh, she treated us to a lovely trip out of the studio to KCAT. It was a great reminder of the beauty of art and what it can do for people.
Back at the studio I looked around at this camp area I’ve set up which is surrounded by different things and I wrote down a few quick thoughts on what my work is supposed to be saying. In a way it is about the life of the nomad and its pros and cons. Is the nomad running away from life or emmersing themselves in it. I also thought that the simple things work better so I should stop trying to over complicate it.
I added a few more books to the book installlation and looking at it again there really is something about it I like.
I also started making some collograph plates.
Day 15: Half way point!! Disocvered the power of an open door today- we had a lot more visitors than usual. It was reallly encouraging and enjoyable talking to people who were just passing-by. I wanted to try something a bit different day and just have fun with it so i filled one of the walls with a drawing cut out of newsprint and inserted bits of text to fill in the gaps in a way.
I struggled a bit with my work this week because I wasn’t too sure what I had achieved so far or what direction I was going to go in. I started out the week by moving work around the space to change things a bit. I wanted to look at everything I had done so far and re-evaluate my goals for the residency. I decided to keep making and drawing and printing and layering these pieces on top of eachother on the wall and then drawing on top of these again so that certain things become hidden from the viewer and in the hopes that certain ideas would jump out.
When this didn’t work I stood back from the ‘making’ and did some reading and research for a while. I had a look at the work of Lynne Allen ( http://www.lynneallen.com/gallery.html ), who makes these beautiful objects out of works on paper. I thought some more about turning my printed works into 3D structures or objects such as archaeological artefacts or the tools the nomad would have travelled with.
This brought me back to thinking about my installation work and how I would like to develop The Tent. I’ve though about putting a fan or a pump inside it so it bellows in and out. The movement bringing it to life and evoking its lost memories. I also thought about building a giant sand box and having the tent in the middle making it a bit more fun and playful as well as linking it with the archaeological concepts.
Day 12: I changed my again today! After looking at my work I decided ‘ the tipi’ was coming out the strongest so that’s what I’m going to focus on and develop. I’ll start off making a few prints from woodcuts and collographs prints and go from there! Better luck next week!
Wed 23rd- Fri 25th May: I was really anxious to get stuck into work this week, to get something made and start filling up the walls. I decided I wanted to meet somewhere in the middle between my print works and 3D installations. I also wanted to use materials that were close to hand so I wouldn’t be slowed down by going out looking for wood or other materials so I started making big paper cut-outs of an installation piece I had previously made.
The result was ‘The Paper Village’!
They soon spread onto the window and I discovered in the evening, when the sun hit the window, that the cut-outs made beautiful shadows that were far more interesting than the cut-outs themselves. This is something that I would like to work with and develop.