She Never Was the Woman They Said She Was, collage, 2013
Deep in the land of the mind where ideas seed, form, or are received, there are different ways of processing. Even language has it's limitations in communicating something which is deeply embedded in another part of existence. You know when you go to 'the zone' in creativity? When time flies, when you are 'gone' - I long for that place often.
I find it fascinating how different artists 'process', how they examine ideas, formulate thoughts, gather information and collate it in to a cohesive form. This thinking process was started by watching Michael Landy's The Eye - an interesting insight into the thinking/processing behind the artists work and projects. He did this project.
It led to a visit of his latest show at the National Gallery: Saints Alive, which is most intriguing, not least the accompanying film that outlines his approach to the whole residency and how he came to have the work that we now see installed.
It starts with an INTUITIVE approach; what are you drawn to? Flowing with what piques YOUR interest. And giving yourself PERMISSION to follow it through. To rumble with it. To lay with it. To taste it and savour it awhile.
And then approaching it through a process of OVERLAYING, of DE-CONSTRUCTING, of RECORDING: recording ideas in a variety of ways; drawing, photographing, filming, collaging. There are times to ERASE, to REPEAT, to ISOLATE a part, or to leave the work sitting there, and live with it before moving on to the next action. LISTENING to what the work is telling us....
When people ask how long it takes to do a collage I can't explain the hours of fermenting, of 'leaving' the work and listening to what it's saying to me over days, sometimes weeks, before it's completed.
Oh, and there are bits picked up along the way when going about everyday things: the noting of a sky; an unusual angle, object or a colour; the picking up of a word or sentence in a conversation: on a recent visit to a BA art show I overheard two people talking about how art should be the communication of ideas as a result of your ongoing research and enquiry, reminding me to re-visit my own research & enquiry.... carry a camera or sketchbook around and capture small things and look back at them in the studio or at home - I'm often fascinated by what I notice afterwards by doing this currently.
The image at the top is a result of processing involving making photos posters, from drawing the photos and leaving bits out, then collaging on to the photo. This is my bid to explore where public and private images meet, where they are seen, in what context and as a result what messages are given, or signs read into the imagery? I am fascinated by our culture's portrayal's of identity visually, the subliminal messaging for a great life; perfect life; for aspirations. I want to see something different, say something different, be something different, which transfers in to my belief we should all be what we feel called or compelled to do or be. We use a 10th of mind's capacity and abilities, we are powerful creatures and agents of possible change - what change would you be if you could? (and yes, you can!)
I have been thinking lots about where I would like new work to be seen, what scale, what level of original hand-crafting to be seen, or whether the image should be flattened out again into a whole seamless image? The ongoing questions are what keep me going. Exploring, examining, trying, finding my own campaign and purpose.
How do you process when you art?
PS. I have been reading here
And was part of this Summer Show (with the work above) with lots of interesting work and artists - look some of them up :)