Simon Pope has a strongly ecological practice as an artist. he has developed a walking practice that is often recored in film. I was keen to meet him and pleased that he would be critiquing my work. He was very relaxed and ran the crate group well helping all of us to be relaxed and then of course to talk and speak about each others work. it was a long day but a good one. I particularly enjoyed seeing the work of the others and being in a mixed year group. The smaller group worked really well. When it came to my turn there were lots of helpful things said by both Simon and the other MA students.
Initial discussions around my work: there was lots of recalling all the news around plastic at the moment including the Enzyme found by research scientist at Nottingham Uni and the ideas around recycling and producing biodegradable packaging. good discussions but I did want there to be some dialogue around my art practice too!
there was a recognition of the deep ecology that is found most recently in the art practice of leaving no trace, as in Simons' own work and the considerations of Gaia Theory.
Artist to consider: Bill viola: reflecting pool, Shawn Cubitt.
Ideas for my practice: churning things up. encapsulating the plastic, challenge what is art, painting on the plastic to make it some how valuable. Presenting plastic as precious to question its value. Thinking about plastic as a problem because of the flow of it, how to arrest the flow? how to trap the waste?
Art itself has a flow of materiality, The objects can have a long life and are conserved to have long lives. Is there potential to embed plastic into existing works of art? Could I make the found plastic into something else? Sheeting to paint on? an art work in itself?
Came away with lots to think about and having found the process very helpful.