Tutorials today at the same time as the art exchange. I bought something experimental coming from a desire for my work to be more dialogical and contemplative. The rooms are always full and buzzing for art exchange and this was no exception. It was possibly the wrong environment to do something very new in my work but I wanted to see how it would go. I have been making paintings for people to walk on as an experiment in anxiety. I was hoping that the connection between the anxiety about walking on the paintings and the anxiety we feel about the sea plastic would be made. For some it was perhaps... more so for people who saw my posts on Instagram. The second part of what I have brought was to ask people to add a piece of plastic to a hanging as an act of contemplation about their own use of the planet and plastic in particular.
The outcomes we’re messy. I had printed signs to give instructions about how to move from one area to the next but these “texts” were ill considered and the results clunky to say the least. There were too many elements for this event and it was too confusing to present this as the work for my tutorial. I was excited about having produced painting and had so enjoyed working in paint but the idea that I was trying to get a cross was not clear. Good job this is Year one! I am not convinced that I would have bought this work to a more formal tutorial setting. Hard not to feel a bit deflated though all that was said was fair and true. Having someone else see things you have missed is vital to growth and there is no progress without failures.
Things to learn and look at
Clootie tree at madrons Well
Book: the spell of the sensuous
It’s messy and too much. I need to refine my craft.
Make one thing and make it really well....
Think about text as one thing
Think about installation as another thing
Think about printmaking as one thing....
The heave of the sea?? Big prints still need to do them....
Agnes Martin verses Suzi Gablik (Agnes Martin art is beauty, no responsibility...)