No images today, no time....plumbing gone wrong, cooking overdone, words unwritten. Anyone else have a bad day?
Friday, 26 November 2010
The image above probably wont look like much to you, but as I endeavour to tease out of my mind what I see, this is what happens. My studio is full of such attemps. I'm actually quite happy with these :)
Today I came across some words which mean a great deal to me;
'I understand the spiritual as a way of living the ordinary while sensing the extraordinary'
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Through my research I want to reach out to other artists who survive on islands through their creativity, see what we have in common, if anything.
The image here is from Australia; prisoners were directed to cut a bathing pool from the rocks. The image says it all.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
I'm not sure if I'll manage to sustain this blog but here goes. I'm embarking on a new journey, for me at any rate, looking at my own creative process in the context of practice based research.
Based at the University of the West of Scotland, (UWS) within the School of Creative and Cultural Industries, (CCI), I'm looking at place, in particular, islands, and that elusive connection which inspires a creative response from artists.
So far, I'm reading and trying to understand where my own creative practice sits within the bigger picture. I seem to have written about 33,000 words in my research journal so far, writing obviously isn't a major problem! But these are reflections, notes on reading and tend towards rambling, I suspect. It's the transition from this kind of flowing writing to the academic writing which fills me with a kind of dread....will it become just like everyone else's? Will I lose the essence of who I am as an artist? In being objective about the subjective, where am I in it all? Does it matter?
Alongside the reading sits my creativity; I'm a practitioner who thinks. I need to make, it's a compulsion, a way of life and one that I value above all others.
The image at the top is what I'm currently working on; silk, painted/manipulated and suspended within a given space, slowly rotating in silence.