reflection 5: post-project blues !
Once the much-looked-forward-to opportunity is over there is a bit of a hole and that hole can be filled with the making on mental lists that go along the lines of …I should have…I wish I had… this is not necessarily a negative thing but a kind of wake up call to pay attention to how you practice your practice !
Ten days after finishing Space Interrupted I talked to curator Claire Sheppeard about the project at Fabrica. Her main response was that it was a really good thing to have done. The aim of Making Space is to give artists the chance to try something new, make experiments, test out ideas so it was good to reflect on the open endedness of the aims and focus on my luck in being able to take part.
Yet I tend to be over ambitous and, like many artists, never quite happy with what has achieved. There is a tendency to focus on what didn’t come off, what wasn’t achieved so it was useful to talk it over with Claire and be reminded that a week is a very short time to get anything off the ground and that the empahisis was on being outside the zone of comfort and familiarity to see what happens, so that the unresolved, unfinished nature of what I did do could be considered as a series of tentative excursions into new territory…. a much more helpful perspective !