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Artist Talk: Adam Chodzko, Thursday, February 18th, 17:15 – 19:30, Studio 1, Jarman Building

Thoughts and connections in response to Adam Chodzko’s talk yesterday at the University of Kent about “the work he made for Tate’s 2013 exhibition Schwitters in Britain that explored the distant, but powerful international connections that were in contact with Schwitters during his final years in the Lake District.”  The talk ended with a screening of the video Knots which featured in the installation.

O for home, the moon, the void that draw everything into it, the knot that ties everything together, a conundrum, a group of people, something missing, the navel …

Drawing my own threads together, I couldn’t help thinking of TS Eliot’s The Wasteland:

East Coker

In my beginning is my end. In succession
Houses rise and fall, crumble, are extended,
Are removed, destroyed, restored, or in their place
Is an open field, or a factory, or a by-pass.
Old stone to new building, old timber to new fires,
Old fires to ashes, and ashes to the earth
Which is already flesh, fur and faeces,
Bone of man and beast, cornstalk and leaf.



I am feeling very chuffed – my installation piece, Inherited, is sold. It will be reconfigured slightly to live happily in a frame and in a new home. So now I have to think of a new piece of work as I was about to submit it for an open call! Funnily enough the sale came through one of the organisers of the Art Market I took part  in in Folkestone last year. Immediately after the market I was pleased to have sold a small print and when weighing up the cost/benefit ratio, thought it probably hadn’t been worth it. Just shows really how every opportunity is important and can bring results over time. The piece I’ve sold wasn’t even made at the time of the market.

I’ve been carrying on with the mono prints, working withsome  of the forms used in that piece, but breaking them up and turning them round, so that they are more fragmented.

The marks are becoming more expressive too.