So my show’s been and gone, very happy with how it looked and how it was received but now feel strangely detached and uneasy in a period of reflection. Taking time to really look and think about my work is more taxing and challenging and less immediate than the doing. But I know it’s always this way and one of the reasons I’m treasuring this a-n bursary year. I can’t sweep things under the carpet, but need to be able to discuss, discover and progress. Seeing all the work in Lacey’s beautiful gallery space was really beneficial, prompting unexpected connections, exposing paintings for inspection and discussion. Talking through the work with my mentor Rosalind Davis was particularly useful and insightful. Thank you Rosalind and Lacey Contemporary and all the people that came to the show.
In the spirit of reflection and looking to the future I went to an Artist Network event last weekend organised by Matt Roberts Arts and Blue Monkey Network at Towner. A really useful day, meeting new artists and discussing work together whilst picking up practical tips and guidance. On the subject of learning form other artists, I’d recommend a look at Simon Fell’s blog post on The Creative Cycle, https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/restart I found it perceptive, wise and reassuring.