I’ve just started my third year BA (Hons) Fine Art degree, I have spent the last few months of the Summer reflecting and looking back on my art.
Normally my art doesn’t stop when the academic year ends, a few sketch books filled over the summer and ready to start again with a clear plan.
This summer was different. Getting a job in June, I knew that my art practice had to be put to the side whilst I got to grips with my new job which links in with my art, as a magazine advertising executive for an arts and antique magazine. Its a fantastic source for knowledge, getting to speak directly with Art gallerys, Antique dealers and visiting Art exhibitions it is a wonderful part of my journey that I know I got mainly because of my degree, along with my ‘eclectic’ CV.
By taking a break from my art I was able to give it some space, for me to then look at it with fresh eyes, I have realised how controlled it had become, that soon I would have no room for it to expand, with giving it some freedom I was am able to let go of its barriers and just give my self the chance to explore again my ideas with no pressure, to just let my art lead the way, instead of me trying to lead the direction of it.
A week holiday in Lyme Regis was the starting point of being directed back to the sea for my source of inspiration.
I found myself each day collecting sea glass and nicely shaped pebbles along the beach.
In the first year of my degree my practice was strongly based around the elements of Earth, Fire, Water, Air and I realised I needed to further explore this with more freedom and being more in nature again.
An example is a land art piece that is shown below, it was reflecting the erosion line of the coast caused by the water and the symbolism that the water is taking the land back.
I find the seaside a calming place, but what is it that makes it this? I find I don’t need to even go to the shore, that a glimpse of just seeing the sea ahead is enough to find a feeling of calm, I dont need to stand looking into the waves for minutes or hours.
Although the sand, pebbles, the sea, the sky, hearing the sea gulls all add to the atmosphere, it was when I saw an exhibition by Leiko Ikemura, which her art practice connects humanity and nature that it started to all click into place for me.
The art piece below shows the scene of a figure diving. It wasnt the figure or the water or the sky that drew my attention, it was the horizen line. It then dawned on me that when looking at the sea this is where I find a sense of solace. The space between the sea and the sky. No wonder I only have to glimpse it to find that sense of peace, the void, gap in between the lines, whatever you want to call it.
This may be why I enjoy drawing straight lines, and patterns from lines, I find it very calming. But it is not the line that I find interesting, it is the space around the line.