Working at home today casting washing powder. Nice to be making something.
I just wanted to mention that I have been noticing during this residency how much thought all our visitors have put in to looking at and talking about our work. No one took anything on face value or assumed to tell anyone what they have or haven’t done, it’s been much more questioning.
This in turn has made me hyper aware of just how quick people can be to judge, label or make decisions about things, myself included. This seems to come in the form of dismissal. It would probably sound something like ‘oh that artist, yeah they just make community art’ or perform naked, or paint black things… you get the idea. It comes from seeing one thing, or having a little knowledge and then applying that to everything else that follows. I don’t like it; it’s lazy, a bit arrogant and just simplifies everything to the lowest common denominator. I am guilty of it myself I know, so I will resolve to take this with me after the residency finishes.
I wonder if this is some of the problem in a small art scene such as Liverpool. Lots of people have met and might feel like they know what people are doing and what they’re making… but people change, develop and so does their work, so things always need to be reviewed. It suppose it happens to institutions/organisations too and, for example, with Wolstenholme Creative Space, I am curious to see if they are given a chance to relaunch, or whether people have already made their mind up about what it will be (based on its previous life).