We’re coming to the end of week 5; already I can identify that my work has taken a new direction. I’ve realized that purely materials is what evokes and challenges me to produce work. My studio space has transformed into a mass of found or re-usable objects and materials that inspire me to experiment with form and process. The idea of impermanence in my work interests me, this idea came from the work of Eva Hesse; certain materials can not stand time and will deteriorate quickly. Is this on purpose, a certain choice of materials? Can this become the main methodology behind my practice? Do I want to produce works that can only last a specific amount of time? The next few weeks are important for development with form and the use of jelly and bread dough.
Repetition is an element that creeps into my work; repeating an object is an area of interest that has frequently been involved in my practice and thought process. When I have an idea and sketch, I always visualize multiples or a mass of materials or objects. Using repetitive forms in my work evokes the idea of how the viewer can perceive them; however they hold a sense of individuality.
We had an interesting seminar with tutors Juditt and Mark about artist statements with a series of written exercises relating to our practice, free writing and analysing other artist’s statements. It’s sometimes difficult to express your work in a written document/statement that will engage the viewer and intice them to read your statement. How do you want the audience to understand your work? An artist statement is the core to who I am as an artist. What is my practice? What is the process? What are the materials? What engages my work, my concepts?
After sitting and writing key points that continue to reoccur in my work I’ve realized that my work generates physicality and interaction with materials. Engaging with a range of materials, the rawness and potential that I can achieve to manipulate my work. Recently my main focus has been working with jelly and other organic elements, rubber, hessian, foam, wax and bread dough. These materials are a shift in transition from using traditionally associated sculpture materials of plaster and concrete that are hard, non-malleable and unapproachable in my previous work.
Claes Oldenburg, Rachel Whiteread, Eva Hesse, Richard Serra, Marcel Duchamp, Rebecca Horn, a few artists that currently engage and impact on my practice.