I worked in my studio yesterday preparing some of the drawn surfaces that Eddie and I will use in the photography studio next week. The drawings comprise dense layers of graphite, systematically applied to a paper support, which are polished between each layer. By the end of the process the paper is coated in the graphite and has a lustrous, metallic finish. It’s a time consuming and laborious method that results in achy hands and grimy fingers, but the shiny graphite surfaces, which shift visually through different values of greyscale when they are folded and interact with light, are worth the effort they take to produce. These pieces will form the basis of our initial collaborative work and therefore have to be finished in time for our studio session. I’ll need a few more days to prepare for the photography studio, but we are (so far) on schedule and continuing to develop the agenda for our first shoot. Eddie seems to have everything planned from the lighting we need to the film we will use, as well as already having chosen somewhere to eat lunch. Actually, it seems that lunch was the first thing he had organised.
When I saw the images of the work in progress from Charley’s studio I firstly thought, ‘that must take ages’, then I quickly stopped being impressed and instead thought, ‘WHY?’
It’s work that looks like it’s made by a machine, her dedication to making the work is monumental – but she must by 80% robot and only 20% person.
Looks like it’s down to me to add a more human touch.