Friday: Reorganised studio. Not just physical space but some kind of mental space too. It feels good to see blank white walls. For as long as I can remember I’ve had a large table in my studio – at Dartington I had a huge old dinning table, at the Slade I had at least two tables, when I had the studio in the house there was a large table. In west Norwood I had doors on trestles followed by a heavy metal frame industrial table. Now I want rid of it.
Ideally I’d have a large studio where I could have a table in corner and still have lots of space – this is not the reality of my studio! I will still need a table, but the idea of having space is much more exciting.
I’m also clearing stuff out – materials that I brought to the studio over fours ago and have never used, things saved at the ends of education projects thinking they’d be useful, things left after unsuccessful experiments with new techniques and short lived ideas. I want the space to be clean and clear. I want to be excited by what I have around me rather than having a subtle (but distinct) sense of things un-done, un-successful or un-loved.
• learn from the past
• believe in the future
• live in the present
• successful people don’t have clutter
Went to Kjetil’s opening at Space Station Sixty-Five in the evening. It was so good to see Kjetil and Liz again after my show with them at Nordisk Konst Plattform – they’re lovely people. So are Rachel and Jo at Space Station Sixty-Five. It’s nights like these that remind me how good it can be. I’m also reminded of all the connections and coincidences that exist around me – life as a Venn diagram. On Friday night the gallery felt like the bit where the ‘sets’ intersect – that is always my favourite bit. I’m sure that there used to be a commercial TV company that had a logo that resembled a Venn diagram – the area of intersection was white, just as it would be if the different sets were primary colour light.
There doesn’t seem to be enough time at the moment – the weeks are rushing past.
I want to start doing some serious research into arranging a studio exchange with a Swedish artist for next summer. It doesn’t seem long since I had a year to sort it out, now I’ve only six months.
I’m very aware that I’m approaching the anniversary of John’s death. One year, I think the anniversary is part of my need to sort the studio – re-assessing my practice is part of my mourning process. I want to put away the very personal work from last couple of years. I want to make art that is informed by what I’ve experienced but that is more then that.