It feels strange to blog again. I wasn’t going to. In fact I wasn’t go to do any more ‘art projects’. I gave up my job ( I took redundancy) had an op (long boring story) and intended to spend my time, doing the occasional exhibition and/or workshop and catch up with my travelling.
Obviously I hadn’t really thought any of the above through, I was just tired and burnt out and more than anything I needed a break.
Earlier this year I tentatively started exhibiting again – no big deals, just an odd piece here and there . Very small paintings , as, dare I say it , relaxation exercises. That made me happy again with art after becoming very jaded.
I was quite happy plodding along really, but then I got an email out of the blue asking me if I’d like to do an installation – a paid commission.
That was quite a surprise as I no longer apply for things and hadn’t updated my website or artist social media sites for years !
But there it was. My work (installations that is ) had appeared somewhere or other and I was reached initially through a facebook page I no longer use ( but is still active)
Well…. although I wasn’t going to do any more installations as they are a pain in the backside to store and obviously you can’t sell them…. but how could I say no?
What followed was a few weeks of conversations, deciding a fee ( which was initially rejected, but we came to a compromise when discussing where savings can be made in other places ) …and then drawing out an artists contract.
The theme is ‘Casting a net ‘ so I went off to work out what installation I could make that followed the brief. I must add here, that I’m not being paid just to make an artwork, I will have to run workshops too. I’m working with a diocese and the workshops will centre around questions and thoughts based on religion.
This is challenging for me as I’m not a religious person but I will have to try to stay neutral, impartial , whatever.
So I thought about people writing down their thoughts and I would work round making containers for their sheets of paper. I know this is far from being a new idea, but it went down well and my conclusion was to make 3D fish that things can be placed inside.
So much has been happening these last few weeks – far too much for one blog post, but hopefully what I’ve written in this introduction will give an idea of what I’ll be doing.
I’ve also started a new Instagram account to show what I’ve done before . I just think its easier to see than wading through loads of ‘stuff’ on a website : https://www.instagram.com/artinstallations_wendywilliams/