Turning round a rejection
This blog documents a self-initiated, studio-based project of artist development as a response to a rejection to a mentoring scheme. I wanted an intense period to interrogate my practice, to challenge myself and contribute. The different perspectives gained through discourse with others would have enabled greater critical engagement. Taking a proactive stance and setting up my own project, Studio-Intensive, my aim is to spend an intense nine days saturating myself in all facets of my practice. I will look at this time as a beginning of the future.
I am creating a formal initiative, developing a document that covers all aspects except that of interaction and exchange with others. I am hoping this may occur through response to this blog, through Skype, through my peer network. Beginning with an updated artist statement, followed by a statement of intent and short paragraphs about ongoing, existing collaborations and projects, I have begun a period of preparation, tidying, emptying inboxes, finishing work already begun, planning meals to avoid distraction and clearing diary of other commitments.
An inter-disciplinary artist, researcher and writer based in the UK exhibiting nationally and internationally primarily using sound, sculpture, installation, film and live art. I am motivated by the need to explore and understand the why’s, what’s and how’s in an experimental practice that lies at the intersection of fine art and philosophy. Particularly concerned with time and space, my areas of interest include absence and presence; borders, territory, transitory spaces and non-place; ideas generated by found and collected objects such as dropped words, random ideas, discarded objects, strange sounds, snippets of conversation or a chance encounter; materials and process. As part of my practice, I have sailed paper boats down the Mekong River, the official border between Thailand and Laos to look at the ambiguity of borderlines; blown across a bottle top in a fjord in Norway to test the limits of sound; recorded 60,000 bees going into hives in Birmingham, used a neon pink aquarium amplified to hear the inside of the bubbles and hummed in a crypt in Sardinia with an American researcher. Usually working alone, I also try to develop peer critique networks, collaborations and communal ways of working including using Skype as a means of artistic input.
Unwilling to classify myself exclusively as a sound artist, nevertheless, for the past two years, there has been a focus on sound (which includes silence) which I see as a means of overriding borders. Particularly looking at the intersection of sound, space and body, I have been using sound-songs, humming, experimental instrumental and collaborations including a choir.
Statement of Intent
To think deeply and critically
To integrate philosophy into both the making and contexts
To consolidate a prolonged period of practice and research bringing together the diverse areas of concern, however loosely
To further develop strategy for practice-based research
Whilst it is not necessary to produce work, it is not the aim to deliberately not produce work
To begin blog
To develop methods of evaluation
To develop a foundation for the future
To have fun
- Collaboration with Ed McKeon and choir exploring intersection of sound, space and body. First ‘performance’ July 6th
- Recording underground to hear the sound of stalactites forming Recording June 11th
- Creating 2D work collaging with painted traces exploring landscapes from above
- A drawing a day
Practice and research are inherently bound