Things have calmed down the last two weeks, I’ve managed to get into the studio a few times and actually have started making some new pieces! Nothing is finished yet, but at least I don’t feel so stagnant. My studio sublet at the Motorcycle Showroom will be over in June-ish, and I will be subletting another studio starting the mid/ end of May, at BV studios, this time for 6 months. There will be a little bit of overlap, but at least it will give me some time to move things, hopefully without too much panic or stress. I will also be sharing the new studio with my friend Polly which I am looking forward to, because we are very good at bouncing ideas off each other.

I met with the co-ordinator of Here Gallery last week, where I will be having my small solo show in October. It was a great meeting and I felt really charged up and inspired afterwards, with loads of ideas and connections running through my head. It’s interesting because this is the first time I have been planning the work with a more specific outcome in mind. Usually I create, research, create, research and then let it all take shape in the space as I am installing it, editing or adding to as I go along. Process based. I know this will happen when I install the October show as well, but it’s the first time I have had a more specific focus and theme in mind from the outset, that feeds into the work as I make it. Perhaps I am just more confidant with my practice now that I am more familiar with it, or perhaps it is just naturally developing and growing as my ideas, interests and focus grows. I suspect it’s a bit of both! Turning Point South West with Spike Associates recently put a call out for applications for research travel bursaries. I decided to apply for one, thinking it could be a great chance for me to add to my research for the October exhibition. I have no idea what the chances are of actually receiving one however! I’ll just have to wait and see…

In the mean time, I have recently been invited to be a part of some upcoming group shows/projects and might possibly have something else in the works for further in the future as well, so I am definitely feeling happily motivated…

And of course, there a lot of things I have applied for that I have been patiently waiting to hear about… I think it’s the waiting that bothers me more than possibly not being accepted.., It really sucks when your applications aren’t accepted, but at least after an hour/day/week of sulking and feeling sorry for myself I can brush myself off and move on, try again. It’s the not knowing and the waiting that drives me absoultely insane!

Anyway, I’ve posted some images of a few things I have been working on, nothing finished yet of course. The digital fabric prints I was originally going to make into stuffed characters like I have done previously, but laying them out on the floor like this has actually given me some other ideas, so I might experiment some more this week…


Well, I now have an axis web profile!

Check it out! http://www.axisweb.org/artist/zanneandrea

I feel like I need to work on my “artist statement” that I’ve posted on there.. I have different statements written, in different styles and word lengths that I can use for various things, such as open submissions, proposals, websites, etc…I think I’d rather have something on there that wasn’t so wordy, or so “I do this and it means this”. Something to work on this week. But overall it’s nice to be on there, I’ve heard really good things about it, and have checked it regularly and found some interesting artists and curators there that I may not have come across otherwise…It seems like a great way for me to make my practice more visible, since I am not able to travel and go out and network as much as other artists.

Updates: I’ve been trying to update my blog every week or so, but it’s been awhile since I’ve been on. Basically, real life was calling me this last month.

The week I moved into the studio I was only able to be there one day, because a big tree fell down in my back garden. (I can now officially add LUMBERJACK to my cv), Then I came down with some horrible throat cold virus thingy mid week, and at the end of the week had a horrible leak in our front hallway, and the entire carpet was soaked in water. I was kicking water out of the front door with my shoe, it was that bad. So my week holiday booked off from work ended up being spent desperately sorting out house stuff and feeling sorry for myself. Now my son is on school holiday which means all art related things have been mostly put on hold until mid April.

It means I also had to cancel my documentation day booking because

a) I didn’t have anything new made and

b) I had forgotten my son was going to be off school that week.

In between all of this, I somehow managed to get two postcards made for the UWE MA exhibition fundraiser called “six by four”, organised by artist Elizabeth Dismorr, but since all works have to be annoymous until sold, I can’t post them here until afterwards. It was really nice to be able to do some painting and drawing again, and has been making me think of how I can incorporate more of it into my practice..