Here are two more drawings of my hybrids from my sketchbook. I am not entirely pleased with these two drawings, mainly because I feel like I was distracted while drawing them; the draughtsmanship feels of a lower quality than what I would like. I think they are still good as sketches, and getting the ideas out onto the page is the main priority at this moment in time, so they are still of value.
I need to continue to create these hybrids, and quite a few more of them, to make sure I have plenty of my ‘specimens’ to choose from when I begin to develop these initial drawings.
The AirSpace studio artists have been organising an exhibition of their own to run alongside the current AirSpace Gallery exhibition, Icon, with Ian McIntyre. They invited me to join the exhibition, which I thought was a great opportunity to get involved with them. Being involved in an exhibition less than a month into my residency is also a good benefit!
With only joining in with the group exhibition at short notice, and with the themes running around the exhibition, I decided to re-exhibit one of my previous works, the small clay sculptures. I have never exhibited them by themselves, they have always been a part of a larger work. As I want to examine these sculptures a lot during the residency, it was a good way to start the process by seeing how they stand as an artwork by themselves. I chose to use the window space as I have always shown them at a certain height, always at table height or below, so having them almost at eye level is quite interesting. It elevates them and allows you to examine their forms much more closely than how they have been exhibited previously.