My application fell through on Friday (06.07.2018). I got the rejection letter midday. The reasons given made it even more difficult to rationalise. I lost my focus because of it. I do not have artistic experience but the support around me should have been enough. Anyway, Rant over.
I am blessed with so many ideas. Most them come about half way through the night. I do not know what it is, perhaps I should just embrace the revelations. I am coming to my 5th week, and I need to start making the artwork.
If the weather holds up, I will be making my first performance art and documenting this on video. I am nervous but excited at the same time. After the funding refusal, my aim is to make some noise in the local community.
Oh, a new work bench will be going in tomorrow.
I found this interesting video a few days ago.
My background knowledge of fine art is very limited, so it is nice to be able to reflect and visit a concise video of conceptual art history.
Don’t worry it is not 2hr 15 min long, the episode has been duplicated twice.
Approximately 5 years ago, I saw an episode titled ‘What do Artist do All day’. It was about Norman Ackroyd. Maybe it’s the working class background link with me, or the cinematography, but I found the first episode best. (The sound is not correctly synced).
My aim since my residency began, was to churn out one concept a week. This week I have sent out ‘Bro & Sis convo’. This is a working title, which explores a private conversation between siblings about current issue(s). The ideas have been pushed to Studio Director and mentor for critical appraisal. The email response and wait can be quite daunting. The designer in me, just can’t help myself create work to finish or near completion. Usually, the feedback from Steve is about development, or reflection. We wait and see.
I met Kev a few days ago. We had a lengthy discussion about Art, Fitness and Politics. It amazes me how people undervalue their work. I was blown away by one of the pieces he created using recycled product. It was tucked away in a corner.
I met Ali, having been to her solo show last week. The embroidery work is dynamic and has so much depth. I haven’t really had a chance to discuss further because her work is being displayed in the studionAme gallery space for 2 weeks.
It is coming up to my 2nd week at studionAme. I am having difficulty balancing family life, corporate work, freelance design and art development. My aim is to utilise every minute I am blessed with. I designed ‘Behind the Veil’, in principle last week. I receiving some critical appraisal from Steve via email. I think I will need to review this at a later date.
This week, I have been focusing on Meridian newspaper (2018 edition). It is coming along very nicely. I need to get this design ready to meet my own targets. It’s a tough task, but one I am looking forward to.
Meeting new artist
I had a lovely chat with Dawn. I have not seen any of her work, but if time allows, I would definitely like to catch up soon.
I met Ali earlier today. We did not have time to discuss anything in particular. Just a quick greeting meeting. ‘Passing Thoughts’, her solo show is on from 6pm to 9pm today. Looking forward to seeing the work at 8pm.
The next phase of my journey is here. I have moved into the Studio space and ready to go.
I purchased a desk, draws and a chair to settle me in. It’s great having an area to branch out and expand. The smell (paint) and general ambience is amazing.
It was nice meeting seasoned artists, Loz, Marcus and Tim.
I need to produce the work and deliver. So, today I will be planning my residency for the show.
Some Picture of the space