It’s been an interesting year so far. I’ve had more shows than ever before but seem to have made less work! I’m feeling the need to be in the studio and to get making. I guess it’s a balance every artist has to make but what I’ve found, after the initial euphoria of being selected for a show, is that what really makes me tick is making work, problem solving, playing with materials, experimenting, making mistakes and that feeling you get when you know you’ve made a good piece of work.
I’ve learnt something about my practise recently too. Ideas are the forerunner to everything. They come before material and form. It means that I use a very diverse mix of materials. This week I’ve sourced materials from Agent Provocateur to Tiranti to ebay!
I have about four projects on the go at the moment, below is an image from one of them. I’m making a series of doll’s heads in black plaster and am hoping to fill an empty room with them, an installation of haunting childhood memories, like somekind of demented nursery. There is a stillness in their solidity and yet an uncertainty in their disquieting form and blank eyes. I like the oscillation between innocence and something darker, the precarious balance makes you question what you see and what you know.
The pigment that has spilled around the edge was a happy accident. I think it gives them an element of disclosure, something revealed in their process but remains ambiguous as to whether they’re beginning or ending, falling apart or coming together.