20 Bananas Laid to Rest

 

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The end of the banana project, and my submission into Relics of Attachment Part II.

“20 Bananas Put To Rest

Rachael Disbury’s work surrounds the themes of obsessive sentimentality. The artist has spent four months trying to preserve a banana peel. This piece shows the end of the project. It is up to the viewer if the artist was successful in her attempt. “

 

Dissertation Done

The 14th of January has come and gone. I never imagined a life after this date. And here I am.

And here it is.

I ended up enjoying writing it… I think. I like writing in general. And it has kind of motivated me in the area of practical work too. There’s so much going on this year already. Expect lengthy blogs.

The Christmas holidays were a little bit anticlimactic. I spent my weeks off either working, ill in bed with flu, or writing the dissertation. However, I managed to get my annual painting done. A great benefit of being a creative person at Christmas is that even when you’re skint, there’s gift ideas.

And now Christmas is done, and I’m into my final semester at Duncan of Jordanstone.

So 2013, lets have you.

A Question

Can I preserve a banana peel?

I’m trying to. It’s an experiment. The banana itself is not overly significant. For the purposes of the task it works well though. A banana is an everyday consumable object, the peal is the trace. I want to hang onto the trace and see if it is in my power to keep something that naturally decays and fades. I want to make note of the measures I have to go to to hang onto this thing that wants to age.

I have the question. And the answer will be a process.

It’s becoming a custom for my friends/tutors/studiomates to gift my desk with their peels. It’s nice, sort of like getting mail.

 

Artrant

I’m so much better at writing, than I am at talking. Especially about my work. Give me a pen and we’ll have a wonderful conversation. Ask me to stand and explain my art to you and you’ll get a mumble and a red face. Something to work on.

Here’s some shots of how I work. That middle picture is cringey because my desk is a mess. I’m so obsessive about everything being in place. Every morning I like to go in and just arrange my collections. Those bags bellow aren’t even a piece, I just needed them to be together. Odd…

The glasses thing is still in progress but getting somewhere.

          

So yeah, there’s a Recorded Tutorial tomorrow and I’m currently trying to write a statement of my progress and intentions. Writing really helps untangle my thoughts. So far:

My work is very based around the notion of ‘obsessive sentimentality’. I enjoy taking discarded or no longer used objects and bringing them into focus, questioning why they’ve been kept and what they’re new purpose is. I find the idea of becoming attached to an object emotionally, so irational, it’s fascinating.

In previous works I have preserved used contact lenses, presented second hand dress-shirts and made multiples of a pair of binoculars from 1918. The preservation of memory and the assignation of nostalgic value to an ordinary object is a key focus. This semester I am stripping the idea back, exposing the raw process. ‘Can I preserve something that was never intended to remain intact?’

I am working with banana peels. I intend to conduct experiments to find out if/how I can keep a banana peel without it completely decaying. The question is simple, and the answer will be a process. I feel this project embodies the act of trying to hold onto something that naturally fades, like a memory, and the desperate attempts to keep a remnant.

Alongside this project, I am also doing the daily recordings of my personal basic functions; eating, sleeping, etc. This is to direct the preservation of information to data rather than objects. Recording the ordinary and mundane runnings of my life. For now this is very two-dimensional but I feel with progress it has the potential to develop into something with more form that could interact more with a viewer.

Currently I have a lot of loose objects and beginnings of concepts, I enjoy having a body of ideas to explore and a collection of artefacts surrounding me. I feel being tied to one method is stifling, yet my concepts are all somewhat connected.

I have made most progress with the piece I have been working on in the past two weeks,  with the use of my old spectacles. Again it embodies this idea of irationally maintaining something that is now of no practical use to me.

And then I ran out of steam. The rest of the night will be finishing and polishing that. Then an early start for studio fun, a nervous tutorial and an overdue return to the recycling centre. Nacht.

Studio 606

New academic year, new white space. I spent a week last semester painting the walls and scrubbing the floor of 606, in preparation for the previous 4th years degree show, so it’s only fitting I should inherit the studio.

Here it is, my new canvas.

I’ve moved some stuff in now. The addition of some collected objects and a pot of coffee has it suddenly feeling more ‘Rachael’. Last week was a bit lacking in productivity on account of 21st birthday related excitement. It was a fantastic week otherwise though. And following that high I’m now ready to make a start with the semester.

I find it easier to think about my stuff when I isolate and arrange my objects into compositions. Things look better when they’re displayed more formally, objects begin to become artworks when they stop being used for their original purpose, so I spent today putting shelves up and playing.

This is what I do.

I’m not completely consumed by any one idea yet but I have that exciting feeling that I’m onto something.

Things I’m thinking about:

Empty jewellery boxes

Old spectacles

Collecting information

Bananas

Obsessive sentimentality

Hyper recording of data

 

Make of that what you will. There’s a lot of little ideas floating around, I just need to grab and develop them.

 

Hello ‘A’, I’ve Missed You

This is the part where I gloat. Its been another nonstop week. Monday and Tuesday saw the feedback for the semesters practical work and the written introduction to dissertation work. And I received ‘A’s on both counts.

I know its art and its never black and white or right and wrong as its often based on opinion and is very subjective. I know I shouldn’t place too much importance on the academic grade. And I know that my 3rd year grade will have nothing to do with my final degree.

But I’m HAPPY.

I’ve always been quite proud about grades and I always set high standards for myself. So its good to finally get this recognition. And such great feedback really gives me a boost to put everything into 4th year.

4th year… Theres a scary thought. After realising I’d soon have to add a 4th year link on my blog, I had a mini-freak out. Deep breaths. It was the same odd feeling as when I cleared out my 3rd year studio and looked up to see this…

‘eek’ seems to be a fitting expression.

Yet another shock to the system has come with helping in degree show preparation this past week. Each 3rd year was assigned to a 4th year as their personal helper. I spent the week painting walls, scrubbing floors, drilling holes and running errands. It was great to see what goes on in that week of the 4th year deadline, theres such an energy in the building! I wish my 4th year the best of luck and am keeping my fingers crossed I get a good wee helper next year.

So yeah… Thats it. It’s all done for now. I can look forward to an arty trip to Berlin, many a summer adventure and the occasional long lie. And then it’s 4th year.