16th of May

16th of May. 5am. How can I sleep?

This week has seen the attainment of my honours degree in Fine Art and an acceptance from Edinburgh College of Art to study Contemporary Art Theory with them. And its Degree Show tomorrow. “eek”.

I am looking forward to the event and appreciate the effort my friends and family have made with travelling up to Dundee. I have no idea what the night will have in store for me and ‘nervous’ doesn’t seem to cover what I’m feeling. It’s 5am. I can’t sleep.

Here’s a sneak preview of what to expect from me tomorrow, I hope to see you all there.

 

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All That Glistens

Solid bronze cast of collected 1970’s baking tray

2013

 

 

Relics of Attachment Part I

RelicsAs part of the Student Curatorial Team at Duncan of Jordanstone, myself and a few friends have been working on an exciting new project, ‘Relics of Attachment’. There are three events involved in this project. Part I is an initial exhibition of work to be displayed on the 31st of January. This will be followed by an informative talk on the 4th of February to discuss ideas and the opportunity for other artists to get involved in submitting their work for a second exhibition at the end of February.

Here’s some info!

Get involved!

  • RELICS OF ATTACHMENT Part I
    DoJ, Matthew Building, Recess Display CabinetThursday 31st January 2013
    PREVIEW 4.30pm-6pm, Drinks & Refreshments provided
    Exhibition runs 31st January – 18th FebruaryCome to the preview of an exciting new project!
    Find out how to get your own artwork involved in Part II!!!

    Part I is a small exhibition to introduce the idea of ‘Relics of Attachment’. The nostalgic feelings we all have to personal objects and remnants. The exhibition includes a collection of items and their sentimental connection to the artists.

    \\OPEN CALL for Part II
    A larger collection of work will be displayed in the Cooper Gallery at the end of February.
    If you’re interested in participating, we are holding a meeting to discuss ideas and the opportunity to submit work at a later date.

    Come to the preview! Come to the meeting! We look forward to working with you!

    \\MEETING: 1st February
    Green Seats, Matthew Building

    \\PART II: 14th February
    Cooper Gallery

    A group project brought to you by DoJ Student Curatorial Team.

84 Eyes

I’ve written previously about sentimentality, and attaching affection and memory to a material object. This surrounds a lot of the work I’m doing this semester. Obsessive Sentimentality.

Let me tell you a story. I went to Paris in the Summer of 2010. I saw everything. I saw Matisse and Rothko, a perfect sunset on top of the Arc de Triomphe, quaint towns and monumental architecture. And when it came to throwing my monthly contact lenses away at the end of July, I just couldn’t.

Which is stupid. It is completely irrational behaviour to allow these pieces of plastic that have been sitting on my eyeballs for a month, to have some kind kind of lasting power. If I lost the knackered old lenses, would I lose the visions of what I’ve seen? No. But its somehow a comfort having them. There’s a feeling that memory just isn’t enough.

So sometimes I keep my lenses. Because I can’t not.

I’ve worn 84 pairs of contact lenses. I keep some and remember them all. And I allow them to represent everything I’ve ever seen. Am I crazy? Perhaps… Certainly an obsessive sentimentalist. But I could make some art of this.