And it’s time to plan.
So I’ve been saying recently that the work was slowing down a bit. Well we’re back in business now. Thursday was a good day. I was on campus at 9.30 in the morning and didn’t get home till half past 8 that evening. It was one of those days where I just remembered how in love with art I am. And then consequently realised how sappy I am also… But sounding sappy aside, I do enjoy days like that. I spent the day on the floor of my studio working away, occasionally nipping outside to steal some sun, and drifting in and out of arty chat with my studio mates.
We’re at that stage in the semester now where I can confidently say “It’s all coming together”. The work is mostly done and the space is looking good. Theres a few things still to do, sketchbooks and organisational touches, but I still have three weeks to go and I’m not panicking yet… which is unusual.
Everythings very chilled and ‘nice’ right now. My work is progressing steadily, the semester is coming to a relaxing end and it is sunnysunnysunny. Things are looking gooood.
My studio is in preparation mood. Getting there though. I can see the end, and it looks alright. Deadline is 23rd of April. Wish me Luck.
As a fellow art student so eloquently put it earlier, “its a good day not to be dead”. Everyone seems to be in such high spirits at the unexpected emergence of the sun in Dundee. Suddenly we can study (ok, so I rarely actually study) outside, and abandon the customery five layers of clothing, we can plan elaborate days out that will never actually happen and dream of holidays we could never afford. Everythings just a lot…well…’sunnier’. So goodbye Winter. I’ll miss the hats.
Better weather seems to equate to a better mood and I seem to finally be getting things done in my project. A lot of people who study more academic subjects have this negative opinion that us fine art students sit about doing nothing for extended periods of time. Well, yes they’re right. But whats wrong with that? The importance of ‘sitting doing nothing’ is really underestimated by a lot of people. ‘Cause you’re never really ‘doing nothing’, are you? Theres always something going on. I think I need the silence and the stillness,the lack of physically doing anything, to get my head around what I want to create. It all goes back to thinking time. Of course there does eventually come a point when you need to get off your ass and actually do something, do anything. So I smashed a mirror.
And then I put it back together. I’m going to have few mirror structures enclosed in some kind of square cell and film will be projected onto the surface of one mirror thereby being reflected against the other mirrors. So the same image will be distorted on different surfaces and levels, creating a layered and fragmented sequence. This might be hard to visualise from one run-on sentence of my babbling, but hopefully it comes together and the work will define itself. Right now its just about sketching, gathering material, adding to the installation and continuing to research other artists.
Sophie Calle has been very inspiring to study, I’m thinking about writing this semesters essay on her, so you’ll probably have to read a few paragraphs of me raving about her bravery and shock tactics. Today provided yet more artists to look into. Our lecture was on video art. Work that stood out included early pieces by John Cage and Bruce Nauman who both completely shocked their audiences using new technology, people didn’t understand their art and felt uncomfortable watching their performances. I found Bruce Nauman’s ‘Walking in an Exagerated Manner Around the Perimeter of a Square’ quite brilliant, just for its simplicity and humour. More recent works such as Bill Viola’s quite moving video “Ocean Without a Shore” and Fischili & Weiss’ “The Way Things Go” were also memorable. I’m just name-dropping now, but some of these are really worth checking out.
I’m going to stop now. Bye.
Now playing: Bruce Nauman – Walking in an Exaggerated Manner…