Lockup Notes 2
Lockup has put us all in the same boat. Kinda. No matter if you are a citizen or a double standard backstabbing politician/political adviser, covidz is an inconvenience... no doubt about that. I've hated being locked out the studio, I miss the city and human interaction. Inspiration for me comes from at least a triangle of people, place and politics.. although some times a square or even the 'Pentagon'.
I've taken to communicating thoughts and ideas via postcards - seems appropriate as we're not here just now, we're somewhere else, somewhere exotic. I'm printing on old used postcards, challenging 'single use'. I'm re-purposing an object, absorbing sentiment and adding, appending with my own thoughts, overlaying a new message on an old, in some ways creating a third artwork for free. We like thirds in the art world. The final result can be a little unpredictable, but a wise man once said, "we love happy little accidents*"
When I can't print, my little fingers and brain work on new designs. Some large, some small - but both problematic. I know I have touched on this before, and will no doubt visit again, but how do I get to show you the work now the galleries are shut? Well, I'm setting up new web pages as I type, but the more I look at photographs/images of my work, the more I realise at least forty percent of the experience is missing. Hand crafted work needs to be experienced right? feel the texture, the age, the frailties, even smell the paint. A good deal of the character of a work can be lost online. I love texture, thick inks and acrylic, glistening in the evening sun, saying "look at me!" then revealing its secrets .. slowly. Helllooo.
No solutions here yet - just a need to continue. If you read this, please be amazing and share the blog, Instagram, Facebook with folk you know.. all this is like my bucket.. keeps me afloat.
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