Deep time musings - micro archives; macro narratives
public: My work - "Crude Bleeds"
"Crude Bleeds" - waste plastic, wool, thread, oil on canvas. 130cm x 170cm
This is my work shown as part of the MFA Brighton Show - crossing both 3d and 2d media and very textural in surface. Again the linear forms a big part in the work as well structured featuring in all three pieces. I would like to extend the media used to larger scales and formats so watch this space!
Following on from yesterday's theme of photography, I finally went to the Photo lab darkroom to put together my pin-hole cameras which I've made from tin cans. Bit of a faff but was really good to finally 'sculpt' a piece of DIY photographic equipment from found materials - something I've always been interested in.
I have used tin cans as the 'container' as a follow on from using tin cans for another piece of sound sculpture ("Sychediment") which I made earlier this year, using 3 tins cans, one acting like a sound speaker emanating a sound piece. The idea of using the tin can follows on from this sound piece in that, cans act like containers for food preservation - almost like a way of fossilizing for future use. Time is captured and kept within these aluminium conical walls.
Part of my research narrative is based on 'Deep time' - the stretch of time but in geologic terms which spans billions of year. The stretch Im particularly intere…
Being an 'artist' crossing over into the 'science' area, part of the idea underpinning my research lends itself to the Art/Science divide which has been a point of discussion for some years. I still remember reading Sophie's World and the section about 'natural philosophy' which was modern science's predecessor and thinking, I never really considered the term 'science' and what it actually meant. Language such as terminology, categories and labelling are often taken for granted and implemented through parents, education etc. It almost works like Pavlov's dog syndrome, when someone says science, you immediately think 'lab', chemistry, physics and biology - the so called science subjects at school. Looking at the etymology of the word originating around 1300-50, the Latin word 'scientia' - had a meaning of knowledge. This then developed around the late 1300s to mean:
"collective human knowledge" (especially that gai…
This 'closeness of observing' as mentioned in the strawberry post, is the main theme of this book 'Pilgrim at Tinkers Creek' By Annie Dillard which my mentor recommended a few years ago to read. I dip in and out of it time to time - its a great book with some very 'dry-coated' anecdotes of the marvels and atrocities of the natural world.
One particular observation which made me LOL literally was the mating ritual of the mantises - the section as posted below. The observer and observee have been a running theme within my work especially more recently with my research project from summer 2015 - 'Lexicon of Light' and numerous pieces centred around algae which began in 2014. The terms used, were more along the line of subject/object with the human as the subject and everything else surrounding as the object. This also suggests a power relationship between the two with the subject being the dominating power over this binary relationship. Focusing more on th…