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!
So well into the new year and back on the blog from rather a long hiatus! I still haven't quite as yet developed a system for blogging to write more consistently. I always think, tomorrow and once you know it, months have passed and you've forgotten the event! So today I thought I'd write on the day of the event whilst it is fresh in my mind. Today's trip involved seeing a film by the Scottish Experimental filmmaker Margaret Tait as part of the Glasgow Film Festival. However this post is about the short film that preceded it by a German filmaker/artist - Margaret_Raspé whom I didn't know about before today.
The 1974 film shot on Super 8 (a medium I've yet to try but would so love love to!) is only 20mins and essentially films the process of washing up a load of dirty dishes. Yes, I'm totally not going to look at my dirty dishes routine in quite the same way! A seemingly simple concept but the film was not only filmed silent which threw lots of interesting idea…
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…