“Abstract art can stand in meaningful relation to your own perception, you can move across a canvas in a way that you move through the spaces of the world… notions of space like proximity and distance can be revealed by moving across a canvas with a brush”
“An artist is a political being, constantly alive to heart-rending, fiery or happy events to which he responds in every way… Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It’s an instrument of war for attack and defence against the enemy.”
Some thoughts, reflections and observations from todays research meeting.
- Importance of writing about the work as it is being created: tests whether one thoroughly understands the implications of what they’re doing, whilst clarifying and recording the processes by which it is done.
– Keep a diary open at all times so as recording observation and reflection become a continuous process.
Notes and general cognitive ramblings from a recent meeting.
Jackson Pollock on accident and intention: “Its not accident if you respond”. Continue reading
“Learning makes our brains grow…”
- We have to destroy in order to create.
Birth and destruction are a part of life. In order to create we must first destroy.
So often when trying to resolve a painting we must destroy the very element we like most about the piece. In search of resolving a painting, one re-works and re-works the entire piece with the exception of our favourite part, resulting in an uneven composition. When our hand is forced to re-work our favourite element it is staggering just how quickly a piece can come together.
- “We execute a skill best in the place wherein it was developed”.
I read this quote a number of days ago and have found it never far from my consciousness ever since. Creeping back into my thoughts whenever I have an idle few moments.
The context of the quote was discussing the associations formed between environment and the process of education. However upon reading it, I was transported back to an old studio I inhabited a number of years ago. I recall after reflecting on the paintings I’d created in the studio, I observed the pieces were immediate products of their environment, and possessed a’dialogue’ with the environment in which they were created. So much so, that to exhibit them out of their original context would mean loosing much of their meaning and relevance. For creatives especially, the environment one resides / creates in (both physically and mentally), is of paramount importance. It not only has the ability to enhance what we do, through the likes of ambient music for example, but also feed into and grow our chosen practice or discipline.
- The power of the post-it.
The sheer impact that a daily and weekly to-do list scrawled upon the humble post-it can have upon ones life is simply breathtaking.
I have always been deeply interested in the shared ‘processes’ between creative practitioners. An observation of the prominent role improvisation plays behind my painting practice led me to explore similar processes in other creative fields and equivalents between disciplines. Continue reading
Education must become more reflective of life, and the world we live in…
Rivalled only by Far-eastern superpowers such as China and Singapore, Finland has for years now topped International tables for literacy and numeracy, and Continue reading
My approach to Art is somewhat unorthodox and contradictory.
Traditionally a visual entity – accessible through the eyes, the visual appearance is of course very important. Art has always been, despite the best efforts of many visionaries along the way,
I recently stumbled across an article on the BBC website entitled ‘How creativity is helped by failure’. The title immediately grabbed me as the general precept is a notion I have always held central to my work. Experience teaches me that risk taking is an integral part of creative practice – significant breakthroughs Continue reading