In response to Les’ invigorating lecture, I thought I would take some time and space in the journal to reflect on my ways of making – which work for me and which do not, and reflect on my practice so far as a whole.
How do you know what to do next?
Research is my fall back starting point. I already love to read, and learn. Diving deeper into a subject I am currently interested in, or branching off from that same subject is often what leads me to new ideas. This research is mostly done online, through reading blogs, journal databases, and other pertinent articles.
When is a project/work finished?
This is the hardest question out there. I was once asked this in a job interview, and it really stumped me at the time, and I have been thinking about it ever since. Most of the work I have been making still feels preparatory for something bigger, more technically proficient, or tight conceptually. I am not sure if this is a lack of confidence in myself, or maybe this has to do with the subject matter I am making work about, which I believe is highly subjective, and constantly changing.
What is it that I do?
Draw, cut, fold, bind, sew, embroider, stitch, think, try, think again, read, write, edit, print, expose, glue, collage, patch, talk, perform, communicate, observe …
How do I get it out of my head?
Sketching, listing, and writing in my sketchbook. I find the act of writing often leads to drawing since the pen is already in my hand, and my hand is already going.
Just jumping right into drawings. Drawing is so immediate, that I can get the images out right away.
Finding my relationship to my practice, and vise versa?
I interpreted this question, as how is my practice a part of my everyday life. While I always aim to draw everyday, there are times where that is just not possible. I do think that looking at images, and collecting them (through an image bank and separate blog) I am actively thinking about work.
I like to have a few little projects on the go. These seem more accomplishable than a big work, but sometimes come together as something larger.
Observing and Collecting as Methodology
I collect photos nearly everyday, of work by other artists that I am interested in or from the world around me, usually things I find on the ground during my daily walks.
I am always collecting scraps of paper – any kind will do. Some is purchased, some is fished out of garbage cans and some is found on the ground with notes and lists on the back
I collect flowers and leaves and then press them, or more often forget about them in books
I collect books, and photos from thrift stores, as well as scraps of fabric, doilies and any other bits and bobs that catch my eye out of an interest of reusing, rather than creating more waste.
Why do I make work?
This is the question I have been grappling with for so long. I make work to share; images, ideas, questions, with anyone who is willing to look and think. I make work because I see connections that I feel need to be pointed out, to improve our understanding of the world, and hopefully make the world a more understanding place? I do this through images and actions, because that is what’s natural, and why fight something that feels good? Ultimately, I think I make work, because when I do not, I feel I am not being heard at all, and there is no worse feeling than that.