After Illusion is an online residency opportunity that takes place via Instagram.
I’m so pleased to be starting 2021 by taking part in After Illusion, an Instagram based residency; the residency program run by artist and curator Skye Williams.
‘After Illusion is both a residency programme and community platform for creatives. Founder Skye Williams, an artist herself, set up the programme after realising a need for the arts community to show internal support during this particularly difficult time.’ – Skye Williams
Tactile Intervention in a Digital Environment – Zero Hour Residency Week Two.
Week Two is over! I can’t believe how quickly the time is flying on this four-week residency. Our exploration of ‘touch’ is well underway!
Over the past two weeks, Wendy Yu and I have connected through a mutual love of absurdity. We decided to examine our shared goal of exploring ‘touch’ across digital platforms.
The reality is, that we want to explore tactile engagement and the physicality of touch – but how can we do this in a digital space? Somewhere that does not physically exist or have a tactility beyond the keyboard. This has led us to the somewhat oxymoronic phrase ‘tactile intervention in a digital environment’.
Printmaker Jane Bennett and Photographer Joanna Garrett show new collaborative work at ‘The Test Bed’ on the 17th December 2018.
The show ‘Bennett and Garrett’ is the first exhibition by myself and photographer Joanna Garrett and it was hosted by one of my favourite research facilities ‘In Certain Places’ at the pop-up exhibition and engagement space ‘The Test Bed’.
I feel so privileged to be mentioned in Volume 4 of ‘North’ as part of Jo Garrett’s wonderful interview on the darkroom.
I love the way that Jo talks about the magic of the darkroom, the physical interactions between chemistry and light, it is alchemy and I adore it. I think it is so easy to disassociate the physicality of making work from the final outcome which often ends up, framed and pristine, on a white wall.
When I’m working in the darkroom with Jo, I can relax. We often discuss the crossovers and co-dependencies of printmaking and photography. How each process informs, shapes and directs the evolution of the other, while still remaining very separate artforms.
August is the best month to have artistic explorations as the campus is quieter and my main focus is readying the studios for the coming academic year.
Strangely, I find the cleaning and sorting is good for my work ethic and working on in the studios themselves help focus my artistic experimentation.
Heaven is in the making Remains unfinished A possibility If there’s a glimpse of it In the little dance of tongues
Einsturzende Neubauten – Heaven Is Of Honey
The links to music and philosophy may not be immediately obvious within my work, but I am as much influenced by rhythm in language and dissonant chords as I am influenced by visual artists. The gently clanged rhythms and gorgeous singing of Blixa Bargeld is the perfect soundtrack to grow artwork within.
There is also something so incredibly exciting about work in progress. It isn’t finished or complete and I don’t empirically ‘know’ at this point how it will turn out. There are small glimpses of it and endless possibilities. It’s very exciting.