September 20th, 2010

Play is not just for kids

No apologies in stating that play is not just for kids, in fact we can learn a lot from children and the way they test and take risks, through playfulness. This ‘experiment’ is an example of how I play in my studio and then reflect and question as a way to learn from the experience.

September 20th, 2010

The Buzz

When The Buzz arcade in Coventry City Centre closed about a year ago, a friend of mine Alex was helping the owner with the clear out – he invited me around for a nosy and of course I could not refuse. The arcade was decorated as a homage to Christmas all year round, so there was all sorts of ‘stuff’, which the owner said I could help myself to. Coventry people are incredibly generous and open to possibillities. I took photos and tried my best to be selective in my choice of objects to take back to the studio. I took away a selection of plastic Happy Millenium signs, christmas decorations, a plastic angel which plays music, machine reels and buttons and a flashing sign. The above image is a juxtaposition of two of the objects, which I have also filmed in motion.

September 8th, 2010

Circular Reflection

I completed this sketchbook based work in the last week. Using reflective material enables me to explore an everchanging, time based experience.

September 8th, 2010

Lines, Lines, Lines

This work marks the earlier phase of the House of Lines work, which I began in my previous studio space and reworked in my new one. It was a breakthrough when I began to group and classify my work, suddenly it became apparent that lines were inherently of interest to me – straight, crossed, scrambled and what happens when a line is no longer a line…

September 1st, 2010

The Moment

September 1st, 2010

Drawing my Dreams

Drawing with your eyes closed is a technique I tend to encourage others to use, in particular in response to touch, e.g touching your face and drawing the shapes you feel – this can be a real challange. The idea enables people to experiment with the process of drawing and discover it for themselves.

Recently I have applied this to the process of reflecting on my most significant dreams. I have found the process particularly potent in capturing the visual interpretation of the sequence of activity and the later recollection of this.

August 25th, 2010

House Of Lines, Studio Experiment

August 14th, 2010

Reflection in the Studio

I have recently began a new series of work based around my dreams, in particular I have been exploring the most significant dreams that connect with bereavement. The creative process allows me to explore the themes of loss, memory and time. This is a personal voyage, delving deep into my own subconscious. Visually I can express what words can not come close to, I dont quite know where this avenue will take me and what I’ll discover along the way – but hey thats what keeps me interested!

The above photo of a piece of work in progress, has captured a reflection of my studio within the acetate, plastic – this has prompted a line of enquiry.

August 11th, 2010

Catalyst for Creativity

I see myself as a catalyst for creativity, enabling others to discover their own individuality. At Hill Farm Primary, in the last academic year I worked with Year 3 on their Pictures, Paintings and Photographs topic. We spent time learning about artist’s techniques & concepts and then took time to design and create their own works of art – portraits. We looked at symbolism and spoke about surrealism. Here is what one boy wrote down, with reference to his ideas after he spoke to me – in the form of a mind map (how impressive!, Click on it to see the text)

August 11th, 2010

My Studio: My Playground

My studio, at Coventry Artspace, is hugely important to my artistic practice. I mostly spend time creating work, taking it all apart, documenting and staring into space (not always in that order) and most importantly questioning, adding to, developing, reflecting and reinventing the process’s personal to me, in my life as an artist.