This week I have been reflecting on last weeks feedback, at first I agreed with the question and wondered if I was letting the work down by compiling and removing the individualism from each piece. However when revisiting artist Sue Tompkins’s work as recommended, I found myself reaffirming the approach I’ve settled in, I don’t want to loose the sense of chaos that I have indulged these last 9 weeks. Furthermore my workshop idea considered both the situation of the art centre and my theoretical approach to painting, I feel that to spread my work apart would give each individual piece status but in return create a less inviting environment. If I want to encourage the public to add to the collage and to reflect my research and experiments, it makes more sense to stick with the direction I have been working in. Maybe moving on to next semester I will revise and reconsider these ideas in a new way.
Moving forwards I decided to edit my practice piece from the previous week, I already new I would have more drawings and that the collage would more complex and interesting to view than the previous. However, I imporved the wall by thinking about the way I have used to colour and shapes to create a more coherent collage. I also have improved my sign by borrowing the chalk board instead of using paper, I felt this improved the the clarity of signage without compramising the informal and fun energy. As part of my workshop I wanted to have some still life objects on the desk as an example incase the audience/collaborators needed promoting, this week I decided on a more minimalistic look by only using plants instead of the clutter I gathered before taking up more space on the desk.
Earlier this week we has created a stop motion group project. The ideas I had communicated in my previous presentations regarding collaboration were visible throughout, the workshop was enjoyable and I felt that each indivual had grasped their creative freedom in a way which enhanced the project. After the workshop I decided to photograph putting my collage together to make a quick stop motion of my arrangement.
I also added my the final paintings I made that week, I defiantly felt a sense of joy, like I was coming out of a dark tunnel when creating the pieces. Maybe this was because I had reached a conclusion for this semester or maybe because it meant I didn’t have have to paint to everyday. However, I most likely will, I have learnt and gained so much from this project.
Below are final photographs from my project, I find this a strange thing to say as this project will never really have end as I continue to grow and curate future projects. I know that I have reached my long terms goals for the semester as well as curating this workshop space. What is important is that this ‘final’ piece is not simply an exhibition that I am preposing, I wanted to encourage my new found approach to painting by freeing myself and others from the pressure of perfection. The space I’ve curated is small and sweet, there is a sense of familiarity and conversation, that hopefully in a real pop up exhibition would be fun for the community and encouraged creativity.