I wanted to see what the possibilities are working in clay
I have been spending some time this Summer with the very experienced printmaker Mary Gillet. She has been teaching me sugar lift etching at her workshop in Tavistock, Devon. See the pictures for the story.
This is an exhibition that I am part of in August, if your in the area go and take a look at Ocean Studios.
Recently I went to Glasgow International Art Festival.
Last Friday was all about mark making at Ocean Studios for ‘The Embodied Experience of Drawing’ One-Day Symposium. Thank you to the organisers Marie Taylor & Beth Heaney who posed the questions below:
Drawing as embodied experience: What do we mean by embodied? If we take it to mean simply the union of body and mind, what are the possibilities/limits when this is challenged? Does drawing have the capacity to give us a sense of existence?
Drawing as a voice: If we consider that body and language have the ‘voice’ in common, and similarly suggest that drawing relates to the body and language, how does the use/philosophical theories of the voice relate to the gestural act of performative drawing? Exploring the paradoxical relation between the voice and the body, how might we experience unconscious emotions through voice and drawing – the visible or invisible?
Drawing as performance: Where does it live: as a trace in the mind, an archived documentation or both?
Drawing as knowledge: Is it tacit knowledge, or a newly encountered embodied experience? Is it a proxy to thinking, can drawing itself think?
Drawing’s place, space and temporality: Considering drawing’s state of flux and ambiguity, what, where or when is drawing’s place? How are spatial temporal conditions contingent to the embodied experience?
Making a positive contribution at Ocean Studios and in my community is important to me. In the Column Bakehouse Cafe is the Maker Table and they invite artists to run session to engage the community into creative process.
Yesterday I ran a screen printing session for young people making slogan T-shirts. The results turned out great and I am planning to run a few more sessions with the lead up to summer.
Visit my shop to book in, limited spaces available.
Back in September I assisted Turner Prize nominee Ciara Phillips during the multi-venue exhibition We The People Are The Work, in which Plymouth Arts Centre was transformed into a live screen-printing studio.
Here is a film made about the work we all did together.
Experimental work during a short course exploring image-making combining techniques in photo intaglio and Chine Colle.
I was buzzing when creating these marks during a life drawing masterclass at Plymouth College of Art last month. It is interesting for me to see how they relate to my current abstract screen prints and how they might merge together. I am looking forward to pulling it all apart and reconstructing it to see what emerges.