A hugely productive day with much creativity, conversation and sharing of processes and techniques between the ladies of KAVA Arts. The Courthouse was a bustle of activity with artists developing their work for the final exhibition on Friday and inquisitive visitors interested in what we were creating.
Paula managed to find the time to do a demonstration of 'marbling' influenced mark making with Indian ink and water which went down extremely well with everyone watching.
Everyone is engaged and energised by our presence and it is humbling to receive such positive feedback about our individual processes and how our work is influencing others. Needle pricking, rubbings and imprinting, folding and manipulating are some of the processes that are of influence. It is clear that our embracing of the environment on a deeper level: our embodiment through physical and sensory contact is having a marked impression on this group of creatives.
My own personal response to my time in Kinvara is materialising through the manipulation and investigation of the sea moss I worked on yesterday. Today I have concentrated on the dissecting and teasing apart of this lush green material. Throughout the day I have used less and less individual quantities of the moss to create delicate and fragile drawings. The moss when pulled apart is fibrous and made up of the finest of thread like materials. The tensions arising from this dissection makes for a focused and challenging process and the outcome is generating such sensitive work. From the positive feedback I am receiving I am convinced that the work has its place. To break down this organic mass into small micro drawings contributes to the understanding of its materiality. I will continue in the development of these moss drawings and produce as many considered examples in order to collate a series that will be shown in the final one day exhibition on Friday 23.6.17