With only a few weeks until the final hand in for my Masters in Creative Practice I am starting to wind things up and put the finishing touches to my work. With another trip to London just before hand in things need to be in place before I go. I have decided to concentrate on the live briefs I have ongoing and finish off unfinished writing etc. as realistically it is not possible for me to cram anything else in. Future exhibiting opportunities and online selling outlets for my work I will tackle post MA.
Reflecting back two years ago and my original proposal for the MA is influencing the way I foresee the exhibition of my final work in October. The drawings by prehistory man over 20,000 years ago in the Lascaux Cave, France were my starting point and the question as to why and what made these individuals draw these drawings still fascinates me. Above all it has been the 'physical' aspect of these drawings that intrigue me. That transition from rubbing and scratching into and onto a textured surface, to manipulating materials in order to make considered and hugely intelligent drawings. The dawning of self expression within a darkly lit cave that, without pure elemental forces such as a naked flame would have been in complete darkness.
I try to imagine the aesthetics of these surroundings in which they were drawn, the atmosphere; the smells and sounds within these caves and wonder if I can in some way embrace a little of this aesthetic an recreate as part of a final installation in a contemporary setting.
Last weeks mock up of a some of my ice forms within a 'dark' interior highlighted by spot lights were extremely positive. The space and environment I created was far removed from the outside world; only the sound of the melt water dripping was heard. A serene calmness of direct association with the ephemeral pieces was created; it was just you and the natural deterioration of the ice within this space, an aspect I endeavour to produce.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/how-a-dog-called-robot-helped-reveal-lascauxs-prehistoric-art-gallery/news-story/717e1cb7dc68c1302f2575e5cdc67fe9 (accessed 17/7/16)
MA Creative Practice