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Life on the Border

My new proposal is taking shape, having spent a week or so trying to get in touch with what really matters to me as a creative person. Having given myself the freedom to restart from a blank page, I have found a space to evaluate what is driving the pieces I want to make, and the materials/processes I am drawn to. In all honesty, I realise that my context has not been grounded at all and this has left me flipping between one thing to another without really understanding why.

So. MA Proposal v2.0 is now half drafted, under the working title of: Life on the border

Research question:
How can we use the boundaries between object, place and time to explore our sense of place in an urban society?

I am looking to create fibre sculpture alongside my 2D stitched textile work. I am also interested in exploring the ideas around site-specific art, probably combined with photography. But why borders you may ask? Well, all of my loves in life (including I suppose my view of myself) are things which exist on a boundary. Neither one thing or another, often existing in a state only for a transient moment. The perfect equilibrium before chaos takes control. This in spirit, is the same philosophy that I started with in looking at liminality back in September. However, this time I am starting from the things I want to make and at last I think I actually understand my context.

Within my project I will seek to:
— Develop a material language which resonates with the expression of my conceptual ideas
— Understand how different makers, artists and others have sought to capture the boundaries between place and placelessness through visual imagery
— Explore the potential of site-specific art as a way to alter the relationships between the object, the viewer and the place.

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Boundaries of reality

I’ve been mulling over the place where my new proposal is at over the week ‘off’ from college work to bake cake. I think I have an idea of how to combine the key ideas I’m working with – which come from all 4 versions of my proposal so far!

For now, my current theme word which I will focus on as a minimum for the next two weeks (before I head off to China!) will be BOUNDARIES. I will wait until later to write up more words on what I mean by this, and hopefully more progress on my updated proposal question, combining mythology, magic and mathematics (working title). For now, here are some photo inspirations I took last week to show what I mean from a winter visit to Littlehampton West Beach Nature Reserve.

Ach, I can’t resist – here are a few words…

Elementals:

Air / Water / Earth
Air / Earth / Metal

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