Over my past couple of posts I have mentioned how I have lots of other ideas for art projects, but I have failed to actually discuss any details of what these ideas and projects are. So, today I will expand a little upon my intentions.
We all know I am still exploring human hair, both aesthetically and psychologically. This is still my main focus for this year. There lots of related areas to this that I am also hoping to continue to explore, such as human identity and our fascination with perfection which crosses over into the futuristic portrayals of the cyborg. I also have a small reading list for this research and am hoping to start reading The Posthuman by Rosi Braidotti and Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature by Donna J. Haraway. However, in addition to my exploration of human hair there are many other things in life that I find interesting. With my overactive mind why should I constrict myself to only exploring one thing at a time? I used to enjoy juggling and working on many different creative things at a time. This gave me inspiration and energy and I want to return to that older part of myself that I have censored over the last four years.
Since finishing my degree I have been evaluating the small things in life that give me pleasure, inspiration or brief moments of euphoria. I am currently building a collection of many of these things through either photography, objects or written descriptions of feelings and thoughts attached to moments, sights and experiences. For example, the photographs attached are just some of the images I have been making that are inspired by the feelings such sights and moments stir within me. Many of these images were made on long walks in different parts of the country, such as Golden Bay and Hanmer Springs. I guess this aspect of my current practice is very much related to art therapy and the book I am currently reading Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong. Before I go onto discuss my next project I have to mention the image of the cactus. I am currently in love with it!
It sits outside my living room window and makes me smile every time I see it, I am taking photographs of it every week. Maybe I sound crazy, but what the hell! The main question I am faced with at the moment is; what becomes of these images, objects and writings once I attempt to visually recreate and portray them?
There are another two projects that I am about to embark on, these are likely to cross over into the previous area discussed above. There is one charity that I donate art works to every year (the NZ Gynaecological Cancer Foundation). In previous years my studies have been my main focus and I haven't had the time to make work especially for the NZGCF, so I have donated what ever I was working on at the time. This year it is my intention to make work solely for the charity auction. I will be making a couple of different pieces and will need to narrow them down to two pieces for donation. I'll keep you updated on my progress.
The last project I am currently collecting reference for is related to the sky. This is a project I have wanted to work on for years, but I have never had the time. This blog post is getting far too long, so this last description is going to have to wait until my next post!