December 2015/January 2016. Back Lane West, Artist in Residence.
Redruth, Cornwall UK
It was a great space to finish off some new work, develop new iterations of recent pieces and re-stage the Tender to the Sea work from my MFA degree at Falmouth University. Special thanks to Jane & Patrick who run this residency with great dedication and with a compassionate interest in what each artist brings to BLW’s collective story.
‘In this body of work Tender to the Sea, I weave my art making process through the development of Day-to-Day Aesthetics methodology with varied environmental concerns and personal interests. Through the consideration of materials available to me by chance and circumstance combined with addressing the importance that place plays on the human psyche, I strive to create work that is deeply personal and intricately connected to my time living in Cornwall.
The plan for my time of academic and practical study was not to work on one specific project but to create a body of work that would effectively interlace elements of my existing art practice, adding interests in three dimensional work, sound and video alongside my passion and commitment to issues of the natural environment and human interaction with it. My task as an artist is to create work that is stimulating, intriguing and inspiring and that may transport the viewer to a state of wonder or awe or inquiry. Using my immediate surroundings, past experiences with my existing creative space, I make objects, installations, video/soundscapes that seek to enrich and broaden the experience of those who come into contact with them. Beyond these concerns are questions, answers, challenges, successes, flops and work that continues to suggest a forward movement. A movement toward connectivity, between myself and the viewer and perhaps even more significantly, between myself and my own work.
Taking inspiration from those artists and critics with similar interests such as Suzi Gablick, Allan Kaprow, Joseph Beuys and the Arte Povera group, I respond intrinsically to the question Where am I in the art? and furthermore think philosophically about Where am I in the seed from which it grows, the fruit that it produces and at all stages in between? To create work that is deeply personal is a risk. It speaks beyond the fashion of what is expected and aspires to uncover new territory. I believe the greatest potential of art-work created from a place of emotional and spiritual authenticity is that it may inspire its audience to also take risks, ask questions and delve deeply into the humanity and fragility that is life.’
Introduction from Tender to the Sea catalogue, 2016