I know I am rubbish at keeping this blog updated! But…at the weekend, I received some exciting news. I applied for a residency at my local Erewash Museum as part of Arts Erewash rEvive project. And I got offered a place!
It will be a great opportunity to develop some new work. At this point in time I don’t know what I will be working with. I wanted to go back to those heady days of Foundation and Degree years. Those days when we were set a project with perhaps just a title or a very small brief. I’ve had a good few years of exploring new techniques and technologies. Sometimes though, these have not fully come to fruition because I have not had a direction to take them in.
With this residency, I am really looking forward to going back to experimenting, responding to outcomes and developing ideas as I go along. At this moment in time, I don’t want to have an end game in mind. I don’t want to have a preconceived idea of the finished product. I want to avoid, if I can, steering it towards what I already know. I’m looking to the staff at the Museum to see if there’s an area they’d like to bring attention to. Something in the archives that they want to shed new light on, a collection they want me to explore. I am hoping this will encourage me to work spontaneously and that it will inspire me to investigate some of these little used techniques a little more.
Watch this space, it might also encourage me to blog a little more often!
(the image shows a close up of the installation that I made collaboratively with Gavin Darby of Frailloop three or four years ago, that sits in the Museum garden)