November Blog from our Young Artist in Residence – Place, Continued …
Last month I talked about how and where my work is placed and the different contexts for the pieces about Dartmoor. This month I’m continuing to think about place, and who or what might be an audience for the work.
In December, I’ll be showing some work at an exhibition of young emerging artists work in Bristol. Reignite festival will be on from the 15-18th December, and held at The Station, Silver Street. I’m really looking forward to sharing my work alongside other Southwest based young artists. Hope to see some of you there!
In October, I talked about taking my work outside and allowing it to interact with the environment to activate the work beyond my studio. When making a work, the art spends a lot of time being viewed and interpreted by one person only; the artist. The work starts off as an idea in the artist’s head, where it is thought about, researched and planned. Then it might go to a sketchbook or notebook, in written form or as a quick sketch. Eventually the work gets made, often in a studio or a place that is private/unseen by the public. The work sits in the studio, amongst other works, where the artist can see it, but not often is it seen by anyone else, except close friends or other studio holders.
By taking my fabric scores onto Dartmoor, they have been activated by different, non-human audiences. The fabric moves in the wind, sticks to the granite, gets snagged and ruched by the sharp crystals, mud stains it as it falls to the ground. The work is shaped by this interaction with the environment. In the studio or the gallery, the score can be interpreted by people as a language, sound, or dance, but it is only contextualised on the moors amongst the granite.
Working with an environment such as Dartmoor leaves elements of making work and finding inspiration beyond your control. I find this element of the unexpected really exciting, as it takes the ideas that have been sitting in my head and the studio in a direction that I could never have imagined. When I first started exploring Dartmoor in my practice this element of discovery was key; finding out what had happened to the routes on the rock since they were first climbed 22 years ago gave me an insight to the changes that are constantly happening to the environments on the moors. When I took the fabric out, I had no idea how much movement it would have in the wind, and how quickly the wind changed direction or decreased in speed. I hadn’t anticipated how much the lichen on the rocks looked similar in shape and form to the scores.
I think these external influences on the work gives the piece a perspective of the environment beyond the human view. I am looking forward to exploring working outdoors more – interacting with the unexpected as it arises and incorporating it into the art I make.
To see more videos of my work interacting with the elements of the moors, head to my instagram page @erikac_art