I had a tutorial with my new supervisor Desmond which was the first tutorial I have had for a long time. I have reached a point where I really need some direction, advice and another persons perspective on what I have been doing over the last 4 or 5 months.
Desmond suggested that visiting the landscape was restricting my progress and maybe resisting the representational/illustrative approach would free up my work. A way forward may be to stop the landscape dictating my actions and just let the processes and act of making lead the outcomes.
On looking back at my work I can see that my representational approach can appear twee and picturesque rather than capturing the sublime qualities I intended. Desmond thought that the challenge of taking away the horizon line could be a good starting point to look at things differently and to concentrate more on composition, marks, surface and colour.
This would take me into the realms of pure abstraction which, funnily enough was my initial starting point, see links below for first pieces produced a year ago.
I dismissed this work then as not having any meaning behind it but on reflection I like the energy, freedom and spontaneity present in them.
This tutorial has actually made me dissatisfied with the work I have been producing, although I have enjoyed creating. It has made me question whether is it purely decorative? Is this so bad? Being from a textile background I like decorative qualities. Would having a less or completely non representational approach reveal more of my own emotions in the resulting outcomes? Or would they just turn out decorative too?
Desmond found my digital drawings interesting and a useful tool for freeing up my approach. Looking at them I can see that they look more like paintings and the tiny scale and drawing restrictions of the app naturally results in abstraction.
The results I am happiest with over the last year are the ones on fabric using the dyes, folding and discharge, adding and taking away.
I think working in this way gives me freedom, spontaneity of approach and accidents that can lead to more interesting results. In this respect I feel that I have gone full circle but when I begin on the next set of work I am unsure of the results but I will have all the knowledge and understanding of the last years exploration and research to inspire and inform me.