Yesterday I was at Marega Palser’s Mark Making workshop. It was such a joy taking part in. I think hat was most rewarding was being there with people I dance with and people from my MFA. Seeing everyone at the workshop thoroughly enjoying themselves, learning from each other and ‘mucking’ in regardless of their creative backgrounds. It has made me question why I perceive such a divide in the arts between the disciplines. Surely we ‘work’ in the same way; expressing ourselves through our creative outlet. Whether that outlet is our bodies (movement) or drawing, painting, sculptor, printmaking, ceramics, illustration, social engaged art, textiles the list is endless.
As a dancer, my training has always included discussion about art. I have studied the art movements such as DaDa, Minimalism, Surrealism Neo-Classicism to name a few, looking at what happened in regards to dance and music and art. These discussions always included dance being an art form and dancers being artists and how all disciplines fed and responded to each other. It wasn't until I left that these thoughts where challenged.
I have always referred to myself as an artist – it was common conversation at Laban; what is it to be an artist? We never thought that certain disciplines where included and that was what defined that artist status.
I decided to do a Fine Art Degree to discover and develop other parts of my creative self and my creative practice. I now perceive this as ‘crossing over’ to Fine Art and am I being forced to ‘leave’ my dance background??
Or maybe I am reading these questions wrongly?
In these studios (dance studio for those who need me to be specific) at the dance House on Cardiff Bay, regardless of our disciplines, the to and fro of response between marks and movement. It just got me thinking; why is there a divide between us? why do we not openly embrace our creativity?
Why, even in art do we divide ourselves, (perhaps therefore limiting ourselves) when we are supposedly expressive and openminded individuals.
Jodi ann Nicholson
I am a multidisciplinary artist. my training started at the Contemporary Dance School, TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Continuing developing my creative practice at Cardiff School of Art and Design in their Masters in Fine Arts course.