For all artists, working on a new piece is an exciting time; ideas spilling out onto the paper, new questions forming waiting to find answers.
I find myself at the beginning of a new project struggling to find a momentum to move the project forward, asking myself the question - how do you find the excitement when it is triggered by something as emotionally charged as loss?
On immediate reflection to that previous statement, perhaps I shouldn't see this piece as triggered by anything too different from my previous pieces. 'Loss' is something that is very much present amongst topics of: adoption and identity and displacement.
Perhaps with this project the difference is channeling Loss that is still raw. Focusing a project on a specific subject that you have not yet had a chance to feel or finished experiencing can be difficult. This struggle I think is necessary.
I have always been told that I have to allow my emotions to come through on my work; to attempt to reveal the truth, by doing this I will make good pieces of work.
Which I think is a statement that makes sense...
But then I have also been told that my work can be too sentimental and because of this lacks development as I am displaying raw emotions / simple emotions??.
I can't help but feel this advice contradicts itself with "good work tells the truth".
When work is chosen to reflect widespread topics such as displacement, identity and adoption how do you find the balance between reflecting on your personal story and sentiments to communicate the wider subject?? .
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.