I traveled to London to see the exhibition 'Losing the Compass' Curated by Scott Cameron Weaver and Mathieu Paris at the White Cube. Unfortunately I had failed to notice that not only are there two White Cubes in London but one of them - the one I wanted to see - is not even open on Sundays! So the trip turned into an unexpected tour around galleries in Bermondsey/London Bridge area - which was great fun. Here are some of the things I got to see.
Today I went to a shop called Butterfly Fabrics, situated on City road. I found some great fabrics to start experimenting with: Cotton, Muslin and Poly-cotton. Some lovely weaves and textures to experiment with printing my images on to, dying and practising my embroidery techniques.
I have chosen to work with fabric, in particular looking at working with some of these kind of fabrics as I feel they will be best representatives of the delicateness and fragility that is present with in the subject Identity for myself; and the subjects with in my story that I am telling.
I have been a bit stuck with the beginning of this project. I haven't known how to follow on my research. I have had many questions: "Am I researching the same topic or has it shifted?","Am I just redoing what I have done before? - and is this what I want to do?" have been my main questions.
So it was great to have a chance to talk these out with my tutor Holly. It was great to have a one on one tutorial with some fresh eyes and ideas. It really help me to see what I'm doing from a new angle. Talking with Holly let me see what I was supposed to be looking at to move my project forward.
the questions I had been previously worrying about had been clouding my judgement and disallowing me to see what I had found interesting about this project before. I was getting stuck on the 'wrong' questions!! It really opened doors for me. Lead me to some new areas of research.
I have discovered the artist Annette Messager. I feel like the aesthetics of her work really resonate with what I would like to achieve. The tutorial has also brought to my attention that my research should not just focus on my research topic and artists that have done similar work too, but also into the techniques that I wish to use. this way I can make sure that my work manifests its self in a way that will translate best to an audience.
Well its week one and I'm feeling a little lost at to where to start. Perhaps not the greatest start to my project.
Crossing over from dance to visual art may not be the smoothest transition after all!
But where better to start than in the outdoors.
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.