What is my responsibility as a maker? to make work, to think about how that work impacts on the world. Does it need to happen? does it need to exist? why make something that is material? why make digital work - this also consumes resources. Why make anything material? Can art be a conversation? (Do we mark you present, or do we mark you late?)
A Moral Obligation
Unsought Advice: Making it Bigger
taking the rest of the day off to drink coffee, here's something I made earlier
The admin I've been putting off (mounting work for an exhibition)
I dreamed I was cataloguing my life. Everything I’ve ever made. Every action. Every word. Then I packed it away and forgot where and why. What if the work is the documentation?
What if the documentation is the work?
Making a choreography while I knead the dough
A Pressure System: Calculating the Resistance of a Wave
The sea, three times. A photo, digitally manipulated, but in a really low-tech way. Some cropping, some cutting, some pasting. I'd print it and collage it, but the printer is out of ink. I'll call it 'Sea, three times'. I might change my mind about that. I might change my mind about all of it.
Where is my Wave?
Yesterday’s work was in deep freeze. Yesterday’s work started as research, turned a corner, repurposed an earlier work. Yesterday’s research led me here: ‘To curve down. The branches hung heavy with snow.’ Yesterday I watched the snow spiral but not settle. Today I request and receive assistance from a friend. We remake yesterday’s work together. We will thread it into a flower chain.
Do It Again
Chain Letter Renga
Some other words for Commercial: 1. Profit-driven. Money-oriented. Pushy. Materialistic. Mercenary. 2. Fruitful. Gainful. Viable. Productive. Rewarding. I will burn the first list and pay attention to the second. Another meaning of Commercial (dated): a travelling representative. A new plan: Repurpose old works, make them practical, constructive, helpful and wise. Send them out into the world again. Continue the cycle and redefine value.
(Not) For Sale
At Home, abstract noun: 1. A sense of belonging (Akiya nest)
I am baking bread again. Is this the something that we all have in common - our basic need for food and shelter? For connection with others? For art? If I am to make my work more accessible, do I need to re-write the recipe? Do we need a new language? is it time to rewrite the rules? Ways to make the work open to all: Find an easy way in Trust your instincts Make connections Find a shared language Learn to adapt Experiment Make radical use of space Examine how the work appears to other eyes Heart. Tree. Owl. Scales. Learn to read the symbols. If I say that joy is yellow, would you agree?
Opening Up the Conversation
Advice from My Ancestors: A New View
. My window longs for a different view. It is tired of gazing out at blinds and shutters, for sale signs, scaffolding, passing cars. I will find it something to fill its heart with joy.
A New Point of View
Pleasure: Lux, Art, Seed
What type of Procrastinator are You? Still from a movie yet to be made (Buying Time)
The Joy of Research: Growing, Sowing; Blossom, Plum
Diary entry, April 3, 2020: ‘All I can do is cook, clean, garden, try to get on with some writing, support my friends, try to stay calm and sane, and think about what happens next, because it is never going to be the same again and much that I value will be lost - arts, pubs, socialising. But … there are so few planes and so much birdsong.’ Adapt in order to grow. A tool is a means to an end. A device. A natural ability. Use the tools to hand. Resources, abilities, skills. All there, waiting to be picked up. Put these things in the toolkit for the Manifeast: Words. People. Time. Space. Something to stick it all together. The first tool is Time. Before I can spend it, I must make it.
All We Really Needed Was Time
The Neurology of Joy: Motivation, Memory, Reward
Can we eat art? Can we wear it? Can it help in some way? Can it educate? CAN IT CHANGE THE WORLD? I have 30 days - 30 days to change the world, or 30 days to change mine. On average it takes around 66 days to form a habit, but longer than 3 months for that habit to become second nature. 30 days is long enough to start a habit. SO HOW CAN I EAT ART? I am making bread. Thinking about breaking bread. Sharing meals, sharing conversation, making plans. Bread, like ideas, needs time to rise. The yeasts draw from the atmosphere in which they grow, the dough reacts to its environment, comes out different every time. Some things I cannot influence. Some things I can learn to work with, not react against. Everything is connected. THESE ARE NOT RULES. THEY MIGHT BE A RECIPE. - Resolve to cook, to eat, to make every day - Work with the seasons - Enjoy the tastes, the smells, the flavours, the textures of the ingredients - Ask family and friends for their recipes - Make and make again, incorporate small changes, learn how to adapt - Experiment - Trust your instincts - Write down your recipes, find ways to share them - Break bread with others - Share thoughts and conversation - Make connections where you find them - Make this the function of the art. April 1. Day 1. If the work could have another function, what would it be? This might be a manifesto. It is definitely a draft. It is, necessarily, subject to change. Tomorrow is soon enough to think about how to send it out into the world.