I’ve found this week quite productive – I had a tutorial with my new tutor at the end of last week, and It’s given me a lot of confidence that I’m heading in the right direction. My work is very much about the viewer, however hasn’t really been ‘viewed’ by anyone before. He commented on the scale etc – and it was quite reassuring to know that in some way, the work speaks for itself in terms of the gaze and how the viewer interacts with the subjects. He referred me to some really relevant artists, and a painting which I felt reflected my work a lot. This painting in particular – Michael Andrews The Colony Room has the same sort of vibe, a darkly lit but crowded room, represented as less of a happy, exciting environment but more of a sombre sort of scene.
The tutorial prompted me to work a little more on the large painting, and then to move it away to make space for more work and more large scale paintings. I think I need to stop being precious about the ideas and concepts behind the work and just go with it – the more paintings I have, the easier it will be for me to draw connections and develop my practice.
It’s been quite frustrating trying to manage time – currently I’m trying to dedicate 3 days a week to my research report, and 2 to my studio practice, however its difficult as some days I feel as though I’m not putting enough into my studio and others, that I’m not writing enough to meet deadlines I’ve set for myself.
Currently I’m trying to write a sort of mini-essay a week on chosen case studies, and then connect them together once I have a bigger picture of what I’m writing. I tend to come up with links, arguments etc as I’m writing, but need to try and plan so that the whole thing ends up being coherent/ I don’t have to rewrite things excessively.
I also managed to finish/get to a finishing point with my collage painting. I don’t want to spend too much time on it as I know that I definitely want to go bigger with my work, but am quite happy with the outcome. I’ll probably work into the faces a lot more when I have the time, but I think now is about prioritising making more paintings rather than making very good paintings.