Our starting point for the project was simply to explore the theme “Word and Image”. We wanted to focus on the separation of the word and image, paying attention to the fact we were working in an unfamiliar environment (
In tutorial time before our departure, I discussed initial ideas with Graham Giles and Rebecca Wigmore. The discussions concluded that perhaps the strongest way to articulate our ideas were through processes, rather than a single physical object. This has been the main strength of the project I feel. We found a process early on in our labels and honed it and changed it continually, based on influences we encountered in everyday life abroad and research. I feel we responded to research, rather than including it for the sake of it. Rectangle for example, is a direct response to Joseph Kosuth’s One and Three Chairs but the process we were using was still uniquely our own, it was not an imitation. We were careful throughout to be influenced by others’ work, but not to imitate it.
I found working with a partner sped up the creative process and having another person to discuss the work with had almost the effect of permanently being in a tutorial situation, where ideas are shaped by others’ perspectives. Where sometimes it is difficult to fully articulate an idea, having a person on the same wavelength as myself meant we could almost finish each others’ ideas. This continual discussion of ideas has given our work a critical depth that might not have come about, or if not have been so fully developed, working alone. This is furthered by the use of our blog, which encourages text and makes it easy to copy and paste research and respond to it. Another advantage of having a partner, is that because our process relies on spotting subtle obscurities that can easily be overlooked, a second perspective means more framing opportunities are likely to be spotted.
In terms of how our work is displayed, I had wanted to display my work for this unit in the street since before I had started it, to oppose the bleached and private spaces often used for visual practices projects. This idea developed further from gallery trips in
One thing I have learned as part of my Creative Writing degree is to communicate ideas in as simple a way as possible, to continually strip away anything that is not needed for this communication. What our project has achieved is a process of creating simple metaphors. There is just enough in the coupling of our labels and frames to invite a viewer to create a reading. This is surely what any piece of art sets out to achieve. If our process were more complex it would distract from its purpose, if it were more simple it would be ineffective.