After a tutorial last week it was suggested that I write about my work. I like the idea of analysing what I do, in order to gain clarity on my practice and reasons for creating art. I love to write but only when the mood strikes, so this is a little bit of what I’ve come up with tonight:
In order to create art, something (an idea) has to be copied, transferred, re-worked in some way. This is the foundation of all creativity, and there is no way of dealing with it other than confronting it in our own individual (artistic) manner.
As a child, we draw from what we see: our home, our family, our pets. As we grow older we encounter technology (science): cameras, television, computers, phones. These things inevitably become our tools, and for many young practitioners of art they become intrinsic to the work. This use of technology is increasingly apparent, yet it does not necessarily bypass older forms of technology. Some are interested in alchemy, some in older methods of print, film and photographic production, and there is a sense today of ‘harking’ for ‘lost’ technologies.
Those interested in analogue photography, for instance, may be attracted to the inherent aesthetic flaws that exist in the medium (often due to human fault). There is also a questioning of new technologies: glitch art, for example, demonstrates a fascination in the moments of technology failure, perhaps stemming from an assumed comparison of computers to humans (the ability to err).
Living in a time when so much technological advance has been made, the current generation of artists working now have what, perhaps, feels like a bizarre, somewhat ‘impenetrable’ experience to deal with and deconstruct.