There are so many ways to find fresh perspectives for my practice. When time allows, burying my head in books or visiting museums and art venues are great ways to learn new things and gain new insights.
But, as time is often short in my often hectic everyday life, I regularly find myself saving links on my 5 minute social media trawls.
One of my most fortunate finds this week has been the work of Andrew Seguin, particularly his work The Whale in the Margin. I have fallen for it hook, line and sinker, which given its nautical nature and affiliation with the Moby Dick story, my use of that expression is not at all derogatory.
Seguin is both poet and artist. But in this work his interest in language leads him to strip bear the story of its words to leave only punctuation. He describes this as “…a map of constellations”. But for me it is his use of the cyanotype process to bring the story back to life that intrigues and stuns. Is this Barthes punctum?
He eloquently explains: “Afloat on grammar, the whales in Moby-Dick’s margins finally emerged, as did the creatures and crew of its ship. But its waters remain deep, blue and bottomless.”
On the Panopticon Gallery website Dan Leers, Curator of Photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art is quoted as saying, “Andrew Seguin has exposed the key elements of photography—light and time—and deftly captured their intersection with poetry. He frames his words with captivating original photographs that harken back to the inception of the medium and one of its inventors”.
Seguin is also described as being devoted to the cyanotype process and camera-less techniques so he’s definitely joined the ranks of those who impress me with their work.
I feel a natural affinity to this work – it is very unlike my own in content but there is something about the connection to water, to words, to the past and to the beauty of the colour blue that takes hold. I long to see this work in the flesh.
Panopticon Gallery. ‘Andrew SeGuin.’ Available at: https://www.panopticongallery.com/artists/#/andrew-seguin/ [accessed October 16, 2017]