Suspended animation

Before I commit to alternative exhibiting ideas, I feel I need to know the final response from FoAM and the Eden Project regarding the residency I have been shortlisted for.

The date of this will impact on the other options I want to pursue, which include one new plan that will be a collaborative piece.

This makes me feel as though I am in a time of suspended animation. There are so many thoughts and ideas to pursue but, for clarity of execution, I need to know the outcome of the residency, which is due on March 14.

I’m hoping my second submission was innovative and intriguing enough to secure the interest of the project. One of the outcomes of the residency is to ensure that work made during it, and techniques of how it is created, can be shared as open source.

With my proposal based on the cyanotype element of Harena Now, and this process of all the historic processes having become very popular with photo-artists in recent years, I hope that my personal take on how I create my images will be suitable. I am not inventing new codes or technology, but revamping old techniques. But sharing what I do with others has never been an issue for me.

I can understand why some artists would prefer to guard their working methods, but for me, I’ve never felt the need to be secretive. I have spoken before about how in our heavily populated world, being truly original or unique is nigh on impossible. Everyone takes inspiration from somewhere or someone. For example, I have made work using sand and seawater for sometime but now my images are occasionally compared to that of Meghan Riepenhoff who has attracted much media attention for her Littoral Drift pieces, and subsequent work, that are made in the same vein. I had never heard of Riepenhoff’s work until 2016, and I know she wouldn’t have heard of mine – and there are others who have begun to use the same techniques, but perhaps they have been doing so for some time too.

My point is that ‘art’ isn’t truly owned – the artist creates using skills they have developed in numerous ways and with multiple influences – if we share how we create our work then surely that simply supports ever-evolving artistic possibilities.