So another year is over and the bells have heralded in the new year - 2016. Four days down and another 361 days of creativity to go before we sing the praises of how our time was spent or mis-spent during this forthcoming year.
Personally, I am looking forward to 2016 - I shall be returning to my native Glasgow in August with a view to participating in a creative/artistic venture - [ more news to follow]. I shall also be participating in the artist in residency program at Boxhill Community Art Centre, Melbourne in November where I shall be facilitating a 'So You Think You Can't Draw' series of classes during my stay. The residency shall also provide the time and space to continue my two year drawing project that is entitled AM730. The project examines the concept of meaning and place through my physical engagement with the local environment and how its material identity impacts the process of artistic practice. The contextual premise of the project is to deconstruct the material qualities of the traditional space of negotiation, the drawing surface and recreate through an experimental lens a series of works that reflect the process driven nature of the activity of drawing, its material history, past and present.
In terms of my artistic writing, I shall continue to develop a practice based response to the discursive question already in phase : The artist as researcher’s primary problematic: Why is it so difficult to legitimise visual research outside of the specificity and practice of the written word?
Rabbit Skin and Gesso's art education talks - coursework, mentoring and artistic support shall be in a state of continuum during 2016.
In conclusion, have a great year fellow creatives and should you require specific information relating to creative practice as a research tool - contact me direct.
#painting in the expanded field #practice based research #materiality and painting # abstraction