At last I have been able to move through a process of spending time with the photo box and then collaging together pieces of plaster of paris bandage. - layering, then painting and repainting. The so far untitled object (possibly a 'herloom') tells the tale of my relationship to the things I have felt drawn to in the photographic images...
For this little sculpture, I became engrossed with the myriad of little designs on the backs of the Russian photos and the imagined colours of Helena's brooches and bangles....
It has been an exciting day as I met the wonderful Michelle Olivier a fellow artist who lives nearby and we talked about ghosts, collage, identity and converting rooms to studio spaces...The word 'violence' came into our discussion on the process of collage - tearing and cutting are acts of sabotage somehow. I hadn't thought about collage in this light before. I have maybe used collage to mend and smooth together in the pieces made during lockdown but its true that I may be attempting to cut through some deep fears with the cutting out of elements and the action of sewing in (making holes). I described this in the audio journal made for Lodz Banquet.
It's maybe a good idea to keep researching the ideas behind the collage process - as they seem to reappear all the time in the making.
Feeling excited today after our meeting and moving along with the new pieces using old drawings, photocopies and fabric...
I began writing this blog to share the 'process' of making a new project that brought together the research, collaborations and issues as they arise in the making of a piece of work.