Any-hoo, here we go: I set out to try some new ideas and post them in a way that is unusual for me. I was prepared for no ideas at all or maybe a couple that went nowhere. I figured that if I set to rigid a plan I would get stage fright and nothing would come out. It would be a bit like one of those dreams where you are sitting in an exam you havnt revised for and you are unseasonably dressed.
So I followed one or two ideas where they led me which started with an old erotic text and wound its way though love stories some tragic and some not so much. I stopped off at a few islands and some of those islands now have happy owners. I made some drawings and found a place for them, here, when there really was'nt another logical place for them. The same can be said for the paper cut out works.
I did a fair bit of playing about with stuff and posted a bit of 'working from home' life, music and such. In my application for the residency I mentioned that I would calculate how many hours per week I spent on the sofa, tweeting. I opted not to carry out that particular piece of research, some things are just better left unknown.
In the end the Reside residency, like much of the work I made during my 6 months, was about escape either from or to something or both. The background to which was always an obsessive kind of love story. (and a few of my own personal obsessions too-ahem, sorry about that)
A few pieces from Reside have made their way out into the world this piece went off to The Wallet Gallery and some of the Islands have made their way to West Gate Studios for Tweet Art, thanks to Bob Milner & Alice Bradshaw.
Thank you to everyone who read, 'LIKED', Retweeted, Shared, commented and sent me kind words of encouragement regarding this project. My feelings about Reside is that it will be an ever increasing network of artists working within a wide range of disciplines. In simple terms, bringing artists together, making work and presenting it when perhaps they have limited means to do so in real life. I think its working. What do you think?.....
My very best wishes to the next Reside Residency artist. Good luck, have fun, and blog like no ones reading.
Special and warmest thanks to Karl England.
These are the other places you can find me: My website/blog, Axis, Twitter, Face Book, Flickr, Good Reads, A Steady Gaze, Limerence & CorrArtful.
(In the order in which I read them-more or less)
Here is a list of all of the books I have been reading while on the this Residency. (Bold indicates the books I had to abandon for, ahem, whatever sparkly book caught my eye. But they are still on my 'to read' list).
A new description of Merryland. Containing, a topographical, geographical, and natural history of that country. - Thomas Stretzer 1841
The queen of camp, Mea West and popular culture – Marybeth Hamilton
Circus and Victorian Society - Brenda Asseal
Lady Chatterleys Lover - D.H Lawrence
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Fanny Hill – John Cleland
The hare with the amber eyes – Edmond De Waal
Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami
Georges Bataille, essential writings- Michael Richardson
Story Of The Eye - Georgres Bataille
Forbidden Fruit, from the letters of Aberlard and Helois - Peter Ablard
Eros Unbound - Anais Nin
The Virgin and The Gypsy - DH Lawrence
Gabriel's Inferno - Sylvian Reynard
Bodily secrets - William Trevor
Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion
The end of the affair - Graham Greene
The assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford - by Ron Hansen
First Love - Ivan Turgenev
Deviant Love - Sigmund Freud
The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte