After a big shift of studios, I am this year in a new space with better light and warmth and free of the industrial dust of my last situation. It takes some time to get racks and files in order and for this a very big thank you to Josh Thomas. His ability to visualise and put in place the various studio set ups was really great.
In my studio I am working on a mixture of works under the banner of a ‘Climate of Change‘. You may say why not ‘Climate Change’ but in a way the long shadow of that gathering crisis is too prevalent to cope with on a daily basis and to deal with it a form of symbolism is required. I have found emblems in birds and dogs, volcanoes, erosion and see saws. This allows me to tell a story rather than present a lecture. Art requires you to consider opposites and negatives. Art also needs you to be expansive, mysterious, inspirational and open ended. In its most passive form it is simply a diversion with a lot of tricks and mirrors. An artist attuned to issues can’t help but be purpose driven and there is an argument to push climate change totally to the fore. In ancient times we lived with a fear of change, fear of the weather, fear of food availability and crop failure. Now with capitalist consumerism we may feel immune from such anxieties. It may appear that every other life form be it polar bear, microbe, rat or insect should be in fear of us in our developmental expansion but that’s a conceit. Words like ‘consequence’ and ‘pay back’ come to mind. Art can seek a raw connection and be both a witness and an activist.
A Purpose For Art