photography by Sebastian Conti & Edana Isobel
Within Comfort | 2015
“When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection.”
― Agnes Martin
1/ Explain the process of creating this recent body of work – Falling Blue, after A. Martin.
The brief I set for this body of work was to allow myself to be a conduit, to channel my emotion through line on paper as a form of abstract expression. The four blue pieces are a record of my direct response to music. I began work by listening to music on loop – not trusting myself to access my emotional memory on my own. By the time I began the fourth blue piece, I was no longer conscious of the music playing. I turned the music off and kept drawing.
2/ What kind of comforts, environmental factors are to be considered when creating a body of work for you?
Attending yoga has been a way of training my mind to empty. I attend as often as possible. Come home, and begin. Those were the times when I was empty of expectation or ideas. And that is when I would execute drawings that would tell me what would happen next.
3/ Talk to us about the connection you have with your pieces, this exhibition in particular.
I see my pieces as moments in time. Recordings. Agnes called her paintings, charts of an artists’ response to interior states. This is what I was hoping to access.
4/ Elaborate on how reading Agnes Martin, by Arne Glimcher was used as a stimulus for this body of work.
Agnes Martin did not talk about her work. She did not talk about why she used line, or colour or even which artists she liked. All her book talked about was her pursuit of beauty, and how she emptied her mind in order to create art.
“For an artist this is the only way. There is no help anywhere. He must listen to his own mind. The way of the artist is an entirely different way. It is the way of surrender. He must surrender to his own mind.”
5/ Tell us about your style, the tools you use and the rituals that you participate in when creating.
Through the process of emptying my mind, I would allow materials to choose me. A colour, pen or pencil would look amazing that day, and so that is what I would pick up. Without thought or expectation.
6/ What is your stance on the importance of artistic expression and the liberation in being able to create and convey thoughts and ideas.
As human beings, I think our greatest gift is expression. Music, drawing, writing, speaking, movement… how lucky could we be!
7/ Other thoughts and reflections around this body of work, you as an artist, the process, and finding comfort within it all?
For me, this experience taught me to believe in my own strength. Letting go of the Ego, so the Self could grow.
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