On the 8th of June, my new work “Mindstich” will be shown as a part of a mental health awareness event, Mind/Body? in the Shepherds Bush Library. It will be exhibited until Friday the 12th.
I became interested in the scientific search for relations between mind and body, having learned that not only can mind influence body but that it happens vice versa too. The reciprocity fascinated me, and I continued to explore the topic.
For the framework of this project I choose the biblical concept of seven deadly sins. It refers the work to traditional moral codes, prescribing the correct conduct for thoughts and behaviours, ordering both mind and body. Domesticity is a common theme in my work. Interpreting a scientific subject I wanted to contrast it with a naïve form, hence the stitched sampler is my medium.
Emotions are the topic shared by scientific enquiry and ethics expressed in proverbs. Folk morality is straightforward and timeless. It presents its truths with conviction, not asking for a proof. Scientific truths however, are discovered by adhering to a strict method, and valid only until disproven. A combination of sampler and proverbs symbolises the epistemology opposed to that signified by chemical structures. I interweave these two, reflecting a mismatch and commotion of discording ways of making sense of the word.
Most images show real molecules related to particular mental states, but amongst them there is a fantastic one. Working within a visual language of chemical structures I exploited the linguistic analogy. I treated drawings of structures as words of this language and randomly pulled their cut pieces out of a hat, borrowing Dadaist method of composing a poem.
I was finishing reading Austin Kleon’s book Show Your Work! when this illustration nearly made me jump and rise my hand ‘Miss, me, ask me, I know the answer!’. I was answering this very question while wanting to be Ansel Adams, Steven Shore and Robert Frank doing cross continental road trips, when firmly rooted in place, with no road trip in sight. This is probably what pulled me away from using a camera and turning to everything but. No road trip, no photographs. Still, there was plenty to express, precisely because all I saw was four walls (ok, this is a slight exaggeration, I have seen Rooms are Surroundings, are Skins by Heidi Bucher in the meantime, but for the sake of an argument, four walls ). So I turned to these walls, and floors, and celling, and some furniture. Not only looking but touching and painting them with latex. That is how I got the lacy imprints of domestic surfaces I spent my time watching. Than, still being a photographer, somehow lapsed, but still a photographer, I took them to a darkroom and made some photograms. When I showed the work to Laura Noble, she commented “You need to get out more” and that is how I got my title: “I need to get out more”.
The answer is claustrophobia and anger, and so on and so forth.
I do not remember when we had first met. I am sure I had not recalled this Flemish self portrait when I was compelled to photograph my turban. Jan van Eyck was there, sitting in dark recesses of my brain, ready to ring ‘see this’ when a red towel formed a flamboyant shape. And as we like what we know, the photo was taken. Then we met again on a TV screen.
To showcase Peckham’s incredible creativity whilst giving some insights into important historical and cultural events that have made the area what it is today. Walk is focused on discovery rather than photography, but you are welcome to document your favourite moments. 4th April 2015, start 2pm Brayards Estate – ending approximately 4.30pm at the Flat Time House Gallery