The American rapper Prince Ea produced a moving spoken word video questioning the use of contemporary and emerging media and I was particularly moved by the following sentence:
“I’m so tired of performing in a pageantry of vanity and conforming to this accepted form of digital insanity”
As an Artist my world is visual and my opportunity to reach viewers has expanded because of social media and the internet. Therefore I am interested in the use and development of this arena. I noted in my last post an interest in people taking ‘selfies’ in front of works of art in galleries in Paris. In the same week I was wearing a pig head whilst walking around London. The issue of vanity and how we represent ourselves is ever-changing because of the option to upload and share instantly. In some recent sculpture I was exploring the reconstruction of the work in clay which had been pulled apart removing it from a mould. I then used a glaze which would give the surface the effect of being diseased. I found great pleasure in working on this piece; perhaps due to the ability to explore and evolve from what was a realistic face. The outcome is disturbing and simultaneously beautiful. It is death and decay but equally something of a ‘dance’ with the features; a twisting and morphing. It reminded me of the work of Francis Bacon:
Three Studies for a Self Portrait, Portrait of Michel Les
Portrait of Lucian Freud
What does it say about me, or about my evolving ideas – is there an element of the self-portrait in this work, and if not, how can I start to work in this direction? There are plans in development for a new project which looks at three key words: Frame, Focus and Fracture. Exploring is such an essential part of Art.