After some too-ing and fro-ing with my tutor I have devised the following as an artist’s statement. I had initially been concerned about what was required. I had understood that this statement was to be developed as a generic artist’s statement describing what it was that I was intending through any practice that I might develop; a concept I felt I had no chance of achieving as I had/still have, to a slightly lesser extent, a strong idea of where I, as an artist, might travel to, let alone end up. After discussions with my tutor it was agreed that I would attempt a statement regarding the work for Assignment 2 only. Not only did this make much more sense, but it enabled me, or perhaps just as accurately, open a discourse with myself, to question what my original intent was with the assignment and what happened to that intent along the way.
I think it is safe to say that my mood going into the assignment wasn’t very positive after assignment 1; which, whilst the report for the work wasn’t that bad and some might have said good, didn’t go near what I had as an original intent or purpose. A change of tutor has helped enormously and I am starting to feel that this work might have some value, certainly for me, as I develop from what I was, into something that at present I have only a notion of. All the work that I will do on this course has to have a value to me – I see no purpose at all in developing work to fulfil the remit of an exercise or assignment in order to just tick boxes. Getting it done, getting out and moving on is a mantra that I can find no worth in at all. The more I work in an area that I find motivation in, for whatever reason, the more I will not want to patronise, nor skim the surface of the subject. I am fully aware that my scant knowledge in these areas might appear to some as lightweight, not to say flimsy; but it will be an honest account of where I can get to. To do less would not only do a disservice to the subject, but also perhaps give a lie to the intent of the work; and I will not do so.
So here it is my first ever Artist Statement:
I wanted to investigate the area of identity with a group of users in a dementia support group. How, in an age where patient confidentiality is at a premium, to present a piece of work that opens areas of discussion regarding the condition of dementia and how that condition reflects on the area of identity. Without crossing the boundary of personal revelation, I set about to work collaboratively with the ‘users’ of the ‘Echoes Group’ to produce a number of ‘portraits’ using memorabilia supplied and edited by those ‘users’. The concept was to scan (two dimensional objects) or photograph (three dimensional objects) some of their personal posessions, and then have the users place the images in a narrative sequence as a photomontage, which I would then compile into a composite image. The result would then be discussed in a group session where the ‘users’ would be invited to talk about their own ‘portrait’ and interrogate other ‘users’ ‘portraits’. It is hoped that the A2 prints will be hung in the permanent space at the Warneford Hospital.
I will write the assignment up now as the work is almost complete. I’ve only shown one piece of work on this blog, as due to patient confidentiality issues I am very limited as to what I can share; however this has been an extremely valuable exercise to work through and the results of which are still echoing as I start to think about the next assignment.
Here is a link to UCA’s helpful advice on creating an artist’s statement