The first session in the artists project was Julie. Having a BA in both Graphic Arts and Fine Arts, she instinctively sort of knew what I was looking for in this project. I had explained that I wanted to try and project her identity, and the other artists in the project, through their work as artists.
For this project I have four artists, although that word has connotations. One of my subjects doesn’t like the word artist as she feels hers is a craft and artists belong in exhibition halls and museums. Another feels that the word is a male dominated term and that she feels hers is a creative discipline, I haven’t had the conversation with the only male in the group yet – he seems to be easy with any term, but we shall see. I don’t have any disagreements with how these subjects prefer to identified, after all this project, I have decided is about identity.
I have asked all the artists/creators/craft workers to allow me to take their portrait facing their work, thereby sublimating their work and not themselves; I also want to picture the tools of their art/craft etc and also capture them at the process of creation. I will also take a picture of one piece of work that they feel projects their identity most vividly. I have also asked “Oh, and can I also have about 50 words that describes what the art/craft/creativity means to you”. I think that will add to the introspection that these volunteers can provide.
These pictures from today do not have the ‘Identity’ picture, I will go back next week and make that one and also I haven’t yet had her 50 words.