analysis – appraisal – evaluation – analogies – obsessions . . . .
May 14, 2010
After a few posts, now comes the time for some self-reflection so, here I am gazing to the horizon – something I can do from my studio window too, thank goodness . . .
. . If you look here there is a reference to teaching. J. and I believe that encouraging students to analyse their own, and others, work will help them progress possibly even more than listening to us! All designers benefit from appraising their work and evaluating it against parameters. However, it’s easy to let this slip.
So, must make sure not to lapse into post rationalisation and simply review past posts against the sub heading of the title: inspirations, ideas and commentary on landscapes – physical, mental and spiritual. Well, have been inspired to date and also the concentration of really looking, thinking about what my eyes are seeing and absorbing the experience has been exciting. ‘commentary’, hhmmm, this needs more effort, as A. has been saying, so will try to describe and discuss to a greater degree. This pic above conveys the analogy of information and experience flooding in, being absorbed before the tide turns, then letting go and floating with the high tide. Think liquidity!
This blog is not based on work carried out, unlike Clive‘s and Anny‘s (see links) – to me this is more difficult, although I’m sure they’ll disagree with that comment! I’m trying to use this blog as a visual sketchbook that will develop and lead on to somewhere or something unknown – stimulating, perhaps a little intellectual and definitely fluid. So the pics above and below convey how I see this happening – layers and lines, never barriers,to investigate and experience and weave in and out of in all directions.
Someone commented that I should consider explaining the connection between text, visuals and poems within the blog. I understand the comment but, the selection of poetry is purely subjective at the moment. The poems are analagous and often conceptual however, I can offer a hint about this poem, ‘Nevertheless’ by Marianne Moore, to me, it’s a horticultural take on perseverance and perseverance is the key to the success of the blog for me!
you've seen a strawberry that's had a struggle; yet was, where the fragments met, a hedgehog or a star- fish for the multitude of seeds. What better food than apple seeds - the fruit within the fruit - locked in like counter-curved twin hazelnuts? Frost that kills the little rubber-plant - leaves of kok-sagyyz-stalks, can't harm the roots; they still grow in frozen ground. Once where there was a prickley-pear - leaf clinging to a barbed wire, a root shot down to grow in earth two feet below; as carrots from mandrakes or a ram's-horn root some- times. Victory won't come to me unless I go to it; a grape tendril ties a knot in knots till knotted thirty times - so the bound twig that's under- gone and over-gone, can't stir. The weak overcomes its menace, the strong over- comes itself. What is there like fortitude! What sap went through that little thread to make the cherry red!
Back to the first paragraph – as a designer and, at the moment, a teacher, I confess to be obsessed by concepts. Tomorrow I’m doing a bit of CPD by attending an event run by SoCo Arts on Obsessions and Concepts. Charlotte is running this and as her work fills me with delight, it will be inspirational for sure. How one works through ideas that are never finalised and never should be finished off, but morph into a whole new world is the perfect conundrum. All to be embraced.
Will report back. The Atacama Desert December 2009