Collector of Echoes

Beginnings

studio experiments

Lots of new things are happening in the studio….my work is slowly crossing over into sculpture/assemblage.

have a look

Mad girl’s love song

Remembering Syliva Plath on International Women’s day with one of her earlier, lesser known poems…

I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

The stars go waltzing out in blue and red,
And arbitrary blackness gallops in:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed
And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

God topples from the sky, hell’s fires fade:
Exit seraphim and Satan’s men:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I fancied you’d return the way you said,
But I grow old and I forget your name.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)”

‘Mad Girl’s Love Song’ written by Sylvia Plath in 1951

OOO

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“Object-oriented ontology (ooo) has awakened the philosophical search for non-human reality. ooo theo- rists encourage speculation about things, items and creatures – referring to them all as objects – instead of analysing what and how a human being can know about them. Their thinking stems from a frustration with the status of humans as the exclusive target of philosophical inquiry. In addition to more traditional scientific channels, lively discussions also take place on various blogs. There is a sense of excitement and engagement: ‘we are creating novel ways of thinking here and now’.
According to ooo, objects, including humans, cannot be reduced to anything else. They are withdrawn and thus never fully disclosed: depending on the other object(s) they are in contact with, they appear in certain ways. Although the objects are really there, they remain strange to us even after thorough familiarisation. The closer we get to the objects the stranger they get. This happens because there is no stable starting point from which we could understand them. Our knowledge about an object is always tied to other objects, and none of them have permanent, unambiguous meanings. There is only a mesh of objects that has neither a centre nor edges. The world of objects is non-hierarchical or flat.
Tim Morton, one the central ooo theorists, has characterised ooo as ecological thinking. ooo does not accord humans special status ontologically within other objects. In a sense, there is no need to talk about subjects anymore. Here ooo comes close to some post- humanist forms of practice theory. It places, however, objects rather than practices as its target of interest. Practice theory and ooo are, in effect, partly in contra-diction with each other but they are united through a vision of the world as coexistence. According to ooo theorists we can gain knowledge about non-human objects through natural science and other sources. Morton has pointed out, however, that this task is too important to be left to natural scientists. He has suggested a similar task for art: art can help us imagine or understand non-human objects and their relation to humans and other objects. An artist would then act as a mediator between humans, non-humans and humans, and non-humans by analysing, speculating, representing and picturing the coexistence of objects. While doing so, an artist would not be able to reveal how the objects are but open up possibilities for others to find out about them.”

Paavo Jarvensivu

To Whom It May Concern

To Whom It May Concern

I recently took part in a little exchange project for my fellow artist friend Isabel Moseley. Find out more about her project here.

Joie de vivre

Wonderful glimpse into Matisse’s studio

Matisse 6

Matisse 5

Matisse 8

Matisse 4

Matisse

Matisse 1

New year New mysteries

Trisha Donnelly

Now
If there is a climax to the object there is no object.

[...]

The song has an end but the form will not.

Trisha Donnelly, Documenta 13, Segment 6

One day I won’t ask why

The Moon

drawing 5

The moon is not only beautiful
It is so far away
The moon is not only ice cold
It is here to stay

When I lay me down
Will you still be around
When they put me six feet underground
Will the big bad beautiful you be around

Everyone says they know you
Better than you know who
Everyone says they own you
More than you do

When I lay me down
Will you still be around
When they put you six feet underground
Will the big bad beautiful moon still be around

Cuz the moon is not only beautiful
It is so far away
The moon is not only ice cold
It is here to stay

Everyone says they know you
Better than you know who
Everyone says they own you
More than you do

(Cat Power- The Moon)

I wish I had a river

river

Merry Christmas

Performed by my beautiful housemate Laura Groves/ Blue Roses

Closing time

Studioview

Lots of things are happening and coming together in the studio. Have a look at my new tumblr to see a selection of drawings, prints, paintings and collages from the past year…

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