Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Systems, contingency and intuition

Today I had a wonderful discussion about my work, making process, my ideas and artwork by other artists that I am interested in.

During the conversation, three words kept cropping up that seem central to my practice.


an assemblage or combination of things or parts forming a complexor unitary whole:
any formulated, regular, or special method or plan of procedure:
due method or orderly manner of arrangement or procedure:


dependent for existence, occurrence, character, etc., on something not yet certain; conditional;
liable to happen or not; uncertain; possible:
happening by chance or without known cause; fortuitous; accidental:


dependence on chance or on the fulfillment of a condition;uncertainty; fortuitousness:


knowledge or belief obtained neither by reason nor by perception;
instinctive knowledge or belief;
a hunch or unjustified belief;

When considering my recent installation 'Zing', this is how these words relate to my work
I applied a system to the choice and order of colours for the sculptures. I followed the  colours used in a bedrock map of the Cheeseburn Grange to illustrate the layers of what is below the ground


The plaster form on the ceiling was dependent on the prop being underneath it to hold it up


The way that I positioned the various components and decided what to include and how to display them was based on my own 'gut feeling' or instinct

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