I mapped out a structured way to respond to this project and Onnos selected pieces, I planned to make a series of responses to each work – focusing on these in three parts….one piece at a time. So orderly!

This format may have come from the added pressure of responding to work by an artist I admire, but it’s just left me stalled and floundering, it’s not how I work. There’s no excitement in such well laid plans and structure, and this lack of excitement just ends up becoming apparent in the responding pieces.

If it’s all about the making process I’ve been barking up the wrong tree!

A slap in the face reminder of this came in the form of an Instagram post by The National Gallery, Christchurch, with an image of a quote from Lisa Walkers new book ‘An unreliable guidebook to jewellery by Lisa Walker’

‘I like writing about what I do, but in the moments of making there is very little articulation. I am attracted to eccentricity in other people’s work. I don’t like work that is trying to hard to be what it is not. A good artist has to be in touch with their madness.” – Lisa Walker

Image – The National NZ ‘An unreliable guidebook to jewellery by Lisa Walker’

 

Image – The National NZ ‘An unreliable guidebook to jewellery by Lisa Walker’

 

I’m also reminded of this when watching my 2 year old draw or paint, she has no hang ups & is totally in touch with her artistic madness/process.

So with this in mind I’ll be in the workshop continuing my response, but I’m throwing the structure out the window and just getting lost in the excitement of making.

Trying (or not trying?) to make work that is not trying too hard to be what it is not.

VA

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