Pinkish hues have unconsciously found their way into my practice over the last two years. From radioactive volcanic glows, the scrapped blush of desire lines, to the elusive task of trying to evoke a lipstick smear at the end of the night. It seems pink in its many shades has been my companion. I ended the handshake exhibition run on a fleshy blush with the online sonic exhibition Playlist for Earrings https://www.instagram.com/katieepascoe/. An earring lies close to the neck and cheek where an unbidden blush can easily creep, a ‘chink, a gap, a little slippage between me and the other me, the one I’m performing – where the blush gets in.’ 1
Wearing jewellery is an intimate experience and so is sharing your creative pursuits with people. Robinson in his book Blush writes Darwin considered blushing the most human of expressions. Our social conditioning of shame, modesty, desire, embarrassment are all wrapped up in the unbidden flush of rose on our skin. It’s a vulnerable moment and requires an audience to evoke it. Maybe the balance is being ok with the awkwardness, the vulnerability, the brief exposure of unconscious inner emotion, where the mind no longer has control and lets the body deal with it in rose coloured form. I feel there is something akin to this that I have tried to cultivate in my studio work, an intuitive body sense response that is open to ideas and materials, that my mentor has encouraged. You can hear more about that on this radio interview: Nov 21 2018 https://www.freshfm.net/Programmes/Programme-Details.aspx?PID=1e6af39b-f341-4692-a72a-3a1c43f1d297
So maybe it makes sense to end on a blush, something that can’t be rushed or turned off easily, its purpose unsure, its emotions mixed, a ‘blush has little idea of why it’s here but now it’s at the party it is both quick and reluctant to leave.’ 2
1. J. Robinson and N. Zagorska-Thomas, Blush (London: CB editions, 2018), 1.
2. Robinson and Zagorska-Thomas, Blush, 56.