Sunday, 26 October 2014

Who are you?

As you know, I'm a bit obsessed with Grayson Perry. The first programme in his new series of documentaries, Grayson Perry: Who Are You? started on Wednesday and it was excellent. Have a look here.

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/grayson-perry-who-are-you/4od

It's available for another 26 days. The next programme is on this Wednesday 29th at 10pm. Channel 4. I shall be watching.

Monday evening printmaking

Bee by Alison























I am in the middle of teaching a block of six intaglio printing sessions at Red Hot Press. So far the group have produced some lovely drypoints (see photos) and made card cut plates. We'll print these at the next session, then round off the course with two weeks of etching (saving the best until last of course!).

Expressive life drawing by Elwyn





Adrian's stormy ram

Yvonne's delicate flowers

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Grayson Perry on identity

A Map of Days ~ Grayson Perry

















There's a rather good article in the Guardian this weekend about Grayson Perry's latest project which focuses on identidy, something which he's been interested in for a long time. I particularly like this bit.

'I ask whether the television project has taught him anything about his own identity. Of course, he says, you continue to learn. “I was reading a book by Julian Baggini about identity, and he said, ‘I is a verb masquerading as a noun.’ You perform yourself. It’s like going for a walk, you carry it along with you and it changes all the time. So the idea that there is a solid, consistent, tangible thing is an illusion.”

He compares it to the tapestry we’re sitting on. “If you want an analogy, all the colours are present right across the tapestry. There are 20 colours, that’s why it’s so thick. But the machine brings the colour to the surface when it’s needed. I think that’s an analogy for our character. We’ve got all of ourselves there, but the bit that’s necessary in any given moment comes to the surface. So, with my daughter, I’m a father. When I’m in the studio, I’m an artist. When I’m out, I’m ‘Grayson Perry’. So you ask what your identifiers are – artist, tranny, father, man, motorcyclist – and you’ve got a hierarchy of things. And that’s the nature of identity, isn’t it?”'

What a good analogy.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Patience















Of the last thirty days, we have visited a hospital or doctors' surgery on 15 of them. That's a lots of medical appointments... all for the Aged P of course. It is stressful and exhausting and that's before you've started on all the personal care at home etc, but such is caring for an elderly person in declining health (whilst holding down a job and an art career which is getting busier by the day (a good thing!).















The art-making has suffered this month though; don't really have the energy for etching at the moment. Have made a couple of monoprints however, developing some of the waiting area drawings. Not sure where these are going at the moment... just doodling really but I'm hopeful they will evolve into something interesting.