NEO:Artists – Artist in Residence: Days 17 through 22

Days: 17 – 22, 31st March – 4th April, 2017:

Damn, it’s been a while.   I haven’t felt it truly necessary to do a blog post over the past couple of days due to being stuck heavily in the process of printing.   I have been creating a process video for the upcoming film festival this September in Bolton.   So,  for the past 5 days,  I have been working pretty flat out from 10am through to 1 or 2am (14/15 hour days) trying to smash out 3,  A3 zinc line etchings and filming the entire process,  whilst editing it.   During this time I have learnt so much about the workshop here at NEO:.    Working in a different environment,  surrounded by different artists has had such a wonderful impact on my productivity and understanding of the art world.   So many different views and creative outlets from a variety of artists has encouraged me to try and test different creative mediums or slight improvisations on my old creative processes.   Things that I’m not aware/used to.    During the etching process,  I was able to try and test out Saline Sulphate (Salt and Sulphate) –  Apparently,   this is a more modern way of etching that the use of Nitric Acid.   Instead of taking 10 minutes to etch a black line in Nitric it takes only 40seconds to 1 minute in Saline Sulphate.   Personally,  I think it’s a bit dodgy because I like to have complete and utter control when etching (Nitric allows for more control –  having a longer amount of time to watch how much the acid bites),  however,  this is something I am going to get used to!   The use of oil to clean away inks instead of white spirit, that’s new to me too…   White spirit works better though, haha. It’s been a blast so far and I haven’t even got to applying the Aquatint to the plates so,  stay tuned for that!
Here is the video so far; showing up to the first test print of all 3 Zinc plates:


Here’s another experiment that I have been working on (this is only a test video) whereby I am looking at psychogeography and the way I as a visual artist can express my views as I traverse the urban landscape.   Showing how the everyday hustle and bustle just passes me by,  unable to attain a true understanding of place, chaotic and fast paced,  only seeing and being able to depict certain interesting elements from of architecture around me.

As I have said before,  I am interested in Architecture,  the urban environment,  space,  shifting perspectives and psychogeography.   For me,  as a visual artist,  I feel that this day-to-day travel from where I stay to the studio where I work gives an interesting outlook on the given interests.   This is just a test and I am soon to be developing this idea and working on it a little harder,  I am also thinking about creating a series of printing to go with the video.

And the final interest, Psychogeography:

The term,  psychogeography was invented by the Marxist theorist,  Guy Debord in 1955.   It was invited in order to explore the idea of,  how different places make us feel and behave.   For example,  if I were to ask you how to get from A to B,  in your head you would imagine a certain route,   you would also imagine other memories that you associate with that particular journey and so the tangents would continue,   all other emotions would follow suit.   It is within the imagination of the chosen route that I enjoy the concept of Psychogeography,  for most,  elements of your memory are forgotten and some much more vivid.   The route that once was whole is now scattered,  being rebuilt into something not quite perfect,  but still gets you to where you are going.   It has abstracted from the truth.   This is where the connection between deconstruction,  erasure,   nature exist for me in my practice.   The route,  in essence,  becomes organic –  free flowing yet staggered due to the organic nature of memory.   Deconstructed in the mind through the process of forgetting and memory in general and then reconstructed to make sense,   but not quite the same,   each time it is constructed.   Different elements sticking out as your organic subconscious feeds you with the emotions of the journey,  taking you down different routes.
In my visual work,  the use of shifting perspectives helps me to illustrate this notion of psychogeography.   This can be seen represented through architectural constructions taken from the memory or photography (captured memory),  overlapping with other perspectives,  which in turn become deconstructed once more due to forgetting exactly what it looked like from memory.

Here is an example of what I am trying to explain,  plus this is the test print for my new A3 zinc line etchings!
Aquatint to be added next, you’ll see what I mean…

Anyways, I gotta get back to printing.. Peace x