It’s been a busy time since the residency finished. Time to reflect, evaluate, (set up an Instagram page), take space and try to connect with a sense of stillness. The internal sound still permeates every waking moment. My understanding of Tinnitus shifts and morphs as does the experience of living with the condition on a daily basis … and Tinnitus has a friend – Hyperacusis – the relationship between the two is an interesting one … equilibrium and equanimity are challenged, I continue to learn the stuff that makes up the experience of me ….
Images of the exhibition taken by Photographer and Free Space Project Director Daniel Regan.
Realisation … In-Tension …
Many thanks to Daniel Regan (Free Space Project Director) for making it possible to go in over the weekend to temporarily install and photograph work. Images, video and sound will be exhibited in situ and on-line next month.
The Practicalities of Endings !
The practical aspect of this particular ending is in consolidating the work created through the residency … the stepping back to objectify … a moment to reflect upon and look at the fragments as a whole … Sound, Video, Drawing, Sculpture, Screen-prints and Etching, this is the form the work has taken … resolved and un-resolved, all at different stages of development … and all will somehow find a way into the up-coming exhibition … the plan is to have work available across platforms … soundcloud and vimeo details to follow at a later date …
Coming to close … with more In-Tension
To arrive at the beginning of something at the end of the residency is an exciting place to be. A personal challenge I’ve faced during the time spent in residency has been in the translation of ideas. How to combine the various two dimensional and three dimensional elements of my practice and then present them as a coherent body of work at the end.
The Freespace Project is situated within Kentish Town Health Centre, a building designed by architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and one that was nominated for The Sterling Prize in 2009. The project itself was set up in 2010 and is an arts and well-being charity that provides arts activities, therapies, exhibitions and residencies across two NHS sites. The AIR scheme is open to artists from all backgrounds and provides the opportunity for artists to explore ideas around health and wellness in a clinical setting. The opportunity for me has enabled me to immerse both into Tinnitus as a theme and into a deeper understanding of Tinnitus as a personal daily experience. I’ve worked both on and off site to develop and make work but even when off site and responding to answers form the questionnaire, the space of the building, the light, its sound, its ambience in general has influenced and informed decisions I’ve made.
So … as the residency is coming to a close I’m starting to pull the strands together, I’m looking forward to seeing how things work within the project gallery space … and beyond that the experience will no doubt continue to influence the direction of my work …
In – Tension
Really coming close to the end of the residency – have been working off site to pull things together, translating work into different mediums, finishing video and sound projects … organising … collating … planning … and making a mess in the print room !
Drawing sound / Pulsating
On week one I took a roll of paper into the residency, I don’t know how long it is because I’ve had the roll for some time ! But I’m into week ten and I’m still drawing, a continuous sound drawing, responding both to the internal and the external, keeping in mind words I use to describe Tinnitus and words others use to describe it … Drawing was the first step into the project before the residency began … the question ‘What does this sound look like’?
Thinking ‘inside’ the box !
A week of bringing elements together, of translating aesthetics from the parameters of one space to another, taking aspects of the questionnaire answers to create a dialogue between form and colour … time is running … in my head I’m already planning what the show will look like … I’ve measured the space, internalised the floor plan, now I have to complete work to a point … breathe … connect with that point of stillness … silence ! … what is that again ?
Sink, basin, bed of nails
For the last four weeks i’ve been working on two residencies concurrently, the one at Free Space Gallery for which this blog specifically relates to and another at Trinity Buoy Wharf organised as part of UEL’s MA Fine Art program. The project space at Trinity Buoy Wharf was perfect for realising a larger sculpture piece, relevant to the work at Free Space Gallery in the sense that ‘Self’ in relation to sound sense perception is not a fixed concept. The challenge, how to translate this idea to include it in the exhibition at Free Space Gallery from May to June …