We packed up the car and took art to Sydney!

You may have already heard about my preparations for taking my work to show in Sydney, and if you did miss it, follow along on my Instagram back a few weeks. Now it’s all over and the dust has settled. I even managed to edit video documentation. More on that later…

One day in early July, we loaded up my little Toyota Corolla with art, bags, snacks, and road trip music/podcasts and started the long drive to Sydney. It is far, far away! I am a bit of a novice to long car trips, so that was an experience. It felt like a real achievement when we finally arrived.

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Ephemera: Why it’s not a shame when I tear down an artwork

e·phem·er·al
[ih-fem-er-uhl]
adjective
1.lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of childhood.
2.lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower.
noun
3.anything short-lived, as certain insects.

My work exists for a time and then it is gone again – it’s ephemeral.  This is a word I have become closely acquainted with.  Rather a nice one, especially in it’s pural form, ephemera

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Structure into Pink and Blue is complete

Installations are hard to photograph.  I always find it tough.  Straight lines warp through the camera, light is hard to capture (for the novice photographer), and you can’t shoot around corners or capture two elements of the installation that talk to each other in the same frame.  I usually find solace in the fact that I take as many photos as I can from as many angles as I can, trying to focus on the sweet spots for reading the installation, or at least where I think the sweet spots are.  It was suggested to me a while ago to start filming my installations, as a way of capturing the spatial experience of moving through the work.  It’s not perfect, but it’s definitely something.  I have been doing this on and off for a while.
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Painting Experiment 3 (Yellow, Blue, Red)

(c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Painting Experiment 3 (Yellow, Blue, Red)
Video still

This still is from my latest painting experiment, this time with red, yellow and blue.  Are you seeing a theme with primary colours recently?

This is the most successful yet.  I was able to get the lighting right, a good camera and edit properly.  I’m learning a lot about the video process.  However, as you learn more about making video, you find there is so much more to know.  I enjoy making videos, but for the moment, that’s not where I want my focus to go.  So, they might just appear in my work now and then.

This work will form part of my assessment this semester and may turn up in some exhibitions in the future.

Painting Experiment 1 – Video

The creative process has been a bit harrowing of late.  Do you know the feeling?
Many experiments have followed, and out of frustration I made a video piece that I starred in.  Some people do that when they’re frustrated, I guess?  That’s something you won’t catch me doing very often.  Yet here I am, painting into thin air from the inside out.
(c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Painting Experiment 1
Video (Still 1)
(c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Painting Experiment 1
Video (Still 2)
It was pretty fun to make.  I didn’t get too much paint on myself, and it helped me to learn what I don’t want to do, make works about me.  There, I said it.  Shall we move on then?
This painting onto plastic thing I have been playing with in recent weeks has been pretty fun.  Unfortunately, it also caused a bit of a distraction from the work I want to be making.  In many ways, I’m not much of a multi-tasker with ideas.  I can’t move my work in two disparate directions, they have to vaguely be going toward the same end.

The paint carnage afterward wasn’t actually that bad…