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

1.lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of childhood.
2.lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower.
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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The Making of Reaching/Pushing for onefourfour

Space. When given the theme for onefourfour this past month, I thought ‘I’m all over this’.  Much of my work for the last few years has related to space, I have been obsessed.  I can relate space to just about anything.  But it coincidentally aligned with some ideas I have been working on lately around placing my body in the artwork, instead of just focusing on the marks it can make.

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Fracture Below – VCA Graduate Exhibition

The VCA Grad Show took place on in late November.  Here are a few shots from the work I made there.  It covered a great deal of space, including a long hallway and a small space on the floor below which was connected by the lift, hence the title Fracture Below.  The work downstairs was the last work you saw, before taking the lift to the next floor and coming out inside the work.

I attempted to narrow my colour palette in this work.  Focussing on a more traditional landscape colours like blues and greens.  I found myself still quite attached to the contrasting colours.  I perhaps allowed a few too many in, I had wanted to include just a few contrasts but mainly focus on the blues and greens to evoke more of a landscape feeling than before.  In my next large scale work, I think I will focus more still on a narrow selection of colours.

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The past month has been full of stuff.  I completed my research paper and submitted it, which was to discuss the issues present in my work and situate my work within an historical context.  It was quickly apparent that five thousand words wasn’t going to allow me delve too exhaustively into all aspects of my work, but I was able to cover part of it.  It was a great opportunity to learn about my practice and what drives it.  I may post a few excerpts in future posts.  Alongside this research paper submission, was my major project.  This was a major artwork installed so it could be assessed for half an hour and then taken down.  Ohhh the days it took to create for half an hour!  Actually, it was probably alive for 3 or 4 hours in total.  It now lives on in jpegs.  Oh those jpegs!  I’m still rather mourning it – it is the occupational hazard of the artist making ephemeral installations.

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