I am proud to present my latest venture ‘Part One: Gift’.
I’ve been a little low-key over the last four months, working on a physical installation as opposed to something purely digital. It’s been much easier to talk about it face-to-face in front of the pieces, and I’ve been thinking a little bit too much about it to go on about it any further in written format, so what I have decided to do is copy and paste the foreword I have displayed at the exhibition.
It’s on at the YKK Showroom, 154 Commercial Street, London, from 22nd November – 7th January 2017. I hope you can make it down. If you have any questions about the exhibition, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prints are available for purchase as well, and these will be displayed in an upcoming post with all the details. Thank you for all your support.
And a big thank you to Kei Kagami, who I have collaborated with on this project. His technical know-how and pin-point precision with application is why this installation is displayed as it is. Thank you to YKK for hosting my work, and the brilliant photo team who have helped me create prints I am very proud of. This includes Devon Greene, Hannah Jayne Grennell, Rick Graham, Naomi Regan, Min Sandhu, James Rees, Dom Fleming, Rickardo Mattocks-Maxwell and Sylvia Hong. And of course, the work of Thomasine Barkenow and Melanie Hewiston, are both exhibited within this installation.
Formulating and following an idea in your head is similar to trying to remember a dream. It’s like looking through a camera lens that repeatedly attempts to focus, occasionally catching the glimpse of something sharp and resolute, before returning to a colourful blur.
It is easier to work backwards, to determine someone’s inspirations and thought process by looking at the finished product. To see something for what it can become from the very beginning, requires a combination of foresight and imagination.
We all create from our past experiences and existing knowledge, but sometimes unique creations require adventuring into the unknown, and an attempt at understanding the misunderstood. Like forming an idea, creating requires us to look into the depths of our mind and see or structure what might not be there. It is then what we do, craft, make or express with our hands or our bodies that help us translate this idea for someone else to understand. I think that is one of the ultimate purposes of creation – to simply share with someone else.