How to Know: A Space
26/05 – 17/06/2016
List of works
- We have been talking for so long and I never asked you: What is it you do exactly?
- I work mainly within drawing, painting, collage, and installation. My practice examines relationships between mark, material, image, and surface.
- Can you be more specific?
- For the past seven years or so, I have been focusing on processes of marking: How can I mark a surface and what kinds of meanings might arise through those marks?
I usually work with everyday surfaces found in my immediate surroundings, including the walls and floors of the spaces within which I live and work. As an artist, I seek alternative ways through which to “touch” and experience these mundane surfaces. Specifically, my process of working involves finding marks that respond directly to the features of each surface. That is, the material, appearance, and placement of my marks depend on aspects of the surface.
- A dialogic mode of working.
- A responsive mode of working. The marks I make do not just come from me but they arise through a sustained conversation between myself, the materials I work with, and the spaces I work within.
- You must spend a lot of time studying materials and spaces.
- Yes, the engagement and attentiveness appeal to me.
- Why the process of marking?
- One of the things that interest me about painting and drawing as practices is that they can quite literally enact a relationship to something other; a gesture towards an other; a way of negotiating a relationship with that other.
In a sense, I approach painting and drawing as modes of intervening into or responding to the pre-existing. They become ways for me to position myself, as an artist and subject, in relation to my materials and surroundings.
- Different ways of existing in the world.
- Perhaps. Different ways of existing in the world.
- How have you worked with this space?
- There will be an ephemeral site-responsive installation—let’s call it a form of drawing.
There will be an artist’s book—a working-through of thoughts, research, and conversations that revolves around space, knowledge, and intimacy.
- An account of your process of working.
- In some ways. But we have been talking for so long and I never asked you: What is it you do exactly?