T1: MMT; Pt 1; Pj 5: Ex 1: Puncturing

I’m not sure whether this is inspired by a nightmare I had, or the nightmare I had was due to my thinking ahead to this project…either way I tried for the first time ever to record what I saw in my dream in visual form in my sketchbook this evening, after all the samples for this exercise. I think it needs further examination.

In the meantime: puncturing. This has been quite an exercise of two halves: samples that worked (a puncture wound of some sort or other was effected) and samples that failed (despite repeat ‘stabbings’ no puncture wounds remained).

My starting point was not the exercise per se, but a discussion I have been having on the OCA forum concerning semiotics. I have been considering how I view colour in terms of semiotics and how I view colour full stop. I was taken by the picture in David Crow’s excellent text ‘Visual Signs’  on pg 21: Marcel Broodthaers ‘The Farm Animals’ and wanted to explore this with the punctures. I wanted to see if I could show how colours felt to me – and whether I could portray this to an audience through the texture, the pattern created by punctures.

I loved playing this. I would love to explore this further with sounds and smells and tastes – what pattern does this piece of music make… what colour is this taste…

However, I brought myself back to the task on hand wrestling with the notion that I had found a route to pursue yet to meet course notes I had to draw myself back from it. I do trust in the process of the course but I really hope it delivers what i expect which is to find me and my voice in my making.

I have noticed that as I’ve changed modules I am creating in a vacuum again. Certainly there are folk ahead of me on MMT, but the majority of coursemates keep their  blogs locked or do not share blog details. I suspect this is a self- preservation attitude. However, I believe in transparency. It may be my downfall. But, when you’ve seen the bottom of the edge of the world it’s not scary anymore.

So, for better or worse, I continue following the course notes and experimenting with different materials. I then sorted them into pass and fail.

My results:



The sorting pile:


Then today I wanted to push it a little further. There aren’t many leaves in the world at the moment but I found some bay leaves and rose leaves. I also looked around the house for some rubbish that could be punctured:

I have a couple of photos still to upload of the transparent plastic film I played with. The bay leaf above fascinated me – I thought it hadn’t worked but after 5 minutes there appeared brown spots on the leaf i had punctured and the reverse showed a clearer pattern of this.

Where next? I’m reading ‘Creativity’ by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi which is reviewed here. There’s lots of food for thought that I’m chewing on. I’ll see what emerges.

8 thoughts on “T1: MMT; Pt 1; Pj 5: Ex 1: Puncturing

  1. I totally agree with you on the blog issue. People can’t be forced, I suppose – but if we were all in a class together, we’d see each other’s work all the time. As teachers we do a lot of collaborative work and encourage students to share. Sorry you feel as if you are in a vacuum. We’ll catch you up soon as we can, but at the rate you’re going, you’ll have finished this course too by July!


    1. Thank Sheena. It’s a real backbone knowing you’re out there. I don’t understand the secrecy with work (fully support the personal secrecy) but how can you find the impact on audience if you don’t have one? I also wrestle with the ‘in front/behind’ hierarchy of progress that seems engendered on a linear course. Just one new idea from any level can be a real life changer- not just for the maker but for all of us!


  2. I agree with Sheena – we’ll try our best to catch up. 🙂 I have felt it difficult to comment as the brief is (yet) unknown to me. Hope that some of the other MMT’s will interact while we old ATV’s are pacing ourselves. A bit unfair that your have to concur the new territory all by yourself – It has been such a good fortune for me to have you ahead in ATV and willing to share and interact. Bon courage and keep up the good work. xx inger


  3. Thank you Inger. I have your work as inspiration and I take courage from this. It doesn’t matter which course or task we’re on, we’re all bringing new stuff into the world! How incredible and mind blowing is that!


  4. Its great to see your work and I am impressed with the pace you are working at. This is quite rare in oca terms, there are more procrastinator among us. There are only 25 people on MMT and about 10 or so I have had some interaction with either via the MMT hangup or via their blog. I think many are put off the whole blogging thing and just keep paper records.


    1. Thank you Karen. It’s such a shame people are not blogging publicly – as can be seen my stalwart coursemates from ATV are a lifeline – I’ve only got to know these friends through their willingness to be open and, yes, vulnerable, but out there courageously blogging. Their work is inspiring and makes me feel small and humble yet proud to be learning alongside them too. Let’s hope the ‘now 11 or so’ of us on MMT can inspire and support each other wherever we are worldwise and progress wise.


  5. I was wondering why you had a pass and fail pile, you could try ranking them in order instead? I try to look for at least one element in a sample which I like even if the sample as a whole doesn’t really work. I tend write about each sample as I go along which is my process of analysis – The course notes page 7 “encourage us when writing about our work, express freely both the experience of making and the nature of the finished samples. Think about describing texture, colour, scale, line, placement and structure.”


  6. This is a useful point. I’ve tried to move away from ‘likes’ and ‘dislikes’ as pointed out to me by my tutor feedback for assignment one of my first module. Fail to me does not mean reject, it simply didn’t do what I hoped it would do (in this case reveal a puncture mark). I like pushing boundaries – will probably do so with the course notes and directives too!! This work is much bigger than meeting an assessment criteria for me – but I really appreciate your challenge and visibility. Welcome first MMT coursemate, now I don’t feel so out in the cold.


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