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.
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.