Yorkshire Sculpture Park

image imageWhen I took my work to Barnsley I visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The work I saw there that resonated with me was a piece of work by James Turrell. It was made in an old deer shelter and represented Turrell’s ideas on inside and outside. On walking into the shelter there was a square cut out of the ceiling. It was a sunny, bright day and the light filled the space. People could sit around the edge and look up to the sky. The effect was incredible in that it was an experience that connected all in the room. Everyone was quiet and meditative in the space and the natural light framed by the square created shadows on the walls that shifted and moved.

Henry Moore’s sculptures were outside set amongst the landscape and sheep. The setting was perfect for the sculptures; allowing for them to be seen clearly from all angles. The scale of them was impressive and the holes removed from them allowed the landscape to be seen through them.

In the 18th Century Chapel there was an exhibition by Venetian brother and sister Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de. They are descendants of the Venni glassware dynasty and this is their first British show. Alessandro has a primary obsession with water which he translates to the surfaces of his works that are displayed on the wall and floor. They have a sense of looking into deep, reflecting pools. The palette of the works are minimal but some of the work have intense deep colours like ” Nero Cm liquid black”. The setting of the chapel and the qualities of the work complemented each other. After putting my work within a religious setting for Testing Your Boundaries I really appreciated the sensitivity of the work to its setting.


The Consuming Body

imageI am currently reading ” The Consuming Body” by Pasi Falk where the mouth is talked of as being the most controlled sensory opening of the body. With influx from eating and the sublimated out flux of speech. Derrida describes the mouth as a curious in- between of the outside and inside.

Bodily boundaries and flows through it’s orifices are mainly defined from the outside. The mouth is a body opening which intermediates flows in both directions. The body is characterised by a certain kind of openness. This I intend to explore more directly through drawing the immediacy of which I hope to convey in my work.

My work has been submitted for examining and the importance of daily practice seems to be one in which I want to re- establish. Keeping focused on where my work is going feels so important at the moment. Remaining focused and disciplined is what helps my work to move forward. I have sent some images of my Testing Boundaries paintings to a local gallery as they are having an exhibition based on Water. I think I was too late in applying as it starts soon. This aspect of selling my work needs to be cultivated as I currently don’t have a website.

I have heard back from The Tate Gallery regarding PHD studentships and I need to start thinking about writing a proposal and to find a supervisor. The Tate also provide a supervisor and the scheme sounds exciting. To pursue a PHD in conjunction with The Tate would be an amazing opportunity.

I cleaned and cleared my working space today and planted seeds in the garden which made me feel positive and keen to continue working. Last night I was speaking to a friend about blogging and how reluctant I have felt about sharing my thoughts online. I intend to record my thoughts daily now to create more flow and connection with my thinking and practice.

References: Derrida , 1986 xxxviii

Falk, P : The Consuming Body, 1994, SAGE Publication Ltd, London.