Fascinating time with other students and Clare Woods artists, the results behave meant great changes to my work but more anon as I work the results through
I have spend much of today at the main site of Bathspa university at an enormous video screen. This is where there is a live link up with a memorial walk that is taking place between Belsen and the work camp which Ester Bruenstein survived. Her daughter Lorna is taking part in the walk. A replication of the walk has already taken place in Somerset last year led by Lorna and Richard White who makes walking his art practice #forced walks #walknow.
This walk is taking on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Belsen concentration camp
forced walks website
How did I come to be here, well interest and concern is one reason, I came cross Richard’s practice through the Richard Long masterclass in November, work building on IT skills is another, and hoping to be able to add whatever’s possible from my experience of engaging with the public and the sound clips we got to work through my phone do seem to make it less likely for people to walk past without engaging
2 weeks ago I ‘discovered’ American artist Alice Neel(1900-1984) and continue to be utterly inspired the more I learn about her.
Her portraits are what immediately caught by attention this includes a self portrait that she painted in her 80s. Looking straight into what must have been the mirror. She painted key figures in feminism in the 1960s Linda Nochlin, totally politically aware painting key figures in left wing grass roots politics.
As I look at her biography and look at some many images I see a woman whom tragedy touched on numerous occasions.
She painted Andy Warhol shortly after he was shot, looking fragile with scars.
She painted her figures clothed and unclothed, as herself real and true to life no airbrusing here! Often painting her fellow artists naked, very much real flesh . It seems one of these of Ethel Ashton is on loan to the Tate, so I have just got to see it. Will write more.
Cannot manage to save the images so words will have to do.
These wonderful very moving video installations were the definite highlight of a winter visit. All you could do was stand watch and absorb!
In many videos as ever with Viola water poured, fire and light, the essence of life, words of a Sufi poet, Buddhism, Christian mysticism all play a part and it seems to move and speak for me to the inner woman. Notably much of the technical innovation comes from Viola’s partner Kira Perov
Viola’s slowly moving figures showed paths between life and death, mothers and daughters, youngsters approaching adulthood, facing all that life brings, all stages of life are here, aging and the search for eternity among other things.
For me the man searching for immortality , woman searching for eternity were the highlight, these 2 aging naked figures scrutinized their skin for blemishes and any signs of aging, as I look at the aging process for my work, including my own, the acceptance, appreciation apparent in this video speaks as many have found deep to the soul.