At art school we did hours and hours of life drawing at least 3 times a week for years. It got to be second nature and it was easy to take for granted and to realise how much it helps you with the backbones of a great observation and drawing technique. The ensuing years have been paved with good intentions and some drawing but never life drawing, probably last did this around 2000 -2001.
half hour pose
So i found a great non teaching class (3 hours, great space, no pressure!) and plucked up my courage to get on with it. These are not anything special, but it’s a big deal for me as i was kind of scared of doing it again. Will endeavour to do more and get MUCH better!!
So here is a film i made to be shown at the STARTING TO SEE THE END exhibition described in my previous post.
This was filmed on location at the very lovely 15th-century St Triduana’s Aisle, Restalrig, Edinburgh. The call and response singing was done on site by myself and Yvonne and the fancy choral singing towards the end is by the Penicuik Vault Singers. Thanks to Nik Paget-Tomlinson for the excellent sound design and editing.
The following 2 photographs and captions are taken from Yvonne Buskie’s web site:
Wall painting evolved during the gallery residency. Made by the all the named artists and visitors to the exhibition. Section 4m x 3m
Christine Devaney and Yvonne Buskie during the closing performance 23rd August 2017 (with Luke Sutherland.) Photo Margarita Vazquez Ponte
I interrupt the prolonged void of blogging silence with…
So anyone who knows me knows i am a rubbish self publicist when it comes to being an artist. So here it goes, way after the fact;
For the month of August i was invited to participate in a month long residence at St Margaret’s House Edinburgh. Here is the official blurb from the Edinburgh Art Festival site and you can find more on the principal artist Yvonne Buskie’s web site:
STARTING TO SEE THE END
Six collaborating artists, Yvonne Buskie with Guest Artists Christine Devaney (Dancer+Choreographer), Luke Sutherland (Musician) Evy Tjåland, (Visual Artist), Margarita Vazquez Ponte (Multi Media Artist), Nik Paget-Tomlinson (Musician), create an evolving environment influenced by ideas of piety and vandalism. An integration of drawing, sound, performance, projection, and sculptural objects.
Within walking distance of St Margaret’s House is St Triduana’s Chapel. A medieval site with a history of piety and vandalism. These polarised themes become the impetus for new work. The landscape of the exhibition will change moment to moment. Visitors entering the space will essentially witness a performance as the artists create the work in situ. Audiences are invited to participate in this emergent process by offering their own drawn or written response.
Supported by St Margaret’s House and Edinburgh Palette.
Live closing event on Wednesday 23rd August 7-8pm
More content from the show to follow in the next post…yes another post…soon!
Here are a couple of films i made about the ThinkArts residency i recently participated in (see previous few posts).
Island: A multi sensorial experience for small children
So our joint installation Island, came and went, the fruit of three weeks of talks, discussion, sharing, videos, music, walking, theatre, building, a lot of crawling about under things on hands and knees and…er donuts, a lot of donuts.
Anyway here is a glimpse of some of the things we made:
Most importantly it was the culmination of all these things finally tried and tested by the young audience for whom it was bespokely (is that a word?) created. It lasted for a couple of hours max as opposed to the week it took to conceive, assemble and install but then is that not one of the joys of art? an ephemeral moment that lives on in the memory rather than lingering on in the place.
For myself as an artist and practitioner it was a highly rewarding experience, working on a common goal and collaborating with people from other disciplines and backgrounds is as good as it gets for me and for sure i developed work i would not or could not have done on my own.
ThinkArts residency – artists from Kolkata and Edinburgh. Participants: Ruchira Das, Dana Roy, Margarita Vazquez Ponte, Yvonne Buskie, Nik Paget-Tomlinson. This Residency was funded by Imaginate and the British Council with partnership support from the City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh University.