This project ‘Strange Beings’ came about at PA-F. It was a first attempt at connecting to what’s around and allowing it onto the paper with as little interference from me as possible. These are all chalk pastels/conte on A3 paper.
These “Strange Beings” and other drawings came to me from “imagination”. They are tracking the line and life inside me. Too often artworks are seen as representations of life… but they are life, they are created by the process of life and they are the products of it and we live in amongst it, so they are reintegrated into our lives. We use art to get back in touch with ourselves and what’s possible out there in the world, we produce it when the bigger world moves through us. These drawings are not about a representation of something external so much as about representing the way life (it’s internal and external manifestations) grows. It is the putting down on paper of the life that’s moving through me, through all of us and in all of nature – which includes us.
The works are saying “art is a manifestation of life” “art is a manifestation of the life that’s in us” “art is a manifestation of life moving through us”, “art is a manifestation of us moving to life”. Life requires us to be here and it uses our hands and bodies and in fact it is our hands and our bodies. Reaching beyond what is rational or formed. A place that is known deep within and not yet quite cultivated – we leave behind any specific previous idea of what this drawing will look like. Can we risk that?
When we buy into the idea of art as representation, we kill something in ourselves. We kill the spirit that lives within us. Instead of nurturing it we doubt it and get it under control and our art becomes lifeless because that’s what we believe it is – dead. The life that’s inside us isn’t of interest mostly so it’s becoming increasingly crucial that we let it be known, let it grow, freely, taking shape, allowed finally!