I am at home in Cornwall. I do have a studio at CAST Studios in Helston (15 minutes away) but it is in lockdown.
Finding it difficult, so the way I am going forward is to go backwards. I always start with drawing - so its back to basics. I have brought a box of materials home and a book that has been very helpful in the past and shakes me out of old habits. ‘Experimental Drawing’ by Robert Kaupelis.
I will try and narrow my focus and spend much more time doing experimental drawing rather than getting to a ‘finished’ piece. No time pressure at the moment - no shows, no exhibitions, no nothing. Just drawing.
Whats last or current song you listened to (no cheating, we all have naughty
I always listen to music in the background while I work - always! So at the moment I am listening to a compilation of what I call ‘Interesting International’ on Spotify I made up. It includes Soldade by Cesária Evora, Uterus Horas by Orchestra Baobab, El Raton by Los Invasores, Jamm by Cheikh Lô.
A West Indian Recipe from home - Stew Peas and Rice.
In a deep saucepan
- soften finely chopped onion, red chilli peppers, fresh thyme in olive oil.
- add powdered cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper to taste
- add chopped fresh tomatoes and one tin chopped tomatoes
- 2 tins of red kidney beans with some of their dark juice
- 1/4 - 1\2 tin coconut milk
- a ham joint (those small vacuum packed ones in supermarkets - smoked or unsmoked)
- make sure your tomatoey, beaney liquid mostly covers joint.
cover saucepan with lid and cook on low heat in oven (120 C) for 3 or so hours until ham is falling apart and juices have darkened and thickened. Serve with basmati rice and any green vegetable you like.
What's the next thing you are going to cook?
Stir fry Udon Noodles with sticky Pork or salmon fish cakes with fresh green salad.
If everything in your house was going to be the same colour what colour
Right now I think the universe is conspiring to make us all slow down and listen to the silence .
What makes you laugh (feel free to share any videos, memes, record a
Which artist-living or dead would you like to share your quarantine practice with? Why?
Hmmm, that’s a good one. Nathan Oliveira. So many questions I would like to ask him about his practice. …. And I may even get a good Portuguese recipe out of him!
Do the same drawing 50 different times over. See what happens.
We are probably going to get through a lot of these homework sheets - so
We are putting together a mixtape - what’s your go to song for dancing ?
Feels like Home by Sigala,Fuse ODG, Sean Paul, Kent Jones
being in the studio ?
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
chilling out ?
Infinite Acoustic - compilation Spotify
falling in love ?
You Send Me, Aretha Franklin
For Exercise Three, we ask our artists to pick one of the following subjects as a starting point to make some work using an A5 piece of paper/cloth/whatever you like to the size with no restriction on media. These will be published on our website and available for £110 each.
Still life: pick 3 items from your surrounding and recreate them
Draw the last text you received/Page 15 from a book you are currently reading 7th sentence down
Book: The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje
7th Line from page 15:
‘ ….limited to dark protected spaces…’
‘… Restless after cold months..’
3. Draw the last exhibition you saw/in style of the last exhibition you saw
Check out Shelly's exercise three piece here