Practice - What is giving your life meaning this week?
The little things. Patterns reflected in the waterdrops on the glass door, peering through the blinds to the outside world and watching the new growth start to spiral in.
What do you see as the most important and the most overlooked aspect of your work?
The most important aspect of my work is learning how to express our innate nature, through drawing the patterns of flow that make up the world and what lies beyond the material surface. In times of isolation sometimes all we have is our self, and in these times, darkness can creep in. Darkness/Nothingness is the root of my practise. I personally believe it is important to face our shadows in whatever form they hide themselves in. To go into the darkest depths of our being and stare into our self-made abyss, only then will we be able to accept our demons and see darkness no longer as a threat, but as a mystery. I strive to reflect this mystery in my practice, but my intentions are not always seen by the viewer.
Do you think your work would be different if you knew no one was ever going to see it except you?
Well, a lot of my art no one has seen yet. My work goes through stages and obsessions with certain concepts and media - that could last for years. However, knowing that someone will eventually see it, motivates me to work harder. It is important for me to develop on what I have learnt and bring in something new to my art or I will remain stagnant.
Describe your dream studio situation and what is the biggest thing you think you took for granted about working in your studio ?
I am fortunate to have a studio space in my home to work in during this lock-down period, but what I miss from my old studio is the good lighting and concrete floor. I do not have any lights in the ceiling in my current studio, so it is a bit tricky. My dream studio would be somewhere in the mountains, surrounded by a forest with a loch nearby to swim in.
What is your best time of the day or night to work and why?
On a good day I read in the morning and work from midday till early hours of the morning. I gain great influence from the night. When I know the valley is sleeping, I feel that my imagination runs wild.
What is your studio staple snack?
Mixed nuts and dried mango.
Tell us about something you saw on your one walk of the day
Walking in the woods looking up at the treetops, watching two ravens attack a buzzard before noticing a fox casually stroll past me.
If you had to live with one vice for the rest of your life what would it be?
What is your favourite podcast?
I do not listen to podcasts often enough to have one. But Alan Watts lectures on YouTube are insightful.
What is the best gift you've ever given or been given, vs the worst?
- The best material gift I have received is my mountain bike from an old friend.
- A bad gift was a little-flimsy-pictureless picture-frame.
What is the best film you've ever seen vs the worst?
- There are so many great films…I cannot name the best one I have seen, but the last movie that I really enjoyed is called ‘‘Blueberry Renegade’’
- Sometimes it is quite amusing watching terrible movies, to a point. The worst film I have seen is probably far too disturbing to mention on this questionnaire, haha. So, I will just go with ‘‘Rubber’’
What's the most inspirational place you've been?
Which era would you like to have experienced /experience again?
Perhaps 50,000 years ago as a hunter…Or the year 2009.
What are three trivial things you are missing since lockdown and three things you are enjoying?
-I miss having a reason to wear make-up.
-Catching the train somewhere.
-going swimming training.
Three things I am enjoying are my Forest walks; I am grateful that I moved to the countryside earlier this year, it means I can play music as loud as possible with no neighbours to disturb!
What is your favourite hour of the day now? Are you aware of each hour/time more or less now?
Golden hour is my favourite hour of the day when the light plays tricks on your eyes. I am not always aware of time, as if it were not even here…
What have you learnt, what are you consuming, what are you now expert in - since lockdown?
I am yet to master something to the level of expert.
I read frequently these days, usually books on Cosmic Horror fiction, Speculative realism, Folklore and Eastern philosophy. I have learnt that in these times when we are lacking motivation, it helps to sit down, and simply reflect inward, there is an entire universe in here. I have also learnt to not let the ignorant advice from others effect my art. Not everyone will understand why it is that I create what I do, and that is ok. It just gives me more of a reason to enhance it.
Please pick one of the three following prompts as a starting point to make some work using an A5 piece of paper/cloth/whatever you like. There is no restriction on media and feel free to try something different and new.
- Draw the last dream that you remember
1) The Beginning 2) Protect 3) Life is a pattern 4) Steppingstones 5) Transform 6) Embody 7) Unknown.
- Draw a self portrait as a favourite animal doing your favourite daily thing
- Draw the last text you received
Check out Lara's Exercise Three pieces here!