Practice - What is giving your life meaning this week?
I have a new bicycle. I never thought I would cycle in London but times have changed! It’s been so liberating to move around again and it’s a really enjoyable activity. I’ve been able to discover lots of new places in my area and go on mini adventures in isolation.
What do you see as the most important and the most overlooked aspect of your work?
Interesting. Maybe the most important and overlooked aspect of my work and possibly most artists work is all the discipline and self motivation needed to keep making it and keep believing in the need to keep making it. There is a lot of self doubt and anxiety that comes hand in hand with being an artist and it takes a lot of strength to pursue a career in the arts full time.
Do you think your work would be different if you knew no one was ever going to see it except you?
Wow these questions are tough! That’s hard to say. My work is about being seen by other people, there is always a subject being viewed in a very invitational way. It is all about looking if no one was ever going to see it apart from me I’m not sure if it would be exactly the same because I am trying to have a conversation with an audience through the paintings.
Describe your dream studio situation and what is the biggest thing you think you took for granted about working in your studio ?
I have had huge studio envy after seeing the documentary about Anslem Keifer’s studio in the South Of France. It is the size of a theme park and an artist’s wonderland if ever I saw one. I have big dreams for a very large studio land of my own in the Welsh Woodlands one day. I would like to be within an old forest surrounded by streams and wildlife.
What is your best time of the day or night to work and why?
I’m most productive in the mornings, by 3pm I hit a brick wall. Then I often find after 9pm I have a second surge of creative energy. Now I am working from home I go straight from my bed to the studio. One shift I have made is postponing the getting dressed and showered until after my first round of painting in the studio.
What is your studio staple snack?
I actually don’t tend to snack in the studio, I just drink a lot of coffee.
Tell us about something you saw on your one walk of the day
Recently the fields behind my house have been dubbed “The Hackney Riviera” and young trendies are suddenly flocking here to jump in the river - which is very shallow and contaminated with sewage and other waste products - so that’s been pretty entertaining to see. I preferred watching the ducks swim down it before its overnight status as a hotspot though.
If you had to live with one vice for the rest of your life what would it be?
I recently had to quit smoking and I wish it was actually something that was good for me to do and improved my health. I would smoke all day every day if I could.
What is your favourite podcast?
In lieu of a podcast I enjoy watching arts programs on “The Louisiana Channel” which you can find on youtube.
What is the best gift you've ever given or been given, vs the worst?
Best Gift was a set of really extensive set of crane d’ache watercolour and pastel pencils from a friend totally out of the blue in a large wooden portfolio.
Worst gift was when my boyfriend bought me a frying pan for my birthday.
What is the best film you've ever seen vs the worst?
I’m going to go with TV programs instead, the best for me is “Black Mirror”, the worst . . I can’t stand most teen romance style trash.
What's the most inspirational place you've been?
Which era would you like to have experienced /experience again?
Mmmm it would be interesting to be transported to a pagan society pre roman invasion.
What are three trivial things you are missing since lockdown and three things you are enjoying?
Missing my friends! Missing touching my friends. Missing social gatherings! Enjoying, not having to get on the tube. Bleugh rush hour! Enjoying the more positive vibes in the community towards one another. Enjoying more time to think.
What is your favourite hour of the day now? Are you aware of each hour/time more or less now?
6pm is my dinner time, that’s always enjoyable. Im neither more or less aware of time. It is all blurred I just know at what times I am good to eat, paint, go to bed, watch TV etc. Simple.
What have you learnt, what are you consuming, what are you now expert in - since lockdown?
One thing springs to mind, I can now claim newfound knowledge in animal noises especially cat talk. I can recognise all the different cats in the neighbourhood via the tone of their wailing. There is a constant territory war going on in my back yard. So that’s new for me. At first I thought they were really distressed children.
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
Draw a self portrait as a favourite animal doing your favourite daily thing
Draw the last text you received
Check out Rhiannon's Exercise Three pieces here!