Exercise Three Round Two // William Rees

July 15 2020

Exercise One

Practice - What is giving your life meaning this week?

A few things: Number one is art (as always) I am really enjoying making work at the moment; for light relief I am learning the violin; and 'Yoga with Adriene' has become my lockdown rock!


What do you see as the most important and the most overlooked aspect of your work?That is a really hard question. I used to have specific things I wanted viewers to see in my work, now I am pleased if someone sees something personal and unique to them in it. I think the greatest compliment you can receive is when someone points out something in your work which you yourself have never seen before. 


Do you think your work would be different if you knew no one was ever going to see it except you?

I hope it wouldn’t be any different, but I see the process of being artist as pursuing your pure intentions, if such things exist. If I make work with the notion of others seeing it in mind it feels incongruous.


Describe your dream studio situation and what is the biggest thing you think you took for granted about working in your studio ?

Somewhere 15 mins walk from my house would be a dream!


What is your best time of the day or night to work and why? 

I used to do quite set hours, but since lockdown I’ve been mixing it up. First thing in the morning is often a good bet though.


What is your studio staple snack?

I don’t really snack in the studio, if I could I would like to have some kind of really nice iced tea


Tell us about something you saw on your one walk of the day

I ran up to a beautiful botanical garden, there where loads of orchids.



 If you had to live with one vice for the rest of your life what would it be?



Exercise Two

What is your favourite podcast?

Dear Joan and Jericha. It is without a doubt the funniest thing I have ever heard. There is also something so brilliantly subversive and feminist about two women doing comedy like that, they could out-gross adolescent boys! It feels quite profound.


What is the best gift you've ever given vs the worst?

Best gift: A beautiful piece of fabric. Worst gift: Nothing jumps to mind, however, the pattern on last year’s christmas socks wasn’t as vibrant as it could have been


What is the best film you’ve ever seen versus the worst?

Best film: Mulholland Drive is pretty amazing, it’s either that or Ratatouille, which I think is a wonderful film for artists. Worst film: Awful films are so often brilliant to laugh at, but my friend made me watch the Metallica documentary the other day, it was so depressing


What's the most inspirational place you've been?

Knossos in Crete - there is a sense of art all around you and underneath you.


Which era would you like to have experienced / experience again?

I would love to see Britain when it was all covered in deciduous woodland.


What are three trivial things you are missing since lockdown and three things you are enjoying?

I miss playing jazz gigs, greeting friends with a hug, and going to the cinema. None of them feel trivial though!


What is your favourite hour of the day now? Are you aware of each hour/time more or less now?

Dusk when the birds all sing louder. Time has changed a lot, my sleeping pattern is so ridiculous now, I hear the dawn chorus before I go to sleep too.


What have you learnt, what are you consuming, what are you now expert in - since lockdown?

I’m consuming Films on BFI player. I’ve learnt to connect with people.

I’m expert in: I don’t know, but definitely not the violin!


Exercise Three

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 Mourning Dream

  • Draw a self portrait as a favourite animal doing your favourite daily thing

  • Draw the last text you received  


Check out William's Exercise Three pieces here!