Thursday, October 27, 2011
letting the hand lead
For my degree, I have to defend my exhibition work with external examiners. The exam is called a Viva. In the UK, art is very bound up in theory and it's a little ironic that I studied so many Japanese artists for my dissertation. The Japanese do not seem to theorize so much about what they do, but follow their materials and hone their own techniques. In this way, I think that the Japanese are more phenomenological. They let their hands lead rather than their minds. In my own work, I am finding that when I leave the theory at home with the books and go into the studio and just work, I usually find better and more answers then when I start the other way around. (with the theory) Sometimes when I stay home and read theory, I end up mending Ned's jeans and baking brownies.