My change in topic has been developing since after the mid point review. It made me realise that I was unable to continue researching Australian history, and being so far away, not really understand the day to day problems. I think my artwork is strongest when I am in the same environment, there is time to reflect and become much more emotionally and physically present within the area of discussion. Not just looking back on history or relying on your memory of how things once were in a place.
At the moment, I have been in London for the past 10 years, it is a strange feeling to be from a different country but feel like you are from two places. Recently, I meet someone who believed, you shouldn’t ask someone where they are from. He refused to let anyone know where he was from. I felt this was very strange at first, but it made me think about what information in a first encounter that I don’t like sharing. The one question I find strange is, what do you do? I have always found this strange, I guess because you are supposed to answer what you do as a living or how you make money.
I suppose in some way I may of been unconsciously trying to reconnect to Australia and comment on the treatment to aboriginals, to find a way to say sorry in my artwork, but at this time, I will not be able to continue in this search. Hopefully, in time I will be able to open up this exploration again, once back in Australia where I can have more of a immediate connection to develop my ideas.
The above painting I have used acrylic paint. I was looking at culturally how we are very focussed on reality TV and how it is making us disconnect with the real, the real people that surround us in the everyday.
Also, how this is making us very generic and almost like a robot.
I would like to play around with the idea, if we don’t become as creative as possible, we will turn into robots.