The challenge was designed on the back of a spontaneous decision to make a drawing or collage every day in May. Hence the #drawmayday. This decision was made on the night of April 30th, as preparation goes this was not ideal.
My only intension was to build momentum with my art work, recently I felt like I had hit a brick wall when creating content. Many artists have talent, they understand what needs to be done. That creeping series of why questions is enough to halt all studio practice. Why make things in a certain way. Why choose this material rather than another. Why will this be a failure, it is a failure, wait I haven’t made anything yet!
I cheated on my own challenge. It is a lot of work producing an artwork per day. My studio practice is slow and meticulous in thought. I curated my collages in new environments pretending I made them fresh. This was a huge break-through for me because I realised a flexible approach to curation opens the work up to new questions. Before I was photographing the collage image as its own entity.
I started to create collages that were not fixed, or were not built as a final art object. The pieces can be moved, divided, placed within different environments or used in animation. The original context is recorded in the Artist Archivist catalogue, the collage pieces have reference numbers stored in hand made archive boxes. The story of their origination is closely linked to archive records content.
There is a great deal of work to be constructed however the challenge has given me a huge amount of focus going forward. Another benefit is I started to engage more in conversation with people via Instagram & twitter. The highest complements is when persons’ contact me with a grasp as to what I am trying to do (especially since half the time I don’t know what I am trying to do!).