Today I received an invitation to submit for a curated local annual exhibition, Stains & Traces, which is based on ‘representing the presence or absence of a figure as well as anthropomorphic echoes and resonances’.  I have a work that is a perfect fit

but I am apprehended by a thought and dug deeper.

Reading a review of the first exhibition http://hastingsonlinetimes.co.uk/arts-culture/visual-arts/the-figure-revisited-at-hastings-arts-forum, detailing the work of many artists that I know personally, I realised how shallow my thought process is.  I feel I am still dancing on the surface. ‘Afraid’ to dig deeper, for what I might find?  Lacking the confidence to say what I really feel for fear of ….  What?

I then read the Guardian weekly arts summary.  This week it is about the 100 most influential people in the art world.  https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/oct/20/hans-ulrich-obrist-tops-list-art-worlds-most-powerful-artreview-power-100?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Art++Weekly+2016&utm_term=196182&subid=13017126&CMP=EMCARTEML6852  I was struck that it is not the work but the idea that matters, particularly evident with the German video artist Hito Steyerl.  Oliver Basciano, deputy editor of ArtReview said “Her work goes from video to writing to theory, and these ideas can travel faster than objects,” ..“Her ideas are quoted all over the world and her theories have had quite an intense impact on art production, so she transcends her own work in some way.”

In http://www.e-flux.com/journal/15/61298/a-thing-like-you-and-me/ she argues the case for a new perspective on object and subject through her philosophical lens.  I get it, yet don’t quite get it.  I will return to her work until I get it, for there in may lie the key.

Author: susanmilleruk

Watercolour painter living, working and loving Hastings and St Leonards on Sea. MA in Fine Art.

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