Writing Workshop

The creative instinct, after all, acts at the bidding of the unconscious, which also decides to a considerable degree the exact nature of human relationships.  But Giacometti did not feel that any rapport whatever existed between a portrait and the individual nature of the model.  Not in his work in any case, ‘I have enough trouble with the outside without bothering about the inside,’ he said.’ A Giacometti Portrait, James Lord p38

We were asked to write an introduction to an essay, based on the quote I identified as meaningful to my practice.

‘Taking this comment at face value, we would be accepting that the energy and emotion, that Giacometti unquestionably poured into his portraits, did not come from the artist’s ability to connect with his sitter at an unconscious level, but solely from his process and impassioned approach to his materials.  My own work seeks to capture the essence of my subjects, what Bomberg called ‘spirit in the mass’, delving deep into the character to extract their very thoughts, much as Giacometti succeeds in achieving, without, it would appear, acknowledging.

Working with found black and white family photographs, I seek to weave my memories into the work.’

An inspiring lecture by Joanna Lowry, a theorist and lecturer at Brighton uni.  Description, context, theory, significance, the elusiveness of the work.  The importance of finding the right set of ideas, to enhance my work and deepen it.

There was much in her lecture that resonated and that I can take away into my own writing.  I particularly enjoyed Susan Morris’s writing Drawing in the Dark http://www.tate.org.uk/research/publications/tate-papers/18/drawing-in-the-dark .  Whilst much of the piece was over my head on first reading, I could see the structure, the argument and the ease of transition between illustrative points.  A skeletal that I can build on.

Joanna suggested that the essay should be approached as pleasurable, an extension of my work as an artist, beginning with an enigma and end with a suggestion of more.  reassuring and supportive advice.

Author: susanmilleruk

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

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