Tuesday, 12 July 2016

At a crossroads

I bought a Mr Site website builder package about three years ago, which remains on my bookshelf unused.  It's not that I haven't done any work to show on a website or lacking the motivation in developing my artistic practice.  It's because I have dabbled, experimented and faffed around with too many different disciplines, themes, media and processes.  Below are some photos of just some of the work I produced or am still working on from the last year or so:

So, what do all these have in common?...well, not a lot and therin lies my problem.  I seem to have fallen into the trap of being "Jack of all trades, master of none"  My best work was done at university...conceptual installation type work that sat on the border between textile craft and fine art.  But, I want to make a career from art and conceptual installations doesn't pay the bills or buy my daughter clothes.  I have found myself trying to make work with an end market in mind and it hasn't worked.  My textile and paper collages are competent but they don't excite me and are not memorable.  I'm not saying there's anything wrong with making textile collages or craft objects, far from it, but I don't feel that mine are offering anything new. And my paintings...well lets just not go there!

I feel I'm at a cross roads.  Do I continue to make "nice" safe, decorative, saleable work that leaves me feeling like I'm cheating myself.  Or, do I start making the sort of work I made at uni - conceptual, meaningful work that no one is ever going to buy.

Maybe I could combine both, I think I need to start concentrating on quality rather than quantity and until then, my website package can stay sat on the shelf.