I don’t usually like to write about the meaning behind a piece of work. I believe that the strength of the work is in whether it can speak for itself. Even if what it communicates is on a purely visual, humorous or technical appreciation level. Having said that, it’d be nice to think a little more can be taken from it!
I’ve often been surprised when people tell me what they do take from my work. It was a bizarre feeling the first time any one bought one of my pieces that had a particularly personal reference, but I’ve learnt that when you make something particularly meaningful, somehow, some of that honesty or vulnerability comes through and maybe that’s what people see.
If I’m totally honest, one of the reasons I’ve avoided writing about my work is that although I start off with research, messages, themes, references and all the best of intentions, something about the materials and the process takes over. Before I know it, the piece has taken on a life of it’s own and spun off in all sorts of directions and not necessarily the ones I intended. It’s hard to put that into any words that make you sound credible!
HOWEVER, I do enjoy getting a more personal insight into other people’s work. Finding out more about the artist themselves, what was going on at the time the piece was made and their own intentions when making the work has enabled me to see their artwork in a whole new light, for better, or worse, in some cases.
All of the above, was just a big long intro to say, I’ve decided to write about my work! Well at least some of the medals that I’ve recently made for the show I’m in at the moment at the Pah Homestead. Medals are much easier to write about than other my other sculpture. As I mentioned in my previous post, they need to be really succint, visually and conceptually to have any impact, so it’s relatively easy for my to curb myself and remain true to intenions!
In the next few posts, I’ll feature a different medal and tell you at least where the idea started from…
‘Regroup Reflect Regenerate’, 25th Anniversary Show of the Medal Artists of New Zealand. It’s on from 21 July – 20 September 2015 at Pah Homestead in Auckland, New Zealand. If you are around, check it out!