Here we are at the start of Block_1. James and I have never met. We are presented with this quotation from Elaine Scarry to give us something to build from. Where this process will lead us and what might develop is all uncharted territory - like the virgin sand on an uninhabited shore.
Why do we make things? Is it so that they in turn remake us? For me, it doesn't feel that way. Making things doesn't feel like a form of 'recreation'. It is more like struggle, or an affliction. It is testing and teasing an idea into some form of expression of a thing that might bear some resemblance to what I hoped it could be.
I'm working this week on a woodblock print which will be presented as part of Reading's Holocaust Memorial Day event. I am therefore on a tight deadline to finish cutting and printing it. I will speak at the event and try to avoid explaining the work too literally. The work will use the language of populist xenophobia from contemporary tabloids and politicians and contrast it with the idea of common humanity...in a woodcut.
Making it is about pressure and struggle - struggling with the materials, struggling with the idea, trying to bring them together and knowing that it will fail on many levels. It has to fail because of the enormity of the subject and my inadequacy to comprehend it. I will still make the thing as testament to my inability.
What are you 'making' at the moment James?