As a painter I have spent the majority of my time in my studio throwing paint around but for a while now I have had the urge to try moving image, and with this project I had the opportunity to dive in at the deep end. Don’t get me wrong, the idea to use video was secondary to my concept, I never think that far ahead I’m afraid. The idea comes first then I worry about how I’m going to make it happen.
In this case the project ‘Ideas of the Year’, meant writing a personal manifesto and then creating a graphic representation of said manifesto, to be presented to the class at the end of the project.
The written manifesto got off to a rocky start but after making several drafts I decided on a written statement of intent which I feel accurately describes my position and interests as an artist. The graphic image flowed on naturally from the written form, paint moving backwards, towards the beginning, an artist is always beginning, while key words from the written manifesto appear and then fade out, the end is the beginning a blank canvas.
This was my very first attempt at creating a moving image and I was very surprised at how the video turned out, it’s not perfect but I was really happy with the outcome. And in a way the imperfections suit my notion of the unique quality of painting, humanity and the human touch, therefore I decided not to change anything about it but to take what I have learnt through making it onto the next video project.
I found the creative process challenging but very rewarding and it has given me the bug to create more videos, stay tuned.