Thinking too much

I’m really disappointed in myself since my last post. I’ve just re read through my statement of intent and I’m still excited about everything I have wrote but the reason I’m disappointed is that I feel like I haven’t been producing enough work to show. I’ve been doing a lot of reading. I’ve been reading The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard and two really good books on Mona Hatoum (The Entire World as a Foreign Land and Unhomely) and another good book on George Shaw called What I did this Summer. I’ve been producing some fantastic ideas and notions regarding my work but haven’t but any into action. I need to stop doing this! Doing work leads to more work! More ideas, I’ve found this out today!

Whilst I’m on the topic of my reading though here are a few quotes/things I’ve noted from the books that I think are defining my practice:

Hatoum:

  • ” The kitchen is  the heart of the home”
  • “I see furniture as being very much about the body”
  • Attic of memories
  • Mobile home
  • maps are subject to change
  • literally drawing her presence in a space
  • her work afghan carpet indicate comfort, home and security
  • Direct quote from Hatoum “Where is home, and what defines it? Furniture or family?” (Love this!)
Bachelard:
  • “The house is a world in itself”
  • thus we cover the universe with drawings we have lived
  • The house is a large cradle
  • An entire past comes to dwell in a new house.
  • My bed is a small boat lost at sea
  • For our house is our corner of the world.
These are just a few of the ideas that have been floating around my head recently. Although I have spent a lot of time thinking, it has been good and it has put my thoughts in good stance.

 

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