After writing my previous blog post, I’ve been playing around with some ideas relating to that ‘At a Crossroads’ title. It’s been hard getting the motivation to start making the piece as it felt almost too simple to just recreate the same sign post I’d seen in Australia. In my first idea I’d planned to recreate the sign however rather than writing RAILWAY CROSSING I intended to change these words to indicate the directions we’ve choose to take in life. Following on from my last post though, there doesn’t seem to be any need for words or numbers, just the indication of many directions to choose from. I started to sketch some designs of manic posts going in all different directions. No words on there, just letting the title speak. It may be a challenge to attach so many posts and currently I’m not certain about the red colours. Although these where the colours I photographed in Australia, I need to consider how bright the colours will look in the church and if it will come across as a warning sign. Also could I utilise the hexagon shape formally used as a STOP sign to paint an image on? Or write something? Another thing to consider is the sign having a front and a back. I need to have wooden planks on both sides. And the biggest problem of all- getting it to stand up!
I’ve been neglecting my blog slightly as I’ve been making various plans for one thing and another, but that’s not to say I don’t have much planned for 2016! 2016 seems to be one of the busiest yet for art works. The first exhibition coming up is Greystoke Church. I’d had this in pipe line since last year, after the exhibition’s success, I’ve been invited back to exhibit there again. It’s a brilliant space at the church- lots of potential for big sculptural work. I’ve been mulling my ideas over for months now. Taking most of my inspiration from time spent in Australia. During February, I was there visiting my parents. At this point me and my Fiancé Louis had been considering making the move over there. It seemed poignant that this almighty decision be the source of inspiration for me.
Whilst over there we went on a few road trips. Along the road side we passed so many railway crossing signs. Each time we passed one I kept thinking about the crossroads that I’m at in my own life. How this one decision will lead our lives in a completely different direction. To continue working with the road sign object seemed appropriate for Greystoke. So since then I’ve been set on making my own railway crossing sign however just unsure what I wanted the sign to say. I’ve come up with various different title ideas- Time Will Tell, Looking for a Sign, Home or Away. But I’m so unsure what I want the sign to actually say; do I want words, numbers, arrows or maybe dates? I want to encourage viewers to think about the directions and decisions they’ve made during their lifetime, and how those decisions have lead to them to be right where they are today.
So I need the piece to be open enough to allow viewers to be intrigued yet include some of the places/times linked to me. Tough one. The success of A Place in Time was its ability to intrigue the viewer. They wanted to know what the dates meant and why the dates were leading to a place in time. How can I get this same effect in my railway crossing?
Just wrote the title of this blog post- At A Crossroads. An even better title perhaps? Could it even be At a Crossroads in Life? No information on the signs just many different directions?