Tuesday, 1 July 2014
pages in tiny books
I realised some time ago that making marks is not just about making marks - it is about discovering an evolving personal expressive language. If you can consider your mark making is just as important as the subject - or indeed can be the main theme of the work - then this opens up all sorts of possibilities.
There are many ways to make pictures. You can follow someone elses instructions, you can work intuitively, you can be 'inspired by'. This online world is teeming with images, so why make more images? Because it feels necessary, perhaps? Because you have blank pages? There are so many questions that lead to other questions. The only rules I have when working in these little books is to make marks and connections.
I know I go on a bit about 'mark making' on this blog - oh but it is something you never stop learning about. And if you are struggling at times with your own artwork my advice would be to stop trying to make 'finished work' and look again at the sensation, feel, energy of your mark making.
I'm always learning. These book pages are not supposed to be great artworks but ideas having some sort of conversation. I will look again at the pages and see different ideas, I will like them less or more or less over time. They are visual diary pages, in some ways, without the need to write actual words. I am not a fan of writing quotes and notes over my own sketchbooks, but each to their own....
Working on a small scale allows me to make pages without using a lot of materials. There is something special about a book that can sit in the palm of your hand. And a book that becomes over time as thick as it is tall.