I was initially conceptually inspired by Antony Gormley’s Another Singularity, a work I visited in person. It influenced my approach to search towards spatial and temporal contexts for a better understanding of ourselves. The focus on our relationship with nature was prompted by Ernest Pignon-Ernest’s Les Arbrorigènes, capturing the evanescence of living. Encountering Shōji Hamada’s pottery was a turning point stylistically. Instead of seeking precise perfection, I allowed beauty to emerge from an honest presentation. Other Japanese influences included art from kakejiku, hanging scrolls, and its use of negative spaces.
My exhibition is in a room with three walls. On the central wall, to the right of a large window, seen first when the audience enters the room, is my most recent artwork, Always chasing the sun. The collection of watercolours are spread along the wall. It creates cohesion as it balances the colours displayed on either side of the room, warm greens and orange on its left and cool blues on its right. Furthermore, the colour values in the artworks around the room alternate. Along with the lighting from the window, illuminating the triptych and Perfectly Inconsistent located in the centre of the room, they create an atmospheric space. This enables the audience to inspect the entire 3D structures and how they interact with lighting at different points of view. On the immediate left, is my first artwork, introducing my journey of ideas. The triptych and ceramic piece beside it, display a connection in their use of painterly surface motifs. The room is divided into vegetal subjects on the left and water themed on the right. I have tried to maintain an impression of lightness in the atmosphere of the exhibition as a whole.
In the way that photographs last but the natural subjects do not, from my exhibition, I would like the audience to appreciate the impermanent details of nature. After a long period of restricted movement, I would like to suggest that extravagance is not needed to be impressed. Instead, to consider minute features in their day to day or future travels including lighting and natural beings such as trees and flowers.