Variety in Artistic Experimentation
I would consider myself, at the current time, to be a ‘jack of all trades’ within the fine arts discipline. “Variety is the spice of life” as the saying goes, and I can’t help but agree. This extends through both my fascinations with topics and concepts within my art and also in the mediums that I choose to convey these themes with, finding also that utilising a spectrum of different techniques is also vital in this regard.
Many artists have shaped me. For example, Lebbeus Woods sparked an even greater fascination for detail within me, with his delicate yet powerful drawing compositions drawing my gaze in closer to inspect the line-work, and conversely the works of Henry Moore, despite being near polar opposites to those of Woods, instil me with a great sense of intrigue at how such simple forms can convey power, maternal instinct and softness, even in spite of the hard materials from which they are made.
Above all, I like to utilise all possible opportunities in my work to convey detail, however small the detail may be. I seek not to specifically represent one theme in my work but instead to represent any theme in as much detail as possible. My methodology for a concept based on these themes is predominantly worked out in an idea progression manner, close in fact to the opposite of a chaotic working method. I often find that the end product of my plans to be very different from the initial idea that started the project.
I often find that my attention to detail is focused on particular aspects within the work, quite often appealing to the nuances of a concept, progressing towards a piece that can function on multiple levels, for example not just catering solely to a conceptual standpoint or social commentary, nor just on a visual one, but instead attempting to combine these levels so that someone viewing the work can approach it from any number of directions, thereby creating a more approachable dynamic. It is this approachability that drives my desire for variety, especially in terms of the subject matter of my works. I do not see myself as solely experiencing one particular aspect of the human condition for example and feel that this is also true of the vast majority of others. For this reason I feel that it is not only fascinating, but important to explore subjects of many different types. By doing so I can understand and empathise with anything from issues of personal growth, something I only delved into for myself recently, to qualities such as aesthetic development of a composition. With this in mind there is always the underlying quality of a human element in the work, whether it be how we interact with the outside world or our qualities internally.
I do not condemn individuals who enjoy a more focused practice, often I entertain the idea of reducing my scope down so as to focus more on particular movements, techniques or subjects in art, however knowing that there is more to be explored, how could I deprive myself of the opportunity to investigate and react to each focal point that I come across?