The brief was to reenact one of the artworks from the link below- http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2012/jun/10/ten-best-invisible-artworks-hayward
(And I was inspired by the 3!)
7 Untitled (A Curse) Tom Friedman, 1992- “how one’s knowledge of the history behind something affects one’s thinking about that thing”.
8 Radiation piece, Robert Barry, 1969- his art work worked with the intangible energy of radiation he was interested how it exists “outside the narrow arbitrary limits of our own senses”.
10 Untitled (Horse) Bruno Jakob, 2003- this is an invisible painting made with water on a canvas. Jakob did a series of invisible paintings working to capture an ethereal aspect of their existence. This painting shows an invisible connection between man and animal that no ordinary painting could possibly portrait.
I also created not only one piece of work, but quite a few! (and all in one morning!). I set my alarm for 5am on the day of the deadline/showcase. I woke energised and full of enthusiasm after mulling over my ideas for the past 2 weeks!
One piece I created was a recorded song. Here is the link: https://instagram.com/p/77TiXfB-64/
For this part of the artwork is the story of how it was made. I had a friend staying with me for 2 weeks and he suffered bad anxiety. We formed a beautiful bond and on his way home we naturally created a basis for a song, he wrote the words in my book and I said goodbye to him.
While he stayed with me one evening I asked him to paint me a picture and this is what he painted:
He told me that this was a vision he had had once, a realisation that we are all on one universal wave. The same universal wave that pulses through space pulses through earth and through us, we are all just on different frequencies.
I believe this was the basis of the connection we shared which lead us to create the lyrics we wrote and in turn the sound art work I created the morning of the brief deadline. This art work I created both encompasses the invisible connected we shared (like Bruno Jakob’s idea) the invisible connection we have over distance, the invisible feeling we shared, the invisible wave that we pulsed on, the invisible energy (like Robert Barry), and I wanted to share the story because I found it to be interesting how our experiences of something we encounter/connect with can completely change based on our knowledge of it.
I also created some more works, 4 pieces but all working within the same kind of intent/materials.
With this piece I hung up a piece of paper in my window. This is why I woke early, I wanted to capture the essence of the sunrise and the energy of the Suns rays that pulsed through my window and into my house. I was interested in the idea of if the paper would feel differently, to the other papers I hung around.
I hung the next piece in my doorway, my intent for this paper was to capture the energies that passed into my house and out, are their spirits wandering aimlessly around that we cannot see? So people leave a trail of their energy in their everyday journeys?
This next one I hung in a tree that grows up my house. My intent was to capture the energy from the spirit of the plant. Do plants talk and can this paper hold their whisperings?
And lastly here is the one I hung in my street:
This one I hung before sunrise and before people-rise. I wanted to connect both sides of my street, I had the intent to capture my community, the energy of my street, the invisible threads that hold us all together, the invisible connection between brick walls at either side of a cobbled street, the invisible connection between you and your neighbours. I had also been think about my friends painting and the invisible pulse/wave we are all riding along, I intended this paper to absorb this wave, I envisioned the wave to ride down in the rising of the sun and also with the rolling of the weather-the wind, the birds singing, the passing traffic, the people walking by, the eyes of people from their bedroom windows. I had one lady ask my did I know what this was as she thought it was a no entry sign for the street, I like the idea…the invisible thoughts people project. This paper hold all of the above and more.
The above art works rely a lot on intent, intent is really important. Without intent there is nothing, and with it there is everything. I presented these artworks as a booklet of papers and the intent I had with what I wanted to capture within them.
I also created some invisible drawings with water like Bruno Jakob on my windows. I used my mouth to steam up the windows and wrote messages backwards intended for the passers by to be able to read (invisibly once dry). This was kind of working like the curse of Tom Friedman, but without the knowledge. It was my intended words cast out of the window to my community and passers by to feel, not to read because the words written were impermanent. The thought and intent and energy still lingers… Which is also like Robert Barry’s radiation work, which still lived/lives on after his art work as an energy/a force invisible to the eye.