—Tempting Failure: Cell Noises
Tempting Failure: Site Response, 2014
Tempting Failure, 2014
I am excited to announce that I will be taking part in this year’s Tempting Failure exhibition, and will over the coming months update this blog regularly with verbal and visual streams of ideas until the final installation manifests itself this November. The project, which celebrates risk, failure and transgression in the work of artists from all levels of the career spectrum, is still in its infancy, and yet can already boast some exciting examples of installation and performance work from over the last few years. To be a part of this creative entity - to have my work documented and cemented in the ongoing identity of Tempting Failure - is both an exciting and a daunting prospect.
For myself, the element of risk has been present from the start of the application process. I have recently exhibited a selection of artworks that in my mind created something of a full-stop in the use of imagery, environment and materials from my most recent project. In this project, I explored a week spent in the Brecon Beacons as a platform from which to describe my concept of experiential documentation, and so visually the work had a particular identity, with motifs that recurred throughout its duration. Each piece of work fed the next, and it become entirely self-sufficient, so having reached a conclusion with that particular project, at least for now, I am now faced with the need for a new period of time, and a new environment to describe, and create responses to.
The Brecon Project often seemed to have no end in sight, but the longer I pursued my relationship with that exact experience, the more I risked becoming associated with working primarily in a particular kind of imagery. Imagery for me is not the key aspect of my work, but it is instead the paradoxes that I create when trying and failing to show the viewer my personal and internal engagement with the world around me, and with my memories.
It’s fitting that the first ambitious creative project I undertake with the intention of a new direction, is one that celebrates uncertainty, risk and failure.
Watch this space…