So I have photographed a few 12 year olds, interviewed them and now I don’t know what to do anymore! I feel that just showing their images and a quote doesn’t really do justice to all the things that they have told me and the time they live in. On the other hand, I feel that I have to find a common theme in the interviews and explore that.
The words in the reader that bother me most are ‘methodical approach’. This because I am not a very methodical person, actually, I cannot think of a single thing that I do exactly the same every time, except for how I do the dishes maybe. But in this assignment I know I should have a plan, an idea and a methodical way of executing it and this is where I get stuck.
Because to be honest, I also just want to finish this course and get on with the next. So the temptation is there to just submit the images, add a sound clip and that’s it. But there is more I could do with this content, I know.
My son has art classes in school and I am a little bit jealous. He gets to use all these fantastic materials and experiment with to his heart’s desire, he went to the Biennale in Venice and what makes me most envious, he just sits down and produces really cool stuff. In all honesty, I am actually very jealous with his notebook! It looks fantastic and he just writes in it as if it’s the easiest thing ever.
He also made these cyanotypes and glued them on cans, of which I wish I had made them. Such a terrible, jealous mom 🙂
But enough whining and bragging, what should I do with assignment 5??
Besides being very artsy, my son is also quite helpful, although in a very blunt way. He showed me work of a Serbian artist that he really liked, Vlad Scepanovic. I was quite blown away by his artist statement and realized that in order to get out of the rut of wanting to produce art but ending up with quick fixes, I do have to invest time in my skills; drawing, photography and painting. I do have to be willing to let the creative juices flow and not reap from the fact that I live in exotic places and can photograph about a 100 ‘what the heck’ moments every day.
So deeper I will dive and try to actually produce something meaningful, work in a notebook and do proper methodical research.