I have been working on a series of photographic experiments as I attempt to capture the communicative movement and shapes created by gesture. I am interested in gesture both as a communicative and nemonic device, and the relationship between gesture and speech.
The series Positive Negatives work around the idea that the negative space pointed to in gesture acts as an informative visual. I have become interested in capturing, preserving and representing this temporal information in a way that it can be analysed and reflected upon. In this project, I am interested in documenting the negative spaces created in gesture separate from the the positives that define them. The forms in Positive Negatives where formed by the movement of my hands, based on captured video, around a malleable form. The source material and movements were based on the description of and reaction to an imagined interior form. The movements of my hands created forms which I them manipulated and abstracted, taking liberties to include characteristics of the forms I imagined.
I have recently moved to New York City to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts at the Pratt Institute. I have settled in to my new studio in Brooklyn where I look forward to spending the next two years. New work to come!
Imagined Interiors opened last night at C Space Gallery in the Frame Arts Warehouse, Winnipeg, MB. The body of work in the exhibition discusses my perspective on communication as a layperson recently treated for lymphatic cancer. Through a series of drawings and a sculpture, the work makes comment on how a variety of medical professionals communicate with patients who do not have a scientific or medical background (and the successes and failures of that communication). The show runs until August 1st.
My sculpture “Mass” is a representation of an imagined interior form inspired by my experience with the medical system. As a patient recently treated for lymphatic cancer, being able to visualize the internal forms that were causing my illness was an important part of gaining an understanding of my condition. Although my condition was described to me by various medical professionals throughout my treatment these descriptions varied greatly and there was little visual information available. Drawing on conversations with hospital staff, I created an abstracted form that represents the interior mass I imagined. By making my interpretation of these descriptions visible, the work evolved into a commentary on the way that the medical system communicates with individuals who do not have a scientific or medical background. The suspended form and taught woven contours illustrate the volume and weight I imagined. I stayed away from materials and colours that imitate and reference traditional medical illustration and models intending to invoke in viewers a curiosity about the form similar to the curiosity I felt about my condition.
Over the past few months I have been producing hand cast porcelain flasks and water bottles. The bottles are cast from the forms of antique glass bottles.
I began by pairing two materials which I have always had an affinity for – porcelain and leather – and constructing by hand a fitted casing for each individual bottle with a cross-body strap. I hope that this addition will make my hand made flasks and water bottles a practical fit for summer parties, barbecues, and music festivals.
Pictured above is a detail from a recent work titled Dissection IIII. New linocut embossings are now included under the “Print” heading. Check it out!
I am always interested in seeing the private processes and creative sanctuaries of other artists and creators – so I have decided to share mine. While this site is set up to showcase my work, I also keep a less formal blog of my process, current projects and the things that inspire me.
Check out my blog at: www.publicsketchbook.jux.com