Friday, 20 January 2017
Friday, 13 January 2017
Thursday, 5 January 2017
Who cares what the media says, or doesn't say.
Who cares what society says, or doesn't say.
Who cares what the pragmatic say, or don't say.
Who cares what the complacent say, or don't say.
Who cares what friends, family, peers, sponsors, proteges, mentors, hangers on and a wild bunch of other stuff, have to say, or not say.
What do YOU say, or not say?
That's all that really matters in the end.
Do your own thing, and do it now!
Friday, 30 December 2016
THEMES THAT I WILL PROMOTE IN 2017
collaboration, connectivity, inclusiveness, friends, internationalism, gender as personal choice, multi-disciplined art, pushing boundaries, body freedom, hounding facebook, multiculturalism, making art uncomfortable for the complacent, the future, 2018...
Friday, 23 December 2016
THEMES THAT I WON'T PROMOTE IN 2017
flags, nationalism, right wing politics, ego, exclusion, facebook friendly, art censorship, gender as binary, mono-culturalism, tradition, the past, bigotry, "I'm not a racist/genderist/ bigot, but...", decency in art, organised religion, "that's not art!", brexit, isolationism, art as extra-curricular, body censorship, 2016...
Saturday, 17 December 2016
Life is not a lonely tunnel of self, of ego. We are not hemmed in, we are not contained, we are not isolated, we are not blinkered. If we choose to see ourselves within those confinements, that is ultimately our decision, or at least the decision of our ego, Tunnels are perspectives that we construct, or more sadly are constructed for us, but because they are a construct, they can be unconstructed, dismantled, unmade. Life is not a self involved dark tunnel, but an infinite orb full of light, potential, possibility, connections, support, compassion. Open yourself up to the possibility of more than you see or experience as self, and that possibility becomes a flowering probability. Try it, it works!
Friday, 9 December 2016
If there is one thing that I am passionate about, and one thing that I firmly believe is going to change our world forever, and change it for the better, it is connectivity, or to be more precise - interconnectivity.
Connection is what allows us to grow, what gives us purpose and direction, allows us to be strong in the face of adversity. Interconnectivity is both giving and receiving, it's not a one-sided gesture, it's reciprocal and the more reciprocal it is, the more deep-rooted and tougher it becomes.
Interconnectivity is the natural human condition. We have been sold the cynical fantasy that human survival depends on winners, that the survival of our species is about tooth and claw, bullshit!!!
Survival is about cooperation, support, compassion, understanding, connectivity. No one can survive without a support network, no matter who they believe themselves to be. Alpha males are not the norm, connectors are the norm, something we are at last slowly beginning to learn, Connectors were the past, and they will be the future.
Saturday, 26 November 2016
Saturday, 19 November 2016
The creative arts can only ever be crude approximations of what we really want to say. To truly be able to hear and understand what we feel we need to communicate, you need to get into our head and into our heart, and even then it's probably hidden within depths and layers unknown or unknowing to the artist. We ask ourselves and we ask others, what does this mean? What doesn't it mean? Sometimes, stuff just is, and we need to go with that, without explanation.
Thursday, 3 November 2016
We are a multiplicity. A multiplicity as a universe, as a planet, as a species, as a culture, as an individual. There are as many variations of us as self, as there are stars in the universe. We rarely give ourselves credit for our multidimensionality, seeing it as counter to the old world idea of standardised humans, one size/flavour fits all. But we are changing our perspective, we are shifting gears towards an understanding of who we really are. Not who we are seen to be by advertisers, politicians, religions, units to influence and sell dreams to, but the complex multidimensional beings that we have always really known ourselves to be. We are not one sex, we are not one age, we are not one thought, we are multiple layers of all and more. We are a multiplicity.