I am a ‘project-based’ artist. I most enjoy thinking over a project idea inspired by research and exploration and following where this might lead. I like a surprise and I like to adjust my process in response to ongoing work.
Evidence of the evolution of ideas are key to my working practice, and any ‘final’ work ideally poses another question rather than answering any already set. Final conclusions don’t interest me as much as new questions arising from old.
I work with a sense of exploration and getting to a place without having it in mind first. Process is important. Sometimes, the best part of the making work is editing, curating, and selecting – overlaps from my training as a photographer and Video maker.
A selection from Sol Le Witt’s Paragraphs on Conceptual Art says it very well.
“In terms of ideas the artist is free even to surprise himself. Ideas are discovered by intuition. What the work of art looks like isn’t too important. It has to look like something if it has physical form. No matter what form it may finally have it must begin with an idea. It is the process of conception and realization with which the artist is concerned. Once given physical reality by the artist the work is open to the perception of all, including the artist. (I use the word perception to mean the apprehension of the sense data, the objective understanding of the idea, and simultaneously a subjective interpretation of both). The work of art can be perceived only after it is completed…
If the artist carries through his idea and makes it into visible form, then all the steps in the process are of importance. The idea itself, even if not made visual, is as much a work of art as any finished product. All intervening steps –scribbles, sketches, drawings, failed works, models, studies, thoughts, conversations– are of interest. Those that show the thought process of the artist are sometimes more interesting than the final product.”