This autumn I have been given the opportunity to create work for an exhibition, with other students on my course. The proposed title is ‘Keep In Mind”, and will explore things we have learnt in first year, somethings related to our course, others relating to wider student life.
Therefore I am spending much of the summer exploring this topic and collecting material, and creating artwork for this exhibition. I have chosen to explore the handwritten. Asking people to write the words:
Unique and beautiful,
A way to hold ideas captive.”
Therefore meaning I am generating a vast collection of handwriting, also I am asking anyone with another language to translate and write it that language too. The idea behind this on a surface level, is that throughout this year my handwriting, lettering and watercolour freehand, have been featured in my work. Something I was always reluctant to do, as my handwriting always felt too boring and ordinary to use, when actually it is unique to me, and holds huge amounts of value.
Also I always love creating artwork that challenges peoples ideas, through asking people to ‘help with an art project’ people tend to be apprehensive, feeling they won’t be able to manage anything of meaning or value to an art student. Until they find out you are simply asking them to write something in their normal handwriting legible or not, and somehow find great value in this. Therefore I am also able to directly challenge peoples perceptions of what is art, and the value of their handwriting, even before the artwork has been created and displayed.
However also I feel this project carries and explores deeper ideas and concepts. One of which I always return to, The order and disorder of human nature, the idea that we often put people in boxes, and try to remove uniqueness, but yet this is never possible and we should also focus on the disorder and unique aspects of each individual. Therefore through asking everyone to write the same words, everyones is essentially the same. However they are far from the same, as each person has their own way of forming each letter, meaning every one is vastly different and unique.
Also I think it challenges the value of the handwritten, which to many is something they hardly use. But at the same time to many its still the easiest and quickest way to capture an idea or thought. Also research is suggesting we retain a lot more information through handwriting a note, than typing it. However many choose not to handwrite things, because its easier to lose the scrap of paper, or because they dislike their handwriting, or cant read it. But should skill that we continue to teach within schools, and something that we should be valuing, rather than ignoring and trying to replace?
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