20 May 2018

Interviewing people at the Avebury Stone Circle, Wiltshire, England, 18th of May 2018

Why was Avebury Stone Circle built? How was it built? Its purpose largely remains unknown. To this day people still come to this place to contemplate on its meaning, its history and its ability to relate to us on a personal level.

On Friday the 18th of May 2018 myself and my wife Wen-Hsi Harman made a trip to the Avebury Stone Circle in Wiltshire, England. Our mission was to interview people at the site as we were interested finding out why people come to experience this monument. We are very thankfull to have had the opportunity to interview a variety of different people. I would like to share this infomation so that anyone interested can access these different perspectives.

An introduction to the Avebury Stone Circle, 18th of May 2018

First Interview at Avebury Stone Circle, 18th of May 2018

Second Interview at Avebury Stone Circle, 18th of May 2018

Third Interview at Avebury Stone Circle, 18th of May 2018

Fourth Interview at Avebury Stone Circle, 18th of May 2018

Fifth Interview at Avebury Stone Circle, 18th of May 2018

We enjoyed our time at this monument as we learnt a lot from talking to people. It was a different experience to the last time we came to this place. The last time we visited this stone circle we just absorbed the visual aspects of the stones, the atmosphere and the landscape. However this time we were just busy interviewing people and so we did not have a lot of time to immerse our selves at this site. I think the biggest impact I got from this visit was just coming back home and replaying these interviews as the stories are very insightful.

People travel from many different places to see this monument. We spoke to people from Australia, America and from the UK. In some way it is almost like a pilgramicdge. 

Thank you to all the people who gave there time and experience to be interviewed and Wen-Hsi Harman for helping me document this journey and The National Trust for maintaining this site.

If anyone who is seeing this has some information they would like to share about a visit or experience they had at Avebury Stone Circle I would be very interested to know your story.   

9 May 2018

New 2d artwork in the making

Recently I have been busy working on a new 2d artwork on canvas. The plan is to build up layers
starting with imagery that reflects my own personal experience with writing that also expresses similar things. On top of that I will be applying clay and paint. 

I guess what I am trying to express with this piece is the different places, people and political, social structures and social norms that have been apart of my life experiences and in some way has helped shape my identity. 

Here is a list of some words and sentences that came to mind when reflecting on my experience of living in the UK society. I then layered this writing on top of the imagery in a chaotic way.  
  • How are you
  • I am good thank you
  • Alrite
  • Slave
  • Freedom is an illusion
  • Worship the royal family 
  • Be a machine
  • Be mature
  • Buy more things
  • I'm rite your wrong
  • Worship the self
  • Don't care about other people
  • Silence is power
  • Monday to Friday be serious be a machine be stressed, Saturday to Sunday have fun let your hair down
  • Ritual
  • Repeat repeat repeat
  • You are a tool to be used
  • Money first, health happiness and wellbeing second
  • you are just a number
  • Do we shape society or does society shape us?
  • Democracy is an illusion, choose A or B
  • There is no tolerance for emotion in this society
  • Be Strong, Be Confident, Be Independent, Be Excellent
  • Do not speak the truth
  • Do not Express your self
  • Shut up do your job and don't ask questions

This is an example of a previous painting I created titled Blood & Earth. L:29.5 W:21cm. Pen, ink, clay, acrylic paint on canvas. I thought I would include it into this post as it is helping me to think about the outcome of this new piece I am working on. I realised by adding clay to the canvas it makes the image appear to be aged, in some way there seems to be a kind of history to it and the colour and quality is very raw.