31 July 2019

The administration of belief

The administration of belief. 12/7/19. L:40.5 H:40.5 W:3cm. Collage of bar code paper cut-outs, acrylic paint and gloss paint on wood.

The inspiration behind this artwork comes from bar codes and spirituality. I wanted to combine both of these themes together to create a new interpretation. 

For me bar codes represent the administration of our society, from storing/categorising information about products we buy to the paper work we use to manage people. At times this can seem soulless/machine like although I guess it’s intention is to make things more manageable. Overlaying this I have created a space to enter, referencing religious imagery like entering into a spiritual space/ after life. For me how we shape and manage society is based on ideas and belief in them. 

However I would still like to leave room for interpretation, everyone has their own way of seeing and experiencing, and my view may not be other people’s view. I think it is good that everyone has their own view as we can all learn from each other.

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Youthful Innocence

Youthful Innocence. 7/7/19. L:40.5 H:40.5 W:3cm. Collage of newspaper cut-outs, acrylic paint and pen on wood.

Through the eyes of a child, through the eyes of an adult. Our perspective of the world around us is vastly different. 

We are constantly satiated with news happening in the world if you chose to let it, often it is not the good kind of news. When were were very young our days were innocent, full of wonder and curiosity, we did not know of all the bad things happening in the world. However it was always there even if we did not know. For this reason I have decided to create an artwork responding to this. Newspaper cut-outs expressing the not so positive aspects of our society contrasted with the image of a toy duck, a toy always remembered, portraying the innocence of youth. 

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Looking thoughtfully for a long time

I enjoyed working with charcoal, there is a subtle softness to it, a sensitivity between the charcoal and paper.

Looking thoughtfully for a long time. 24/7/19. L:60 H:43cm. Charcoal and pen on handmade paper.

This artwork draws upon my interest with the potential for an afterlife. This is in response to my experience of my mother passing away. I had what I could only describe as some kind of visual image occur whilst I was in bed trying to sleep. What I saw was a door or space filled with a white light and a ladder extending into it with what seemed like mist or something cloud like occupying the space close to the light. This visualisation must have lated for 2 or 3 minuets before disappearing.

It is interesting as I did some research on people having near death experiences and it seems as though some people have whitenesed a similar phenomena were they see a white light. I ask my self if this was a dream or something real, either way to this day I still do not know. Although I did not have a near death experience, it is curious to hear of similar experiences. I think there is a lot about this reality I am experiencing that is not fully understood. What really do we know about ourselves in terms of how for example our brain functions and how we decode reality. What do we know about this so called physical reality we exist in? Science may tell us otherwise based on proven facts but how do you measure personal experience as we all have a unique way of seeing the world around us.

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Cloud Space

Before: Finished making the form and colour applied ready for a single firing. I decided to keep the colour simple by just going for black and white to focus on a contrast between the two forms.

Finished sculpture. Title: Cloud Space. Original handmade, one-off, stoneware, stand-alone sculpture including artist signature
​28/7/19, H18 x L31 x W22cm

The inspiration behind this sculpture came from my continued interest in Stonehenge and stone circles in the UK and its link to the sky and clouds. For me clouds symbolise, spirituality, entering another space, contemplation and curiosity with what happens when we die. This all relates back to my personal experience of people close to my life passing away. Importantly though I would like to leave space for the imagination and curiosity. What happens when we die?

For further information about this ceramic sculpture please see: https://www.martinharmanart.com/cloud-space.html