Gardens Project Seven: Progress of Sorts
I’ve been trying to work out what I’m doing and all I can come up with are questions.
Do ghosts have girdling roots tightening around them over time until they stop? What happens when they stop? What does a stopped ghost feel like?
What about transcience? I have photographs that serve as the only memory of a place and time, everything else in my head is learned. The photograph is felt.
Hauntology? (‘a situation of temporal and ontological disjunction in which presence is replaced by a deferred non-origin’ according to wikipedia) another word for nostalgia in contemporary cultural discourse.
There is a sense that searching for ‘self’ in memory untethers the present and causes drift between the then and the now.
The garden is the liminal space in which all the questions are asked and none are answered. Now all I need to do is find a word for that.
This image is the drawn from the photgraph that is the inspiration for Savick, the first transition scene in the gardens project. The outline idea is that the passage between gardens opens into these half remembered spaces. I remember little of significance about them, but I have evidence that I was there. Each garden grows the space so that, should you wish, you could go backwards but find things changed.
The video shows the space refined with a transition to the next scene (I’ve substituted one of the gardens here) where you come down the slide.
I’ve continued drawing every day. After I completed a year I moved back to ‘analogue’ drawing – I use a sketchbook now, and coloured pencils!
The interesting things about the processes is that digital is slower to do because you can correct as you go. Having to accept the mark you make encourages you to be bold about it and not get hung up on little errors. As a consequence some of the drawings are not all that to be fair.
The other interesting thing is that drawing left handed still requires more concentration, the movements you make when drawing are not as ingrained as for the right hand (or vice versa for your wrong hand) and seem to control themselves as much as you try to corral them, it makes the process more difficult but often gives a much better quality of line. The draing above is right handed, the one below left handed.
Draw Every Day – June 21Draw Every Day - June 21 Continuing to draw every day, in a molskine sketchbook using a set ...See photo »