Whilst in Athens I started to bring together new work that form the basis for Concept Of Since and new project that I am planning on continuing when I head to Japan and on my next artist residency program. The digital works that I have been developing tends to start thoughts and allows my mind to filter ideas that have been ongoing within my practice. So this focus on process sometimes produces others works that can be apt and respond to my transient state or present landscape. The Concept Of Since responds to works that I have been making since returning to art practice about 4/5 years ago. These works have come full circle and whilst in Athens I realised that I respond to the individual and collective hang ups to events and monuments that have passed. This reliance on an event, as a crutch to form all future decisions for me seems to hinder and these works that I produced a few years ago around the positivity of change and the potential it can contain relate to these new works that I am currently considering.
Whilst in Athens I was reflecting on my practice throughout and whilst taking notes wrote “things are different now”. This sentence kept going round my head whilst I was mulling over new ideas and when I came to write it again I wrote “things now are different”. I then realised that these four words could be presented in any formation and only relied on the person reading it to imply the meaning. Having spent a lot of time in New Zealand sometimes I end my sentence on an up note. Which sometimes makes a sentence sound more like a question whilst in the UK this is not the case and the same four words can be read completely different. Just like how Merleau-Ponty describes space, it has many meanings and it is only how it is phrased/spoken that gives it meaning.
So the two works that formed part of the Unsettled Certainties exhibition were 2 of 24 initial works that form the start of the Concept Of Since. These works though currently text based will start to move beyond this initial start point and manifest themselves in other mediums as I apply this concept.