Sphere

A Strong Shift in Perspective.

I’ve come to realize that my development as an artist through this course, was both a catalyst, and sibling to my development as a tattoo artist. I still recall a prominent Skype conversation initiated by Jonathan - What is digital art? Is that an appropriate term to use in describing what we, as a collective in the course, do?  My connection to the digital has always been the most promising form of self-expression; whether remaining digital or further translating into a different materiality. 

My own traumas have made it harder to communicate the self with my environment through speech or text. It has become vital for my existence, to be able to communicate the self through other means. In the process of making, somehow, that communication is achieved, whether it gets seen by anyone or not. 

Becoming a tattoo artist has been the most challenging journey i’ve ever chosen - but the most beautiful one too. I’ve found a way of communication that I can practice in the form of a collaboration. Profoundly, it achieves for myself, the highest dose of self-development ~ a much needed one for a mind like my own. 

The sphere connects a greater journey, one I haven’t been able to discover as of yet. Perhaps it shall be a placeholder until it finds its moment in future realization. What I do know, however, is that tattooing has helped me discover more about it, and in this direction, i hope, i’ll be closer to understanding it. 

I’ve decided to redirect my research, a more focused approach into my current journey. The working title; “Tattooing as a Collaborative Act of Self-Development”. 

What is this?

I’m not sure what this is necessarily about, but i just know that some sort of clarity came out if making it. I’ve become more accustomed to Cinema 4Ds interface, i’m starting to feel more ease with getting ideas across ~ more fluid?

The more i make, the more I discover about my self? Like tiny pieces of a puzzle i’ve been trying to put together for a very long time. One way or another, I hope to bring all of these pieces into one for my final piece. Could the sphere help out?

Tutorial (3)

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Jonathan Kearney - June 18th - 9:30am - Skype

I’m anxious to post on the blog, there’s so much I want to say, but i’m finding it strange to formally put things into words. Jonathan & I contemplated the blog as a time capsule ~ speaking to myself in the future. 

My work currently jumps from medium to medium, tool to tool, but the same narrative wants to get told. Jonathan suggested thinking about how these mediums could visually come together ~ embracing the fragmentation?

Some things in progress; 

family interview questions, further research into the the theoretical mathematics of spheres (use C4D sphere object properties to experiment/simulate/tweak? the theories). 

Ink

I have most recently decided to take a few extra steps forward with tattooing. For the past year, I had been looking for apprenticeship opportunities all over the city - but none of them seemed to fall through. So I decided to teach myself. I purchased a rotary machine two months ago, and decided to tattoo myself to get a hang of things. After a really strange experience tattooing my own knee, I decided to give it a go on someone else. I had done a variety of research around maintaining a proper hygienic standard with the tools and space - I was ready. My drawings seemed to grab the attention of a few friends, and with that came an evolution of my own style - a more refined one, a visual language that works better in the form of a tattoo. I opened up an Instagram account, and started to exhibit my drawings and tattoos. 

It seems as though my work, as fragmented as it is in medium, chronology, and context, seems to always want to tell a story. As if each piece somehow pinpoints a moment in time in this little reality.  The sphere as a placeholder? A reminder that we are back in that reality?

With time, finding ways to remind myself of how to acquire tranquility  within a traumatized mind has become a passionate pursue of mine. The tattoos on my own body have symbolized those reminders, images that eventually translate into states - building somewhat of a relationship with these images on my body can be described as therapeutic. 

The sphere is that reminder in my works - a reminder to enter a mindset, a journey in an attempt to grasp the nature of Empathy. 

Can that process of migration into that realm, to recognize a symbol and  allow it to guide you through an inconsistent narrative, be in itself a practice of Empathy? 

Mid-Point Review (Comments)

“How do you envisage developing this narrative of reflection, what form might it take, what might it sweep with it? … The sphere is a place holder...” - Alexis

“ I felt that the chain of events in your narrative was somehow predictable and relatively logical. I would have liked to be more challenged as a viewer by your acknowledgement of the existence of a broad range of contradictory contextual perspectives.” - Pav

“I'd love to hear more about your train of thoughts behind of this sequence and how you put it together.” - Aristotle

“In some ways I feel a sense of separateness yet togetherness – loss yet comfort and sometimes anxiety yet a feeling of calm.” - Michelle

“When I first watched it, I struggled to understand what it is about, on the second watch I got much more from it. Are these meant to be separate works?” - Kelda

“Also like a dream I am struggling to remember specific parts of it” - Arthur

“Because I find how to know yourself is a crucial subject matter in your works, and a social account sometimes is way that people defines themselves nowadays. 'Mental landscape’, which refers to landscape as idea and concept, may also give you some inspiration.”- AxAsh

“I just always have to think of William Kentridge when I see your work.” - Friederike

“A snippet i remember from the 360 workshop is that when we are viewing 360video we are essentially trapped in a sphere. Im really curious to see how the format of the work unfolds moving forward towards presentation/exhibition.” - Matt

“have seen your individual works in blog before. I thought it’s cool but didn’t understand the meaning behind it. It’s very surprised that you put them together and it works. This narrative seems new and interesting but I think the visual parts are a little bit mess. The black and white part and 3D animations doesn’t seems match very well.” - Taiyo