Responding to a live research brief on location

 

Artist in Residence

 

Timespan Museum

 

Scotland

 

May-July 2013

 

Residencies

 

Pros:

  • Aim to give artists time to focus and develop their practice
  • Offer space for personal creative exploration and experimentation
  • Raise artists profile
  • Career development

Cons:

  • Sponsors and programmers providing them tend to expect something in return for pricing artists with fees and also studio space, accommodation and a production budget.
  • Interface with the public in some form or another is an inherent part of many residencies.
  • Can have very strict deadlines

 

Artist in Residence

 

Residencies can be self-funded

 

About her work

 

  • Homes
  • Invasive TVs
  • ‘Semi Detached’
  • Belonging
  • ‘Realm’ (2009-2013)
    • Double Exposure – layering of reality
    • A lot of
    • ‘Realm XI (Shapeshifter)
    • Photographing areas suspected of having supernatural happenings.
    • Derelict areas
    • ‘Sites of myth’
    • Involved solo show and funded residency in May 2013

 

Translocation Residency

 

  • Linked to ‘Clearances’ (farmers evicted from land because could make more money by sheep farming on the land around 200 years ago)
  • Given a loose brief
  • Funding (artist fee and materials budget) and accommodation (live/ work space)
  • Aim of project is to produce work in relation to Timespans Translocation Excavation Project.
  • No photographic evidence of how people lived back them (1813)
  • The stories of what happened have become more like whispered
  • Objectives
    • 2 month residency in Helmsdale
    • Become part of the excavation team
    • Themes
      • Notions of home
      • Kildonan clearances
      • Before the excavation
        • Tranquil highland valley
        • Just visible ruins of longhouses
        • In 1813 before it was a thriving settlement
        • Dig began two weeks into residency
        • Time to research
        • Longhouse excavation at Caen, Strath of Kildonan
        • Looking into what was discovered and examining/ discussing it helped create narrative of evictions
        • Thoughts on art and archeology
          • Archeology: Shadows in a mud – archeologists use poetic term to describe how different types (colours) of mud can reveal different types of architectural or domestic features.
          • Carolyn interpreted this term as being the shadows of the people who used to live here
          • In a way, documenting the derelict houses was like what archeologists do with excavations
          • The way the archeologists photographed there process was slow and incredibly scientific (measuring and documenting everything)
          • Archeological plans: use drawings to document as photographs can cause distortions with the lens
          • Cyanotypes
            • Using two chemicals on paper to make it sensitive to UV light
            • Then place objects over the top to create beautiful images
            • Can be done outside
            • She used the local stream on site to wash the paper
            • Photographs of the descendants among the excavation
            • Make practice of using human forms for reference: had a possible relative to the ancestors standing around the longhouse
            • Image within an image practice: photograph of descendants fireplace printed then re-photographed at the excavation site near where they found the hearth

 

Had assistants working with her from university of Hertfordshire

They had there travel and accommodation paid for

 

Community events helped develop project

 

Key themes

  • ‘If these stones could talk’
  • Diaspora (dispersion or spread of any people from their original homeland)

Prototype: ‘Diaspora Stone’ Using Matte Medium Transfer (Not a very professional finish)

Prototype: ‘Diaspora Stone’ Using Liquid Emulsion (LOOK THIS UP: SOUNDS AWESOME) Silverprint.co.uk – SE1 Brand

The Stones ended up being displayed in the museum next to the excavation finds

 

Translocation Residency Archive

  • Drawers
  • Wanted to keep things together
  • Look like specimens
  • ‘Sun print fabric’ (look it up)

 

Summary

  • There were challenges of being in such a remote area
  • Intensive seven week period of personal development and research
  • Collaboration with experts in other fields
  • Broad brief but related to practice
  • Inspiration of learning about new disciplines
  • Pushed myself out of usual practices

Questions and Answers

 

  • What first inspired you to start looking at ‘homes’/ derelict areas?
  • Do you already have plans for a new project?
  • Did you have a lot of freedom with the brief?
  • How did the local community respond to the work? Did they enjoy it?

 

Making a proposal

  • Good practice
  • Makes you think about where you are with your practice
  • Even if you don’t get the submission, it helps move your work forward
  • See gaps in experience
  • Usually about 500 words
  • I want to be a teacher, but this is still a good practice idea.

 

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