My work and research has wound its way back to mining. But it’s sort of connected into a broader theme of contemporary artists’ and wider culture’s current obsession with archeology.
I’m roughly 6 weeks into my MFA at Baltic 39. I’m really appreciative of the opening up of my practice again. I had carried out all those years in socially-engaged art, completely immersed. Now, I’m in the process of digging myself back up for inspection. The hope is to find inspiration for future practice, including within the field of education.
So, through the encouragement of the tutors at Northumbria, I am embarking on a phase of practical research, exploring the archive I have of the period 2004-2020. David Campbell mentioned the word ‘cartography’ - how will I map these years, what features will I highlight? What agenda do I have in carrying out this activity, what purpose? Some big decisions, as it relates to working with hundreds of people.
Pursuing an understanding of what we need to exist in the world: how do we connect with others (and the wider world and its objects), what is our language.