The shelf crash (Dec 31st) offered up the perfect opportunity for a bit of a clear out. I had forgotten how good that can feel. So: determined not to let this motivation drown under the nuclear reactor of the ‘To Do’ list – and coupled with the need for a clean sheet and mind before embarking on a period of intense thinking – I feel full of resolve. Many of us feel compelled to do this. I think it is an essential requirement for focus ‐ a kind of ‘revving up’ to the main event. Both an erasing of ‘baggage’ and an almost meditative process that provides an interval between the last period of work and the next one. And I also think its perilously close to the very slippery slope of serious displacement activity. I mean, just how clean do those light bulbs need to be? Here, a photo of my studio wall still full of 2005. Michael Brennand-Wood, in his essay in the accompanying book, talks of the studio as a 3D sketchbook of ideas. I had never thought of it as this before. But it is true, I do like to think in this open wall way. I need to see the relationship of things together and move pieces around constantly, making connections. Sometimes objects remain for years because one way or another they continue to ‘feed’ my thinking. Others are up and down in a flash. This particular wall holds, amongst other things, bits of ideas, woven samples, notes for this blog and a couple of large composite photos which if we can manage it will appear magnificently in one of the earlier postings (Sept 05). I’ll try to remember to take photos over the next months as it evolves.
Artists in Residence at the V&A
With an exciting and ever-changing programme of artists and designers, there’s never a dull moment in our residency studios. We will give you an exclusive look into what it’s like to be in residence at the world’s greatest museum of art and design.
We have a thriving and exciting programme of artists in residence here at the Museum, with at least two practitioners inhabiting our studios at any given time.
Here we show the process of being an artist or designer in residence here at the V&A, with behind-the-scenes insights and stories from Residency Co-ordinator, Laura Southall, and the artists themselves.