Last thoughts in 2012 – The Mayan Word

I stumbled across this film about the Mayans’ ancient prophesy and was moved by it:  2012 – The Mayan Word.  Their prophesy is not so much to do with the end of the world, but the start of a new era from December 2012 on.  I like their view of time being cyclical.  The film contains some potent footage which must strike a chord within us all – despite our differing cultures and religions.  A plea for the ‘triumph of the human spirit over forces of darkness’… ‘we are digging our own graves…’ Recent ‘natural disasters are man-made’.. Autonomy rather than oppression.. ‘All join forces to regain our ancient wisdom’..  ‘Live a simpler life..’ ‘..unite’ as a ‘collective consciousness’ to ‘transform so that the positive prevails’… Time for a rebirth.

I made this piece at the start of this year, entitled ‘New Beginnings’.  This month I sold one of the eggs with tentacles to a good friend, who is painting a mammoth series about the Book of Revelation.   It certainly seems to be a critical time right now.  Time for some meaningful resolutions.  Along these lines, ideas of cycles, renewal and rebirth in my work are flourishing.  I hope to present these in a Solo ‘Love, Loss and Renewal’ in 2013.

Here’s to our New Era 🙂

SpoonFed 5

I had a go at SpoonFed 5 on Sunday evening.  Run by The Collect and held at Spike Island, Bristol, it’s a fantastic micro funding event, developed for practitioners and audiences as a platform for sharing ideas.  At £5 entry per person, a pot of money is collected for the winner.  After a delicious borsch soup, organic bread and pastries, a few of us shared our projects.  With only 3 minutes each to deliver our ideas, time is of the essence.  My proposal was for a sculptural installation ‘Love, Loss and Renewal’, which I’m hoping I can turn into reality next year.

The presentation was a challenge in itself.  I made a maquette as a visual aid and some small prototypes for people to handle whilst I explained the concept and how the funding would help.  The other artists’ ideas were great and it’s a shame we couldn’t all win!  The pot of cash went to The Parlour Showrooms for their Light Box series, a Bristol-based scheme, which I liked very much.

I plan to develop my idea further and am looking into various options as venues, mainly in the South West.  Meanwhile, I have plenty of other projects coming up in the New Year, so must get making!



Hip Hawker Kiosk

Over the weekend I was kept busy at a collaborative artist workshop organised by Somerset Art Works, entitled Hip Hawker Kiosk.  International artists Lisa Cheung and Sammy Delgado Escobar worked alongside a few Somerset-based artists being creative with found and recycled materials.  The challenge was to design and build an inventive, mobile, expandable kiosk, Hip Hawker, to ingeniously exhibit the range of creations collectively produced during a collaborative art project, Café Konvertible, completed last year.

It was so good to work with others on a joint project, sparking off ideas together, sharing and exploring other skills with mixed media and making something a bit different for Taunton library visitors – on show 11-29 December. I was very pleased that we managed to utilise a couple of old, broken umbrellas I took in.  The work illustrates just how creative one can be with ordinary, everyday objects. See full Hip Hawker album and images below: