CONSEQUENTIAL - About the Project
Four years ago I initiated a project to create thirty paintings in one month, using landscape photography as a creative stimulus. Its influence was profoundly rooted in my own personal journey and recent emigration. Through the requested participation of others I uncovered universal feelings of nostalgia, love and loss, and a sense of belonging and identity through photographs of familiar places, journeys and visits abroad.
The self imposed boundaries that the project dictated focused my working practice, and the time constraints opened up my creative style allowing me to explore, through painting, my own feeling of geographical displacement. I repeated the process annually, each time the work adapting alongside my development as an artist. The third year marked a distinct change in my artistic direction, as I began working with collage and found materials. This allowed me to explore a greater abstraction of content, transporting the work into a metaphorical field, one that is no longer restricted to the authorship of the photograph and my artistic experience alone. Coincidentally, the fourth year of the project - presented in this exhibition - was unexpectedly promoted through the social media network Ello.co, widening the audience to over 159.8k, and denoted that, for the first time, most of the photographs belonged to strangers. This further detachment signifies yet another evolution of the project, that runs concurrently to my own journey and working practice as an artist.
'Consequential' presents daily work from September 2017, involving photographic participation from across the globe, including UK, USA, Japan, India, Spain, Poland, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, Myanmar, Africa, and Brazil. Thanks to Ello.co for their promotion of the project.
3rd Feb - 28th 2018, Harbour Lights Picturehouse Ocean Village, Maritime Walk, Southampton SO14 3TL, UK
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