Following on from the piece I presented at the first interim.

PERHAPS
http://mafazine.myblog.arts.ac.uk/2018/01/20/perhaps-from-the-nature-of-reality-series/

Evolved by the suggestion to remove text from the pieces and the apparent scrutiny of the unfathomable.

Using the idea of light to represent a hopeful optimistic consciousness, a path of light over and through the degraded wood and other discarded pieces representing post industrial nihilism. Symbolic of the move away from ultra-materialism to a more balance existence and transcendent.

A good experiment but I personally feel they are too minimal, they represent only part of what I am trying to convey. The works are left ambiguous and far too open to interpretation and for the most part pretentious. I also feel they fall too much on the towards the industrial, monotone and authoritarian. They are very serious looking pieces, they remove the personal, the artist’s mark and leave no real room for play/fun. They are akin with Brutalism which became popular with the governmental and institutional, which perhaps is a reflection of the situation I find myself in at school, having to quantify all aspects of my work without any room for the subjective, the unexplainable or the ‘unreal’ which I believe to be a hang up from post-modern thinking.

Although creating and looking at them I have learnt why I like to paint as its a direct connection and creation from the artist towards a piece. Perhaps there is a middle ground to play with. The attempt was to jump the fence, but I think I’ve just got stuck on one side.

Blair Zaye