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'Write what you know'

Having recently started an online History of Art course with MOMA, I have begun to dedicated the time to really look at Art, even Art I thought I knew, and I am starting to understand what it is that draws me to certain work.


I am noticing that the works that I feel most connected with are created based on thoughts and feelings that are incredibly individual, both physically and emotionally, to the artist’s that created them. Subjects that are seemingly obscure, and wildly specific become some of the most relatable. I am coming to the realisation that in Art, or Literature, or any other creative output the work that resonates with an audience, is the work that derives from a truly authentic place, no matter how intimate to personal circumstance. Andrew Wyeth's 'Christina's World' - 1948, is a beautiful representation of this. They always say, ‘write what you know’ and I am starting to understand the real meaning behind that.


Recently I have found a lot of solace in the place that I live. I am increasingly grateful for space I reside. Yes, the safety of the walls and brick that make up the space are beautiful in their own right, but shine more because of the intangible. I am surrounded by people with energy who motivate me to feel deeper and look further. Having autonomy over my own space is deeply integral to the way I conduct everyday life.


The Image here is comprised of a series of photographs that I have taken over the last few months. Light is my curiosity and by looking deeper in the place that I live I have observed moments of beauty, that were perhaps missed before. I enjoy that these are moments, they are fleeting and always changing.


The composition of this image was inspired by Bernd and Hilla Becher’s work. The couple are German born artists who began working together in the late 1950’s and later married. A great deal of the body of their work is black and white photographs arranged in a grid formation to display examples of a single type of industrial structure. Examples of their work can be found here: https://www.moma.org/collection/works/136060. I am interested with the way in which they play with scale, adjusting the composition of each photograph to prompt comparison between the architecture.



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