NOTES FROM THE STUDIO

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  • FAC RESIDENCY: STUDIO SUMMARY

    FAC RESIDENCY: STUDIO SUMMARY

    Fremantle Arts Centre Residency - notes from the studio continued.

    The following post is a continued summary of the ideas I developed during my residency with Fremantle Arts Centre between January 18th and February 8th 2015. Since Completing this my residency with FAC I have relocated to my new home in Melbourne, Australia, hence the short period of radio silence.

    The days following my last post saw the production of more 'Autonomy of Peripheral Clocks' and 'Circadian Concerto' sketches (a selection of which are below).

    From my 'Autonomy of Peripheral Clocks' and 'Forced Desynchrony' sketches I develop several gouache studies inspired by the internal organs which harbour the potential for autonomous time zones. I focus specifically on organs which have been referenced in the scientific literature on circadian desynchrony (such as the liver and heart) as well as organs that revealed themselves to be most 'vocal' in my own physical experience of desynchrony (such as the brain, digestive system and bladder).

    I trial colour pallets, compositions and technical methods of paint application. Over the following days I continue to explore how manipulations of media and representations of subject matter can combine to produce a visual equivalent for the bodily sensations of phenomena I wish to communicate in my work.

    As I work with different techniques I return to a more linear 'drawing style' of painting, combining paints in a manner which causes them to blend and separate out at different points along a line (see below). I enjoy the simple, physical and literal description of synchrony/desynchrony that is achieved through this process.

    Over the next couple of days I return to the idea of layering and combining different visual languages as a significant visual device for this body of work. I return to several earlier studies to build layered compositions.

    As part of my investigations into visualising desynchrony I have become interested melatonin as a subject and object. Melatonin plays a significant role in the maintenance of a healthy circadian rhythm, increasing in the brain during the evening and night with darkness and promoting somnolence then decreasing in the early morning as the body wakes, allowing (in combination with an increasing cortisol at this time) the return of cognitive alertness for the day.

    The production and inhibition of melatonin is very strongly controlled to the body's relationship to light exposure and darkness and can easily become desynchronised during abnormal sleep wake routines and light/dark cycles. I make some studies exploring the ways I might begin to visualise the event of desynchronous melatonin production and it's effect on the brain and over all bodily experience (see below).

    Walking into my studio on one of my last days I see all my gouache studies laid out beside one another and I realise what I have is a collection of disparate entities, a piece by piece catalogue of different body parts and perspectives on individual sensations.

    I take some time to hang them on the studio wall and study the effect of displaying these works together where the eye can take them all in as a single body or narrative on the body.

    As my work progresses want to address more of the abstract but vital sensations associated with circadian desynchrony, such as temperature change, thirst, stress and alertness and more extensive investigations into how the body responds to visually restricted environments.

    The work I have made and ideas I have trialed during this residency with FAC have opened the door to new ways of approaching one small area of interest that has come as a result of my work in Finland with the Finnish Bioart Society.

    I hope to be posting many more advances and creations over the course of 2015 and beyond.