Experiment Two – dropping ink

This second experiment involved using the force of gravity to produce marks by dropping ink from a height and following through with spraying and blowing. Again, it was a playful way of making marks using natural forces which were out of human control and therefore the results were unpredictable. In this experiment, I also explored… Continue reading Experiment Two – dropping ink

What do you see?

We all look at the world differently. We see with our personal experience and knowledge and what we perceive something to be is a fusion between what we see and what we know. Flexible though our eyes may be, they can only digest one visible field at one given time. They scan over a wide… Continue reading What do you see?

Objects of imagining

Looking at surfaces, marks on walls, water, the sky and searching for images within them is nothing new. I recall looking for recognisable shapes in wallpaper or the clouds from a very young age. Richard Wollheim (1980, p. 205) in his essays on Art and its objects, refers to ‘representational seeing,’ and talks about seeing… Continue reading Objects of imagining

Co-creating

I realise that my playfulness, creative process and the art I produce have similar threads to Dada and I can relate to the ‘readymades’ Marcel Duchamp and his peers brought into the art arena. Whether it is a security alarm, empty rope holder, mechanism on a sewing machine, basket-ball net, door lock or tin-opener, I… Continue reading Co-creating

The Golden Ticket

Charlie picked it up and tore off the wrapper …and suddenly …from underneath the wrapper …there came a brilliant flash of gold. Charlie’s heart stood still.  “It’s a Golden Ticket!” screamed the shopkeeper, leaping about a foot in the air. “You’ve got a Golden Ticket! You’ve found the last Golden Ticket!” I personally believe that… Continue reading The Golden Ticket

Light bulb moments

We all need those light bulb or Eureka moments. In Greek, Eureka literally means ‘I have found it,’ and was famously shouted by Archimedes in his bathtub, when he discovered the core principle of buoyancy. In 1666, the sight of an apple falling to the ground at his family’s estate in Lincolnshire, inspired Cambridge University… Continue reading Light bulb moments

Entering the play-world

As I begin to embrace playfulness and attempt to recapture a childlike sense of wonder, I do recognise that humour is a key part of my playfulness. There is a teasing element to what I do as I play with words and objects, changing them or taking them out of context to give them status… Continue reading Entering the play-world

Living Playfully

I have been thinking about what I do and why I do it. For me, playfulness is a way of living. It is not the same as play, which is generally considered an activity and has an end, or as the 20th century philosopher Johan Huizinga in his 1949 infamous book, ‘Homo Ludens: A Study of… Continue reading Living Playfully