All posts tagged: Art

SYFU Newspaper

My second publication feature (with sorryyoufeeluncomfortable) is out- and has been for quite some time. Myself and Zarina Muhammad have a conversation in connection with our pieces created for the James Baldwin Project in the summer of last year. We also deliberate forms of representation, identity politics and Artist dispositions. You can buy it here!       Advertisements

Kimathi Donkor Continued…

As part of my universities Artist Lecture Series Kimathi Donkor was invited in to speak of his practice and journey as an Artist from 2004-2013. Having followed Donkor’s work for a number of years, I was curious about the transition of the communication of his practice from Peckham Space in 2013 to Middlesex University in 2015. Nevertheless, I continue to be absorbed in his concepts and his distinctive way of addressing deep-rooted discourses with the apparatus of paint. Being within the lecture theatre and listening to his presentation was remarkably familiar to me. It felt as though I was re-reading a book- and when you do so, it is understood on a deeper level. I now have a richer knowledge on the historical references and the paramount component of ‘appropriation’ appears clearer. I asked Donkor about the challenges of being a painter and spoke of the time, labour and artistic stamina that is imminent within this type of practice. He responded with “The labour is your decision…”. Sometimes something incredibly obvious is staring you in …

Dear Alicia,

Dear Alicia, How can you fathom 2014? Like any other year you have learned, grown and awoken. But something is different. Something has changed and left you with the innermost feeling of magic. You have met the most incredible people this year, some of which you have described as “Fine Art”-due to their energy, depth and vibrancy. As always, timing is everything- and you have learned that more than ever this year. Everything has come together; in an ethereal way. You’ve made leaps with understanding your practice and that has manifested into insightful responses. Which, of course has become cyclical. What was once frustration has come to light. You realise that you want need to create more. Art has become your sustenance; your everything. With the shining presence of Dayo, you’ve realised that infinite stamina is needed. This is your lifeline. You now understand that your purpose in life is to learn and share. Though of course you have attributes to work on. You are working on practising compassion and minimalism. You are trying to …

Home?

Too often after travelling, I find myself at a lost for words of how to express my feelings of being away. The notion of actually being away- physically, mentally and perhaps emotionally too. I had a conversation with my incredible friend Dayo about the dialogues surrounding home. I realised that I feel most comfortable in the sky; travelling. Whereever or whatever I make my home, it will translate. Because ‘Home’ to me has become a sensibility, a feeling- an insight. What life has taught me about being removed from my social constructs, is that the world is a learning space. My ventures are still incomplete. I suppose, in a way this is a “note to self” to keep that fire, that drive to return home. The wanderlust, I hope, will never cease.  

I have to trust my Artist Heart

I’m letting you in to my world. I had to work through discomfort, through the pressure of time and realised that it only ever exists in your mind. There’s nothing like completing something that you’ve put everything in to. Don’t let anybody, even yourself tell you that you can’t- because if you say you can; you will.

Sorry you feel uncomfortable

There are times when I have so many ideas, so much work and not enough confidence. I’m trying. As you all have been questioning- the reclusive bubble is still there; always there. The only way I can pop it (I’ve realised) is to do ‘things’. Therefore, I’m doing a lot of things. I stepped out of my comfort zone and decided to be a part of a collective for Rivington Place (The gallery that I’m so passionate about). This has proved to be one of the most enriching, challenging and educational experiences yet. Though I’m still in the middle of my paintings I wanted to share the exhibition on Friday 22nd August 2014. The collective is called SORRYYOUFEELUNCOMFORTABLE. Though I wasn’t there for the name choice, it speaks to me and my works on an array of levels. It fits, as most of the time I am the one who feels uncomfortable. As for writing- I have been to exhibitions, experienced it, felt it but just haven’t typed it. Sometimes I feel like thats exactly …

Art-To Share, or To Keep?

I have always found it difficult to share. (As many of you guys know) It is not an easy thing to do. I have consistently thought to myself, as an Artist how much do you ‘keep’ and how much do you share? There is always sense of openess when being a part of the big, and sometimes bad Art world. There is so much that you can learn by exchanging thought processes and projects on your journey. But once those are shared, you begin to feel exposed; bare. Or perhaps you believe the work is original and secrecy is the best way forward. Truth is, nothing is totally authentic and something always derives from somewhere. This year I had to let go of that protective nature and share my work. It has been a long time coming, however, right now is the right time. Hopefully this gives you a deeper insight in to my goals and finally you can put a face to a name. As always thank you for your support! Click here for …