This project explores the relationship between objects, such as the one I, as an object, have with a painting and that this painting, as an object, has on other objects.
My work process is about establishing the connection between objects and investigating what happens as the result of this connection. For the purpose of this project I ask the viewer to read all items made as ‘objects’. A primary aim of the project was to translate imagery derived from my paintings into a digital format that was suitable to be printed onto other surfaces. It soon became apparent that this would involve establishing collaborations to enable an art/design connection.
The material outcomes of the project consist of a range of objects triggered by, based on and viewed with, my paintings. Thus this project ranges across the fields of art and design as an investigation of the change and movement of processes, objects and ideas that occur between these fields.
The relationship between maker and object is underpinned by reference to the writings of Barbara Bolt, Martin Heidegger, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, as well as curators such as Grace Cochrane and Brian Parkes. I also refer to artists such as Marc Newson, Sonia Delaunay and Takashi Murakami who all use a process of simultaneous design, share an emphasis on handmade while embracing new technologies, as well as blurring the lines between art, design and life.
Authorised by the Head of School, Tasmanian College of the Arts
24 October, 2012