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Art and/as Process – Time

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Have you looked at time compressed into a stone, a million years in your hand? Would not our life seem but a blink of an eye to a mountain?

The passage of time can be looked upon in a wide range of ways. For the figures In Fluidity: Actual Entities & Occasions of Experience (FAEOE) time is caught at a moment in-between breaths. It is a fascinating moment one which I spent a long time mediating on after reading Osho’s ‘The Book of Secrets’ years ago. The book is a collection of meditational practices from around the world and “The space between breaths” is one of the simplest meditations that can be practiced everywhere; well not underwater. What I noticed about the moment between breaths is that it doesn’t really exist, not in a definite stop/start view. As we breathe in we begin to breathe out, and as we breathe out we begin to breathe in. It’s a beautiful, non-friction, fluid process whose contemplation changed things as mundane as a daily TTC commute for me…

     In FAEOE the figures can be thought of as entering and exiting a moment. All we have to work with is a ghostly outline hinted by the various colour shapes as they move in all directions on the sheet of paper. The shapes in themselves are an abstraction of the forces and elements, physical and ephemeral, with which we interact. The work is attempting to illustrate that we, like everything else, are in a constant and dynamic process of change, of becoming.

     This image of a fluid transition from one moment to the next, a continues becoming, started to form when I was reading about the philosophical construct of Actual Entities & Occasions of Experience as defined by Alfred North Whitehead. According to him, as far as I understand, is that each moment presents a new arrangement of matter. This occasion of experience constitutes the ‘reality’ of an actual entity, or a physical construct (rock, person, star…etc). This means that at each moment, that which makes up our physical reality is in a unique, one of a kind arrangement never to be repeated again. It’s not that something ‘is’ or things, people, etc. ‘are’ but rather that everything is always ‘becoming’.

     This is why I am drawn to the metaphor of a river which permanents all aspects of this body of work. It’s a visible moving force of perpetually changing content, yet it still has a place in space, a place that is paradoxically static in our minds. In other words, when thinking along these lines any moment presents an opportunity for discovery and change, where the concept of ‘I am’, ‘this is’ and ‘you are’ is no longer static.

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October 25, 2015

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October 24, 2015

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Research residency for “The Shape of Loss”
Biological Station Un poco del Chocó Ecuador, South America January 3rd - Febuary 3rd 2016 I will be conducting research into the loss of biodiversity as it relates to the development of my next body of work which will continue to work with Fluidity as an aesthetic combining sculpture-installation-watercolours.
October 10, 2015

I started the research this week for “The Shape of Loss” my next body of work due out in 1.5 years or so. My guiding …

Research residency for “The Shape of Loss”
Esperanza Verde conservation project in the Amazon Basin Peru, South America February 13th - March 12th 2016 Their website: http://esperanzaverdeperu.com/en/ I will be conducting research into the loss of biodiversity as it relates to the development of my next body of work. I will continue to work with Fluidity as an aesthetic combining sculpture-installation-watercolours.