gerhard_richter-paintingIt is interesting how James Aldridge analyses the development of his art making as he started from abstract/gestural work moving to more detailed (eg the Tate work). The process has an important contribution to his final work. His reference to the use of simple things, like raindrops, takes me back to my work where my starting point is something very common and simple as the almond. The use of smoke in his Black Sun work as the element that links and strengthens his image is worth noticing.  He encourages the artists to view their  contemporaries’ work and also to observe what happens around them (not necessarily art related).

Similarly, Langlands & Bell aim in making art that is related to people, that people can see through their work the current scene. Although they have dealt with the reality of war zones, they note that they do not dismiss the exploration of more “relaxed”subject matters, as their aim is to create something interesting for the viewer.

Christiane Baumgartner is exploring the time/ real time. This takes me to the book by Franco Cassano, Southern Thought, who analyses time as experienced by southern and northern people: he argues that southern living happens in real time, western people see this as slow time. Several other ideas are related to this, such as globalisation, who is the standard setter, should there be any distinction between people etc.

(Photo: Gerhard Richter painting  (referenced by Christiane Baumgartner), http://www.srf.ch/sendungen/sternstunde-kunst/gerhard-richter-painting (accessed 25/09/2016))

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In my previous solo show I used the land as the medium. Most of the works were made of materials that had been eroded by land, either in a natural way or through the process of immersion in the land. During this process I have collected a few almonds that have fallen off the trees. I found this photo quite interesting and because I could not think of a way to include it in that show I kept it aside. I am returning to this photo as my starting point for the next series of work. Having the almond as the reference, my intention is to explore the idea of regeneration, of rituals and symbolism that are connected to the almonds. Almonds have been cultivated in Cyprus since the ancient times, in this respect almonds can be considered as time line reference. A link that I also wish to make is with the shipwreck that was found near Kyrenia, Cyprus in 1967 (estimated to have sank in 300BC), which carried containers with almonds, some of which are on display at the local museum.