And Then There Was The Word

23 Oct

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The process of developing a new artwork sometimes takes some surprising twists and turns. When I started working on my new commission for Sky Arts Art50, I thought I’d be doing visual motifs, but after humming and haahing for a while, and reading loads of research, I found myself writing on walls, all over the walls in the elysium studio I had throughout September. A few visuals popped up, but mostly the words kept flowing. I thought I’d develop imagery from the words, but it just wasn’t happening.


So then I started putting the words together. It took a while trying out different combinations but then I came up with a grouping which sounded pretty good when read aloud. But no visuals. Then I thought, “Why do I have to have visual motifs?”, and I did a bit more research, looking at artists like Bob and Roberta Smith, the printmaker Paul Peter Piech and Ghada Amer whose work incorporates text. So I started experimenting with these words.

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And I think I’m starting to get somewhere. But I wasn’t happy about the words just being … well … written. I know that sounds weird but I’m a visual artist and I see patterns in things, it’s what I do.


But you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see what’s occurring because I want to spend a bit more time working on my ideas ………






12 Responses to “And Then There Was The Word”

  1. Helen Cherry November 7, 2018 at 23:15 #

    so interesting Rosie. I’m working backwards to catch up!

    • Rosie Scribblah November 9, 2018 at 06:49 #

      Thanks Helen. It seems like it’s been going on forever 😀

  2. Deb Breton November 2, 2018 at 16:14 #

    I love this. I too love incorporating words into my work. What I love about this is that we can follow your stream of consciousness… Awesome work! ❤

  3. Sumayya Ali October 24, 2018 at 09:52 #

    I am not much of an artist. However I agree with you that, pattern is necessary.

  4. Emma Cownie October 24, 2018 at 08:31 #

    I like the words on their own a lot. They remind me of a medieval manuscript (maybe its the ink you are using too). Words on their own are powerful.

  5. carolg1849 October 24, 2018 at 08:09 #

    thanks for sharing Rosie, love reading about your process. Words and the shapes of letters fascinate me also, look forward to seeing the finished piece


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