The Voyeur (Ephemeral Memories)

So, this is a post all about the idea for the final piece of work for my ephemeral practices module.

What am i doing?

Well i will be leaving a series of manipulated photographs in various environments, exposed to various elements and documenting, through photography, what happens to them and finally collating them into an artist’s book.

What do you think of that?

I will go into it more at a later date when assessments are over and i have time to finally chill out, and i will post all my results (haha results makes me feel like a scientist… i’m an artist playing science!)!

For now, have a few photo manipulations to ponder over :)

No.005 (Change) (1)

No.009 (Building Blocks) (1)

No.001 (Lovecakes) (1)

No.003 (In The Town) (1)

No.007 (Lost) (1)

Be excited for the posts to come!

 

*update* thought i would share my statement for this work with you… would be awesome if you could comment and lemme know what you think of it…?!

I love the idea of an ephemeral process that leaves a permanent residue, be that a physical one or purely within the mind. This piece is a conjurer of both.

The process in itself was purely for me, as the artist. Although documented; it will never be truly experienced the same way as I did by my audience.

This piece is three-fold in its ephemerality. Firstly the photographs themselves: they are the permanent residue of ephemeral moments, or in simpler terms: life. Secondly the process of altering the photographs using ink pens: the act of altering or manipulating any object is purely proof of its vulnerability to life. Lastly the process in which I left the photographs exposed in various surroundings to a multitude of flowing elements: further expressing the defencelessness that the photos possess.

As well as these three elements I documented my process through use of photography, and have compiled my findings into an artist’s book. The book itself is a lasting, physical object that reflects the ephemeral process.

 

The modifications of my photographs were inspired by the work of Anna Barriball, who uses splatters of ink to reform the appearance of black and white photography.

The process of leaving the photographs exhibited in the world was influenced by the book “Playful Type: Ephemeral Lettering and Illustrative Fonts” which featured the work of various artists, but the ones that drew me in where those who had left their work out in natural life situations. As soon as I saw those photos I was hit with an urge to know more about what had happened once the type was placed in the environments and I knew then I wanted to watch what would happen to my own photos. This laying bare of artworks in the spectrum of the world also delves its roots into artists like Andy Goldsworthy, Christo and Jeanne-Claude and many others who follow in their footsteps.

 

This is a process I want to repeat, it was immensely enjoyable. I can see myself from time to time picking a photograph out of my box of memories, which is tucked away under my bed, getting my fineliner out, doodling away, wandering out to a random location and sitting observing what happens to my photograph.

The title for this piece is obvious. It is not only the photographs that possess vulnerability but I do as well. As the artist, watching what wondrous things happen to the work I have added parts of myself into is a strewn array of emotions. I took on the role of voyeur, a role I never thought of myself being, but in truth it happens in life more often than we consider. I don’t think of myself as voyeuristic but I do love to watch people, I like seeing as things unfold. In this case I relished being the voyeur.

 

We are all ephemeral voyeurs.

 

What do you think?

 

Chloe out.

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