Thanks to everyone who came to see us, it was great!
We also held a Body Swap event on Monday 29th February. All three of us swapped artistic roles for the day, and followed instructions given to us by one another, regarding our normal routines for making art. I was Elizabeth Nast, Elizabeth was Rachel Johns, and Rachel was me! Throughout the day we tweeted and Instagrammed our experiences using #momentsbowery
As well as being a really fun thing to try out, it gave us a greater appreciation of each others’ work and techniques. It was a challenge to force one’s self into a different way of working and the results were interesting.
We all spoke of the fear we each had had prior to the experiment, that the other ‘imposter’ artist might be better at making our work than ourselves! But ultimately, we found that there are very personal decisions taking place when an artist decides how to work. You can try and pretend to be someone, but if the work is not true to what you value and what you want to express, then it isn’t really a true statement of your intent, and perhaps that is what makes a ‘real’ piece of art, after all.
With regards to the theme of the exhibition, Moments – we all three are connected in the way that we have used fleeting experiences and attempted to solidify them in artworks.
Elizabeth takes candid street photos of members of the public doing ordinary things, and turns them into exquisite watercolour paintings in fantastic, ornate gilt frames. She shows us that we ought to appreciate the seemingly banal events that make us part of the human race.
Rachel has painted incredibly expressive ink drawings that reflect her inner emotions at specific times on a calendar. These feelings pass and then become something else, but the drawing remains as a marker from that time.
I am exhibiting six paintings; three of which express the romantic melancholy and intimacy of a young (goth/punk/new wave) woman’s bedroom, and three contrasting works, that look at the excitement and sweaty euphoria of a rave. These experiences of being young and being consumed by music are common to many of us, and can shape how we grow as adults, causing us to look back with nostalgia and idealism for our youth.
Moments continues at the Bowery until May 13th 2016.