Endure the moment

On my recent trip to China I collected images for my current art project which examines issues of personal reality, space and emotions.  As I explored some of the back streets in Shanghai I became a witness to the power of progress, destruction and human endurance, all of which evoked a range of emotions.  While in Shanghai I was lucky enough to visit the MARC RIBOUD exhibition : THE INSTINCTIVE MOMENT, A Retrospective in China, at the Shanghai Art Museum.  The works on show inspired me to focus closer on the moment and the emotions that can be found within that reality.

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” Marc Riboud

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The great knockers of Lyon

In 2006 we went to Lyon, the second-largest city in France, to visit the International School of Lyon. I fell in love with the city instantly; the rivers, the architecture and of course the food and wine. Thanks to our wonderful host Mandy, who showed us the sites, we gained a unique local insight into the city. One of my favourite features of the old town was the door knockers. They continued to fulfil their day to day function and yet embodied the passing of time. I found beauty in the peeling paint, the worn wood and repeated restorations of these witnesses to the city’s life.

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The real thing

According to Duchamp the artist  … “does not really know what he is doing or why he is doing it. It is the spectator who, through a kind of “inner osmosis,” deciphers and interprets the work’s inner qualifications, relates them to the external world, and thus completes the creative cycle.” 1

The final work is thus created by the viewer who uses his/her analysis, perception and visual memory to creates the final narrative and meaning of the work. In this way the viewer becomes a witness to his/her own perceived reality.

1 NY Arts Magazine, Vol.6, No.12, December 2001 <http://www.nyartsmagazine.com/60/ethics.htm>

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