My artwork is, thankfully, coming along nicely. I’ve created the image I’m going to use as a map and am currently getting it printed onto a canvas. All the ‘walking track’ photographs have been taken and I’m in the process of editing those images and transferring them into black and white. I’ve recorded my soundscape and it sounds awesome and bush walk-y. Fantastic? Fantastic.
I’m content with my idea and I think I can see the repetition and inspiration throughout it’s entirety. But, after speaking with Mat, I’m realising that I haven’t firmly figured out what my artwork is really about. I’m a week out and I’m still unsure about what the purpose of the work is.
I don’t want it to look like and infographic and I want it to say something of significance, so I think the way I lay the work out is going to be a key factor here. The use of black and white images, like Long’s work, adds a timeless, mysterious quality to the work which I think might be significant. Who knows how long these tracks have been around, serving the feet of bushwalkers for generations. Unlike Long’s work we don’t know when or how or why they were made, and I think this mystery is significant when making commentary on nature.
Somebody who really got this representation of nature as unknowable was Lars Hertervig. His works have inspired me because they are timeless and I love the idea of “stumbling upon” something hidden and dark in nature. The colouring in his paintings is also similar to my tone and I think, with the correct display, I too could reflect the idea of nature hiding something more sinister in it’s repetition.
Perhaps I could talk about how it’s impossible, by sight, to pick out the locations of each of these walking tracks individually, and how anything could happen on any of these walking tracks. If there was no map, people would have no idea what is happening or where.
Perhaps I could position myself as a crazy detective, locating the spots of these sinister walking tracks on a hand crafted, dedicated map?
By using fairly ‘vintage’ tools – such as string, push-pins, printed paper and black & white imagery, I can reflect the timeless nature of the ‘mystery’ of the walking trails. My artwork could be from this year, or it could be from the serial killer super era of years gone by.
This is all really flouncy, but I love the way it’s headed. I’m off to build a ‘crazy detective wall’!