As mentioned briefly in my previous post, I've been accepted to an artist residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland!
With the end of my flat's lease in Manchester fast approaching, and faced with the prospect of a dull and probably anxiety-filled new year searching for a new place to live, I decided to look for something that would be a drastic change, to jolt me back to life after so many months of the same rotine.
I initially I thought about just packing my stuff and setting off to another country on the hunt for inspiration. However I'm a weird control freak and like to know what I've got coming up well in advance, usually so I can go over the event a million times in my head and plan every detail in advance. So the idea of an open-ended trip with no structure seemed like a bad one.. I think I came accross Nes in a google search for 'artist residency'. I'd heard the term before and wasn't sure what it actually meant, but a bit more research and I saw that Nes aimed to provide a space for artists to work on their own self-motivated projects, utilise the shared studio space to work on more abitious works, and integrate into a smal artist community - just what I was looking for.
Basically the premise of a residency is to live in a new and unusual environment, taking inspiration from the surroundings and working alongside other arty types. To explore your own practice and compile your own work rather than taking a course with a set curriculum. I think this kind of thing is what I really need right now - to be in a setting that's resrved for artists who want to explore their work. At the moment, where most of the people I know work in digital or financial sectors, I feel like I'm struggling for any sort of credibility, and more importantly, inspiration.
The thing that's always at the forefront of my mind when I think about this upcoming trip is the sky and the stars. I've never been anywhere remote, and I can't even imagine what the stars look like in a place with such little light pollution. I've always said that seeing the Milky Way is my biggest life goal. The Northern Lights are also in there somewhere, and I'm sure seeing them would be absolutely majical, but there's something about looking at the Milky Way and realising that you're looking out into our galaxy, and thinking about the vastness of the universe. If that's not the most mesmerizing concept then I don't know what is.
I think a lot of people forget that this planet isn't at the centre of the universe, they refuse to look beyond it and get bogged down by the rationalities and constrictions we've essentially imposed on ourselves. We think we've got everything figured out and we forget that the very universe in which we live is so inexplicably wonderous that even the most intelligent minds don't understand it.
I'd like to explore this sense of wonder whilst at Nes, and create work which makes people think about the universe outside of our planet. Now just to figure out how...