Archive Blog

IMG_0793On this page I hope to record some of the work that I am doing reflecting, re-interpreting and questioning my archive of 36 years practice as an artist and my life history. The image shows where the process is now with archived work in boxes, in plan chest draws and on shelves. The sorting process thus far and the beginings of scanning has included documentation of arts conferences from 1995. The task is at times overwhelming, where to start is allways an issue so just getting in there and doing it, overcoming the procrastination, perfection paralysis syndrome is not exclusive to one moment in time it is a continual barrier. As in life breaking through the barriers and creating new desire lines or pathways in the brain and thinking is a challenge. I hope to acheive the clutter clearing away and first create a cronological indexed body of work that can then be analysed and questioned to find ongoing or recurring themes and practices. I am overcoming what at timesI find tedious, pedestrian and tiring especially as I keep stoping to reflect on the most tedious of papers. Something of memory comes flooding through in the most unexpected of ways.

Website development

During the process of listing the biographical information of a life time career as an artist. A number of things come to mind both how much work has been produced that is hidden behind each listing and how long it will take to do this work justice as it is re presented, re interpreted and my own reflections on all of it. It seems a mammoth task to document all of it and a vast editorial endeavour as to what to leave out. The work is procedural and to date in chronological form I am hoping to create a single document at some stage that can then be word searched to reveal themes and the hidden revelations that may get uncovered. The new page can be found at Eventually each of these listed items will link to the visual documentation and texts that contextualize the work. I have at least 20 bulging 4″ ring bound files, 600 or so 35 mm slides, 3 bulging A3 and 2 bulging A1 portfolios, a large storage box full of photographs and 3 plan chest draws full of original work let alone the contents of the studio shed, home walls and surfaces. 36 years of work is hard to define to ‘Get my head around’ it is overwhelming at times

One response

24 10 2013
Jack Whitehead

I’m wondering if you will find a creative and productive relationship between reflecting, re-interpreting and questioning your archive of 36 years practice as an artist, with your life history, and your influences as Artist in Residence for 2013-2014 at the Carer’s Centre. I’m thinking of influences that can be connected to enhancing the flow of values that carry hope for the future of humanity.

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