- I initially felt some stress when I had my first proper session with the module leader about what this module was about. I realised I was led down the garden path a little and felt the pull to change what I was going to focus on. In the end, I chose to abandon the ink making idea – I hadn’t been enjoying the process and it didn’t feel very meaningful to me in the end. It would be a good practical skill to learn (so would like to readdress later on down the line), but didn’t really support me in exploring what geopoetics could look like in practice.
- I realised I needed to reassess and reflect on what it was I was actually interested in. In my sketchbook, I’ve written: ‘I want to see what Geopoetics looks like in my own creative practice. I want to work out my own avenues of ethical embodied practice. I want to see what interventions I can do, what collaborations I can instigate, what creative practices in nature are meaningful to me.’ I felt as if I was stuck in a ‘fog’, not quite seeing the thing that was right in front of me.
- Our tutor introduced us to this idea of sequencing, which REALLY helped me understand how to identify potential minor projects in response to the research I did. This is a methodology for practice that I will absolutely be utilising again.
- The area that most excited me was around ecological interventions, or human:non-human creative collaborations – which for me (thinking ‘drawing’ here!) can be divided into ‘additive’ and ‘subtractive’ processes… adding to nature (e.g. leaving artwork out to season, seedbombing) or subtracting from nature or materials (e.g. foraging, sun bleaching). There’s also something about balance in these actions that feel important… Giving as well as taking. Harnessing, not extracting. A dialogue between species. Exploring but not disrupting the existing equilibrium of nature.
- Not ‘fiddling whilst Rome burns’ is vital – why simply raise awareness to a situation with a pretty picture when you can directly do something to counteract the damage? This investigation allows me to explore methods of direct action at the same time as exploring inter-species collaboration, balance and the effects of natural cycles.
- Line is important to me, as is drawing, but for this major project I realise I need to not bog myself down with whether something is drawing or not. Just do.
- I felt stuck (and in turn got really stressed) for a week or so about how to practically investigate these things (trapped in the cerebral), but I found it REALLY helpful to just chat with our tutor and the rest of the group about ways to tap into these themes. I need to remember that conversations really are the answer to everything.
This feels much more meaningful, exciting and conceptually deeper than the ink making ever was. I’m excited for this next stage!