As the second part of one of our Painting Performance sessions we had a guest performer from the Fine Art Masters course (CSAD), Rebecca Hammett, who was testing out her invention – a set of wooden bionic-type arm-like extensions with a brush attached to each end.
For about 10-15 minutes she was stood in front of the paper, moving her body up and down and sideways, letting the arms do the painting for her. It was actually quite interesting to observe her movements and actions, analyse her process and direction towards a final outcome. I was (and always have been, really) fascinated by the growth of a piece of artwork, in this case, from a single pair of marks, to a whirlpool of overlapping, chaotic strokes, a slow yet dynamic mixing experiment. I also got to thinking about taking it further, exploring colour in a completely new way… ideas like adding a single colour to one brush, or to another, or adding two, three, more colours, or even turning the combination into a sort of gradient experiment in which each brush has the same colour but with a different hue/tone/etc.
I find it really pleasing when an artwork (and of course the process of making one) inspires a focus in me, focus towards my own practice and developing my ideas. Also, it was really nice of Rebecca to let a few people try it out.