Over the last couple of days I have been sleeping with my blinds up and the window slightly ajar, to let a breeze in on these hotter Summer nights. As a result morning light has been streaming into my bedroom in the early hours, waking me from sleep naturally with beams of sunlight drawn across the walls. Distorted by the curves of my window-sill plants and falling into the crevices of an open wardrobe door, I have enjoyed watching these shapes and shadows warp in a state of constant flux as the sun decides on its position in the sky.
After seeing this light dance across the furniture in my room my eyes have been on the hunt for more examples of light in flux, at all times of day. I have been taking photographs as and when I spot a fleeting moment of light and dark that speaks to me. Chasing the shadows, chasing the light. I posted a couple mindlessly on my Instagram feed, before deciding that I should attempt to find a way to incorporate them into my work.
Putting a greater emphasis on photography and alternative imagery-making methods has been something I have wanted to include in my practice for a long time. However, the medium of photography has never really 'clicked' with the work I was making.
Now that has changed, with my interest in mapping fleeting moments of time and my newest obsession with capturing split seconds of light and dark through photography. I have been photographing those split seconds of light I see and as a result, I have essentially been mapping my daily experiences through snippets of light.
After my research many months ago into the work of Ian McKeever and discovering his 'Diptych' collection I have been wanting to make a series of diptychs myself; incorporating paint, various other mediums I enjoy using and photography. This seemed the perfect opportunity to follow my interest in making this series.
Revisiting an old, much loved technique, I have been making acetone prints from these new photographs. These acetone prints will be presented alongside an expressive response, in a diptych, to the original photographs. These fleeting moments of time, these fleeting memories...
Captured simply through the lens of an iPhone.
Preserved through acetone, re-recording and printing the image onto art paper.
Mapped in retrospect, with a mixed media response.
This mixed media could range from collage to yellow spray paint, recording shapes from the original image that stood out to me or parts of the negative from the acetone print that I enjoy. The happy accidents. These diptychs will work by informing the other element with information, visual materials and references. Like a conversation between mediums on a reflection of a singular moment in time.