I thought it would be a good time to update you about the exhibition. As an artist it can be a difficult time as you spend so long with the works, they seem to fill your mind constantly. Hopefully their creation and meaning will make perfect sense. However, there is always a risk involved, as there is no guarantee that all of that meaning will translate to your audience. I have learnt that this is actually a very special time. The works are no longer part of me, they hang in isolation from me and, as such invite comment and discussion, take on new meanings and, sometimes, become the story of someone else. It is a very necessary part of the process - how can I be an artist if I am the only person who understands my meanings?
I will admit that I like to provoke a little discussion with my work. However, I try to be subtle. In this case the creation of artworks that showcase traditional crafts such as paper cut and print, displayed is a wood panelled room, surrounded by historical artefacts, displaying an unavoidable reference to technology, in the shape of QR codes placed right in the middle of the work. Too subtle? ... You all did me proud.
There have been some very healthy debates that seem to encompass the whole room. People who are walking around will add their opinions to discussions surrounding the loss of crafts in education, the education system as a whole, the downfall of the young at the hands of technology and how sad it is that children cannot just have space to learn traditional skills instead of being force fed endless academic subjects!
I have a personal rule that I will not argue a particular side, taking an opposing view to whatever direction the conversation is going in allows me to hear new point of view and learn more about the discussion. However, once the QR codes are demonstrated the technology allows a whole new level of interaction with the exhibition allowing people to digest far more of the facts than a written label could convey on its own. There is much to learn, with references to all of the on line tutorials and even a couple of the community engagement films to be streamed. Although, my personal favourite is the moment when, people relatively new to technology, scan the artworks and witness the magic of them telling their own story. Good or bad you can't deny its very useful.
The work created for the Muse project will remain in the Museum until 31st October and can be seen from 1pm-4pm daily.
Andrea Oke is a Somerset based artist who is fascinated by human behaviour and its links to memory. For more information please to to my website