When you revisit the work of artists you thought you knew, it is always enticing to see what changes they have made to their practice. A complete redesign in some cases. And having known Jeanette's previous work to find her style change so rapidly makes me excited to see what made this change occur. The more we develop into photography the more we detract from it or delve into it further.
Do we write about work?
Do we make work?
These seem to be the two questions at large when it comes to post-education activity. Some of us organise work.
Through the process of studying you see yourself develop from a young 18 year old to an older 22, 24 year old and the moments in between are critical to our development. The changes are so small. And as our gradual development unravels we owe it to the small conversations, a visit to a gallery, an article you came across and the visual beat down you received from your tutor. They are the crucial moments but we do not realize any of this is happening. We just have a conscious notion of change through our explorations.
The gallery space is a tricky space to manage. The floors are distracting, the walls are wonky, where do I put this damn bench?!
These are approaches angled throughout the process of understanding the space of presentation. The working room. What is it and why do we need it? These questions I cannot ignore.
A work desk props up mystical dark blue/purple mountains but reveal nothing but my own curiosity. The work desk seems like it could have been used to paint the walls and perhaps it was.
We occupy ourselves in the space as thoughts rummage through our filing systems - either near or tidy. It is process before ideas are fully formed. It is the sketch book but has more importance than writing down a chronology of ideas, instead it is a visualization of the thinking space. Its roughness around the edges leave a perfect mode that we enter when infused with an idea. That's all it ever shows.
These 'behind the scene' views leave us in a pigeon hole into the artists mind with the confusing aspect being the final nature of the photographs. The work in progress is the finished product.
That to me is exciting. It is not photography/art/sculpture about photography/art and sculpture. It is attempting a whole different genre. A genre that relies on quality over quantity. Feeling over practicality. But these feelings are still controlled into logical patterns through the internet pages of her portfolio.
The work is photographed and the site merely shows the ideas in another space. There are two exhibitions here.