Sanshu Seiso (Japanese Artist)
I don’t think people understand how stressful it is to explain what’s going on in your head when you don’t even understand it yourself.
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Young Seraph V8
Kacper Abolik, 2021
Sanshu Seiso (Japanese Artist)
Sanshu Seiso (Japanese Artist)
My main goals in my last update were to keep on attending workshops and artist talks and step up my video work by incorporating sound and learning how to use more advanced software - and I am happy to say that I think I’ve been keeping up with these goals pretty well!
So far, I have enjoyed working with mediums such as videography, photography, projection, and digital image manipulation. A lot of what I have done has been mostly experimental, nothing that I would define as “finished works” by any means for there is a lot of room for development in everything I have explored. However, pieces such as Incoherence + Nonsense and my photography series A State Between States are a little more polished and are the result of honing in on and combining some of the more experimental work I have done prior.
I have continued to explore my relationship with home, using my room as a headquarters for my practice and pushing the limits of what I can do in such a limited space with limited materials, building on my own emotions to activate a space. In my work, there is still the running theme of transition and liminality, which is something I am really pleased that people are picking up on when I show them my work without me having to explain that this was the intention. Some other feedback I have gotten from my peers is that my work reminds them of occult themes or of faded dreams or memories, which are both really interesting readings of the work and definitely things I am interested in looking into and perhaps intentionally incorporating.
On the topic of expanding thematically, I have noticed that there has been a natural evolution in my work that has caused me to present myself as an otherworldly creature, such as a ghost or spirit stuck between realms, haunting my environment. I think this may be a result of my wavering, but slowly growing, confidence in showing my own body in my work which causes me to blur or obscure myself from the viewer like I am only half there. I am really interested in the idea of me playing a ghost-like character in my work that is more of an extension of myself rather than a straight portrayal of myself. In the past, I have been very uncomfortable videoing or photographing myself but it is something I am learning to get more confident with, inspired by great artists such as Shana Moulton and Francesca Woodman whose work, though vastly different in delivery, both involve the artist’s body.
I have stepped up my video art by taking some workshops going over the basics of using Adobe After Effects. Having access to more advanced software has really opened up a broader range of paths I can go down in terms of video and installation work. Pieces such as Incoherence + Nonsense could not have been possible if I didn’t do any exploring in this program so I’m really glad that I took a bit of time to learn how to use it. I have only scratched the surface of how elements such as motion graphics and green screens can be used in my art work, but I definitely see it having a big part in my artistic process in the future.
Also on the topic of learning new software, I have continued doing workshops with the EMS department on topics such as augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D printing, and 3D scanning. I am finding these sessions super interesting and I have been experimenting a bit with using basic apps to do 3D scans of objects in my room. I am still in the process of figuring out how to implement these things into my practice, but at the moment I am okay with just attending the workshops and learning all that I can about this new media - I am thinking that these sorts of techniques will be easier to implement into my practice when I am back on campus and able to get access to more equipment and guidance.
I have been really enjoying the work I have been creating, yet I am inclined to shake things up a bit and to see what new ideas can arise. I am considering expanding the mediums of working and seeing how painting, collage, or sculpture can incorporate themselves into my artistic practice and if I can relate these things to what I have been doing with photography and video. On one hand, I am thinking that such work should be left to explore within my reconsidering drawing module, for I already have a lot of avenues I can go down with digital work. Yet I don’t think having a go at different things can harm my work and I think it would be really interesting to see how the themes I have been working within translate into more tactile mediums.
This is not to say that I don’t want to do more photography/video experiments going on the side of my new experiments, because I have a lot of ideas in my head that I want to try out. I’m the kind of person that likes to have a few different things on the go at once so it would be good for me to bring some new ways of working into the mix as well as build upon things I have already done. I have got into the habit of drawing in my sketchbook regularly. Sketching is a really useful way for me to get my ideas down on paper before I forget about them. I might not have time to explore each idea at the time but it is useful to have a collection of scribbles to go back to for inspiration when I get stuck with what to do next. I’m not the best at drawing but perhaps these sketches could transform into a work of their own somehow.
At the moment, I don’t have any ideas for a final piece in mind for this project - I am just following what my intuition is telling me and playing around with all of these smaller ideas I have going on in my head. I think further down the line an installation like those by multimedia artist Laure Provost would be interesting where I display lots of different pieces in the same space as a multimedia/multi sensory experience. However, at this point in time, I’m still in the experimental phase of my project.
However, for the time being, my main goal is to keep exploring new mediums and push myself out of my photography/video comfort zone. Not to say that I am not going to continue to develop the work I have been doing, I just want to expand my practice even further and get more experimental. Let’s see how it goes!
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