This week I had a lecture on the archive, in relation to emotions. The artist who spoke talked about adolescent girls, note passing in middle school, categorizing these moments of communication and feeling, however so fleeting. The idea inspired me to do a project. Although I’m not entirely sure what will manifest from this, I’ve begun the legwork nonetheless.
My own work deals with relationships, particularly the dark underbelly of love and sex. Essentially, including but not limited to: the negativity that comes along with dating someone, falling in love (whether unrequited or mutual), the loss of a loved one, spurned emotions, and the romanticization we often make of these relationships. I also work with identity, playing with secret delusions or desires, the dark sides of ourselves that we often keep hidden. All of this has manifested itself in different ways throughout my work.
Recently I undertook a project to involve the public in the creation of my works by asking for colours, emotions and body parts, which I then jumbled up and pulled out the ingredients for four pieces. I’m excited to share this project when it comes to completion. Since I was already on the path of public participation, I decided to pull from social media a little more. After talking with a good friend of mine who is an excellent writer on the ethical standpoint of this, I’ve chosen to turn to Twitter. Yes, Twitter. Currently, I’ve created an account which I will be pilfering not only my own ancient tweets, but those of others. Perhaps rewording, perhaps not. Creating a diary that will then create a story, perhaps out of sequence, as it may be. This story will then shape my work. I’m still deciding on a format for the tweets. I’d like to include the original date from whatever posting I reworded, and have them look somewhat like diary entries.
I’m really excited about this project, despite what disgusting and forgotten bits that may come up in the process. When I’m further along in my process, I’ll be sharing a blog specifically dedicated to the progress of this body of work. I’m hoping that the work, along with the tweets, and my own writing can eventually turn into a book. I’m fascinated by what private things people are willing to share with the public (with this being said, despite following a number of private accounts on Twitter, I’ll only be pulling from public ones). I’m hoping that this is what will morph into my final grad project at Emily Carr. A public archive of private emotions. I’ve dubbed the work in progress Naked Intimacy, having our intimate thoughts on display. If you feel like contributing your timeline, regardless of what I may or may not pull, feel free to send me a note here – or comment below.