This year has been one of turning corners and making breakthroughs for me as an artist, and being included in the Special Video Exhibition section of Breathing Art in the 7th Geumgang Nature Art Biennale has been no exception.
Making art – especially moving image work and sound works – is challenging enough. Great footage and a crisp concept is just the beginning. The craft of digital manipulation coupled with a broad range of technical outputs required by different curators always presents learning curves – the goalposts change with every tweak in software updates.
Showing work however, is always more challenging. A highly competitive environment means that every invitation to show work is cause for celebration. And once included in an exhibition or screening opportunity you enter into a collaboration, with organisers, curators and other artists. A certain letting go has to happen. I particularly enjoy this stage of the process.
So when Clive Adams suggested I submit my work for the 7th Geumgang Nature Art Biennale I was very excited. When the work was accepted I was ecstatic. Whilst I have participated in international residencies, this is my first ever international screening/exhibition of my work. I turned a corner, had a breakthrough.
The theme of the Special Video Exhibition – water – couldn’t more appropriate for my work – all of which deals with water. And with 2 of my friends out there in Korea, posting frequently about the happenings of the Biennale, one an artist creating work on the residency, one a curator documenting the process and engaging in the activities, I have wished I was there, in Korea, with them too. I have wanted to be part of the residency, to engage in the seminar, to see the other 73 works screened in the Jemincheon area of Gongju, and to breathe in, absorb the truly international atmosphere, to meet the Korean team and to explore this part of Korea. The entire experience has made me hungry for more.